Despite facing a short week and having to travel Tuesday to Denver for Wednesday night’s start of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament, top-seeded Loyola is eager to put the memory of its first loss of the season behind it.
Junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, acknowledged Monday that Saturday’s 10-9 overtime loss to No. 8 Johns Hopkins is still a little raw.
“I think it’s important to remember it and remember the mistakes you made little to learn from it,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s an emotional loss, and you definitely don’t want to dwell on it. All of our goals are still in front of us and everything that we have left to accomplish takes precedence over looking back at a game we maybe could’ve had.”
Like Ratliff, Charley Toomey, the ECAC Coach of the Year, said using the loss as motivation without allowing it to dominate the team’s approach can be a delicate balancing act.
“[W]e have to recognize the fact that if we play like that, we could go home and it could be your last game,” he said. “So you have to have that in the back of your mind. But with that being said, we have to learn from it and grow and be prepared to be in that environment and never let it happen.”