#13 UMass, #5 Loyola Set To Clash In NCAA 1st Round
May 11, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - No. 13 UMass makes its fifth all-time trip to the NCAA Tournament as the Minutewomen will face 5th-ranked and 6th-seeded Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. The Minutewomen are the three-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions making their second NCAA Tournament in the last three years, while the Greyhounds are coming off their first-ever Big East Championship title earning the programs first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 2004 (14th overall).
Saturday’s First Round match-up will pit two of the nation’s top offensive and defensive units against each other. UMass ranks 4th overall in offense (15.05 goals/game) and 8th in defense (8.42 goals allowed/game), while Loyola ranks 12th offensively (13.83) and 11th defensively (8.67).
On the strength of 17 wins this season, 2nd most in school history, a 10-game win streak, an undefeated record in road games (10-0), two Atlantic 10 Tournament wins and the win over Canisius in the NCAA Play-In game, UMass jumped to No. 9 in the May 9th NCAA RPI.
UMass won the first-ever NCAA sponsored women’s lacrosse national title in 1982. The Minutewomen followed that with a pair of semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1984. It would take 25 more years until UMass returned to the Big Dance.
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