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News Clippings From Loyola's NCAA Championship Journey

May 30, 2012

Can’t get enough of the men’s lacrosse run to the National Championship? Here is a look at the national and local media attention the Greyhounds have received throughout the NCAA Tournament:

(Articles sorted by date and then outlet)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Loyola Magazine
Whatever It Takes
By Rita Buettner
At the start of the season, when the Greyhounds men’s lacrosse team was ranked 22nd, Coach Charley Toomey, ’90—or his assistant coaches, he says—had the team run 21 sprints up and back on the field at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Baltimore Post-Examiner
Loyola joins nation’s elite lacrosse teams
By Zach Sparks
With local powerhouse lacrosse teams including Johns Hopkins and Maryland, Loyola is often overlooked.The Greyhounds started the season unranked. With their 9-3 win against Maryland in the championship game on Monday, the No.1 seed finished 18-1, tying the 2008 Duke squad for the best all-time single season record.

New England Roots: Loyola's Davis Butts
By Scott Barboza


When Loyola University Maryland claimed its first ever Division I men’s lacrosse national title on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium, the Greyhounds trace their roots to Massachusetts.

Lacrosse Magazine
UnCensered: Hawkins, Ratliff Fueled Loyola’s Run
By Joel Censer
Wasn’t Division I men’s lacrosse supposed to be this possession-oriented world? Wasn’t power generally supposed to be concentrated around a couple schools in upstate New York and Tobacco Road?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Baltimore Sun
Lacrosse title caps riveting year for Loyola athletics
By Kevin Cowherd
Go ahead, tell me who’s had a better year around here than the Loyola Greyhounds. Adam Jones with the hot start and the new $85.5 million contract? Ray Rice, who gets to prop up his feet and miss team workouts and wait for the Ravens to make him a rich man, too? Me, I’d argue for the ‘Hounds, who hit a trifecta of their own and had the kind of year most small schools only dream about.

The Baltimore Sun
Charles Street Bragging Rights
In most big-time Division I college sports, a relatively small school like Loyola University Maryland doesn’t have a chance. It has fewer than 4,000 undergraduate students, and the Jesuit school puts an emphasis on academic excellence, not training future pro athletes.

The Baltimore Sun
Defense Leads the way past Maryland
By Ed Lee
In hindsight, it seems perfectly appropriate that four of the five Loyola players named to the 2012 All-Tournament team start on defense. Junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, junior short-stick defensive midfielder, sophomore defenseman Joe Fletcher and sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel played a pivotal role in the top-seeded Greyhounds defeating Maryland, 9-3, in Monday’s NCAA tournament final at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Loyola Wins First NCAA Lacrosse Title as Lusby Sets Goal Record
By Eben Novy-Williams
Loyola University Maryland’s Eric Lusby had four goals and set a tournament scoring record as the Greyhounds beat the University of Maryland 9-3 to win their first National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s lacrosse championship. Lusby’s final goal was his 17th of the tournament, while goalie Jack Runkel made six saves for the top-seeded Greyhounds yesterday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Boston Globe
With first title, Loyola ranks right up there
By Julian Benbow
When they looked at this year’s preseason poll and were nowhere on it, disrespect made the Loyola Greyhounds run wind sprints. One spot for No. 20 Colgate, and another for No. 17 Princeton. One for No. 12 Hofstra, and one for No. 11 Massachusetts. One for every team picked to be better than them, but wasn’t.

Boston Herald
Title a 1st for Loyola
By Bruce Lerch
All season, Loyola of Maryland heard the doubters. The Greyhounds were unranked to start the season, and even after they had ascended to No. 1 in the nation, they still were perceived as underdogs when matching up against the traditional powerhouse programs in NCAA men’s lacrosse.

Boston Herald
Walpole’s Davis Butts delivers
By John Connolly and Bruce Lerch
The script could not have gone more to plan than it did yesterday for Walpole’s Davis Butts in Loyola’s 9-3 win over Maryland that gave the Greyhounds their first-ever NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse championship — at Gillette Stadium, minutes from where he grew up.

Boston Herald
Eric Lusby goes on record attack
By John Connolly
Loyola lacrosse coach Charlie Toomey was a two-time All-America goalie, who backstopped the Greyhounds to their only prior appearance in the NCAA Division 1 championship game in 1990. So, there’s little doubt that Toomey knows something about great shooters.

