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Previewing Loyola’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Greyhounds will look to continue to dominate the Patriot League as they begin the post-Pat Spencer era.

Matt Dewkett

The Loyola Greyhounds are the 39th team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fifth team from the Patriot League. Loyola finished 12-5 overall in 2019 and 7-1 in Patriot League play. The Greyhounds defeated Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but fell to Penn State in the quarterfinals.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Loyola’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/8 Loyola Virginia
2/15 Johns Hopkins Loyola
2/22 Rutgers Loyola
2/26 Towson Loyola
2/29 Loyola Lafayette Patriot League
3/7 Duke Loyola
3/14 Bucknell Loyola Patriot League
3/22 Army West Point Loyola Patriot League
3/28 Loyola Holy Cross Patriot League
4/4 Loyola Navy Patriot League
4/7 Loyola Georgetown
4/11 Boston University Loyola Patriot League
4/18 Loyola Colgate Patriot League
4/24 Loyola Lehigh Patriot League

Who’s In?

  • NA

Who’s Out?

  • NA

Loyola’s Opponents 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.556 .658 .479 24.86 10.5 35.63

Circle These Dates

  • 2/8 at Virginia: What has usually been the marquee first week game of the season shifts to Charlottesville. After falling in double overtime in 2018, the Greyhounds soundly look last year’s meeting in a 17-9 win at home. But it will be a much different Loyola team without the likes of Pat Spencer, Jacob Stover, and Chase Scanlan.
  • 2/26 vs. Towson: Both programs had very successful seasons last year. And both programs lose a considerable amount of key contributors as well. Loyola and Towson will look to stay as contenders in their respective conference races, but their typical midweek meeting in late-February will be a good litmus test to see where each program stands.
  • 3/22 vs. Army West Point: Could the Patriot League have a new preseason favorite in Army? The Black Knights defeated the Greyhounds in the Patriot League semifinals en route to a conference title last year. But Army loses some quality guys on defense which could hurt. Brendan Nichtern is a big difference maker for the Black Knights.
  • 3/28 at Holy Cross: In-between Loyola’s games against Army West Point and Navy is what could be a sneaky opponent in Holy Cross. The Crusaders played well against the Greyhounds last year at Ridley and got to within a goal at a couple of spots in the third quarter. They did lose by four, which isn’t a lot, but they finished .500 and have been on the up for the past few years. It was only five years ago that Holy Cross upset Loyola in Baltimore by the way.
  • 4/24 at Lehigh: Along with Army, Lehigh looks like a serious contender for the Patriot League crown. They came up short in the Patriot League Championship game against Army, but they didn’t have any luck against the Greyhounds in early April. Loyola got out to a 9-0 lead in the 2nd quarter and won by six. Spencer led the way on offense with 11 points, and Scanlan added a hat-trick. Along with John Duffy’s goal and assist and that’s 16 of 22 total points from that game that are gone, including all of the assists. Kevin Lindley, Aidan Olmstead, and transfer Riley Seay will need to step up in a big way this season.