The 18-team field for the NCAA tournament was announced Sunday night, and Loyola was the highest-seeded team from the state of Maryland, earning the No. 3 slot.
The Greyhounds (15-1), who earned an automatic berth by winning the Patriot League tournament and won the 2012 national championship, will host Albany (11-5) on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Here is a sampling of Toomey’s reaction just minutes after the bracket was unveiled.
On getting the No. 3 seed and a home game:
That was the goal from Day 1, to advance to the first round and have a home game. Our guys have done everything we’ve asked them to do. They responded from an early loss and have put us in a position to really go out and have that home game and make Ridley an electric atmosphere once more.
On facing a Great Danes squad that boasts a starting attack of junior Lyle Thompson, who has already tied the Division I single-season record of 114 points set by UMBC attackman Steve Marohl in 1992; senior Miles Thompson, who is eight goals shy of tying the single-season mark of 82 established by Yale midfielder Jon Reese in 1990; and senior Ty Thompson, who has posted 36 goals and 12 assists:
They’re so balanced, and there’s three of them that you have to cover. So we have to do a good job this week of making sure that we’re prepared to have the right matchups, and then, in-game, make adjustments. I don’t know Albany as well as I would like to, but the nice thing about not being that [No.] 1 or 2 [seed] is you know who you’re playing, and you have those two extra days of preparation moving forward.
On if a weaker-than-usual Patriot League contributed to getting seeded behind top-seeded Duke and second-seeded Syracuse:
It didn’t help. I can’t say it helped us. But what we did is, we scheduled Johns Hopkins, we scheduled Virginia, we scheduled Penn State and Duke and Georgetown and Towson. So we had a great out-of-conference schedule. The Patriot League, it’s been a league that has sent two [teams] in the past. This year, it just wasn’t up to par as it has been. But there’s a lot of talent in the league, and I expect that this league is going to be a league that will be sending two [teams] in the very near future again.