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Loyola opens hoops season with exhibition against Seton Hill

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Seton Hill University Griffins
Date Monday, November 5, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena

Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will hit the hardwood for the first time in front of a crowd against outside competition on Monday night when it hosts Seton Hill University in an free exhibition game that will start at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds, who finished the 2011-2012 season with a school Division I record 24-9 mark, are gearing up for their 2012-2013 regular-season opener on Friday, November 9, against Binghamton University at 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Greyhounds on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years.

Monday’s exhibition, which is free of charge to all fans, will be broadcast live on Hounds Unleashed for those unable to attend. The game, like all non-televised home contests this season, will be streamed free of charge through the video arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com and is available on all computers and most smart mobile devices.

Seton Hill will provide an excellent test for the Greyhounds. The Division II Griffins compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, known as one of the toughest in the nation.

Three Loyola players were named to the Preseason All-MAAC teams yesterday, led by senior forward Erik Etherly who garnered a First Team nod. Senior guard Robert Olson and junior guard Dylon Cormier both were named to the Second Team.

Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring (13.7 points per game), rebound (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (50) last season and was named the MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player as the Greyhounds won the title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. He also was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District II Second Team, becoming just the second player in school history to earn district honors from the coaches.

He is now one of five players – joining Siena College’s O.D. Anoskie, Manhattan College’s George Beamon, Iona College’s Lamont Jones and Fairfield University’s Derek Needham – eligible to be named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, an honor that will be announced on Friday, November 9, during the MAAC Preseason Awards Show that will air live on ESPN3. The MAAC Preseason Poll will also be announced at that time.

Cormier finished the year with a 13.4 points per game average and led the Greyhounds with 51 steals. He raised his shooting percentage from .379 to .461 from his freshman to sophomore years and led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times while topping the 20-point mark seven times.

Olson, who Wednesday was named one of 30 candidates for the national Senior CLASS Award, emerged as one of the nation’s top shooters from long range last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game and made 66 3-pointers during the year, the sixth-most in school single season history. He enters his senior season third on the Greyhounds’ all-time 3-point percentage chart (.4107) and sixth in career threes (138).

Joining the three will be a host of veterans that include graduate student Anthony Winbush, a versatile player who can line up at all five positions on the court, and senior Julius Brooks, a tough forward who is a tenacious rebounder and shot blocker.

Winbush came off the bench for much of the season, seeing six starts and playing in all 33 games, and averaged 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. He also was second on the team in steals with 39, behind only Cormier’s 51.

Brooks, who has started at times in his career, provided valuable minutes off the bench last season as a post player. He enters the season 16th in Loyola history in blocked shots.

Jordan Latham is back for his second year at Loyola and will see more minutes in the post after averaging more than 12 per game last year. The junior saw his minutes rise steadily as the year wore on, and he made his presence known in the MAAC Championship Game when he contributed five points, five rebounds and two emphatic blocked shots.

R.J. Williams returns to the team after starting 29 games last season and leading the team with 85 assists. With those team-leading assists, he committed just 49 turnovers and had 38 steals in the backcourt.

In addition to those players, veterans Luke Wandrusch and Chido Onyiuke return to lend depth to Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ lineup, along with a slew of newcomers guards Tyler Hubbard - a redshirt freshman who will see his first game action this year - Eric Laster, Jarred Jones and Sean Tuohy, Jr., and post players Franz Rassman and Josh Forney.

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Loyola lax assistant takes head coach job at Richmond

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Chemotti Named Head Coach At Richmond

 

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland Assistant Coach Dan Chemotti has been named the first head coach at the University of Richmond, the Virginia school announced on Monday.

Chemotti finished his fifth season at Loyola in 2012 as the Greyhounds won an NCAA Division I-record tying 18 games and won the school’s first NCAA Championship.

Due to the weather caused from Hurricane Sandy, Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey will be unavailable for comment. Following is a statement from Coach Toomey:

“We are very happy for Dan who is taking a step to become a head coach, one that he has wanted for a long time. I believe that the mark of a great coach is to leave a place better than you found it, and Dan is certainly doing that. We will be grateful for his contributions at Loyola and wish him the best at Richmond. We will begin a national search to fill the vacancy immediately.”

