Indeed, the Greyhounds are built to last. While senior attackman Eric Lusby, who scored a tournament record 17 goals this month, is a visible departure, only four of the 23 players to appear in Monday’s victory were seniors.
Attackman and Tewaaraton Award finalist Mike Sawyer will be back. So will Ratliff, Hawkins, midfielder Davis Butts and defensemen Reid Acton and Joe Fletcher. All earned at least honorable mention All-America status.
That’s a potent chunk of an outfit Toomey marveled at throughout the spring, more than once observing a coach could go his whole life and be lucky to have one team with the combination of discipline, toughness, selflessness and talent.
“I hope I lied to you,” Toomey said.
He’ll find out in 2013, and everyone in lacrosse will be watching from the start this time.
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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