May 9, 2004
Baltimore, MD - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team learned their fate Sunday. They will advance to their 13th NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid and face Commodores of Vanderbilt University in the first round. That game will be played on Thursday May 13th on Diane Geppi-Aikens at 3:30 PM. It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Loyola was given the No. 4 seed in the 16 team tournament which earns them home field advantage for the opening round. The winner of the Loyola-Vanderbilt game will go on to face the winner of the Johns Hopkins-James Madison match-up on Sunday, May 16th.
"We're excited with the bracket we are in," first-year head coach Kerri Johnson said. "Vanderbilt is a quality team but Loyola has the expectation of making the NCAA's. There are 16 quality teams vying for the trophy and we are fortunate to be one of them."
The Greyhounds finished the regular season with a record of 14-3 and a win over Syracuse on Saturday, May 8th. Loyola has been ranked as high as third in the country this season and holds several national statistics as a team as well as individually.
The Commodores finished their season with a 10-5 record and the got an automatic bid by winning the American Lacrosse Conference title in a 10-9 overtime game versus Northwestern.