Oct. 1, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team may not have games that count in the standings during the fall, but the Greyhounds’ autumn schedule sees the team compete against several of the top teams from around the region as they prepare for the spring season.
“As we continue into the fall we are really looking to grow and establish a strong team identity,” Head Coach Jen Adams said. “We have an incredibly talented group of players and with these fall tournaments and games come a chance to help build playing chemistry and maturity.”
The team recently hosted its alumni game on Saturday, September 18, following the eighth annual running of the Diane Geppi-Aikens 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk. More than a dozen alumni returned to campus for a sunny Saturday alumni contest.
After the alumni game, the team began a series of play days where Loyola plays short games against various teams at one location.
The Greyhounds last traveled Johns Hopkins for a play day on Sunday, September 26. There the team scrimmaged host Johns Hopkins at 11 a.m., followed by Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. and William & Mary at 3 p.m.
“It's exciting to see the level of intensity that the team has shown at practices and games and our task is to maintain that throughout the entire fall. I can already sense that we are headed in a special direction and that this team is setting their sights high,” said Adams. “We still have a long way to go, but I'm proud of where we are starting.”
Loyola will head to the University of Maryland on Sunday, October 3 for the final play day of the fall. The Greyhounds first take on Ohio State at 9 a.m. before facing defending national champion Maryland at 10 a.m. The day then wraps up with scrimmages against Vanderbilt at noon and Yale at 2 p.m. Vanderbilt finished the 2010 season ranked No. 10 in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Women's Media Poll and narrowly lost to Duke in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds will host a game at the Ridley Athletic Complex against North Carolina for the final fall event on Saturday, October 16 at 11 a.m. North Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals in 2010 and finished the season ranked at No. 3 in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Women's Media Poll.