BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate a special commencement ceremony since the team will miss Saturday's school-wide festivities to play in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Nine student-athletes received their Loyola diplomas from University President Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., and other members of the Loyola faculty and administration.
"This is one of the most special events we have the privilege of celebrating at Loyola," said Jim Paquette, Loyola's Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics. "Our student-athletes see this as another way to stay together as a class, advancing far enough into the NCAA Championships so they graduate in a special way as a team. The graduates and their families get to celebrate the event in a small, intimate setting that has a true family and team atmosphere."
The Greyhounds will be in action Saturday as their classmates are graduating from the school. The women, who are on a program-best 16-game win streak, which is also the longest active streak in the nation, will play at No. 3 Syracuse in a 1 p.m., game at the Carrier Dome. The winner will advance to the final four and face the winner of No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 8 Northwestern in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday, May 22 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.