Bruins even series with the Leafs in a physical 4-1 win on Saturday

Jake DeBrusk and the Bruins rebounded in Game 2 in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins got off to a quick start against the Leafs in the first period after Charlie Coyle slotted a David Backes pass into the back of Frederik Anderson’s net just 4:44 into the frame. 12 minutes later, Brad Marchand doubled the Bruins lead after a nifty behind the back pass from David Pastrnak left him one on one with Anderson.

In the period, the Bruins both out shot and out hit the Leafs in a completely one sided first frame of the game. Early on the Bruins established a physicality and energy that Toronto could not match at all in the first period.

Jake DeBrusk also showed his scrappier side after getting into two scrums with Toronto players. The first resulted in matching minor roughing penalties after DeBrusk got into an altercation with Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri while the second with defenseman Travis Dermott was broken up before any penalties could be called.

Just ten minutes into the period Leafs’ defenseman Jake Muzzin blindsided Bruins’ defenseman Torey Krug, sending him to the locker room, forcing him to miss the remainder of the period and the game.

Ten seconds later, Toronto defenseman William Nylander gifted Danton Heinen the Bruins’ third goal of the night after failing to get the puck back to Anderson in a weird exchange along the side of the net.

DeBrusk continued his excellent play in the second, showing that he was ready to throw his body around regardless of who he was up against. Late in the period he and Kadri collided knees, sending Kadri to the locker room in the waning moments of the period. However, Kadri came back to start the third period for the Leafs.

The teams were relatively even in the opening ten minutes of the third but with 9:16 left in the game Kadri scored Toronto’s first goal of the game to make it 3-1.

The Bruins then lost a second defenseman in the final minutes of the game when Connor Clifton went to the locker room after sustaining an injury, joining Krug in missing the end of the game.

With 5:57 left in the game, things got completely out of hand between the two sides. DeBrusk began the extracurriculars with a shot to Patrick Marleau against the glass, but then Kadri responded with a cross-check to the side of DeBrusk’s head. The play resulted in an ejection for Kadri along with a five minute major. Based on Kadri’s history and the hit itself, it looks like he could miss the remainder of the series and potentially more because of his antics on Saturday.

Just a minute later, the Bruins capitalized on the major penalty when Patrice Bergeron scored off of a Marchand pass to make it 4-1 with 4:57 to play. From there the Bruins shut down the Leafs en route to the win.

With each team winning a game, the series now shifts to Toronto on Monday for the next two games.

Capitals beat Knights 4-3 to secure their first Stanley Cup Title

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were able to lay their playoff demons to rest and finally win a Stanley Cup after they beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

In the moments leading up to the game Washington forward Alex Ovechkin took part in some early gamesmanship with Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleurys by slashing his stick in the pregame warm ups before Fleury returned the favor with a stick to Ovechkin’s leg. Both teams were ready to set the tempo and physical even before the game started with the faces of both franchises ready to go.

Game 5 got off to a fast, physical start for both teams with little to distinguish them. Both teams exchanged rushes of offense zone time for the first several minutes of the game. The physicality ramped up early with a huge hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson on Knights’ forward William Karlsson, that appeared to injure him on the play as he was slow to return to Vegas’ bench. However, he was able to play for the rest of the game.

The Capitals were given an early opportunity to take the lead with a powerplay with just under ten minutes to go. Early into their man advantage, Ovechkin rang a shot off of the post, the Capitals’ best chance to grab an early game 5 lead on the power play.

The Knights were able to kill the penalty and prevent the Capitals from grabbing the early lead. This power play proved to be the best opportunity for either team to score in the first but the teams headed into the intermission tied at zero.

Seconds into the second period, the T.J. Oshie was able to draw a tripping penalty to put the Capitals back onto the power play. The Capitals were unable to score on the power play after some great goalkeeping from Fleury, who had stopped all twelve shots he had faced up to that point in the game.

Immediately after the end of Washington’s power play, Vegas drew a penalty for a high stick, giving them their first power play of the game. Like the Capitals’ power plays, the Golden Knights were unsuccessful on their first one.

