Loyola Greyhounds men's lacrosse

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Loyola Greyhounds
Loyola greyhounds athlogo.png
Founded 1938
University Loyola University Maryland
Conference Patriot League
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Coach Charley Toomey (since 2006)
Stadium Ridley Athletic Complex
(capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Greyhounds
Colors Green and Grey
         
NCAA Tournament Champions
2012
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
1981*, 1990
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1981*, 1990, 1998, 2012
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1981*, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1979*, 1981*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
2001, 2008, 2012, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
* = At the Division II level

The Loyola Greyhounds men's lacrosse team represents Loyola University Maryland in NCAA Division I lacrosse. Its home matches are played at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Charley Toomey has served as its head coach since 2006. It became a member of the Patriot League along with the university's other intercollegiate athletic programs on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds were a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2013. It became the first member of the conference to win a national championship in 2012.[1] It was also the first national title in the university's Division I history.[2]

Loyola, a Jesuit university with over 3,700 undergraduates, has produced 13 USILA First Team All Americans, 25 Second Team All-Americans, 18 Third Team All-Americans, and 68 Honorable Mention All-Americans.[3][4][5] The Greyhounds local rivals are the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, located just down Charles Street. The annual lacrosse game played between these two institutions is known as the "Battle of Charles Street".[6]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The Loyola Greyhounds men's lacrosse team was founded in 1938 and coached by Jack Kelly.[7] Kelly coached five seasons before leaving after 1942, with an overall winning record consisting of 21 wins and 14 losses. The Greyhounds struggled after Kelly left, going through two coaches in two seasons, both of which did not break .250. In 1947 began the reign of the program's longest active coach until that time, Bishop Baker. Baker coached for six consecutive seasons, almost breaking even with wins and losses. He was followed by John Mohler, who only coached for one year.[7]

Charles Wenzel[edit]

For 17 seasons, from 1954 to 1970, the Greyhounds were coached by Charles Wenzel. Under Wenzel, the Greyhounds went .379.[7]

Dave Cottle[edit]

Men and women's lacrosse play home games at the Ridley Athletic Complex

From 1983 to 2001, for almost two decades under Head Coach Dave Cottle, Loyola saw growth in to their lacrosse program. In 1982, Loyola moved up from NCAA Division II lacrosse.[3] Starting in 1983, Cottle brought the Greyhounds national attention. The Greyhounds advanced to the 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship game where they were defeated by the Syracuse Orangemen.[8] The 1990 championship, however, was revoked from Syracuse when investigations deemed the activity between coach Roy Simmons, Jr.'s wife Nancy and star player Paul Gait illegal. She signed the lease of his car earlier that season. Though the NCAA has yet to remove Syracuse from the record book, Loyola was the runner up and technically is the next in line for the trophy.[9]

In 1999, the Greyhounds went undefeated in the regular season before losing in the quarterfinals of the 1999 NCAA tournament.[10] His run lasted 19 seasons, beginning in 1983 through 2001. He coached his teams to a winning record of 181 wins and 70 losses.[7]

Charley Toomey[edit]

Following Cottle's long coaching tenure, Loyola hired Bill Dirrigl as their head coach. After four seasons Dirrigl was fired and Loyola graduate Charley Toomey took over as head coach in 2006. In both 2007 and 2008, Toomey led the Greyhounds to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament.[11][12] The 2010 and 2011 NCAA lacrosse championships will be held at M&T Bank Stadium. Loyola, will work in conjunction with Johns Hopkins, Towson, and UMBC to run these.[13] The Hounds failed to advance to the 2009 NCAA lacrosse playoffs despite having the ninth place RPI, the third highest strength of schedule, and a 9-5 record. Instead Brown gained the slot because of their wins over Cornell and University of Massachusetts. Brown had an RPI of twelve, their schedule ranked a low of thirty six, and were ranked third in the Ivy League.[14] Coach Toomey compared the 2009 Greyhound's dilemma to that of the 2006 Harvard squad saying, "I can remember in 2006, Harvard gets in at 6-6, losing their last three games, and they said, ‘It’s not a numbers thing, it’s a strength-of-schedule thing.’ … So what is it going to be? Is it going to be big wins or numbers? If it’s numbers, we look doggone good. If it’s about big wins, then we might be on the outside looking in."[15] Harvard made the tournament over Toomey's squad that season, the reason being that their 'big wins' were not as competitive as Harvard's record, RPI and SOS. RPI vs. Big wins has been a very large argument in the NCAA tournament selection process the past few years.[16]

