May 4, 2008

Loyola to Play Duke in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Loyola Sports Information

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will play No. 1 seed Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday in Durham, N.C. The Greyhounds and Blue Devils will square off in a nationally televised game on ESPNU with face-off slated for 2:30 p.m.

"At this time of year, you are going to play a very good team no matter what seed they are," said Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "We're obviously excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament and are looking forward to playing our best lacrosse of the season."

The Greyhounds are in the NCAA Tournament via the ECAC's automatic qualifier. Loyola won the league outright with a 6-1 conference record in 2008. Duke is the top seed and the nation's No. 1 ranked team with a 16-1 overall record.

The Blue Devils defeated Loyola earlier this season when they were ranked No. 2 in the nation. Last year, when ranked No. 1, the Greyhounds upset Duke at the First Four in San Diego, Calif.

Loyola's bid to the NCAA Tournament is the program's 16th appearance in the postseason. The Greyhounds are in the tournament for back-to-back years for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Last year, Loyola fell to fifth-seeded Albany in the first round.