With thirteen minutes to go in the first, the Capitals took advantage of an opportunity to counter attack and forward Jakub Vrana beat Fleury glove side to give the Capitals the first goal of the game.

Three minutes later Vegas was able to equalize with a shot from Nate Schmidt that deflected off the skate of Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen. Seconds later Vegas committed another penalty to put Washington back on the power play. Just seconds in Ovechkin was able to take advantage and put the Capitals back on top. However, the lead would not last as David Perron would tie the game up at two just two minutes later.

With a little over two minutes to go in the second Ovechkin tripped Vegas forward William Karlsson, giving the Knights a power play for nearly the remainder of the period. This time former bruin Reilly Smith was able to find the back of the net for his second goal in as many games and to give Vegas its first lead of the game with thirty seconds remaining in the second. However, a scrum ensued following the goal leading to penalties against Brooks Orpik and Alex Tuch and a four on four situation.

After a five goal second period, the teams entered the final frame with the Golden Knights up three to two.

The action picked up immediately in the third with the teams trading excellent opportunities with the goalies robbing a goal each, all within the first two minutes. Five minutes into the period, the Capitals would get their first opportunity at a power play in the final frame. The best opportunity on the power play came from Vegas when forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare intercepted a pass and had a breakaway but was shut down by a great defensive effort from Ovechkin.

With ten minutes left in the game Washington forward Devante Smith-Pelly did his best Bobby Orr impression and scored the game-tying goal, which was his third straight game with a goal. Brooks Orpik was just barely able to keep the puck in the zone and was able to find a way to get the puck back to the net.

The Capitals were not done scoring yet, with seven to go forward Lars Eller found the puck on a second chance opportunity and was able to find the back of the net and give Washington the lead. The Knights would not be able to score and the Capitals were able to secure their first Stanley Cup Title in the team’s 44 year history.

For Vegas to come so close to a title in the first year of their existence is something that has to be recognized. After the tragic shooting in Las Vegas last fall, the city needed something to rally around and the Knights gave them that by having unprecedented success for an expansion team in their first year with 51 wins and a Finals appearance. Vegas was also able to prove that it deserved to have an NHL team with the passion the fans displayed throughout the team’s inaugural season.

After the game, Alex Ovechkin was named the Conn Smythe trophy winner, the award given to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, for being the playoff leader in goals and leading the Capitals to their first title. Ovechkin is a generational talent and will finally be able to add his name to Lord Stanley’s Cup and effectively cement his place in NHL history.

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Breaking Down Julian Edelman’s Four Game Suspension

New England Patriots’ star wide receiver Julian Edelman will reportedly miss the first four games of the 2018 season after being suspended for a PED violation, according to Adam Schefter.

Coming off of a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entirety of the 2017 season, Edelman will likely be spending four more games on the sideline, pending his appeal. While the Patriots were able to make it to the Super Bowl without Edelman last year, losing him to start this season could prove to be more of an issue than it was last year.

The Patriots will still have star tight end Rob Gronkowski despite the will he won’t he retire rumors that have been going around since the Patriots’ defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52 back in February and Tom Brady will still be under center come September, but things will be different to start the year for the Patriots. However, the Patriots did lose one player that could have made the loss of Edelman a bit easier, Danny Amendola who signed with the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency back in March.  Last year, Amendola was able to step in and fill Edelman’s role quite effectively last year coming out of the slot so it may be difficult to replace that productivity with some of the receivers on the Patriots’ roster. The guy coming out of the slot has typically been Brady’s go to receiver for pretty much his entire career, going back to the early days with Troy Brown, followed by Wes Welker. Losing both guys that filled that spot for the past several years puts the Patriots in a tough position.

The Patriots’ wide receiver corp is also full of newcomers, including former Bills’ receiver Jordan Matthews and former Raiders’ receiver/ kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. In the draft the Patriots selected wide receiver Braxton Berrios in the sixth round, who fits the prototypical mold for the slot receiver that Brady has relied on in the past but there is no way of telling if he will be able to fill that role right away at this point in the offseason. There are also still questions surrounding Malcolm Mitchell who also missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury and has yet to show up on the practice field during the Patriots’ mandatory camp this week.

