Loyola's Layne to Play Despite Testicular Mass Diagnosis
Loyola senior midfielder Chris Layne was diagnosed earlier this week with a testicular mass that will require further medical treatment, Layne's family announced in a statement through the Loyola athletic department on Friday afternoon.
The news comes two days before the defending national champion Greyhounds are to play seventh-seeded Duke on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament in Durham, N.C.
The family said Layne, a senior from Downingtown, Pa., will play Sunday and finish out his lacrosse career for as many games as the Greyhounds advance in the tournament.
"In consultation with doctors, Chris has decided to complete his collegiate lacrosse career where he loves to be, on the field with the teammates with whom he has a tremendous bond," the statement read.
"We have been part of the Loyola lacrosse family for many years, and the support we have received has been tremendous. We would like to thank Coach Toomey and his staff, Chris' teammates and their families for their comfort during this time. We believe that there is no better place for our family to be at this time because of their care for Chris and our family."
The family has asked that members of the media respect the privacy of Chris and his family during this time, and they will not be making any other statements until further notice.
"Throughout the last several days, our thoughts have been on the health and long-term well-being of Chris Layne," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "We are looking forward to Chris being with us in the playoffs, and he and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers as he prepares for a new, post-playoffs battle."
Layne currently ranks fourth on the Greyhounds in scoring with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points. His brother, Steve, the Loyola's director of lacrosse operations.