Loyola of Baltimore has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League. The Greyhounds will compete in the conference in all sports except rowing. With the addition of Boston University, the Patriot League was seeking another team to bring its basketball membership up to 10. Both teams will start play in the Patriot League in 2013-14.
“It is an honor to join the Patriot League’s distinguished member institutions, all of which consistently demonstrate a profound commitment to excellence in both the classroom and on the field,” Loyola president Rev. Brian F. Linnane said in a press release. “That commitment is one we share at Loyola, and we see this move as a vital opportunity to continue to elevate our already outstanding athletic programs.”
Loyola leaves the 10-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which it won last year, advancing to the NCAA basketball tournament. The move also strengthens the Patriot League in lacrosse. Loyola won the NCAA title last year, emerging from the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The Loyola women’s lacrosse team will move from the Big East.
“We are delighted to expand the Patriot League membership to 10 full members with the addition of Loyola,” PL executive director Carolyn Schlie Femovich announced. “Loyola further strengthens the league in the southern portion of our footprint. With the addition of both Boston University and Loyola University Maryland for the 2013-14 academic year, we believe that the Patriot League has enriched its future on the field of play and the classroom.”