However, despite these questions at the receiver position, they may be able to find a solution for the hole Edelman leaves behind at the running back position. In the past, running back James White has become an excellent receiver for the Patriots and has shown up in huge games, including his MVP caliber performance in Super Bowl 51, during which he caught a record 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Falcons ( The Patriots also have receiver Chris Hogan returning, someone that has gained Brady’s trust over the past couple of years, so he could also try to fill the void left by Edelman.

It could be tough for the Patriots to replace Edelman’s productivity without Amendola, but between Hogan, Gronkowski and White, they should be able to manage for the first four games of the 2018 season. Having one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time should also help the Patriots get off to a normal start this season.

Photo from USA Today

Vegas Collapses as Washington takes 3-1 Series Lead

Things went from bad to worse for the Las Vegas Golden Knights after getting crushed by the Washington Capitals 6-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After being thoroughly outplayed by the Capitals in Game 3, the Knights fought to get off to a fast start with several scoring opportunities just minutes into the game. In the first five minutes Vegas led Washington in scoring opportunities at five to one. Early into a first period power play called when John Carlson was caught for tripping, Vegas forward James Neal was nearly able to capitalize with an early shot on an open net that rang off the far post.

The Capitals were able to withstand the early onslaught and responded with a strong offensive presence of their own in the final ten minutes of the first, kickstarted by the opening goal of the game for Washington. On the Capitals’ first power play of the game, forward T.J. Oshie was able to show some fancy footwork and take advantage of a rebound off of Knights’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and find the back of the net to give the Capitals an early 1-0 lead. A defensive miscue left Oshie wide open on the opposite side of the net without a defender in sight after Tomas Nosek failed to track him when the Capitals entered the offensive zone and was left in the dust with Oshie in position to put the puck in the net.

However, the Capitals were not done in the first, with just over three minutes left in the first, forward Tom Wilson was able to double the lead after receiving a cross ice pass from forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. Then with just seconds to go forward Devante Smith-Pelly found the back of the net for the second game in a row to put the Capitals up 3-0 with twenty seconds left in the first.

In the second Vegas fought back drawing two penalties in the first ten minutes and played well but were unable to execute despite ample scoring opportunities. In that time alone the Knights rang four more shots off the post in addition to the several shots off the pipes in the first. Throughout the entire period, the Knights had plenty of opportunities to cut into the lead including two power plays but could not capitalize. Unfortunately for Vegas, the Capitals could.

With five minutes to go in the second, the Capitals were on their second power play of the game and Carlson was able score the fourth goal of the game following Kuznetsov’s second assist.

Despite Vegas’ numerous chances in the period, they could not find a way to get the puck past Washington goalie Braden Holtby who had an excellent second period, stopping anything and everything that came his way.

Early in the third, the four goal deficit seemed to be a back breaker for the Knights. The first several minutes proved to be an incredibly sloppy run of play for Vegas, including a careless slashing call against forward Erik Haula. This was the first power play of the night for Washington that did not result in a goal. Seconds after the successful penalty kill for Vegas, the Capitals surrendered a penalty of their own. After being 0-4 on the power play heading into this one, Neal was finally able to put the puck in the back of the net and cut into Washington’s lead.

With seven minutes to go Vegas forward and former Bruin Reilly Smith was able to cut the lead in half after a nifty forehand to backhand move to beat Holtby and show that the Knights weren’t going to go out quietly. The Capitals responded almost immediately with the teams in a four on four situation with a goal from defenseman Michal Kempny after a couple of slick passes from Oshie and Nicklaus Backstrom.

Kempny’s goal proved to be the nail in the coffin for Vegas in Game 4. In the moments following his goal, you could tell that the Knights were ready for the game to be over and any energy they had was gone. Starting with three minutes in the game, Vegas gave up two incredibly careless penalties to put the Capitals in a 5 on 3 power play. With two minutes left Capitals coach Barry Trotz put out his best power play lineup, which led to a scrum between the teams leading to Oshie and Deryk Engelland being tossed from the game.