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Loyola to depart MAAC for Patriot League

Posted on 29 August 2012 by WNST Staff

Loyola University Maryland has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic and athletic year.

“It is an honor to join the Patriot League’s distinguished member institutions, all of which consistently demonstrate a profound commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the field.That commitment is one we share at Loyola, and we see this move as a vital opportunity to continue to elevate our already outstanding athletics programs in keeping with our goal of becoming the nation’s leading Catholic, comprehensive university,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president.

The Patriot League’s full members are AmericanUniversity, Bucknell University, Colgate University, the College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, and fellow new addition for 2013 BostonUniversity.

“Loyola University Maryland is an outstanding addition to our membership as a private institution with an excellent academic reputation and rich athletic history,” said Daniel H. Weiss, Ph.D., chair of the Patriot League’s Council of Presidents and president of Lafayette College. “The decision to add Loyola reflects the presidents’ commitment to the stability and long-term positioning of the league.”

Since 1998, the Patriot League has ranked first among all Division I conferences in student-athlete graduation rates in the NCAA Graduation Rates report. In the most recent report, Loyola had 11 teams with perfect graduation rates. A total of 15 Patriot League sports are guaranteed advancement into NCAA postseason competition each year, and all Loyola teams currently eligible for automatic bids will have the same opportunity after the move in 2013.

“Loyola athletics’ primary mission is to support the development of student-athletes who thrive academically, athletically, spiritually, and socially,” said James Paquette, assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola. “The Patriot League embraces and supports those values, and we are thrilled to become partners with the league. Its members’ histories of academic and athletic excellence are impressive, and consistent not only with Loyola’s past achievements, but our future ambitions as well.”

“We are delighted to expand the Patriot League membership to 10 full members with the addition of Loyola,” Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said. “Loyola further strengthens the league in the southern portion of our footprint. With the addition of both Boston University and Loyola University Maryland for the 2013-14 academic year, we believe that the Patriot League has enriched its future both on the field of play and in the classroom.”

Currently, 16 of Loyola’s teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while men’s lacrosse plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and women’s lacrosse plays in the Big East. All of Loyola’s NCAA Division I athletics teams will make the conference move with the exception of men’s rowing. The Patriot League does not conduct a championship in the sport, but Loyola will continue to row a regionally competitive schedule.

About Loyola University Maryland:

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, its school of arts and sciences; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students from across the country and around the world.

About the Patriot League:
The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutionsremain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

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Former Greyhound Walker signs to play in Greece

Posted on 20 August 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Former Loyola University Maryland forward Shane Walker has signed a professional contract with AS Apollon Patras and will begin his career this week in Greece’s A1 League.

Walker, who graduated with his degree in communications in May, helped lead the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. He was the only player to start all 33 games for Head Coach Jimmy Patsos and averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior.

“We are thrilled for Shane as he’s starting his pro career in Europe,” Patsos said. “Shane was a great leader for us and did all of the little things necessary for us to win a championship and reach the NCAA Tournament. He made things happen for us on offense and defense, and he molded himself into someone that is going to be a very good player over there.”

The native of Northhampton, England, finished his Loyola career ranked second on the all-time blocked shots list with 135 after swatting 42 last season. He also had 50 assists, 23 steals and made 25 3-pointers as the Greyhounds rolled to a 24-9 record.

After beginning his collegiate career at Maryland, Walker transferred to Loyola and stepped onto the court for the first time in 2008-2009. In three seasons, he scored 869 points and made 68 3-pointers.

His 604 career rebounds are 11th most in program history, and his 6.63 rebounds per game is 10th. Walker, who was an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Third Team honoree in 2010-2011, also recorded three of the top nine single-season blocked shot performances in school history.

Walker is one three former Loyola players under Jimmy Patsos who will soon begin their seasons in Europe. Andre Collins (Turkey) and Michael Tuck (England) will return to the leagues where they have excelled in recent years.

Apollon Patras, which is located in the city of Patras, Greece, finished the 2011-2012 with a 20-10 record in the Greek A2 League, garnering promotion to the A1 Division.

