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Mike Preston | June 1, 2012
Charley Toomey's office phone line is so flooded that it no longer accepts incoming calls. The Loyola men's lacrosse coach has spent the past couple of days responding to emails, so he really hasn't had a chance to think a lot about his team's national championship. It apparently hasn't set in with his wife, Sara, either. "I don't know if it will," Toomey, a father of three, said with a laugh. "The next thing I'm going to hear is, 'Honey, go out and cut the grass. You've been involved in a lot the past two weeks, so it's time to mow the lawn.' "Maybe later this summer when I'm out on the [Chesapeake]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
The Loyola Maryland lacrosse program has filled its vacant offensive coordinator position by hiring Maryland assistant Ryan Moran. The Terps averaged double digits in goals in each of Moran's six seasons on staff, including 11.4 goals per game en route to the No. 18 national ranking in Division I this past spring. Maryland advanced to three Final Fours in the past four seasons and went to the NCAA final in 2011 and 2012. After the 2012 season, Moran was promoted to offensive coordinator and associate head coach under John Tillman.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Loyola's long line of strong faceoff specialists - from Dan Kallaugher to Tim McDermott to John Schiavone to J.P. Dalton - has not continued this season. Sophomore Blake Burkhart has won 50 percent (80-of-160) of the draws he has taken, and junior Brendan Donovan has won 47.1 percent (49-of-104). The No. 8 Greyhounds (9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference) are winning 49.5 percent (137-of-277), and the team's uneven results showed up in last Saturday's 13-12 overtime loss to top-ranked Denver.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Johns Hopkins and Loyola have put their annual men's lacrosse rivalry on hold for the 2015 season. Unable to find a Saturday date suitable for both sides, the Charles Street rivals agreed to take a break next season and resume their annual series in February 2016 at Ridley Athletic Complex. With the Blue Jays moving to the Big Ten for 2015 and the Greyhounds playing in the Patriot League this past spring, Loyola coach Charley Toomey said he and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala were intent on keeping the game on a Saturday rather than participating in a midweek contest during their conference schedules.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
Reigning national champion Loyola boasts the 14th-most prolific offense in Division I despite not getting much production from its first midfield. Senior Chris Layne ranks fourth on the team in goals (12) and points (20), but senior Davis Butts is tied for sixth in points (12) and senior Sean O'Sullivan is eighth in points (11). Butts is on pace for just five goals, which would be the fewest of his career since his freshman year in 2010. Sullivan is on pace to finish the season with 14 points, which would his lowest since transferring from Army.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
After a heartbreaking 14-13 overtime loss to No. 10 Virginia in the season opener, Loyola almost found itself in a similar spot Saturday when the No. 14 Greyhounds and No. 12 Penn State were tied, 11-11, at the end of regulation. But junior attackman Nikko Pontrello guaranteed a different ending when he scored just 19 seconds into the extra session to deliver Loyola its first victory of the year. “Our kids had a great week of practice, and I thought that emotionally for them to have success after truly working hard and wanting to get that taste out of their mouths after Virginia, I was really happy for the kids,” coach Charley Toomey said Monday morning.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Not only was Sunday's 14-7 victory over No. 6 Duke critical for boosting Loyola Maryland's resume for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament if it doesn't capture the Patriot League automatic qualifier, it was another piece of evidence suggesting that the team is moving in the right direction. But as No. 3 Loyola (5-1) is getting praised roundly and moving into the top three in many polls, coach Charley Toomey said he is not concerned about the players' mental state after the emotionally charged outcome against the reigning national champion Blue Devils.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
When the NCAA selection committee convenes this weekend to review the resumes of teams jockeying for one of the 16 spots in the NCAA tournament, the members will have at their disposal an assortment of numbers to gauge a school's bid strength - including RPI, strength of schedule and quality wins. Loyola coach Charley Toomey thinks the committee should also consider another factor: losses. Only one team among the top 10 in RPI has fewer than three losses (No. 4 Cornell is 12-2)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Charley Toomey is one of those rare people who is coaching at the university from which he graduated. He was a two-time All-America goalkeeper at Loyola before becoming the program's head coach for the 2007 season. But Toomey grew up in Annapolis, rooted for Navy and spent one year as the coach of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and two years as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen. That's why he admitted on Wednesday that he may feel slightly torn as he leads the No. 1 Greyhounds (9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Reigning national champion Loyola has split its last two games, but there is one noticeable issue: a sudden lack of punch on offense. The Greyhounds (4-2) have scored eight goals in each of the games. That was enough for a two-goal victory over Bellarmine on March 2, but it was problematic in a one-goal loss to Duke on Friday night that dropped Loyola from No. 4 to No. 14 in The Sun's weekly rankings. The offense is shooting just 21.9 percent over those two contests and has misfired on 5-of-6 extra-man opportunities.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Turnover in the midfield is bad, and Loyola Maryland is finding that out this offseason. The Greyhounds, an aggressive team that has thrived when its short-stick defensive midfielders can run and turn defense into offense, are losing two starting short-stick defensive midfielders to graduation. Pat Laconi led all non-long-pole players in caused turnovers with 34, scooped up 31 ground balls and recorded 11 goals and three assists. His linemate, Kyle Duffy, wasn't as prolific in manufacturing points (1 G, 2 A)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Thursday's visit was with Navy. Friday's visit is with Loyola Maryland. REVIEW The good: The Greyhounds' 15-2 record included an 8-0 run through the Patriot League in which they became the fourth team in the last five year to win the regular-season and conference championships.
