Loyola College, which reached the Natio al Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championship game last spring, will get a chance to retain its Choice-Visa Fall Lacrosse Classic title today and tomorrow at UMBC Stadium.
The Greyhounds, who defeated Johns Hopkins, 11-10, in the classic semifinals last year, then beat Towson State, 16-12, in the championship game, will play University of Maryland Baltimore County today at noon. Hopkins, under new coach Tony Seaman, will meet Towson State at 3 p.m.
The winners will play tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the second annual championship. There will be no experimental two-point shot, as in last year's classic, and no consolation game.
"We seem to have some ability," said Dave Cottle, whose Greyhounds lost to Syracuse, 19-10, in the NCAA title game in May in New Brunswick, N.J. "How much ability we'll find out this weekend. We have what I believe to be a nice attack unit with Jim Blanding, Chris Colbeck and Kevin Beach, but our question marks will be at defense and in the goal, where Timmy Dunnigan takes over for Charlie Toomey, who graduated."
UMBC coach Dick Watts, in his 21st season, has a young team. The Retrievers were 6-8 a year ago.
"We only have four seniors, but the ones we have are good ones. I believe we have a goalie of All-American caliber in Bob Bailey. We have some freshmen who look as if they will help us."
Seaman, who came over from the University of Pennsylvania during the summer, said he is excited about the tournament. The Blue Jays were 6-5 last year.
"We've been doing a lot of hard work in practice, and this will give us a chance to see what we've accomplished," he said. "We are throwing a lot of new things at our players, and it's going to take them some time to get used to all the changes."
Towson has several key players back from a team that went 11-2 last season.
"We have a solid attack with Glenn Smith, Mike DeSimone and John Blatchley, who have been together a couple of years now," coach Carl Runk said. "But we have to find out about our close defense and who will play in the goal for us."
Runk said he has two excellent goalie prospects -- Richard Betcher, a transfer from Nassau CC, and Tim Colt, a freshman from Fallston High School.