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Loyola to raise banner celebrating MAAC title before November 9 opener

Posted on 02 August 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland will open its 2012 men’s basketball slate with a regular-season game on Friday, November 9, at home against Binghamton, the first of five non-conference games that are part of a 13-game schedule.

The Greyhounds’ Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule will be announced this fall. Times and television coverage for non-conference games will also be announced later, and dates are subject to change.

“Last year, we felt that our non-conference games really prepared us for MAAC play,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We grew as a team, learned how to handle travel, get through some adversity, and it made a difference in getting the No. 2 seed in the MAAC tournament and to eventually win the MAAC title.”

Loyola will celebrate its 2012 MAAC title and raise a banner to recognize the accomplishment when the Greyhounds host the Bearcats in the regular-season opener. Prior to that game, Loyola will host an exhibition game against NCAA Division II program Seton Hill on Monday, November 5.

The Greyhounds will also participate in the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament that culminates at Mohegan Sun Arena in Ucansville, Conn., November 17-18. Loyola will play its first-ever game in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, November 11, when it takes on Washington in the first game of the tournament.

After returning to Baltimore, the Greyhounds host cross-town rival UMBC on Wednesday, November 14. Last season, Patsos won his 100th career game in Loyola’s meeting with the Retrievers.

Loyola will take on fellow NCAA Tournament participant Norfolk State on Saturday, November 17, at Mohegan Sun, and the winner of that game will face the winner of a contest between Missouri-Kansas City and Albany in the Hall of Fame Tournament Springfield Bracket, on Sunday, November 18. Saturday’s losers will meet in a consolation game.

Rhode Island will host Loyola on Friday, November 23, and the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a Monday, November 26, date with Towson.

Two days later, on Wednesday, November 28, Loyola will play another Baltimore-area school, Coppin State, on the Eagles’ home court.

The month of December starts in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Greyhounds will take on Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, December 1.

MAAC action will start the following week before the team takes a break for final exams.

Non-conference action resumes on Saturday, December 15, with the 168th all-time meeting between Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s. This year’s tilt will take place in Reitz Arena.

The game against The Mount will be the final contest before Christmas, and Loyola returns from the break on Friday, December 28, to host Patriot League Regular-Season Champion Bucknell. Last year, in Lewisburg, Pa., the Greyhounds snapped the Bison’s 18-game home-court winning streak.

Loyola’s final game before 2013 will take place in Tennessee where it will face Memphis on Sunday, December 30.

MAAC action will start again early in January, and the final non-conference game of the regular-season will take place for the Greyhounds go on the road for a Bracketbuster contest the weekend of February 15-17.

Springfield, Mass., and the MassMutual Center will again host the MAAC Championships. This season’s event will take place Friday-Monday, March 8-11.

Day Date Opponent H/A/N Location
Mon. Nov. 5 Seton Hill (exhibition) H Reitz Arena
Fri. Nov. 9 Binghamton H Reitz Arena
Sun. Nov. 11 Washington A Seattle Wash.
Sat. Nov. 17 Norfolk State N Ucansville, Conn.
Sun. Nov. 18 Missouri-Kansas City or Albany N Ucansville, Conn.
Fri. Nov. 23 Rhode Island A Kingston, R.I.
Mon. Nov. 26 Towson H Reitz Arena
Wed. Nov. 28 Coppin State A Baltimore, Md.
Sat. Dec. 1 Florida Gulf Coast A Fort Myers, Fla.
Sat. Dec. 15 Mount St. Mary’s H Reitz Arena
Fri. Dec. 28 Bucknell H Reitz Arena
Sun. Dec. 30 Memphis A Memphis, Tenn.
Fri.-Sun. Feb. 15-17 Bracketbuster A TBA
Fri.-Mon. March 8-11 MAAC Championships N Springfield, Mass.

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More history as Loyola finishes in Capital One Cup Top 10

Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – On the heels of winning its first NCAA Division I National Championship, the Loyola University Maryland athletic departmentfinished tied for 10th in the Men’s Capital One Cup, and 44th in the women’s standings, for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Greyhounds totaled 60 points to finish tied with North Dakota State on the men’s side. Loyola and the Bison, who won the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Series title, were the highest finishers by schools not affiliated with BCS conferences. There were no other BCS schools amongst the top 20 in either the men’s or women’s rankings.

