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Loyola Greyhounds

Loyola Greyhounds
University Loyola University Maryland
Conference Patriot League
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Jim Paquette
Location Baltimore, MD
Varsity teams 17
Basketball arena Reitz Arena
Nickname Greyhounds
     Green       Grey
Website .com.loyolagreyhoundswww

The Loyola Greyhounds are composed of 17 teams representing Loyola University Maryland in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming & diving, and tennis. Men's sports include golf. Women's sports include track and field and volleyball. The Greyhounds compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and joined the Patriot League for all sports on July 1, 2013.

The university was previously a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) from 1989 to 2013. The exceptions were the school's lacrosse teams – the men in the ECAC Lacrosse League and the women in the Big East Conference.[1] The transition to a new conference was announced on August 29, 2012.[2]

Loyola's fight song, "Howl for the Hounds," was written by Andrew R. Grillo and Michael R. Sellitto and unveiled in November 2003.[3]


  • Conference affiliation history 1
  • Teams 2
    • Basketball 2.1
    • Lacrosse 2.2
    • Men's soccer 2.3
    • Golf 2.4
    • Rugby 2.5
  • Former teams 3
    • Football 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Conference affiliation history

Loyola's athletic program made the transition to NCAA Division I from Division II when it became a charter member of the ECAC-Metro Conference in 1981.[4] The circuit's name was changed to the Northeast Conference on August 1, 1988.[5]


Men's Women's
Basketball Basketball
Cross Country Cross Country
Golf Lacrosse
Lacrosse Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Swimming & Diving
Swimming & Diving Tennis
Tennis Track and Field


The Loyola men's basketball team has a long history and has been playing since the 1908-1909 season. In all that time, the team has appeared twice, 1994, 2012 in the NCAA tournament. The team plays its games in Reitz Arena and is coached by G.G. Smith. In 2012, as winners of the MAAC tournament, Loyola earned its second trip to the NCAA tournament.


The Loyola men's lacrosse team has played since 1938, with a two-year break in 1944 and 1945, winning over 400 games in that time.[6] They won its first championship in the sport, the first national title in the university's Division I history, in 2012.[7] The Loyola women's lacrosse program is fifth all-time among NCAA Division I women's lacrosse teams with 362 wins.[8]

Men's soccer

The Loyola Men's Soccer team, coached by Mark Mettrick, has consistently proven to be one of the most successful teams in the athletic department. Since 1965, the team has suffered only four losing seasons. The team is a perennial power in the MAAC and has reached the NCAA Division I National Tournament seven times since joining Division I in 1979, including quarterfinal appearances in 1986 and 1987 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2001. Loyola enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2008 before being upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.[9] Former Greyhounds include the 2009 Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year, Zach Thornton as well as many others who have played in the MLS and other professional leagues.[10]


The men's golf team has won 21 conference titles:

Note: 1992 co-champions with Siena

2 GCAA Academic All-Americans: Patrick McCormick and Ryan McCarthy[13]


Spring 2007 season play

The Loyola College Rugby Football Club is the men's rugby union team that represents Loyola College in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union.[14] The club is composed of over 50 student-athletes, alumni volunteers, and professional trainers. Founded in 1976 by a group of Loyola students, LCRFC continues to be the oldest and most active club sport at the college.[15] LCRFC and its players have gained many All-American titles and U.S. Rugby rankings.[16]

The Greyhound ruggers have also traveled abroad to play Irish teams, including teams in Limerick, Dublin, and Cork.[16] Because of fundraising and alumni support, one of the practice fields at Loyola's new intercollegiate athletic facility is to be named Sean Lugano Memorial Field.[17]

Former teams


Loyola's football program has been defunct since 1933.


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  3. ^ , Monday, March 22, 2004.The GreyhoundWilson, Sydney. "Loyola fight song unveiled,"
  4. ^ Ventre, Ralph. "Back to the Beginning: NEC Celebrates 30 Years," Northeast Conference, Thursday, March 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Official press release issued Tuesday, August 2, 1988 (Announcement of name change from ECAC-Metro Conference to Northeast Conference).
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  7. ^ "NCAA CHAMPS! Loyola Wins First NCAA Lacrosse Title, 9–3, Over Terps," Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Monday, May 28, 2012.
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External links

  • Official website
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