Winning last year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament was a breakthrough for
The No. 5 Greyhounds (11-3) will face No. 8
Loyola won the regular-season meeting against the Buckeyes, 9-4, on March 30, but coach
"There's a comfort level in that we feel like we have a plan on how to practice, and that's probably more from the coaching staff," he said Wednesday morning as the team traveled to New York. "… There's a routine, and that's something that we're going to try to replicate, the routine and preparation for each game. Other than that, I don't think from an Xs or Os standpoint that there's a comfort level. Our guys know they have to go out and execute and make plays."
Similarly, Toomey said the team is not content with its positioning for the
"The team knows that they have to go up and beat a very good Ohio State team and see where the chips fall," Toomey said. "Fairfield has had Denver's number the last couple times they've played them, but we're not thinking about Fairfield or Denver. That's irrelevant. We have to work hard to get through Ohio State, and that's the mentality that this team has really started to take on, which is a good thing."
But Toomey said he has noticed a certain level of calmness around the players. Perhaps that stems from capturing the first Division I national championship in school history, but Toomey noted that the demeanor is different from that of the 2007 squad that lost at Albany and the 2008 team that fell at Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournaments.