Loyola Greyhounds men's lacrosse

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.

Loyola Greyhounds
UniversityLoyola University Maryland
Head coachCharley Toomey (since 2006 season)
StadiumRidley Athletic Complex
(capacity: 6,000)
LocationBaltimore, Maryland
ConferencePatriot League
ColorsGreen and Gray[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
(1) - 2012
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(2) - 1981*, 1990
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(5) - 1981*, 1990, 1998, 2012, 2016
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(16) - 1981*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(26) - 1979*, 1981*, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(6) - 2001, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference regular season championships
(10) - 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
*Division II

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.[2] It was also the first national title in the university's Division I history.[3]

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.[4][5][6] 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".[7]



The Loyola Greyhounds men's lacrosse team was founded in 1938 and coached by Jack Kelly.[8] 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.[8]

Charles Wenzel

For 17 seasons, from 1954 to 1970, the Greyhounds were coached by Charles Wenzel. Under Wenzel, the Greyhounds went .379.[8]

Dave Cottle

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.[4] 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.[9] 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.[10]

In 1999, the Greyhounds went undefeated in the regular season before losing in the quarterfinals of the 1999 NCAA tournament.[11] His run lasted 19 seasons, beginning in 1983 through 2001, Cottle coached his teams to a winning record of 181 wins and 70 losses, including a run of 14 straight seasons where Loyola received an NCAA tournament bid.[8]

Charley Toomey

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.[12][13] The 2010 and 2011 NCAA lacrosse championships were held at M&T Bank Stadium. Loyola, worked in conjunction with Johns Hopkins, Towson, and UMBC to run these events.[14] 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.[15] 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."[16] 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.[17]

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.[3] Its only loss was a regular-season-ending 10–9 overtime defeat at home to Johns Hopkins on April 28.[18] 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.[3][19]

Season Results

The following is a list of Loyola’s season results since the institution of NCAA Division I in 1971 (Loyola competed in NCAA Division II until 1983):

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
James Barnhardt (Independent) (1971–1972)
1971 James Barnhardt 5-8
1972 James Barnhardt 1-10
James Barnhardt: 6-18
Rick Buck (Independent) (1973–1974)
1973 Rick Buck 3-10
1974 Rick Buck 2-12
Rick Buck: 5-22
Jay Connor (Independent) (1975–1982)
1975 Jay Connor 3-9
1976 Jay Connor 7-5
1977 Jay Connor 6-7
1978 Jay Connor 7-7
1979 Jay Connor 11-4NCAA Division II First Round
1980 Jay Connor 10-2
1981 Jay Connor 11-5NCAA Division II Runner-Up
1982 Jay Connor 6-7
Jay Connor: 61-46
Dave Cottle (Independent) (1983–2000)
1983 Dave Cottle 5-9
1984 Dave Cottle 10-4
1985 Dave Cottle 8-5
1986 Dave Cottle 7-4
1987 Dave Cottle 8-3
1988 Dave Cottle 12-2NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1989 Dave Cottle 10-1NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1990 Dave Cottle 11-3NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1991 Dave Cottle 9-4NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1992 Dave Cottle 8-4NCAA Division I First Round
1993 Dave Cottle 8-5NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1994 Dave Cottle 11-2NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1995 Dave Cottle 11-4NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1996 Dave Cottle 7-6NCAA Division I First Round
1997 Dave Cottle 10-4NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1998 Dave Cottle 13-2NCAA Division I Final Four
1999 Dave Cottle 12-1NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2000 Dave Cottle 11-3NCAA Division I First Round
Dave Cottle (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–2002)
2001 Dave Cottle 10-4NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Dave Cottle: 181-70
Bill Dirrigl (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2003)
2002 Bill Dirrigl 9-45-01st
Bill Dirrigl (Independent) (2003–2004)
2003 Bill Dirrigl 7-6
2004 Bill Dirrigl 4-8
Bill Dirrigl (ECAC Lacrosse League) (2005–2006)
2005 Bill Dirrigl 5-84-2T-3rd
Bill Dirrigl: 25-269-2
Charley Toomey (ECAC Lacrosse League) (2006–2013)
2006 Charley Toomey 6-65-2T-2nd
2007 Charley Toomey 7-65-22ndNCAA Division I First Round
2008 Charley Toomey 7-76-11stNCAA Division I First Round
2009 Charley Toomey 9-56-1T-1st
2010 Charley Toomey 9-56-12ndNCAA Division I First Round
2011 Charley Toomey 8-54-22nd
2012 Charley Toomey 18-16-01stNCAA Division I Champion
2013 Charley Toomey 11-56-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
Charley Toomey (Patriot League) (2014–Present)
2014 Charley Toomey 15-28-01stNCAA Division I First Round
2015 Charley Toomey 7-85-3T-3rd
2016 Charley Toomey 14-47-1T-1stNCAA Division I Final Four
2017 Charley Toomey 10-66-2T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2018 Charley Toomey 13-47-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2019 Charley Toomey 12-57-11stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Charley Toomey: 146-6984-18

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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.[6]

Alumni in the MLL

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

Matt Shearer2001–02Baltimore
Matt Dwan2001–03Baltimore
Mike Batista2001–06Boston
Jamie Hanford2001–06Bridgeport, Baltimore, New Jersey
Gewas Schindler2003–04Rochester
Steve Brundage2006Chicago
Paul Cantabene2001–06Baltimore
Mark Frye2001–07Baltimore, Washington
Tim Goettelmann2001–10Long Island
Dan Kallaugher2007–09Chicago
Tim McGeeney2001–activeBaltimore
Gavin Prout2001–activeBaltimore, Rochester, Toronto
Bobby Horsey2004–activeNew York, Philadelphia
Greg Leonard2008Washington
Paul Richards2008–activeWashington
Shane Koppens2009–activeDenver
P.T. Ricci2009–activeWashington, Chesapeake, Boston


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  • "Official Men's Lacrosse Homepage". Loyola College. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
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  4. 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.
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  6. Media Guide, pg 48
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