Men's Lacrosse Newcomers
Marc Van Arsdale
MLAX vs. Lafayette
Preseason MLAX Poll
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse defeated Bucknell University, 7-6, in double-overtime on Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Patriot League Semifinals.
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse got a goal from Zach Herreweyers with 9.9 seconds left in regulation to beat Boston University, 13-12, on Saturday, April 16, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Herreweyers scored four goals, and Pat Spencer matched his career-high with six assists.
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse ended the game on a 4-1 run to beat host Lehigh University, 11-10, on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (video courtesy Service Electric 2 Sports/Patriot League Network)
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse defeated Colgate University, 12-4, on Sunday, April 3, in Patriot League action from Hamilton, New York. (video courtesy CBS Sports Network)
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse defeated Bucknell University, 14-3, on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Pat Spencer scored a goal and had six assists, and Jordan Germershausen tallied three goals. Jacob Stover made 12 saves and allowed just one goal in 49-plus minutes for Loyola.
Loyola Men's Lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins
Loyola Men's Lacrosse at Virginia
Loyola men's lacrosse played North Carolina in the NCAA Semifinals on May 28, 2016. (Photos by Larry French, Greg Carroccio & Craig Chase)
Loyola men's lacrosse defeated Towson, 10-8, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 22, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.
Loyola men's lacrosse beat Bucknell, 7-6, in double overtime of the Patriot League Semifinals on April 29, 2016.
The 2018 season will be the 13th as head coach at Loyola for Charley Toomey, a school where he has put his stamp on the Loyola men's lacrosse program as a disciplined, tough, athletic and skillful unit. The Greyhounds ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola's first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.
Toomey enters the 2018 season with a 121-60 career record in his first 12 years at Loyola. Early in the 2016 season, Toomey became the second coach in program history to reach and cross the 100-win plateau. He stands second on the program’s all-time wins chart behind his college coach, Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001).
Under his direction, the Greyhounds won at least a share of three of the last six ECAC Championships when the Greyhounds were in that conference, and Loyola has won three of the four Patriot League titles since joining that conference in 2014.
Loyola spent time as the No. 1 team in all national polls during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 season, a feat never before accomplished on the Evergreen campus.
Toomey was also a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee, a group responsible for selection of the NCAA Championships field and administration of the tournament. He also has served as part of the U.S. Men’s National Team selection group as a coach and evaluator of the goalies during the intial tryout process.
Toomey's dedication to the program stems from his long ties to the Loyola community, dating back to the day he stepped onto campus as a freshman student-athlete in 1986.
He has been involved in 16 of the 2 NCAA D-I Tournament appearances in program history - three as a player, five as an assistant coach and eight as a head coach.
The 2018 season will be Toomey's 22nd year as a coach for the Greyhounds and his 18th overall in the coaching profession. Including his four years as a standout goalkeeper for the Greyhounds from 1987-1990, 2018 will be his 26th year on the Loyola campus.
While his ties to the past of Loyola men's lacrosse run deep, Toomey's vision and commitment to the future of the Greyhounds is even stronger.
With Toomey at the helm, Loyola reached the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in his 12 years as a head coach in 2017 and the fifth time in six years. The Greyhounds captured the Patriot League Championship for the third time in four years since joining the conference, winning both the regular-season and tournament crowns.
The 2017 Greyhounds were one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing 10th in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 8.38 goals per game while scoring 12.38 to rank 11th in scoring offense en route to a 10-6 record.
Loyola completed one of the finest years in school history in 2016, bouncing back from a 4-3 start to the regular-season to win 10-straight games. During that stretch, Loyola won the Patriot League Championship, coasting to a 14-6 victory over the U.S. Military Academy in the title game.
The Greyhounds then won two NCAA Tournament games in rematches of games they lost to teams during the regular-season. Loyola logged 16-11 win over Duke University when it hosted the Blue Devils in the NCAA First Round, and it then traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Quarterfinals. There, the Greyhounds downed Towson University, 10-8, to advance to Championship Weekend.
Loyola finished the season with a 14-4 record, the third-most wins in program history, and it was ranked No. 4 nationally in the final media poll of the season by Inside Lacrosse.
The 2012 Loyola squad set several program records and tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season with 18. The Greyhounds lost just a single game during the year, winning the ECAC regular-season and tournament championships en route to the national title.