New York Times
For Loyola Lacrosse, the Sprint is Over
By Steve Gesuele
Loyola head coach Charley Toomey choked up during his on-field interview just seconds after the Greyhounds won their first national championship in school history with a 9-3 win over Maryland on Monday. And with good reason.

Loyola reacts to winning national championship

Loyola Celebrates Its First National Lacrosse Championship Win
A small school in Baltimore won it all in the world of lacrosse. On Tuesday, the Loyola Greyhounds returned after capturing the national championship.

Washington Times
After winning title, Loyola won’t be able to fly under radar
By Patrick Stevens
Loyola was an afterthought nationally when it embarked on its men’s lacrosse season more than three months ago. Things won’t quite be the same next year. Not after the Greyhounds collected their first national championship.

Monday, May 28, 2012

ABC2 News
Loyola beats Maryland in men’s lacrosse finals
By Jamie Costello
For the first time in the history of Loyola College, now University, the Greyhounds hold a division one championship. Today at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Greyhounds beat rival Maryland in lacrosse 9-3.

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola Dominates Maryland to win first NCAA men’s lacrosse championship
By Ed Lee
There was no Syracuse men’s lacrosse team this time to deny Charley Toomey and Loyola. Twenty-two years after he was the starting goalkeeper of the squad that was routed by the Orange in the 1990 title game, Toomey and the Greyhounds captured the university’s first national championship in lacrosse with a 9-3 victory over Maryland in the NCAA tournament final before 30,816 at Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola’s Eric Lusby saves best performance for last
By Mike Preston
Sometime in the near future, Loyola needs to hang a portrait of attackman Eric Lusby in the hallways of Ridley Athletic Complex with his elbows away from his body, arms extended and ready to shoot. That’s what we kept seeing here all weekend -- Lusby showing that perfect form and finishing goal after goal after goal. Lusby wasn’t just hot in championship weekend; he was phenomenal throughout the NCAA Division I tournament, setting a record with 17 goals in four games.

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola lacrosse wins it all
By Jessica Anderson
The national lacrosse championship title returned to the state Monday, but it wasn’t powerhouse Johns Hopkins or the much larger University of Maryland that took top honors. Baltimore’s relatively small Loyola University Maryland won its first national Division I title ever, crushing the Terps, 9-3, in an all-Maryland final played before 30,816 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Loyola writes the perfect ending
By Scott Barboza
On Monday, Loyola’s Charley Toomey and Maryland’s John Tillman were adversaries. Soon enough, they’ll be back to being regular travel buddies. Toomey’s Greyhounds captured their first NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse championship on Memorial Day, holding the Terrapins scoreless for more than 40 minutes in a 9-3 win at Gillette Stadium.

Inside Lacrosse
Loyola Wins Program’s First National Championship, 9-3, Over Maryland
Inside Lacrosse Staff
The Loyola Greyhounds men’s lacrosse team entered the 2012 season ranked No. 21 in Face-Off Yearbook magazine. The ranking ranked them initially, and in response coach Charley Toomey made his team run 21 sprints, one for each team listed in front of them.

Inside Lacrosse
NCAA Championship: Why Loyola Won
Inside Lacrosse Staff
The Loyola Greyhounds won the first national championship in program history (and a DII men’s soccer championship in the ’70s was the school’s only other title) beating Maryland 9-3 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Here’s how they did it.

Lacrosse Magazine
Top Dogs: Loyola Downs Maryland for National Title
By Gary Lambrecht
Loyola University junior attackman Justin Ward was breathing in the moment, standing and squinting in the hot sun beating down on the field at Gillette Stadium, while teammates celebrated all around him.

Lacrosse Magazine
Selfless Lusby Breaks NCAA Tournament Scoring Record
By Matt Forman
For a guy nicknamed “Big City,” Eric Lusby’s humility is striking. His performance in the NCAA tournament spoke volumes, but you’d never be able to tell with the way he talks.

Lacrosse Magazine
Toomey, Tillman Finish Bittersweet Afternoon in Foxborough
By Jac Coyne
When they met at the end of the handshake line after Loyola’s convincing, 9-3 win in the NCAA national championship game on Monday, Charley Toomey and John Tillman gave each other a long embrace. Each one shared mixed emotions about how the game played out – Toomey happy for his Loyola players but disappointed for his friend and Tillman having the exact opposite feelings for his Maryland team.

