Loyola, Towson may join CAA

Plan would create men's NCAA qualifier in 2003

April 19, 2001|By Paul McMullen

Loyola will join Baltimore rival Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association plan to sponsor men's lacrosse, which would give the six-team league an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in 2003.

Under the plan, which Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said has not been finalized, the Greyhounds and Villanova would become associate members of the CAA. Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson will leave the America East at the conclusion of this school year and would join four holdovers from the CAA, none of whom sponsor men's lacrosse.

A statement issued by CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said that the six will try to play a full round-robin schedule next season, and add a postseason tournament in 2003, when the conference would be eligible for an NCAA automatic qualifier. Yeager's statement said that the CAA will formally play its first men's lacrosse game Saturday, when Villanova visits Loyola. The Greyhounds are an associate member of the CAA in women's lacrosse.

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