With an undergraduate enrollment of just over 3,800 students, Loyola is the smallest school to finish in the top 10 on either the men’s or women’s side in the Cup’s history.

Florida won the men’s cup, followed respectively by Arizona, UCLA, LSU, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ohio State.

Loyola’s women, bolstered by the women’s lacrosse team’s NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, scored 12 points and tied for 44th.

In addition to winning the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, three other teams from the University won their respective conference titles and advanced to NCAA competition.

The men’s basketball team captured its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown since 1994 and advanced to the NCAA Second Round, and the men’s golf team won its fifth-straight MAAC title and went on to the NCAA Regionals.

Loyola’s women’s lacrosse team won the BIG EAST Conference crown for the second year in a row and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal for the same time in as many seasons.

The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country. Points toward the Capital One Cup are earned and tracked throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches’ polls.

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Loyola lacrosse freshman Pomper passes away

Posted on 12 June 2012 by WNST Staff

The Loyola University Maryland community is morning the loss of Adam Pomper, a member of the Class of 2015, who passed away June 12, 2012.

A native of Huntington, N.Y., and a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School, Pomper was a student-athlete on the men’s lacrosse team and a communication major.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:
Friday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
M.A. Connell Funeral Home
934 New York Ave
Huntington Station, N.Y. 11746
631-427-1123

http://maconnellfuneralhome.com/

Funeral service:

Saturday, Jun 16, 9:30 a.m.

Church of St. Patrick
400 Main Street
Huntington, N.Y. 11743

http://www.stpatrickchurchhunt.org/

The University offers extensive counseling resources through its Counseling Center, Counseling Center website, and Campus Ministry, and all members of the Loyola community are encouraged to take advantage of these services.

Following are statements from Loyola Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Paquette and Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Charley Toomey.

Jim Paquette:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Adam. On behalf of our administration, coaches and student-athletes, I would like to extend mycondolences to Adam’s parents, brothers, friends and relatives. We realize this is a difficult time for all who knew Adam, and Loyola is committed to providing compassionate spiritual and emotional support for members of our community.”

Charley Toomey:

“As a coach and father, my heart goes out to Adam’s family and friends, as we are deeply saddened to learn of his passing. I don’t know that there are words adequate to describe the feelings of loss and grief wefeel in the Loyola Lacrosse family. We will continue to look to each other for strength as we keep Adam’s family in our prayers.”

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Loyola hero Lusby headed to MLL

Posted on 06 June 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTE – Less than 10 days after leading the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team to its first-ever national title, NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player Eric Lusby has been claimed by Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds and will make his professional debut later this month.

Lusby set the NCAA Championships scoring record with 17 goals in four games, tallying at least three in each as Loyola defeated Canisius, Denver, Notre Dame and Maryland to claim the school’s first NCAA Division I title. He tallied five against both the Pioneers and Fighting Irish and then had four in the title game against the Terrapins on May 28.

He will remain a Hound at the professional level after Charlotte, which is in its first year as an expansion franchise, claimed him on the waiver wire.

“It has always been something I have wanted to do, play professional lacrosse and with the best players everywhere,” Lusby said. “This has probably been the best six months of my entire life, the success we’ve had, the time with the coaches and then winning a national championship.

“I want to thank all of the coaches at Loyola. Coach (Dan) Chemotti changed the offense a little bit this year, and it was such a fun year to be able to play in that. This was the best five years of my life, and I have my coaches and teammates to thank for that.”

Lusby’s run in the NCAA Championships capped a stellar season put together after recovering from an ACL injury to his right knee that held him out of all but two games in 2011. As a junior, Lusby injured his knee in the NCAA First Round at Cornell in May 2010, and an attempt to return togame action last season came to a close after just two games.

The Severna Park, Md., native received a medical redshirt from the NCAA and after graduating from Loyola in May 2011 with his degree in finance, he returned to action as a graduate student this season.

