Loyola’s Chris Layne has been diagnosed with what is being described as a “testicular mass,” but the senior midfielder still plans to play in the team’s NCAA tournament first-round contest at seventh-seeded Duke this Sunday.
The school made the announcement via a statement from Layne’s family, who revealed that the mass was discovered earlier in the week. It is unclear if the mass is cancerous, but it apparently will not prohibit him from trying to help the Greyhounds (11-4) retain the national championship they won last spring.
“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,” Layne’s family said in a written statement distributed by the school. “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 [Charley] 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 university also added a written statement from Toomey, who said, “Throughout the last several days, our thoughts have been on the health and long-term well-being of Chris Layne. 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 has played in 13 contests, making 10 starts and recording 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points, which ranks fourth in Loyola’s offense. But in recent weeks, Layne has played on the second line with seniors Harry Kutner and Phil Dobson.