For Toomey, a special day
By Lee Feinswog
Charley Toomey just loves Loyola. It’s his alma mater, where he was the goalie for the lacrosse team that made it to the 1990 national championship game. It’s his job. It is, outside of his family, the biggest part of his life. It’s a place, how as the school’s seventh-year head coach, about which he gets emotional.

New York Times
Loyola Soaks Up Feeling of a Breakthrough Title
By Zach Schonbrun
There was none of the glitzy offensive attack that had been its mark most of the season for Loyola of Maryland. Instead, its men’s lacrosse team led a defensive clinic in the N.C.A.A. championship game, shutting down Maryland, 9-3, for its first-ever title in front of 30,816 at Gillette Stadium on Monday.

Washington Post
Loyola defeats Maryland, 9-3, behind Eric Lusby’s record day
By Christian Swezey
The two best offensive players in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament entering the championship game on Memorial Day were Loyola (Md.) fifth-year senior Eric Lusby and Maryland fifth-year senior Drew Snider. And it was Lusby who walked away with the record for most goals in a tournament and, more important, with an NCAA championship.

Washington Times
Loyola defense puts lockdown on Maryland for NCAA lacrosse title
By Patrick Stevens
The Loyola lacrosse team’s chatty defense gave the sport something remarkable to talk about Monday. The top-seeded Greyhounds ground down Maryland 9-3 in the NCAA tournament final, authoring a magisterial defensive performance to earn the first national title in program history after opening the season unranked.

USA Today
Loyola (Md.) stifles Maryland to land first national lacrosse title
By Eddie Timanus
Kevin Cooper converted a feed from Joe Cummings with 10:40 remaining in the first half to give Maryland a one-goal lead against top-seeded Loyola (Md.) in the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship game. What nobody could have guessed was that would be the Terrapins’ last goal.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lacrosse Magazine
All-Maryland Final Set For Championships Monday
By Gary Lambrecht
Loyola University was unranked in most preseason top 20 men's lacrosse polls, and the Greyhounds have reflected on that perceived slight throughout the building stages of the most successful season in the program's Division I history.

Boston Globe
Loyola, Maryland advance to lacrosse title game
By Julian Benbow
When Loyola’s Eric Lusby chose to sit out last season in the hopes that his injured knee would show some signs of improvement when he returned, he was essentially trading that season for the game he’s about to play Monday. The decision was simple for Lusby, if only because his anterior cruciate ligament made it for him.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lacrosse Magazine
Notre Dame's Anderson Proud of Loyola
By Jac Coyne
The last time that Charley Toomey and Kevin Anderson were on the same field together as collegiate players was in 1990. They were both playing for Loyola – Toomey as an All-American goalie for the Greyhounds and Anderson as a rookie midfielder – in the national championship game in Piscataway, N.J., against Syracuse.

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola beats Notre Dame to advance to NCAA men’s lacrosse final
By Mike Preston
When the final horn sounded, Loyola players ran toward their big goalie, Jack Runkel, who stood to the left of the goal with both arms outstretched over his head. On a day when the Greyhounds wanted him to come up big, Runkel came up huge in No. 1 seeded Loyola’s 7-5 win against No. 4 Notre Dame in an NCAA Division I semifinal in front of an announced 31,774 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Lacrosse Magazine
Lusby, Defense Lead Loyola to Final Four
By Gary Lambrecht
Maybe missing Eric Lusby had something to do with Loyola (Md.) missing last year’s NCAA tournament. Lusby, who blew out his knee in a first-round, season-ending loss to Cornell in 2010, tried to come back last season. But after two games in 2011, it was clear he wasn’t ready to play eight months after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Inside Lacrosse
‘Great Day For the Greyhounds’ As Special 2012 Continues
By Zach Babo
Loyola’s run through the 2012 season grew two days longer Saturday afternoon when the Greyhounds defeated Notre Dame, 7-5, and advanced to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Lacrosse Magazine
Runkel Stays Big For Loyola On Grandest Stage
By Corey McLaughlin
The ritual couldn't be seen on TV with the camera focused on the offensive end. But during many of Loyola's possessions, the Greyhounds' 6-foot-3, 215-pound goaltender Jack Runkel spent the idle time pacing, jogging and sometimes side-shuffling across the diameter of his crease.

