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Future possibilities borne by past results don't intrigue Loyola's Charley Toomey

Loyola Maryland is the only team in Division I with victories against two ranked opponents, which has given birth to some talk that the program has further solidified its chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if it doesn't win the Patriot League tournament in two months.

But the 11-4 and 9-8 outcomes against No. 10 Virginia and No. 8 Johns Hopkins, respectively, haven't put coach Charley Toomey in a wistful mood for pondering the future for the No. 6 Greyhounds (2-0), who open Patriot League play against Lafayette on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

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"I think that right now, our guys have gotten rewarded for hard work and being a decent practice team, but Loyola has a lot of time to get better," Toomey said Thursday morning. "Yes, you want to stack up a few wins early, but more importantly, you want to be playing well as you go into conference. What Hopkins did and Virginia did is they exposed some of our weaknesses that we were able to work on. We do have a lot of respect for those programs and coaching staffs and the players. So we were able to use those games as tools to come back and have good film with our program and our kids to say, 'They exposed this weakness. So we need to fix this, this, and this.'"

Loyola's RPI and strength of schedule will improve if the Blue Jays (1-1) and Cavaliers (1-2) can collect wins for the rest of the season. That's why it's uncertain how significant the victories in February will be when the NCAA tournament selection committee is reviewing teams' profiles in May.

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"I think at the end of the year, you'll know," Toomey said. "People probably looked at the Virginia win and said, 'Wow, that's a great win,' after they beat Drexel [on Saturday]. But them losing to High Point [on Tuesday], you just don't know. So it really depends on how those teams do at the end of the year. I think Hopkins is going to have a successful year. They're a great program with a great staff, they're well coached, but I think coach [Dave] Pietramala and myself both believe that's an early season game and the most important games are ahead of us."

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