At his natural position of attack, Lusby became one of the top snipers in the college game, finishing sixth in Division I in goals pergame (2.84). He finished the year with 54 goals scored, a single-season record at Loyola that eclipsed the 50 scored by MLL all-time goal scored leader Tim Goettelmann in 2000 and the 52 by his teammate Mike Sawyer this year.

Lusby and Sawyer became the first pair of Loyola teammates to score 50 or more goals in a season and the first at the NCAA level since Duke’s Max Quinzani and Zach Howell in 2010, a pair of teammates who also won an NCAA title.

Lusby posted hat tricks in 11 games this season after entering the year with just two in his first three season at Loyola. He scored two or more goals in 14 of the Greyhounds’ 19 contests in 2012, helping the team tie an NCAA Division I record with 18 victories. Lusby also posted two or more assists five times this year and finished with a team-leading 71 points as his 17 assists were second-most on the team.

His 71 points are the most by a Loyola player since the Greyhounds joined Division I for the 1982 season, and they are the fourth-most all-time in school history.

Lusby was undrafted in the 2012 MLL entry draft following his injury, but he was the top pick on the waiver wire this year by the Hounds. He will join an offense that features the likes of Stephen Berger, Matt Danowski, Jeremy Boltus and Billy Bitter.

Charlotte’s roster also includes former Loyola standout Andrew Spack, a midfielder who graduated in 2007.

Lusby will most likely begin his time with the Hounds when Charlotte hosts the MLL Champion Boston Cannons on Saturday, May 16. The Cannons feature one of Lusby’s former Loyola teammates, All-Star defender P.T. Ricci.

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Greyhounds top Terps for first ever NCAA title

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Greyhounds top Terps for first ever NCAA title

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team checked off a lot of firsts throughout the 2012 season, and the Greyhounds capped their magical season with another on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium.

Loyola won its first-ever NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and the first national title in the school’s Division I history. The Greyhounds set a record for fewest goals allowed in an NCAA Championship Game, defeating the University of Maryland, 9-3.

“I thought Saturday was a pretty cool day for the Greyhounds. But, today is special,” said Charley Toomey who became the first coach to win an NCAA title in his first trip to the NCAA Semifinals. “When I look at my locker room, I’m just so proud of them. They’ve handled every situation with dignity and class this year. Coming back on short preparation to play a tough Maryland team, a physical Maryland team, they responded in a big way to give Loyola our first National Championship.”

Eric Lusby was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring four goals in the title game and setting a tournament record with 17 in four games. He also ends his season with a school-season record 54 goals, surpassing teammate Mike Sawyer who set the record two games ago and finished the year with 52.

Four Greyhounds joined Lusby on the All-Tournament Team: Josh Hawkins, Joe Fletcher, Scott Ratliff and Jack Runkel.

The Greyhounds trailed on two occasions during the game, 1-0 and 3-2, but after Maryland’s Kevin Cooper scored at 10:40, Loyola did not allow a goal for the remaining 40-minutes, 40-seconds of the contest.

Loyola’s win capped a season that it started outside the national Top-20 after concluding 2011 with an 8-5 record. The Greyhounds’ 18 wins set a program record, and Loyola became just the ninth team to win an NCAA Division I title since the first Championship in 1971.

The team is also the second in Loyola history to win a national crown, joining the 1976 men’s soccer side that won the NCAA Division II title.

Maryland took a 1-0 lead 5:26 into the game when Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and went the distance to score. The Terrapins (12-6) held Loyola scoreless for more than four more minutes, but Davis Butts broke through for the Greyhounds, scoring on a bouncer from nine yards out after taking a feed from Chris Layne.

Lusby pushed Loyola in front at the 1:55 mark in the first quarter, spinning free from a defender to dump in his first goal of the game.

Maryland, however, scored two in a row in the first five minutes of the second quarter to take brief 3-2 lead. Mike Chanenchuk got loose curling around the crease and scored at 12:12, and Cooper’s goal off a Joe Cummings feed made it 3-2 with 10:40 left in the frame.

The Terrapins’ advantage, however, did not last long as Pat Byrnes dodged around a defender from goal-line extended on the right side, putting a low-to-low shot around Maryland goalkeeper Niko Amato 1:18 after Cooper’s goal.