Toomey was named the 2012 recipient of the Morris Touchstone as the Division I Coach of the Year, and he earned his third ECAC Coach of the Year honor.
During the year, the Greyhounds featured one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing fifth in scoring defense (7.51 goals allowed per game) and eighth in scoring offense (12.05). Loyola's transition game was also vaunted during the year, and the Greyhounds unit has been heralded as one of the nation's best for several seasons.
The 2010 season saw Toomey and Loyola return to the NCAA Championships for the third time in four years, playing in what would become an 'instant-classic' three-overtime game at Cornell. Loyola put together a 9-5 record for the second year in a row and reached as high as sixth in the national rankings during the season.
In 2009 Toomey guided the Greyhounds to a 9-5 record, their best since 2002. Loyola finished 6-1 in the ECAC and finished as the league's co-champion, the second year in a row Loyola has won at least a share of the crown.
According to the computer rankings, the 2009 Greyhounds played the third-toughest schedule in the nation, and they finished with an RPI of nine. Four of the Greyhounds' five losses came against teams ranked in the Top-10 nationally, and the five losses were by a combined seven goals.
The team was not short of highlights, as P.T. Ricci and Shane Koppens were named USILA All-Americans, and six Greyhounds earned All-ECAC honors. Ricci was the league Defensive Player of the Year, and Mike Sawyer was Rookie of the Year.
In 2008, Toomey was recognized by his peers as ECAC Co-Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. He led the Greyhounds to the ECAC title with a 6-1 record in conference play. The title marked the program's first since joining the ECAC in 2005. In addition to his 22-6 ECAC record, Toomey's teams have lost just one ECAC home game and have never finished lower than tied for second in the final league standings.
After weathering a challenging out-of-conference slate at the beginning of 2008, the Greyhounds hit their stride at the end of March. In a five-week span, the Greyhounds ripped off four wins, and they culminated the season by earning their 16th NCAA Tournament berth.
The 2008 squad ranked among the top three in nearly every statistical category in the ECAC. Boasting an up-tempo offense, the Greyhounds were third in the conference in goals (9.29) and points per game (13.43).
But true to Toomey's goalkeeper roots, the defense has also been a key ingredient to Loyola's success. In 2008, the Greyhounds allowed a league-low 39 goals in seven conference matchups (5.57 a game), an astonishing 18 goals lower than Hobart, which ranked second with 57.
In his first season as head coach in 2006, Toomey was selected as ECAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Greyhounds to a 6-6 overall record and a 5-2 conference mark. The Greyhounds finished 4-1 at home that year, defeating No. 2 Georgetown (14-10), as well as conference foes Penn State and Rutgers.
During his second year at the helm in 2007, Loyola accomplished its goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament. The storied program assembled an eye-raising tournament resume with marquee wins over then-ranked No. 1 Duke and Syracuse.
Toomey served as defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds prior to his appointment as head coach. His contributions to the unit and to the program, along with his coaching style and work ethic, earned him recognition in Lacrosse Magazine, which featured him as one of the nation's top assistants in 2005.
Beginning his coaching career at his alma mater following his graduation, Toomey helped lead the 1991 and 1992 Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament. He then moved on to the Naval Academy Prep School, where he worked as a head coach in 1993.
Moving on to Navy, he was an assistant coach for the Midshipmen, working specifically with the goalies and defensive midfielders, helping guide the squad to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Toomey served as the head coach at Severn School from 1996-98, leading the team to three successful seasons before returning to his alma mater in 1999.
As a student-athlete at Loyola from 1987-90, Toomey was a two-time All-America selection at goalie, garnering honorable mention honors in 1989 and third-team accolades in 1990. He owns two of Loyola's top six single-game save performances in the cage, and ranks amongst the Greyhounds' all-time save leaders.
His 22 saves against Rutgers in the 1990 NCAA Tournament also tie him for the top postseason mark in school history. He finished his career with an astonishing 25-5 overall record, and was the last Loyola goalkeeper to start an NCAA Championship Game, starting the 1990 NCAA Final against Syracuse.
In the early 1990s, Toomey played professionally for the Baltimore Thunder and the Boston Blazers. He has also guided several Major League Lacrosse goalies like Mark Bloomquist, Tim McGeeney and Michael Fretwell as a coach.
Toomey and his wife, Sara, live in Anne Arundel County with their three daughters, Emma, Sophie and Lyla.