UM, Loyola, Towson into NCAAs, Hopkins out

UM, Loyola, Towson into NCAAs, Hopkins out
May 5, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Defending national champion Loyola, Maryland and Towson all made the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament -- but the bigger news might have been the local school that missed.

Johns Hopkins saw its 41-year streak of playing in the NCAA tournament end when the 2013 tournament field was announced Sunday night. The Blue Jays last missed the tournament in 1971, but they couldn't earn a spot this year despite finishing with a 9-5 record. 

Maryland is the only local team that's going to host an opening-round game. The Terrapins will be the No. 6 seed and meet Cornell next Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Later that day, Towson goes to Ohio State at 3 p.m. to meet the third-seeded Buckeyes. The Tigers earned a spot thanks to its CAA championship this weekend, and Loyola starts defense of its 2012 title on the road the same day, meeting No. 7 seed Duke at 5:15.

Loyola beat Maryland, 9-3, in last year's national title game. 

Syracuse earned the No. 1 seed this year with Notre Dame (2), Ohio State (3) and Denver (4) rounding out the top four.

Many experts were predicting, in recent days, that Johns Hopkins would not get invited. Coach Dave Pietramala talked about that when being interviewed on ESPN's Selection show Sunday night. 

"Obviously we did not earn our way into the tournament this year," he said. "It's unfortunate, but things do come to an end, and streaks do come to an end. Next year, we start making a run at a new streak."