Toomey, Ratliff headline Loyola's representation on all-conference team

Loyola's Charley Toomey was named the Coach of the Year and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Monday.

Toomey, who was voted the league’s top coach in 2006 and 2008, guided No. 3 Loyola to a 12-0 start before falling to Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime Saturday. The Greyhounds went 6-0 in the ECAC, capturing the regular-season title and top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Ratliff led the league in caused turnovers per game (2.3) and his team in groundballs (52). Ratliff, who was twice named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week and once earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, ranks seventh in Division I in caused turnovers per game.

Ratliff was joined on the AllConference first team by junior attackman Mike Sawyer and junior midfielder Davis Butts.

Sawyer led the conference in goals (41) and ranks third in the nation in goals per game (3.2).

Butts led the midfield in scoring with 26 points. He ranks second on the team in assists (11) and third in goals (15).

Senior attackman Eric Lusby and sophomore defenseman Joe Fletcher were named to the second team.

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