Loyola — C

The Greyhounds are 6-2 after Wednesday's 13-8 victory at Georgetown. The good news was that short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins made his season debut after a seven-game suspension. The bad news was that two starters — attackman Mike Sawyer and midfielder Davis Butts — sat out. This team is not firing on all cylinders the way it did in 2012. Here's a list of areas that need improvement: 1. Midfielders struggle to get penetration off the dodge. 2. Transition offense had been dormant prior to Hawkins' return. 3. Left-handed attack spot is not producing. 4. Teams have caught up with their approach of no slides and slow double teams. 5. Goalie Jack Runkel's save percentage is down. 6. A supremely gifted team not exhibiting the eye of the tiger. That being said, Loyola has the schedule, talent and coaching to make another run to Championship Weekend. The Greyhounds just have to snap out of their funk.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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