After 41 consecutive appearances in the
"We're very disappointed," Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala said. "It was not how we set out to have this thing finish. I'm certainly disappointed for our team and our seniors. But that being said, you play a season and we had plenty of opportunities to earn our way into the tournament. Obviously, we didn't do that. The selection committee didn't feel like our body of work was deserving of an at-large bid. So you look at it exactly for what it is. It's disappointing. Obviously, the streak is a wonderful thing. I'm less concerned about a streak and more concerned about getting our team where I think we need to be."
Among area programs,
The Greyhounds (11-4), who won the national title last season, will travel to meet seventh-seeded Duke (12-5) on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in the first round. Loyola narrowly avoided the indignity of joining the 1972 Cornell team and the 2004 Virginia squad as missing the
"What we wanted was an opportunity to take the practice field again," coach
The Terps (10-3), who have advanced to the past two NCAA tournament finals, were awarded the sixth seed and will play host to Cornell (12-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Byrd Stadium in College Park.
Towson (10-7), which upset Penn State, 11-10, to win the
Syracuse, which won the
But the story of the night was the absence of Hopkins, winner of nine NCAA titles. Despite a 9-5 record that included a 7-4 victory over Maryland on April 13, the Blue Jays did not have another quality win on their schedule and ranked just 17th in RPI.
Loyola missed out on a seed and a home game in the first round after losing to Ohio State in an Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament semifinal on Thursday night. The Greyhounds are just 3-6 when opening the NCAA tournament on the road.
Maryland was the top seed in the
"We're excited to be part of the second season," coach
Towson opened the season with three straight losses — including 9-7 to High Point, which had never previously won a game on the Division I level. The Tigers are seeking their first win in the NCAA tournament since 2003.
"Obviously, we're excited to be in the tournament, and we've worked hard for it," coach Shawn Nadelen said. "I'm proud of our guys to get us there, and we strongly believe that we can play with any team in the country. We play a very tough schedule and Ohio State is an extremely talented team."
In Division III, Salisbury, the reigning national champion and winner of 10 NCAA titles, was awarded an at-large bid despite losing to St. Mary's, 13-11, in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament final Sunday. The
In other first-round action Wednesday, Stevenson (17-2), the Middle Atlantic Conference tournament champion, will welcome Christopher Newport.