Loyola on verge of dubious streak
Since Charley Toomey took over as the head coach prior to the 2006 season, Loyola has never lost three regular-season games in a calendar year.
Back-to-back losses to No. 15 Denver and Air Force, however, have put the Greyhounds (3-3) on some shaky ground, and the reverberations were felt as soon as the team returned from Colorado on Sunday morning.
“We got off that plane as a coaching staff and got back to Ridley [Athletic Complex] at about two in the morning and we sat in Ridley until about 5:30,” Toomey said Wednesday. “We were analyzing every aspect of the program. Do we need to go back to fundamentals in practice? Do we need to simplify things? Looking at our attack, looking at our lines in the midfield, do we need to shake some things up? Do you beat your team up or do you pat them on the back to help them get through this? I think it’s a combination of both. But I do believe that the guys are working hard. I had about 15 kids texting me and asking me to meet on Sunday, to come up to the office and talk. They’re saying the right things.”
Toomey didn’t sound too concerned when asked about the players potentially questioning themselves or the coaches.
“I think everybody is questioning themselves,” he said. “I think the challenge is to not press. The challenge is to stick to the game plan and to believe in what we started from Day One. We can’t have everybody stand around and wait for [sophomore attackman] Michael Sawyer to take a shot. Everybody has a role, and you’ve got to fill that role.”
Toomey hinted that Saturday’s road game at Mount St. Mary’s could be the first start for several players as the coaches contemplate shaking up the starting lineup.
“Kids are competing, and that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “We need to compete from top to bottom, and starting spots are going to be earned Monday through Friday, and the guys that are going to compete every day in practice are going to take the field on Saturday for us.”