The Greyhounds finished the regular season tied for sixth with Lehigh University (2-3-4 Patriot League), but earned a spot in the tournament due to the league's tiebreaker procedure.
Loyola held offensive possession for the majority of the first half, putting together scoring opportunities from Lindsay LeSavage, Rosy Hayes, Charlotte Miller, Jess Soldiviero, Cara Connolly, Jessica Van Dyke and Brooke Kerrigan. To close out the first 45 minutes, Hayes and Miller took back-to-back shots, with each sailing just wide of the post.
"In the first half, we played the best half of soccer we have all year," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "We created a lot of chances, despite a tough environment and strong wind conditions."
Miller got things started in the second half, firing off two early shots. Lafayette's Danielle Sedillo saved both opportunities within 10 minutes of each other, though.
Loyola's best opportunity to score in the second half came off a Miller corner kick in the 66th minute. The junior sailed the ball into the box, but Kerrigan's shot was saved by Sedillo.
In goal for the Greyhounds, senior Colleen Folan made six saves and accumulated her 10th clean sheet to move into sole possession of third place in Loyola's single-season records. She also extended her shutout minutes to 555:07, giving her the longest shutout streak since Brittany Henderson put together 721:14 back in 2007.
Loyola's shut out five-straight teams during the regular season, the most since 2007. That year, the Greyhounds put together seven-straight shutouts, the third most in program history.
"Our defense was superb again tonight," Meiburger said. "Kelly Santangelo and Colleen anchored our defense. Now we need to look forward and prepare for a Navy team who has had an extra day of rest."
Loyola (6-8-4, 2-3-4 Patriot League) out-shot Lafayette (5-11-1, 2-6-1), 15-10, while both teams put six shots on goal.
The sixth-seeded Greyhounds will take on No. 3 seed United States Naval Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Midshipmen will host Loyola for a 7 p.m., kickoff.