The Patriot League has canceled practices and competitions for the rest of the spring due to COVID-19 effective March 16, the conference’s Council of Presidents announced March 12.
The Patriot League’s decision means Loyola and Navy will sit out the rest of the spring sports season. On March 11, the Ivy League announced it was shutting down spring sports, and a day later, the Patriot League followed suit.
The Loyola women’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 3 nationally by Inside Lacrosse, while the men are ranked No. 14. Loyola’s tennis, golf, and track and field programs are also affected. Loyola said a decision on events to be held at March 13-15 is “forthcoming.”
Meanwhile, Navy’s lacrosse, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, rowing and sailing programs are affected. The Mids’ baseball team began the season 14-1. Navy’s men’s lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins March 14 has been canceled. Hopkins called off all spring athletic events through at least April 12.
“This is an unprecedented time for the Patriot League and for Greyhounds Athletics,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., the president of Loyola. “Our student-athletes and athletic programs are a source of pride for Loyola University Maryland — and will continue to be. My thoughts are with our student-athletes, families, coaches, athletics staff and fans who have been so looking forward to an exceptional spring season.”
This was updated to reflect the Johns Hopkins-Navy men’s lacrosse game being canceled. Navy initially announced the game was still on.
Here is the full announcement by the Patriot League:
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Recognizing that the health and safety of our students and broader communities is our priority, and based on the ongoing spread of Covid 19 (2019 novel Coronavirus), the Patriot League Council of Presidents has made the difficult and challenging decision to cancel all spring athletics practice and competition through the remainder of the academic year.
The majority of Patriot League institutions have announced a temporary or semester-long transition to remote learning. While we recognize the disappointment that will be felt by our student-athletes, coaches, and communities, a continuation of spring seasons is untenable.
The decision will be effective Monday, March 16.
Individual institutions will decide the NCAA championship participation status of winter teams and student-athletes who have qualified.
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