Oct. 7, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team will play nine home games in 2011 as part of a season schedule that pits the Greyhounds against some of the top teams in the nation, Head Coach Jen Adams announced today.
"We have a good balance with our schedule," Adams said. "We have a pretty incredible home schedule with number of night games, and our non-conference road games are short trips as well. It couldn't be better this year."
The women's lacrosse team will play its first full season at Ridley Athletic Complex, and Adams said she wants the Greyhounds under the lights with several night games on the 2011 slate.
"This is the first time we've had night games and we're looking forward to taking full advantage to create a real home field advantage for us," said Adams. "We're planning for a great atmosphere and a lot of support."
The Greyhounds jump right into top-flight competition when the 2011 season opens at home with a matchup against perennial powerhouse Virginia on Saturday, February 19. Virginia carried the sixth seed into last year's NCAA Tournament and made a run that ended in the quarterfinals. Loyola avenged a 2008 loss to Virginia last year with a 15-11 win over the then-10th ranked Cavaliers on February 20.
Loyola then plays its first road game with a short trip up Charles Street to Towson on Saturday, March 5. The Greyhounds and Tigers share a long history as the March 5 contest will mark the 41st meeting between the two sides. Towson finished last season ranked at No. 11 in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Women's Media Poll with a NCAA Tournament exit in the first round. The Tigers' 2010 campaign included a 14-10 win over Loyola on March 6, a result the Greyhounds will look to repay in 2011.
The Towson trip will serve as the first game during Loyola's spring break, a stretch where the Greyhounds play a total of three games.
"Having three games during spring break will be good for the team," said Adams. "Normally they wouldn't have so many games to occupy their time, and we'll be able to do interesting things together as a team when we're not competing."
The team returns home for a pair of spring break matches on Tuesday, March 8 and Friday, March 11. Loyola first hosts American Lacrosse Conference foe Penn State on March 8 before facing Cornell on March 11. Loyola and Penn State share a long history against each other, as the March 8 match marks the 25th meeting all-time between the two sides. The then-No. 18 Nittany Lions narrowly edged the Greyhounds last year, 9-8.
The Greyhounds hit the road again on Wednesday, March 16, for a test against Delaware. Loyola will look for its fourth straight win against the Blue Hens, who finished last year with a 6-10 record overall and a 3-4 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Loyola then hosts James Madison on Saturday, March 19 for a key non-conference matchup against the Dukes. James Madison held a No. 8 ranking in the final deBeer/Inside Lacrosse poll as one of Division I top programs last year, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals as a No. 5 seed after maintaining one of the nation's largest scoring margins and ranking second in scoring defense. The Greyhounds have taken the last two meetings.
Another short road trip awaits the Greyhounds next, as the team heads eight miles to Catonsville to play UMBC on Wednesday, March 23. The rivalry stretches back to the first game in Loyola program history, when the Retrievers topped Loyola, 14-6, on April 28, 1973. UMBC compiled an 11-7 record last year while going 3-3 against America East opponents.
The Greyhounds wrap up non-conference play against Denver on Sunday, March 27. The game should provide a measuring stick for the team before BIG EAST play as the Pioneers ranked in the top 10 of several statistical categories last year including caused turnovers (second), scoring margin (seventh) and scoring defense (eighth). The match marks the third meeting all-time, and Loyola came up short against Denver in overtime last year, falling 13-12 on March 3.
This season marks the sixth year for Loyola in the BIG EAST. Coach Jen Adams says she has seen the growth of the conference and how the competition level affects the Greyhounds.
"The BIG EAST is pushing to be one of the most competitive conferences in the nation," Adams said. "The winner of our conference gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but we don't want to have to rely on that route."
Loyola begins BIG EAST play with a road weekend that begins on Friday, April 1 against Cincinnati before heading to South Bend, Ind. for a contest against Notre Dame. The Greyhounds look to keep their 3-0 record against the Bearcats intact against a young Cincinnati program that went 5-12 last season. Notre Dame handed Loyola its first conference loss last year as the then-No. 14 Irish squeaked by the Greyhounds, 11-10, en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Friday, April 8, serves as the first BIG EAST home match for Loyola when the team hosts Louisville. The Cardinals will be out for revenge after the Greyhounds' took the 2009 matchup, 17-10, which tied the highest score against a BIG EAST opponent Loyola recorded last season. Louisville finished with a 4-4 record in conference play. The game marks the final six games of the season for Loyola, and the Greyhounds play four of those at home.
Loyola travels to Villanova on Sunday, April 10 for a tilt against the Wildcats. The teams have only met one time, a 17-15 victory for Loyola on April 24, 2009. Villanova ended the season with an 8-8 record but struggled in BIG EAST competition, going 1-7 in conference.
The schedule gives the Greyhounds nine days to prepare for their next match, a home game against perennial BIG EAST power Georgetown. The Hoyas did not lose a conference match last year but fell to Syracuse in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. 2011 will add another chapter to the long rivalry between the two sides, especially after Georgetown escaped with a 13-12 overtime win in the regular season finale before edging the Greyhounds 11-9 in the BIG EAST Championships.
The Greyhounds play their last road game of the season with a Saturday, April 23 match against Rutgers. Loyola will look to even the all-time series at 3-3 after the Greyhounds stopped the 20th-ranked Scarlet Knights on March 16, 2009, 18-6. Rutgers finished one game behind Loyola in the BIG EAST standings with a 4-4 conference record.
Loyola ends its regular season at home with a game against Syracuse on Friday, April 29, followed by a Sunday, May 1 contest against Connecticut. Syracuse reached the NCAA Semifinals last year and nabbed a No. 4 ranking in the final deBeer/Inside Lacrosse poll, and Loyola will look for its first win against the Orange since 2006. Connecticut went 2-6 in BIG EAST play and hired a new coach, former American University coach Katie Woods, to take over the program.
The BIG EAST Semifinals take place at Georgetown on Thursday, May 5, followed by the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, May 8.
The NCAA Tournament begins on May 14 with the First Round at a site to be determined and runs through the NCAA Finals on May 29 in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Game times for the schedule will be released at a later date.
|Sat.||Feb. 19||Virginia||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Sat.||March 5||Towson||Towson, Md.||Away|
|Tues.||March 8||Penn State||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Fri.||March 11||Cornell||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Wed.||March 16||Delaware||Newark, Del.||Away|
|Sat.||March 19||James Madison||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Wed.||March 23||UMBC||Catonsville, Md.||Away|
|Sun.||March 27||Denver||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Fri.||April 1||*||Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||Away|
|Sun.||April 3||*||Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||Away|
|Fri.||April 8||*||Louisville||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Sun.||April 10||*||Villanova||Villanova, Pa.||Away|
|Tues.||April 19||*||Georgetown||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Sat.||April 23||*||Rutgers||Piscataway, N.J.||Away|
|Fri.||April 29||*||Syracuse||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Sun.||May 1||*||Connecticut||Ridley Athletic Complex||Home|
|Thur.||May 5||BIG EAST Semifinals||Washington, D.C.|
|Sun.||May 8||BIG EAST Championship||Washington, D.C.|
|Sat.||May 14||NCAA First Round||TBD|
|Sun.||May 15||NCAA First Round||TBD|
|Sat.||May 21||NCAA Quarterfinals||TBD|
|Fri.||May 27||NCAA Semifinals||Stony Brook, N.Y.|
|Sun.||May 29||NCAA Finals||Stony Brook, N.Y.|