Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: May 29, 2012

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There’s little doubt the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team has its shortcomings. It’s not especially dynamic, it struggles with consistency and it often gets beat on faceoffs.

For Toomey, a special day
There isn’t much that Charley Toomey loves more than Loyola (Md.). He went to school there, coaches there, he lives for the Greyhounds. On Monday, that lifelong faith was rewarded. Recap Highlights Photos Brackets: Interactive Printable Store: Champ gear

Loyola's Lusby stays hot with four goals
Hard to believe that Eric Lusby actually was struggling with his shot before the NCAA Tournament began. How quickly things turned around for the Loyola (Md.) attack.

Loyola lacrosse championship wins over fans
Loyola and University of Maryland lacrosse fans watched the national championship game within a bar stool of each other at Mother's in Federal Hill, and had only one thing in common.

Loyola Tops Maryland for First Lacrosse Title
With a 9-3 victory over the Terrapins, top-seeded Loyola Greyhounds joined the elite of men’s college lacrosse, a sport long dominated by a small circle of programs.

Toomey, Tillman Finish Bittersweet Afternoon
When they met at the end of the handshake line after Loyola's convincing, 9-3 win in the NCAA national championship game on Monday, Charley Toomey and John Tillman gave each other a long embrace. Each one shared mixed emotions about how the game played out – Toomey happy for his Loyola players but disappointed for his friend and Tillman having the exact opposite feelings for his Maryland team.

NCAA Championship: Why Loyola Won
The Loyola Greyhounds won the first national championship in program history (and a DII men's soccer championship in the ’70s was the school's only other title) beating Maryland 9-3 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Here's how they did it.

Today's beats: Brass Bonanza, because why the hell not?

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