Loyola had a rare weekend off this past weekend, but that doesn't mean the teams have been taking it easy! 495 is busy preparing for the Tobacco Road Invitational tournament in Durham, NC, and 494 is getting ready for the St. Francis Midwest Challenge. Both tournaments will take place the first weekend of December.
In three separate local tournaments Loyola brought home two Top Five finishes and cemented the program reputation as the regional powerhouse. During the first weekend of November, a freshman-laden team went down to Normal, IL, for the annual Illinois State Invitational. The tournament got off to a rough start with the team losing and tying against South Dakota and splitting with Miami (OH), but in round three Loyola won two against Elmhurst. In round four they tied and lost against Cornell College to finish with a 4-4 record. The following weekend Loyola sent 494 to Lewis University's annual Fantastic Flyer Tournament and 496 to Elgin Community College's Golden Gavel Invitational. Both teams started strong, with 494 going 4-0 on day one against Ohio Northern and Loras. 496 went 3-1 on day one, winning both against Wisconsin-Parkside and splitting with Elgin. On day two the success continued, with both teams winning two ballots against Lewis and Elgin, respectively. In round four 494 was unfortunately unable to capitalize on the opportunity to win the tournament, losing two ballots to tournament-winner Northwestern, but the 6-2 record earned them second place! 496 also finished 6-2 after splitting with St. Louis and earned fourth place at the Golden Gavel.
After three previous trips to the nation's capitol, Loyola finally game away with a trophy this time around. The tournament started with deja vu against Georgia when 495 won, lost, and tied the three ballots - the same exact result between the only previous meetings between the two teams, at GAMTI in 2010. The plaintiff side then went 2-1 against Washington University, St. Louis, and the defense went 2-0-1 against Brown in round three. While round four didn't go Loyola's way (0-3 vs. Virginia), the 5-5-2 (6-6) record matches Loyola's best-ever GAMTI result which last occurred in Loyola's first GAMTI appearance in 2008.