By the Numbers: 2014 schedule for Loyola men's lacrosse

Greyhounds will tangle with four NCAA tournament qualifiers from 2013 and open season against Virginia for first time since 1991

December 19, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Loyola Maryland has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Greyhounds, who went 11-5 last year and lost to eventual national champion Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

10: Loyola won 10 of 11 games last spring when limiting opponents to fewer than 10 goals. Conversely, the team was 1-4 when surrendering 10 goals or more.

9: The Greyhounds will make their debut in the Patriot League this spring after nine years as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. They will not face a team from their former league this spring.

8: Loyola will clash with eight league opponents this season: Army, Boston, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy.

7: The Greyhounds will play seven games at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore and seven on the road. That does not include the Patriot League tournament, where the quarterfinals will be hosted by the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds and the semifinals and final will be hosted by the regular-season champion.

6: Loyola graduated six players who had at least 10 points last season. In addition to attackman Mike Sawyer and midfielders Chris Layne, Sean O’Sullivan and David Butts, that group included long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (18 points) and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins (13).

5: The Greyhounds graduated five starters and return five starters. The biggest hit occurred at midfield, where the team will have to replace all three starters, but the defense appears to be in good hands with senior defenseman Joe Fletcher, junior defenseman Pat Frazier and senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel.

4: Loyola will face four teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2013. Curiously, those four games – against Penn State on Feb. 15, Towson on Feb. 19, Lehigh on March 1 and reigning national champion Duke on March 9 – are scheduled are scheduled for the team’s first six of the 2014 campaign.

3: The Greyhounds will have consecutive road games three times next spring. They have two straight home games at Ridley Athletic Complex twice.

2: Loyola has added two new nonconference opponents to the schedule; it opens the season against Virginia (the two sides haven’t played since 1991) on Feb. 6 and then will meet Penn State for the first time since 2009.

1: The Greyhounds finished last spring ranked in the top 12 in offense (11th at 11.8 goals per game) and defense (12th at 8.8 goals). They were the only team to achieve top-12 rankings in both departments.

2014 Loyola Maryland schedule

Date Opponent Location Time 02/06/14 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. TBA 02/15/14 at Penn State State College, Pa. TBA 02/19/14 vs. Towson Ridley Athletic Complex TBA 02/22/14 at Holy Cross * Worcester, Mass. TBA 03/01/14 at Lehigh * Bethlehem, Pa. TBA 03/09/14 vs. Duke Ridley Athletic Complex TBA 03/15/14 vs. Army * Ridley Athletic Complex TBA 03/19/14 at Georgetown Washington TBA 03/22/14 vs. Lafayette * Ridley Athletic Complex TBA 03/29/14 at Colgate * Hamilton, N.Y. TBA 04/05/14 at Navy * Annapolis TBA 04/12/14 vs. Boston University * Ridley Athletic Complex TBA 04/17/14 vs. Bucknell * Ridley Athletic Complex TBA Patriot League Tournament 04/22/14 Patriot League Quarterfinals TBD TBA 04/25/14 Patriot League Semifinals TBD TBA 04/27/14 Patriot League Championship Game TBD TBA 05/03/14 vs. Johns Hopkins Ridley Athletic Complex TBA

 *Patriot League game

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