Lusby’s five goals pace Loyola (Md.)
By Lee Feinswog
Top-seeded Loyola could hardly win a faceoff attempt, could not get its top goal-scorer going and could not mount a sustained run with one of the most explosive offenses in the sport. But the Greyhounds had red-hot, fifth-year senior attackman Eric Lusby. They had a tenacious defense, led by sophomore goalie Jack Runkel and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins. And Loyola was firmly resolved to play one more game in this magical season, while No. 4 seed Notre Dame was doomed to pay the price for it.

Inside Lacrosse
Shortsticks Josh Hawkins, Pat Laconi Bring Loyola Toughness
By Terry Foy
There are a lot of things different about this Loyola team and those — but two important guys that have helped bring essential toughness to the middle of the field are shortstick d-middies Josh Hawkins and Pat Laconi.

Washington Post
Loyola beats Notre Dame to reach final for first time since 1990
By Christian Swezey
On Thursday, Loyola fifth-year senior Eric Lusby learned that being the leading scorer for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament earned him only honorable mention all-American honors. On Saturday, in an NCAA semifinal against No. 4 Notre Dame at Gillette Stadium, Lusby scored five goals — on his first five shots — to help the Greyhounds win, 7-5, before 31,774.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola vs. Notre Dame will be ultimate offense vs. defense showdown
By Mike Preston
Loyola attackmen Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer have seen a lot of different zones and man-to-man defensive combinations this season. Fairfield tried to match up with them by using two short-stick midfielders. And last Saturday, Denver played a zone that shut off Sawyer, but Lubsy blew up the Pioneers for five goals in Loyola’s 10-9 NCAA quarterfinal win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Boston Globe
Loyola has made big time
By Fluto Shinzawa
At Loyola University Maryland, there is no big-time football program. The men’s basketball team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. These are assets in Charley Toomey’s favor. Toomey is the head coach of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team, which is ranked No. 1 in the country. On Saturday, the Greyhounds will square off against Notre Dame in the NCAA semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It will mark Loyola’s first semifinals appearance since 1998.

Boston Herald
Davis Butts: Rebel With A Cause
By John Connolly
Loyola midfielder Davis Butts has always been a Rebel at heart. The Walpole High product virtually grew up a long stick away from Gillette Stadium. So, to have his Greyhounds playing in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships against Notre Dame tomorrow is a dream come true.

USA Today
Loyola takes its shot at denting Notre Dame defense
By Eddie Timanus
Mike Sawyer and Eric Lusby have combined for 96 goals this season for top-seeded Loyola (Md.). That’s 12 more than John Kemp has let in all year for No. 4 Notre Dame.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Inside Lacrosse
‘Trust’ At Loyola’s Core
By Matt Kinnear
Page One in Loyola’s scouting report doesn’t talk about Notre Dame’s vaunted defense or how to solve goalie John Kemp — or anything at all between the lines for that matter. Page One is a letter from Loyola lacrosse alum Michael Donlin, who is preparing to serve his second tour in Afghanistan and wrote to coach Charley Toomey and the team.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Annapolis Capital Gazette
Toomey, Loyola reach new heights
By Bill Wagner
There comes a time when every college assistant coach considers a career change. When Charley Toomey reached that crossroads, he realized he didn’t want to pursue another profession, and was fortunate to have the full support of his wife.

Inside Lacrosse
Loyola Headed to Final Four After Gritty Win
By Gary Lambrecht
The top-seeded Loyola Greyhounds had to hang on and survive on a day when their offense had enormous difficulty finishing plays. But their gritty, 10-9 victory over unseeded Denver before 13,390 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Saturday's NCAA tournament quarterfinal still yielded a cathartic result.

The Baltimore Sun
By Jon Fogg
Eric Lusby scores five goals as Loyola edges Denver, 10-9, in NCAA Quarterfinal
Loyola attackman Eric Lusby played like he felt right at home Saturday.The Severna Park native, who is a graduate student, tied career highs with five goals and six points to lead the Greyhounds to a 10-9 win over Denver in an NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament quarterfinal at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before an announced 13,390, the fourth-largest crowd ever for this round.

