Loyola shouldn’t fall far in the rankings, but the Greyhounds will drop from the top perch after losing to No. 13 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime this past Saturday.
It was the first setback of the season for Loyola (12-0), which now finds itself in the unusual position of dealing with adversity.
During a conference call Monday of the four coaches participating in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament, Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey said he was just as interested as everyone else in seeing how the players respond in Wednesday night’s semifinal round against No. 16 Denver.
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“We just sat in a captains’ meeting, and we talked about probably our first tough film session prior to practice today,” he said. “Really, we’re asking the guys to listen to the message and to move on. I feel like that’s what this team has done all year. Our captains have been great leaders. The one thing they said in this brief meeting was, they’re looking forward to the opportunity of coming back and getting onto the field in two days, and that’s who they’ve been all year. So I fully expect that we’ll learn from it, we’ll move on, and hopefully get out to Denver and play our best lacrosse of the year.”
Senior attackman Erc Lusby and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff also took part in the conference call, and Ratliff conceded that the loss to the Blue Jays continues to grate on the players.
“It’s still a tough one to swallow, and there’s a lot to learn from it,” he said. “But I think everybody’s just really anxious to get back out on the field [to] get back out there and correct the mistakes we made. I think a lot of us felt like we left a lot of plays out on the field, and so we’re just really anxious to get out and play again. Glad it’s a short week and glad we get a chance to correct some of those mistakes that we felt like we made.”