Saturday's 11-10 win at Lehigh secured for Loyola Maryland a berth in the upcoming Patriot League tournament. But the No. 13 Greyhounds (8-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference) aren't resting on that accomplishment in anticipation of Saturday's visit from Boston University (8-4, 3-3) to Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore at noon.
"Right now, the biggest thing we're thinking about is BU," coach Charley Toomey said Wednesday morning. "It's nice to know that, yes, you're in the tournament. I'm not going to say we don't think about that at all. We're excited about that. But we feel like we control our own destiny, and the destiny that we have is two games at home and I believe that if we can win out – barring the Army-Navy game – we can be a Top 1 or 2 seed and not have to play a play-in game. So our focus is BU right now, and that's what we've got to do. We've got to hold serve at home and give ourselves a chance."
Loyola is jockeying with No. 10 Navy (8-2, 6-1) and No. 20 Army (8-3, 5-1) for the Patriot League regular-season championship and the top seed and home-field advantage in the conference tournament. The Midshipmen and Black Knights will tangle also at noon, but Toomey said he will request that the scoreboard at Ridley refrain from showing scores from out-of-town games.
"We've got to focus on what we can control, and that's what is happening on the field," Toomey explained. "Everybody's got cell phones, and if you want to find out, you'll find out. But right now, the focus for our locker room and our coaching staff is on Boston."
Saturday's victory was punctuated by a three-goal, one-assist performance from senior Zach Herreweyers in his second game back since suffering a concussion in a 10-9 loss at Navy on March 19. Toomey said he was encouraged by Herreweyers' showing.
"Zach did things that not a lot of attackmen can do," Toomey said. "He picked up a tough rebound and put it in the goal. He beat a double team, got topside with a lefty underhand [shot that went] back inside pipe. His goals were typical of Zach Herreweyers, and we were excited to see that, that Canadian finishing style that he has. We were real happy for him."