Greyhounds Knock Out Hobart With Wallop After ECAC Forces Extra Trip to Geneva
Charley Toomey, the head coach of the defending national champion Loyola Greyhounds, would never say it publicly. Toomey has too much class for that. But don't think for a second that Toomey and his seventh-ranked team didn't feel extra good about Loyola's 19-11 rout at Hobart on Saturday.
You see, the Greyhounds originally were not supposed to travel to Geneva, N.Y. for this game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Loyola. But, after Loyola announced in September it was joining the Patriot League — and doing it prematurely in 2013 — the ECAC slapped Greyhounds with a penalty that is typical of the politics that color the reaction to such moves. Two weeks before a trip to the ECAC tournament at Hobart, the host school for the event, the Greyhounds would have to give up their sixth home game and take an extra long bus ride upstate.
It's not that Loyola wasn't destined to pound the Statesmen, who have had a pretty good year (6-7) and were coming off a 9-8 upset over rival Syracuse three days earlier. The Greyhounds are a superior team and they are angling for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament, should Loyola fail to win the ECAC tournament and secure an AQ.
Logic said Loyola could not afford to lose this game, and the Greyhounds allowed little time for drama by scoring the game's first six goals, then drilling Hobart by scoring 13 of the game's last 19 goals. The Statemen were overmatched, and no doubt emotionally spent after that Syracuse win.
And Loyola had to derive a dose of special satisfaction from its performance. After being forced to give up a regular-season home game, a decision that infuriated them privately, the Greyhounds got the last laugh by forcing Hobart to be spectators at a conference tournament it will host.