Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
April 28, 2012
Canisius (6-7) at Loyola (14-1)
Loyola is the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1999; it hasn't won a playoff game since 2001. The Greyhounds (14-1) are second nationally in possession advantage, earning 5.5 more possessions per game than their opponents. Mike Sawyer (45 goals, eight assists) and Severna Park grad Eric Lusby (37, 12) can scorch corners, but the two key players are long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (nine, seven) and midfielder Josh Hawkins.
Canisius (6-7) is the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winner, having upset Siena in the title game. MAAC teams have never won an NCAA tournament game. The biggest challenge will be generating enough possessions to keep this game close.
"They are a bunch of hungry cats with 16 seniors that willed their way to success last weekend," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "They defeated two teams that beat them handily in regular season. They hustle, scrap, claw and make the game a street fight. We must match their intensity."