In the ensuing power play, Smith-Pelly scored his second goal of the game to put the Capitals up 6-2, a score that would not change for the rest of the game.

The series shifts back to Las Vegas for Game 5 on Thursday and the Knights have to be hoping that they can correct some of their mistakes and try to claw their way back from a 3-1 deficit in the series.

Capitals beat Golden Knights 3-1 to take 2-1 series lead

Despite a heroic effort from Las Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the Knights were unable to keep up with Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals’ high-powered offense.

It was a fast start with little to distinguish the two teams. Both the Capitals and Golden Knights traded opportunity after opportunity but the goalies stood tall throughout the first period. Early in the first, a potential first goal for the Capitals was waved off after Devante Smith-Pelly interfered with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, sending the Knights to the power play, which the Capitals were able to kill.

Fleury’s play in particular sttod out in the first after robbing Alex Ovechkin of several scoring opportunities, including this beautiful save:

However, the tie would not last as Ovechkin was able to score just a minute into the second period after a Fleury save that rebounded the puck right to him in front of net.

After getting a power play halfway through the second, the Capitals were nearly able to add to the lead seconds into the man advantage after T.J. Oshie deflected a Nicklaus Backstrom shot off of the post. Just moments after the power play ended, Evgeny Kuznetsov doubled the Capitals’ lead. For Kuznetsov, there were serious concerns about his availability to play after suffering an upper body injury during the first period of Wednesday’s game. Despite allowing two goals in the period, Fleury was able to add to his highlight reel of saves after this incredible display of nearly inhuman reflexes:

Going into the third the Capitals still maintained a two goal lead with the teams on a four on four situation following tripping penalties from Smith-Pelly and Fleury at the end of the second.

Minutes into the third period, the Knights were able to cut the lead in half after a goal from Tomas Nosek after a questionable flip into traffic from Capitals’ goalie Braden Holtby. However, Smith-Pelly was able to pad the Capitals’ lead after an assist from Jay Beagle, his second of the night, with just six minutes to go in the game. With two and a half minutes to go, Fleury headed to the bench so the Knights could get an extra attacker on the ice, leading to an onslaught of offensive opportunities for Vegas.

The Caps were able to survive the attack and maintained their 3-1 lead through the end of the period. For Vegas, this is the first time that they have lost two games in a row in the entirety of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The teams will have a day to rest before they face off again on Monday night in our nation’s capital.

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How do We Fix Diversity Issues in Sports Journalism?

Unfortunately, the industry of sports journalism has become known as all-boys club and while some outlets are trying to change that perspective, not enough is being done to hire more diverse  sports newsrooms when it comes to gender and race.

It is important for sports newsrooms to hire a diverse group of people to cover sports because when it comes to sports, there are a lot of different issues and topics covered that require different perspectives. While historically sports journalism has been a field dominated by white men, some progress is being made but there needs to be room for more voices to be heard. Racially this is important because as of a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) report from 2011, about 67 percent of NFL players are black, about 77 percent of all NBA players are black and 28 percent of MLB players are latino ( These figures are important because they highlight the fact that newsrooms should be hiring diverse staffs for the sports they cover because these sports in many cases are very racially diverse and newsrooms should be able to follow the example of the sports they cover.

The most recent edition of the Associated Press Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report cards ( show that the gender diversity in sports newsrooms may actually be getting worse while these organizations are making strides when it comes to racial diversity. The study looked at the diversity of several positions at newsrooms including editors, assistant editors, reporters, columnists, and copy editors or designers. There was only one position that did not receive an F which was assistant sports editors, which received a C- and stated that about thirty percent of the assistant editors were women. Overall, the total grade for gender diversity was an F and that was attributed to the fact that only 17.9 percent of the total staffs of the news organizations that were surveyed were women. This is also the fifth consecutive year that the organizations in the APSE received an F for gender diversity.

Another major concern that came out of the report is that the vast majority of people in these positions are white males, regardless of the increasing amount of minority representation in the industry. The study found that 85 percent of editors are white and that 90 percent of editors are men, representing the group with the fewest number of women hired for that position. It is also important to note that the number of women that are working as reporters has actually decreased since the last study back in 2014.