Layne then found Sawyer open about seven yards out, and Sawyer put a low-to-low shot into the net at 5:57 to put the Greyhounds up for good.

With 3:57 to go before the half, Phil Dobson came down the right side and ripped a shot to make it 5-3 at the break.

From that point, it was the defense’s turn to take over. Maryland took 19 shots in the third and fourth quarters, but Loyola did not yield a goal. Runkel made six of his seven saves in the second half in goal for the Greyhounds.

“Jack was tremendous this week, but that is what we see of him in practice every day,” Toomey said. “I felt like he got his first save, and that started things off right.”

Runkel was quick to credit the defense in front of him.

“A dream come true to play with these guys,” he said. “They give me shots that I want to see. I’m a lot better up top seeing shots and saving them.”

The close defense of Fletcher (2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover), Reid Acton (3, 2) and Dylan Grimm (1 gb) and rope unit of Ratliff (5, 2), Hawkins (2, 2), Pat Laconi (1 gb), Kyle Duffy and Kevin Moriarty led the way in front of Runkel.

Justin Ward scored the only goal of the third quarter,wrapping around the crease and depositing a high-to-high shot into the goal at 10:12, making Loyola’s lead 6-3.

The fourth quarter offense, then, belonged to Lusby.

He took a Layne pass and whipped a hip-high shot for a goal with 11:12 on the clock, and he made it an 8-3 Greyhounds lead with 5:07 toplay when Layne worked the ball to Sawyer, and Sawyer found Lusby alone on the top right side, and he scored from eight yards in front of the crease.

Lusby scored his record-setting goal with 3:45 left on the clock after Maryland had called a timeout to set up a ride.

Butts carried the ball around a double team for the Greyhounds, and then when he appeared to be trapped near the top of the box, Butts split the defenders and raced toward the goal. He sliced a pass in front of the crease to Lusby who finished his fourth goal of the afternoon.

“I just got hot at the right time,” Lusby said of his 17-goal outburst in the Championships. “I knew going into the tournament, my shot was a little off. I kept missing the cage, so I knew I wanted to shoot for net. But I have to give credit to all the other guys in the offense. From the middies to Davis Butts and Pat Byrnes, all those guys.”

“They were dodging hard all weekend and drawing slides and giving me all the opportunities I had. And, Mike Sawyer drawing all the attention on his side of the field. When I had the opportunity to shoot andscore, I wanted to make sure I made it count.”

Lusby opened the Championships with three goals and two assists against Canisius, and he then scored five goals with two assists in a Quarterfinal win over Denver. Saturday, he tallied five goals and a helper in the Semifinals against Notre Dame, leading to his four-goal performance in the title match.

He eclipsed the previous record of 16 goals set in 2006 by Virginia’s Matt Ward and tied a year later by Duke’s Zach Greer.

Lusby’s 17 goals came on 40 shots, and his 22 points were just three shy of tying the Championships’ record set in 1977 by Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney and tied in 1987 by Cornell’s Tim Goldstein.

The Greyhounds, who had made one previous appearance in the Division I Championship Game (1990 when Toomey was a co-captain and starting goalkeeper) and one in the Division II title contest (1981), joined Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia as teams that have won Division I titles.

“For our alumni, for our past presidents (Rev. Joseph Sellinger and Rev. Harold Ridley), for our current president (Rev. Brian Linnane), (Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics) Jim Paquette, for (Athletic Director Emeritus) Joe Boylan, (Executive Vice President) Susan Donovan, the people (who) have supported us for so many years to allow this team to be what it is, I’m just so happy for those people,” Toomey said.

“This is a special group of guys. This is a special group of young men that fought through a lot of things this year to put themselves in position, and they stood tall on the biggest day.”

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Your Monday Reality Check-Best team all season ending up winning title

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Your Monday Reality Check-Best team all season ending up winning title

Posted on 28 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

It’s a particular shame Monday’s NCAA lacrosse Championship Game was in Foxborough instead of right here at M&T Bank Stadium. It would have been a special celebration of a beloved game in Charm City.

Instead, Memorial Day became a special celebration of a deserving champion at Gillette Stadium.