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Mike Preston | May 19, 2014
There will be countless predictions and analysis leading up to the Division I men's lacrosse Final Four this weekend, but the only way Duke won't win a second consecutive championship is if another team can match up with the Blue Devils in faceoffs. The Blue Devils simply have too much firepower to lose. Duke beat Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in a quarterfinal game Sunday, and the two Blue Devils goalies contributed just four total saves. That's amazing, especially in the postseason.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
These teams have met just once before, with Albany routing Loyola Maryland, 19-10, in the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. The Greyhounds are 9-0 at home this season and 4-3 at home in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Albany (11-5) went 4-5 through the nonconference portion of its schedule, but righted the ship by buzzing through the America East and claiming the league tournament for the second straight year. The Great Danes are 1-4 against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Loyola Maryland, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, has the honor of opening the postseason by facing Albany on Saturday at noon at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. And that's a good thing for Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey. “It drives me crazy to walk into our locker room and seeing the guys sitting on a couch and watching another game,” he said on Tuesday. “For [Great Danes coach] Scott [Marr], I'm sure that sitting in a hotel and having the guys watch another game, as a coach, that drives you nuts.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
About 30 minutes after the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team had wrapped up a 13-8 victory over visiting Albany on April 4, three players were still standing on the Homewood Field turf, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans. That trio did not represent the home team, though. They were Miles, Ty and Lyle Thompson, the starting attackmen for the Great Danes. "One of my favorite moments of the season was when we had lost that game at Hopkins and you looked on the field and there were only three kids on the field signing autographs, and it was those three," Albany coach Scott Marr said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
It would be understandable if No. 6 Duke still feels the sting of Saturday's 10-6 loss to No. 1 Maryland and tries to channel that anger into Sunday's game against No. 5 Loyola at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. But as far as coach Charley Toomey is concerned, the Greyhounds (4-1) are concentrating on the skills, not the emotions, of the Blue Devils (4-1). “I'm expecting a very talented Duke team coming to Ridley,” Toomey said Thursday. “We certainly don't worry about Duke of the past, or else we would've been worried last year about playing a 2-4 Duke team.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
After going with a senior-laden first midfield of Davis Butts, Chris Layne and Sean O'Sullivan for a majority of this season, as well as last year, reigning national champion Loyola has retooled the line, and the results have thus far been positive for coach Charley Toomey. Butts and Sullivan are still starters, but sophomore Nikko Pontrello has made the switch to midfield in the No. 7 Greyhounds' last two games. Pontrello's move was necessitated by the development of freshman Zach Herreweyers, who has joined senior Mike Sawyer and junior Justin Ward on attack.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
It will be interesting to see how Loyola Maryland defends Albany this weekend in their NCAA men's lacrosse tournament first-round game and how that might change the Greyhounds offense. The Great Danes have the Thompson trio -- attackmen Miles (74 goals, 34 assists) and younger brother Lyle (45, 69) as well as cousin Ty (36, 12), also an attackman. Albany has outscored the opposition 261-184 this season and has converted on 32 of 62 extra-man opportunities. Loyola likes to run, that sometimes that style of play also produces turnovers.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
In a move that will surprise no one, Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher has spent a considerable amount of time watching film of Albany attackman Lyle Thompson, and the Greyhounds senior knows that the tape doesn't lie. He also knows that the tape isn't entirely truthful. It can't capture the full scope of trying to shadow the Great Danes junior, who has already tied UMBC attackman Steve Marohl's single-season NCAA record of 114 points. “That's what makes him, him,” Fletcher said Wednesday afternoon.
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