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Loyola joins BU as the other newcomer to the Patriot League, joining the conference after 24 years in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
BU and Loyola have some recent history — the two met in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, where the Terriers fell to the Greyhounds, 70-63. While Loyola loses several key players this year, All-MAAC First Team selection Dylon Cormier will return after averaging 16.4 points per game. Nine players on Loyola’s roster are either freshmen or sophomores, which will be an interesting test for new head coach G.G. Smith. The team made the NCAA Tournament as recently as 2012 after winning the MAAC Tournament.
Loyola men’s soccer enters the Patriot League with some terrific players in its lineup, including forward Larry Ndjock, who was a preseason third-team All-America selection by College Soccer News and was named preseason Patriot League after he led the MAAC in goals last season with seven. The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the Patriot League in a preseason poll.
The Greyhounds men’s lacrosse team will also prove to be a tough test for the newly instated BU varsity team, having won the national championship in 2012 — the first championship in school history. They have made the tournament in five of the past seven years under the guidance of head coach Charley Toomey, and with All-Americans defender Joe Fletcher and attack Justin Ward returning, Loyola will be tough to beat.