The Greyhounds captured the first national championship in Loyola's Division I history in a 9–3 victory over Maryland at Gillette Stadium on May 28, 2012. They finished at 18–1, establishing a new program record for most wins in a campaign.[2] Its only loss was a regular-season-ending 10–9 overtime defeat at home to Johns Hopkins on April 28.[17] The team was led by attackers Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer. Lusby was named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player after scoring four times in the Final and whose 17 goals were the most in a single NCAA tournament. He also set the school record for most goals in a single season with 54. Sawyer, who had previously set the school's new single-season scoring mark earlier in the season, was Loyola's first-ever Tewaaraton Trophy finalist.[2][18]

Division I year-by-year[edit]

Season Conference Overall Record Conf. Record Postseason Tournaments Head Coach
2014 Patriot League 15–2, .882 10–0, 1.000 (1st) NCAA First Round Charley Toomey
2013 ECAC Lacrosse League 11–5, .688 6–1, .857 (2nd) NCAA First Round Charley Toomey
2012 ECAC Lacrosse League 18–1, .947 6–0, 1.000 (1st) NCAA Champions Charley Toomey
2011 ECAC Lacrosse League 8–5, .615 4–2, .667 (2nd) Charley Toomey
2010 ECAC Lacrosse League 9–5, .643 6–1, .857 (2nd) NCAA First Round Charley Toomey
2009 ECAC Lacrosse League 9–5, .643 6–1, .857 (1st) Charley Toomey
2008 ECAC Lacrosse League 7–7, .500 6–1, .857 (1st) NCAA First Round Charley Toomey
2007 ECAC Lacrosse League 7–6, .539 5–2, .714 (2nd) NCAA First Round Charley Toomey
2006 ECAC Lacrosse League 6–6, .500 5–2, .714 (4th) Charley Toomey
2005 ECAC Lacrosse League 5–8, .385 4–2, .667 (4th) Bill Dirrigl
2004 Independent 4–8, .333 Bill Dirrigl
2003 Independent 7–6, .539 Bill Dirrigl
2002 Colonial Athletic Association 9–4, .692 5–0, 1.000 (1st) Bill Dirrigl
2001 Independent 10–4, .714 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
2000 Independent 11–3, .786 NCAA First Round Dave Cottle
1999 Independent 12–1, .923 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1998 Independent 13–2, .867 NCAA Semifinals Dave Cottle
1997 Independent 10–4, .714 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1996 Independent 7–6, .539 NCAA First Round Dave Cottle
1995 Independent 11–4, .733 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1994 Independent 11–2, .846 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1993 Independent 8–5, .615 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1992 Independent 8–4, .667 NCAA First Round Dave Cottle
1991 Independent 9–4, .692 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1990 Independent 11–3, .786 NCAA Finals Dave Cottle
1989 Independent 10–1, .909 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1988 Independent 12–2, .857 NCAA Quarterfinals Dave Cottle
1987 Independent 8–3, .727 Dave Cottle
1986 Independent 7–4, .636 Dave Cottle
1985 Independent 8–5, .615 Dave Cottle
1984 Independent 10–4, .714 Dave Cottle
1983 Independent 5–9, .357 Dave Cottle
1982 Independent 6–7, .462 Jay Connor

Division II year-by-year[edit]

Season Conference Overall Record Postseason Tournaments Head Coach
1981 Independent 11–5, .688 NCAA Finals Jay Connor
1980 Independent 10–2, .833 Jay Connor
1979 Independent 11–3, .733 NCAA First Round Jay Connor
1978 Independent 7–7, .500 Jay Connor
1977 Independent 6–7, .462 Jay Connor
1976 Independent 7–5, .583 Jay Connor
1975 Independent 3–9, .250 Jay Connor
1974 Independent 2–12, .143 Rick Buck

College Division year-by-year[edit]

