Game Notes for the Division I First-Round Games on Saturday

What follows are abbreviated game notes for each of the four Saturday Division I first-round games in the NCAAA tournament. Please see the team web sites for complete game notes, which are often available as PDFs.

#1-Seed Loyola vs. Canisius

Top-seeded Loyola will host an NCAA tournament first round game on Saturday, May 12. The Greyhounds welcome Canisius College to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 5:00 pm game. The winner of the Loyola-Canisius game will meet the winner of North Carolina and Denver on Saturday, May 19, in Annapolis, Md.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Mike Corey and Mark Dixon calling the action. The action can also be seen on ESPN3, the broadband arm of the ESPN.

Series History
Loyola and Canisius will meet for the first time when they take the field on Saturday. However, the schools are very familiar with one another. Canisius hails from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which is the primary conference for Loyola's athletic teams other than men's and women's lacrosse.

NCAA Championships History
Loyola is making its 20th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships and 18th at the Division I level. The Greyhounds are 8-19 all-time, 8-17 in Division I Championships games. The Greyhounds' last appearance came in 2010, when they lost, 11-10, in triple overtime at Cornell.

Loyola last hosted an NCAA game in 2000, when Notre Dame defeated the Greyhounds, 15-12, on what was then known as Curley Field (now Diane Geppi-Aikens Field). Loyola's last playoff win was a 12-11 triumph over Georgetown in 1998 that sent the team to the Final Four where it eventually bowed out to Maryland.

Top Spot
Loyola enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed for the third time in school history. The Greyhounds were also the top seed in 1998, when they defeated Georgetown, 12-11, in the Quarterfinals to move on to the Final Four for the second time in school history. There, the Greyhounds lost, 19-8, to Maryland. They were then the No. 1 seed in 1999, when they fell in the Quarterfinals to Syracuse, 17-12.

School Record in Wins
Loyola's victory over Fairfield in the ECAC championship game was its 14th of the season, setting a school record for victories in a year. The Greyhounds eclipsed the previous best of 13 that the 1998 squad achieved with a 13-2 record. This is Loyola's 15th season all-time with 10 or more wins with 12 coming since the Greyhounds joined Division I in 1982.

Balanced Scoring in ECAC Championships
Loyola traveled to Denver for the 2012 ECAC Lacrosse League Championships and left the Mile-High City with a 97-pound trophy (no, really). The Greyhounds, who earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and finished the regular-season 6-0 in the league, beat host and No. 4 seed Denver, 14-13, in overtime to advance to the final. There, Loyola topped Fairfield, 14-7.

Fifteen different Greyhounds scored goals in the two games with 11 tallying goals in the semifinal and 10 in the title game. Mike Sawyer led the team with four goals in the two games, a trio coming in the final, while Eric Lusby, Chris Layne and Scott Ratliff each had three. Justin Ward led the Greyhounds with eight total points, dishing out three assists in the semifinal and three along with two goals in the championship.

Two players scored their first collegiate goals in the games, one in each contest. Kevin Ryan tallied a first-quarter goal on a man-up possession against Denver, and Brian Schultz recorded his first in the fourth quarter versus Fairfield.

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