The Baltimore Sun
Lusby’s 5 goals lead Loyola past Denver, into men’s lacrosse semifinals
By Edward Lee
All the pregame chatter about the difficulty of beating the same opponent three times in a single season was of little importance to the Loyola men’s lacrosse team. What mattered was winning the last — and most important — meeting. The No. 1 seed Greyhounds rode the hot stick of senior attackman Eric Lusby and survived a fourth-quarter rally to outlast Denver, 10-9, in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola got some motivation from the Ravens’ Ray Lewis
By Edward Lee
Being in Baltimore apparently has its privileges for Loyola. Not only did the Greyhounds have to make just a 34-mile trip from their campus to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis for Saturday’s NCAA tournament quarterfinal against Denver, but they also got a visit from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. In a video posted by the school, the 13-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year spoke to the players before Wednesday’s practice and encouraged them to play with passion and cooperation.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff is a proven weapon on offense, too
By Edward Lee
Scott Ratliff, Loyola’s dynamic long-stick midfielder, gave a national viewing audience a glimpse of his offensive skills last Saturday. He faked a run to the midfield, curled back into the right alley, and converted a pass from sophomore attackman Justin Ward for the team’s first goal in a 17-5 pasting of Canisius in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Washington Times
Loyola over Navy was choice Scott Ratliff doesn’t regret
By Patrick Stevens
Scott Ratliff’s phone rang shortly into a trek from Panama City, Fla., to Atlanta, a long haul home from spring break. The midfielder’s senior year of high school was wrapping up. After initially committing to the Naval Academy’s prep school, Ratliff hoped to begin college immediately. On the other end of the line, Loyola coachCharley Toomey offered precisely what Ratliff sought.

Sunday, May 12, 2012

The Baltimore Sun
Loyola sprints away with 17-5 win against Canisius
By Edward Lee
It took awhile, but the Loyola men’s lacrosse team finally hit the gas. The top-seeded Greyhounds withstood a dreadful second quarter that allowed visiting Canisius to trim a four-goal deficit to one at halftime before putting forth a convincing second half to sprint to a 17-5 rout in an NCAA tournament first-round game before an announced 2,018 Saturday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Washington Times
After slow start, Loyola kicks it into high gear to rout Canisius
By Patrick Stevens
Loyola scooted off the Ridley Athletic Complex after a feeble second quarter Saturday against Canisius, rushing into the locker room and leaving behind a miserable stretch of lacrosse. There was plenty to say, and coach Charley Toomey started quickly. Perhaps too quickly. Thanks to television, halftime lasts longer during the NCAA tournament.

Lacrosse Magazine
After Slow Start, No. 1 Loyola Rolls Over Canisius
By Gary Lambrecht
Top-seeded Loyola University hit a curious pothole while en route to the school's first NCAA tournament victory in 14 seasons. Man, did the Greyhounds shake it off.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Charlotte Observer
Ex-Catholic High star among nation’s top college lacrosse players
By David Scott
The words “Waxhaw” and “college lacrosse” don’t often go together. Thanks to Mike Sawyer, they do now. Sawyer, a former Charlotte Catholic lacrosse player whose family lives in the Union County town of Waxhaw, has become one of the college game’s top players this season.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Walton High grad ascends lacrosse ladder
By Ken Sugiura
Going to school in Baltimore has gradually scrubbed “y’all” out of Scott Ratliff’s vocabulary, but it hasn’t eradicated all of the evidence of his upbringing. “I’ve got countless Falcons, Braves and Hawks gear,” said Ratliff, a star of Loyola’s powerhouse lacrosse team. “I make sure everyone knows where I’m from.”

April 25, 2012

Lacrosse Magazine
Loyola Fired Up For Neighborhood Rival Hopkins
By Gary Lambrecht
There are many reasons why Loyola University is riding high this week as the top-ranked team in Division I men’s lacrosse. As the Greyhounds await an invasion by No. 10 Johns Hopkins, the neighborhood rival that is staggering through April in stunning fashion, what is not to like about the way undefeated Loyola has taken care of its spring chores thus far?

April 4, 2012

Annapolis Capital Gazette
County trio leads unbeaten Loyola
By Bill Wagner
Dominance in the crucial area of faceoffs and a prolific attack unit are major reasons why the Loyola men’s lacrosse program is off to its best start in 13 years. Anne Arundel County products have played key roles in both areas. St. Mary’s High graduate J.P. Dalton has been a force on faceoffs while Severna Park product Eric Lusby and Old Mill alum Justin Ward form two-thirds of a high-scoring attack.