Season Conference Overall Record Head Coach
1973 Independent 3–10, .231 Rick Buck
1972 Independent 1–10, .091 James Barnhardt
1971 Independent 5–8, .385 James Barnhardt
1970 Independent 1–8, .111 Charles Wenzel
1969 Independent 5–7, .417 Charles Wenzel
1968 Independent 5–6, .455 Charles Wenzel
1967 Independent 6–5, .545 Charles Wenzel
1966 Independent 6–7, .462 Charles Wenzel
1965 Independent 4–4–1, .500 Charles Wenzel
1964 Independent 6–3–1, .650 Charles Wenzel
1963 Independent 6–4, .600 Charles Wenzel
1962 Independent 5–6, .455 Charles Wenzel
1961 Independent 4–7, .364 Charles Wenzel
1960 Independent 3–4–2, .444 Charles Wenzel
1959 Independent 1–8, .111 Charles Wenzel
1958 Independent 1–8–1, .150 Charles Wenzel
1957 Independent 1–9, .100 Charles Wenzel
1956 Independent 3–6–1, .350 Charles Wenzel
1955 Independent 2–6–1, .278 Charles Wenzel
1954 Independent 3–6, .333 Charles Wenzel
1953 Independent 2–5, .286 John Mohler
1952 Independent 4–4, .500 Bishop Baker
1951 Independent 5–4, .556 Bishop Baker
1950 Independent 4–5, .444 Bishop Baker
1949 Independent 6–3, .667 Bishop Baker
1948 Independent 2–6, .250 Bishop Baker
1947 Independent 1–7, .125 Bishop Baker
1946 Independent 1–3, .250 Bill Zeigler
1945 No Teams (War)
1944 No Teams (War)
1943 Independent 1–4, .200 Emil G. Reitz, Jr.
1942 Independent 4–3, .571 Jack Kelly
1941 Independent 4–3, .571 Jack Kelly
1940 Independent 5–3, .625 Jack Kelly
1939 Independent 4–3, .571 Jack Kelly
1938 Independent 4–2, .667 Jack Kelly

Players[edit]

The Greyhounds have graduated many All-American players: thirteen first team, twenty five second team, eighteen third team, and sixty eight honorable mentions. Many have also played professionally. There have been twenty three National Lacrosse League players and twelve Major League Lacrosse players.[5]

Alumni in the MLL[edit]

The following Loyola lacrosse players are currently or have played Major League Lacrosse.

Player Year Team
Matt Shearer 2001–02 Baltimore
Matt Dwan 2001–03 Baltimore
Mike Batista 2001–06 Boston
Jamie Hanford 2001–06 Bridgeport, Baltimore, New Jersey
Gewas Schindler 2003–04 Rochester
Steve Brundage 2006 Chicago
Paul Cantabene 2001–06 Baltimore
Mark Frye 2001–07 Baltimore, Washington
Tim Goettelmann 2001–10 Long Island
Dan Kallaugher 2007–09 Chicago
Tim McGeeney 2001–active Baltimore
Gavin Prout 2001–active Baltimore, Rochester, Toronto
Bobby Horsey 2004–active New York, Philadelphia
Greg Leonard 2008 Washington
Paul Richards 2008–active Washington
Shane Koppens 2009–active Denver
P.T. Ricci 2009–active Washington, Chesapeake, Boston

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Loyola Maryland Becomes First ECAC Lacrosse League Member to Win National Championship," ECAC Lacrosse League, Monday, May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "NCAA CHAMPS! Loyola Wins First NCAA Lacrosse Title, 9–3, Over Terps," Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Monday, May 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Wallace, William N. (May 28, 1990). "Eager Loyola Set To Face Syracuse". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-11. "Loyola, a Jesuit college of 3,000 undergraduates (updated), has little athletic tradition. No Greyhound team has ever played for a Division I championship; lacrosse moved to the Division I level only eight years ago." 
  4. ^ "About Loyola". Loyola College. Retrieved 2008-11-11. "Loyola enrolls 3,500 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students" 
  5. ^ a b Media Guide, pg 48
  6. ^ Preston, Mike (2006-05-03). "Loyola on Bubble as Hopkins Pops In". Accessmylibrary.com (The Baltimore Sun). Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Loyola Men's Lacrosse Year-By-Year Records". Loyola University Maryland. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Men's Lacrosse Championship Record Book". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2008-06-25. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Syracuse Loses Lacrosse Title". The New York Times. 1995-06-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ Wallace, William N. (May 13, 1999). "Loyola Has Tough Road". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  11. ^ Media Guide, pg 43
  12. ^ "Loyola to Play Duke in First Round of NCAA Tournament". ECACSports.com. May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  13. ^ http://insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=197125
  14. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/lacrosse/bal-sp.mendraw04may04,0,3410512.story
  15. ^ http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse/blog/2009/05/postscript_from_loyola_at_john.html
  16. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/lacrosse/bal-sp.preston04may04,0,1823874.column
  17. ^ "Last Second Overtime Goal Lifts No. 10 Hopkins Over No. 1 Men's Lax," Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Saturday, April 28, 2012.
  18. ^ "Sawyer Named Tewaaraton Award Finalist," Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Thursday, May 10, 2012.