Despite the grim outlook for diversity in sports journalism overall, there are certain organizations that are working hard to promote diversity. ESPN is at the forefront when it comes to having a diverse newsroom, so much so that without their numbers, the study would paint an even darker picture of the industry as a whole. The study found that out of the 89 women that worked as assistant sports editors, 75 of them worked at ESPN, a staggering 84 percent. It also found that out of the 44 women that worked as columnists, 38 of them worked at ESPN, which represents 86 percent of the people surveyed.

While the difference in editors is especially concerning, there are some bright spots that show that sports journalism is slowly becoming more diverse among the APSE news outlets. This is made clear through looking at the assistant editors and columnists.



So where do we go from here? One suggestion comes from Richard Lapchick, the director of the APSE and the primary author of the Racial and Gender Report Card. In an interview with AP reporter Joedy McCreery ( he said that he thinks it may be a good idea to implement a Rooney Rule equivalent to hiring sports reporters and I think that is a great starting point. On SB Nation, Adam Stites does an excellent job of explaining what the Rooney Rule is. Basically, the Rule requires teams to interview minority candidates for vacant head coach and general manager positions before filling the empty positions.

In 2003, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the man the rule is named for, spearheaded a movement to promote racial diversity in upper level positions in NFL teams after two African-American coaches, Tony Dungy and Dennis Green were fired despite having found success as coaches, following the 2002 season ( While writing a report for ESPN about the study, Lapchick further emphasized the idea of Rooney Rule equivalent called the Ralph Wiley Rule, named after the late African-American writer (

Regardless of what happens, news organizations owe it to themselves to hire from a much more diverse pool of candidates. The news is better when we can get different perspectives and voices telling the same stories, regardless of if it is sports, politics or whatever the topic may be. If as journalists we are looking at and reporting on the flaws of other industries we have to do the same in our own and improve ourselves first.

However, things are looking up when it comes to diversity. From this clip from the show “Speak for Yourself” on Fox Sports highlights that like ESPN, other organizations are also working hard at promoting diversity with the people they hire for their on-air talent. For shows like this especially where much of the content is opinion based on current sports news, it is incredibly important to hire a diverse group of people because you are guaranteed to get people that have different opinions about the same topic, which is something sports journalism needs right now.

Boston Globe NewsTrack in Review

After following the Boston Globe for the past semester, one thing has become abundantly clear, the Globe is struggling to find an online identity.

While the Globe does a great job as a traditional, print-based news outlet it needs to find a way to create a balance on its website that is able to build upon while also separating itself from the newspaper. For two assignments we had to look at visuals from our NewsTrack websites and the Globe stood out for the wrong reasons in both cases. In the first visual report, we had to just report on how our websites used visuals such as pictures to add to their news coverage. In the case of the Globe, their visuals follow the same format that they would in the paper, with a single photo followed by the story. The Globe does have a section dedicated entirely to photos but is actually hidden away from the main page on the website.

The second assignment we had to do involving visuals was better when it came to the Globe’s website but not by much. For this assignment, we had to look up data visualizations from our NewsTrack sites and in doing so, I found that the Globe has an entire subsection dedicated to it in the Metro section of the website. However, these articles fall into the same issue that most of the articles do which is that the reader is just met with a wall of text just like it would be in the paper. And if you want to find the visualization of the data, you have to click away to a separate page.

It is clear from the Globe’s website that they are struggling to find an identity online and tend to just rely on their newspaper and not make the content different online. This is a big issue for a media outlet like the Globe because the paper and the web are two completely different entities that need to be addressed differently. While people are looking to read a wall of text in the newspaper, that is certainly not the case online. Online you need to grab your readers with visuals and other forms of media so that you can keep their attention because if you don’t, the reader can easily find a more captivating article about the same topic on a different site.

Despite this major flaw, the Globe does still stick to its mission. The Globe prides itself on reporting the truth and giving New England the information it needs and they follow through daily with the stories that matter. The only thing the Globe needs to do is to find a way to enhance their newspaper with the different forms of media they can use online, especially video, something almost entirely absent from the website.