I was at Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday, March 10 to see the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds face the Duke Blue Devils. The Hounds had gotten off to a nice 4-0 start at that point in the season, reaching double digit goals in every game and holding their opponent to single digits in every game as well.

The issue at that point was the competition. Home wins over Delaware and Towson and road victories at Bellarmine and Michigan did little to convince anyone the Greyhounds were on the cusp of a breakthrough campaign.

It changed that day.

Star attackman and eventual Tewaaraton Award finalist Mike Sawyer put on an absolute clinic for Charley Toomey’s team, scoring six goals and leading the Hounds to a 13-8 win over the Devils. The Hounds were actually ranked ahead of the Devils in one of the recognized college lacrosse polls, but the victory still had the feel of an upset, as Duke was viewed as a legitimate national title contender.

From the opening whistle, it was apparent the Hounds were the more focused, determined squad. The 13-8 final didn’t even necessarily reflect the nature of the game, as Loyola held a 12-5 advantage after three quarters and appeared to let up late. The win came just after Toomey installed Jack Runkel as his starting goalie ahead of Michael Bonitatibus, a move that he would not have to reconsider at all the rest of the season.

On that day at Ridley Athletic Complex, the Loyola Greyhounds became more than just a team with a capable combination of scorers (Sawyer and graduate student Eric Lusby). They became more than just a fun team to watch. They became a legitimate threat to make a run to the Final Four.

Two and a half months later, they found themselves there. It wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t a run of good fortune. It wasn’t about bad luck for other teams. It wasn’t about an easy schedule.

This Loyola team proved that for the 2012 NCAA lacrosse season, they were unquestionably the best team in the country.

In Monday’s NCAA Championship Game, the Hounds dominated the University of Maryland in a way that perfectly encapsulated their entire season. They showed an incredible ability to score goals at times, but also showed that their midfield unit was as capable as their attack. Their wings battled for balls when face-offs appeared to be lost. Their defense was SUFFOCATING, preventing even a single goal from Maryland for a stretch of more than two and a half quarters, stifling a unit that had tallied 16 just two days prior against those same Duke Blue Devils. On top of all of that, Runkel was spectacular for a second straight game.

They left no doubt not only about who was the best team on Memorial Day Monday, but who was the best team in the country. They were a deserving #1 seed and they worked to become a deserving national champion.

A deserving national champion that didn’t play a single game on television until the postseason.

They lost just one game along the way, an overtime heartbreaker to a fine Johns Hopkins squad. They won THREE games over ECAC rival Denver University, two of those wins coming in the Mile High City. They recorded a win over every team that reached Memorial Day weekend.

Lusby and Sawyer now have name recognition, but the work of Runkel, Scott Ratliff, Chris Layne, Josh Hawkins, Pat Byrnes, Davis Butts, Justin Ward, Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello, Patrick Fanshaw, Kevin Ryan, Phil Dobson, Sean O’Sullivan, Dylan Grimm, Pat Laconi, Kevin Moriarty and J.P. Dalton were deserving of having their names typed in a column like this as well.

Loyola becomes the smallest school to ever win a national championship in lacrosse. The title is the first and only Division 1 title in any sport for the school. The team was unranked before the season started. Toomey was able to accomplish the feat after being on the losing end as a goalie in the school’s only ever run to the National Championship Game back in 1990. Lusby broke the record for most goals in a single NCAA Tournament in the process.

The word amazing keeps coming to mind.

The title drought continues for the Terrapins, as they have not held the trophy since 1974. John Tillman has been to the title game twice in his two seasons in College Park, but the inability to win the big one will now already become a topic of conversation for the Terps’ alumni and fan base. They were a remarkably young team this season and will likely be right back in the title picture a year from now. It won’t help the sting of a Championship Game loss, but they showed many signs of being a team on the verge of greatness.

Loyola however was the definition of greatness. They were exceptional. And perhaps they even earned a measure of revenge for the city of Baltimore on the field where the Ravens saw their season end months earlier in the AFC Championship Game.

Eh…they were the best lacrosse team in the country. We’ll be more than happy to have that in Charm City.

-G

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