Loyola’s record-winning men’s and women’s lacrosse teams now compete in the Patriot League–previously the men were in the ECAC Lacrosse League and the women in the Big East Conference. Of the 17 varsity teams and 22 club teams at Loyola, the lacrosse teams are particularly noteworthy. With players like Sean Hecker leading the Greyhounds, both the men’s and women’s teams have enjoyed high rankings over the past several years. Additionally, both have appeared in numerous NCAA tournaments and the men’s lacrosse team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2012.
Home to some national titles, the Drexel athletic teams are high-ranking and high-intensity. Besides the notable soccer team and women’s basketball–both of which deserve some recognition for recent achievements–the lacrosse teams are up-and-coming, thanks to men’s head coach Brian Voelker. In 2007, Drexel lacrosse defeated University of Virginia, which was the defending National Champion at the time. In 2010, they reached their highest ever ranking at number 7 in the nation after beating Notre Dame. In 2014, Drexel scored in the third overtime as the Dragons came from behind to defeat Hofstra 11-10, to win its first Colonial Athletic Association championship and earn their first ever NCAA tournament berth. This upward trend shows their strong commitment.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
The NCAA D1 team has featured icons Drew Westervelt and Brendan Mundorf. The Retrievers have made their way up since the early 2000s, becoming East America Champions in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They also finished up the 2009 season with a 12–4 record, winning the America East tournament before being eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament by North Carolina. Though the lacrosse team plays on the UMBC Stadium, the brand new, $85 million stadium and events center that is to be opened sometime during the 2017-2018 school year will also boost morale and, hopefully, support for the dedicated lacrosse team.