For itself and audience, the Globe needs to find a way to bridge the gap between their website and the newspaper.

A look back at BU’s Lacrosse Season Before the Playoffs begin

After the Terriers win over Holy Cross on Friday, they punched their ticket to the Patriot League Quarterfinals and will take on Bucknell tonight.

In their previous meeting, the Terriers ended up losing to Bucknell 9-16 and will be looking to even up the season record against the Bison and move to the semis in the Patriot League Tournament. Regardless of the outcome tonight, the Terriers still have one more game against Duke on May 6th. Before tonight’s matchup we’re looking back at some of the top moments and plays from the Terriers season so far.

Prior to the game, several members of the Terriers roster were awarded for their accomplishments this season. Freshman Chris Gray was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was named to the Patriot League first team while Senior Jack Wilson was named to the second team. Gray is the first Terrier to be awarded Rookie of the Year in the program’s history and has broken records throughout the year. Against Harvard he set the program record for most points in a game at ten. This past Friday against Holy Cross he added another five points which brought his total to 59, also a new record for the Terriers.

Gray and Wilson both have had outstanding seasons and have been consistent throughout. Both attackers have notched a point in every contest this season while Wilson is on a 57 game point streak spanning the past couple of seasons. This is Wilson’s second straight year of being named to the All Patriot League second team.

Gray and sophomore goalie Joe McSorely were also both awarded honors this week for Patriot League Rookie and Goalie of the week respectively following their performances Friday night against Holy Cross. McSorely tied a season low in goals allowed at four and made ten saves in the contest.

It’s going to be all hands on deck tonight but if the Terriers are going to win, Wilson, Gray and McSorely are going to have to play a key role in tonight’s quarterfinal match up against Bucknell.

Data Visualization and the Boston Globe

When it comes to data journalism, the Boston Globe is a great place to start. Tucked away in the Metro section of the website, there is an entire section dedicated entirely to data visualization. However, much like when I discussed the the visuals that the Boston Globe uses (, one thing stands out and it is that the Globe still struggles to find a happy medium between visuals and text.

The Globe is still very much in the mindset of writing for the paper first and online second in one article,, instead of being greeted by a visualization of the data the article is based on, the reader is met with a wall of text in typical Globe fashion. In order to actually look at the data, the reader has to click away from the main article to a page that shows the map of bike related accidents and fatalities in Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012. In doing this, the Globe defeats the purpose of trying to reach on online audience by being stuck in their old ways.

Like with their visuals, the Globe is almost stuck in a sort of limbo where it cannot find its identity online and is stuck in the mindset of a newspaper and not using all of the tools that it can at its disposal even though the potential is clearly there for them to do something great.

McSorely and Hilburn lift the Terriers to Key Win over Army

The Boston University Terriers were able to defeat Army 8-7 on Saturday after some late game heroics from senior forward Ryan Hilburn.

The win over Army comes at a critical time when the Terriers are fighting for their lives to be able to get a spot in the Patriot League tournament. With the win, BU improved to 6-6 which gives them a one game lead over Army who are 5-5 following the loss. The Terriers also now hold the head to head tie breaker over the Black Knights.

In a day full of festivities the Terriers were able to squeak out a win after Hilburn gave BU the lead with just 30 seconds left in the game. Hilburn tallied two of his three goals in the fourth quarter while sophomore goalie Joe McSorley did not allow a single goal in the final frame in his best performance of the season.

For the seniors, this was their last game at Nickerson and prior to the game they were honored for what they have been able to do for the lacrosse team. Prior to the game I was able to catch up with Hilburn along with fellow seniors Conor Okmin and Hayden Ruiz to get their thoughts on what will be one of their last games at BU.

McSorely was able to make a career high 16 saves in the win and  held Army to just 7 goals en route to being named this week’s Patriot League Athlete of the week. Freshman forward Chris Gray was able to add two points to his season total of 50 and he became the second player in program history to reach that mark.

The Terriers will continue their push for the Patriot League tournament this weekend when they travel to Baltimore to take on Loyola on Saturday.