Who is Battle on the Bay
The all-time winningest coach in school history, Dave Pietramala is as much a part of the history and tradition of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program as anyone. He spent four years as a standout defenseman for the Blue Jays from 1986 through 1989 and enters his 20th season as the head coach of the most successful team in college lacrosse history in 2020.
The record of the program - with its 44 national championships, nine NCAA titles, 46 NCAA Tournament appearances and 184 First Team All-Americans - is as daunting as it is impressive and no one has ever embraced the program quite like Pietramala.
The Blue Jays hadn’t won a national championship since 1987 when he arrived as the head coach in the summer of 2000 and hadn’t played in a national championship game since 1989.
Enter Pietramala, who was targeted, courted and hired by then Johns Hopkins President William Brody and Director of Athletics Tom Calder in a matter of days. It took less time than that for “Petro” to start piecing together a recruiting class that would change the course of the program.
When the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program is discussed, the general consensus is that Pietramala is the benchmark among players who roamed the defensive side of the field. Since 2001, he’s also worked his way into the discussion of coaching greats who have patrolled the sidelines at Homewood. In fact, with his first victory of the 2015 season, he passed the legendary Bob Scott as the winningest coach in school history with his 159th victory.
Pietramala cut his teeth in the coaching ranks the way so many have - with a series of stops on the assistant coaching trail. He spent time as an assistant at the Gilman School (1990) and Johns Hopkins (1991) before stops at the University of Pennsylvania (1992-93) and Loyola (1994). He returned to Homewood as the defensive coordinator for three years (1995-97) before accepting the head coaching position at Cornell in August of 1997. Just under three years later he was back home and the program has been in his care since.
Pietramala as the Head Coach at Johns Hopkins
Pietramala has guided the Blue Jays to a 205-89 record, 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament, seven appearances in the Final Four, the 2005 and 2007 National Championships, two other appearances in the NCAA Championship game (2003, 2008) and two Big Ten Tournament titles (2015, 2018).
From 2002 through 2005 the Blue Jays posted a 55-6 record with only three losses in the regular season. The Blue Jays ended the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 regular seasons ranked number one in the nation and were the top seed in the NCAA Tournament in each of those four years as well.
The 2005 national title also made Pietramala the first person in the history of college lacrosse to win a Division I national championship as a player and a head coach. To date, nobody has matched that feat.
The Final Fours
2015 (NCAA Semifinals): Johns Hopkins has advanced to the national semifinals a record 29 times. The trip to the Final Four for the 2015 team was easily the most surprising.
After starting the season with six losses in their first 10 games, the Blue Jays rallied for seven straight wins, won the Big Ten Tournament title and knocked off Virginia (19-7) and Syracuse (16-15) to advance to championship weekend.
The emotional run included a win at rival Maryland and two wins in the Big Ten Tournament that secured a spot in the NCAAs. The Blue Jays dropped a heart-breaking 12-11 decision to the Terrapins in the NCAA Semifinals, but the rally to get there was thrilling and one that won’t soon be forgotten.
2008 (National Runner-Up): The 2008 season ended with a record 18th appearance in the NCAA Championship game, but the ride to the game was unlike anything seen at Homewood.
A three-game season-opening winning streak was followed by a five-game losing streak. A gutty win over rival Maryland sparked an eight-game winning streak that included a stunning 10-9 win over top-seeded and top-ranked Duke in the NCAA semifinals. The Blue Jays’ hopes for a third title in four years were dashed by Syracuse, but few other coaches - if any - could have turned a 3-5 record in early April into an appearance in the title game and arguably the biggest upset in the history of the tournament.
Five players earned All-America honors in 2008, including Paul Rabil, who became the 21st player in school history to garner first team honors three times. He was also a Tewaaraton Finalist for the second straight year and a Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. He ended his career as one of the most decorated players in school history.
2007 (National Champions): Finding a place for the 2007 NCAA Championship in the annals of the program is difficult.
Sure, the Blue Jays were considered a contender to win the championship when the season began, but a three-game losing streak at mid-season turned thoughts to making the NCAAs, not winning the tournament.
An overtime win in the pouring rain at Maryland and a one-goal win a week later against Navy jump-started a nine-game season-ending winning streak that included an overtime win against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and a stunning one-goal upset of Duke in the national championship game.
Factor in the relative youth of the team - only seven seniors on the roster - and the mid-season losing streak and the coaching job may have been Pietramala’s finest - at least until 2008. The Blue Jays won six one-goal games and three overtime games en route to their second championship in three years.
Five players earned All-America honors in 2007, including Rabil, who grabbed the McLaughlin Award as the nation’s top midfielder and was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. He also earned Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.
2005 (National Champions): The 2005 season proved to be one of the greatest in the storied history of the program as Pietramala guided the Blue Jays to a school-record 16 wins (16-0) and the program’s eighth NCAA title.
With an attention to detail and a team that followed suit, Pietramala orchestrated five one-goal victories and four overtime wins against the most difficult schedule in the nation. The Blue Jays were ranked number one in the nation throughout the season and became the first team since 1997 to be ranked number one from wire to wire and to go undefeated.
In addition to the team accolades, the Blue Jays also received their fair share of individual awards in 2005. Kyle Harrison earned both the Tewaaraton Award and the Enners Award as the nation’s top player, while he repeated as a First Team All-American and took home the McLaughlin Award for the second straight season as well. Six other Hopkins players joined Harrison on the All-America team, including Tom Garvey, who grabbed First Team All-America status. In addition, Chris Watson and Peter LeSueur earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.
2004 (NCAA Semifinals): The Blue Jays capped Pietramala’s first four years with an enjoyable 2004 season that ended one win short of the national championship game. The Blue Jays posted a 13-2 record, spent a majority of the season ranked number one and were the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The 2004 Blue Jays placed seven players on the All-America team and Harrison was a Tewaaraton Finalist and the recipient of the McLaughlin Award.
2003 (National Runner-Up): In 2003, with an experienced team, but one that featured just four seniors in prominent roles, Pietramala guided the Blue Jays to a then school-record-tying 14 wins against just two losses and Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Championship Game for the first time since 1989, when Pietramala led the way from his position on close defense.
The 2003 season included many memorable moments and the Blue Jays led the nation in scoring offense, scoring margin and extra-man offense. The Blue Jay defense was also among the nation’s best as JHU allowed more than 10 goals just once on the year and held 14 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less. Hopkins was also the only team in the nation to finish in the top four in every major statistical category maintained by the NCAA.
Hopkins won its first three games in 2003 before suffering a 15-14 loss at Syracuse. The Blue Jays didn’t lose again until suffering a 9-7 loss against Virginia in the national championship game. Along the way, the Blue Jays won 11 straight games, won their first three NCAA Tournament games by a combined total of 31 goals and avenged their only regular season defeat with a 19-8 win over Syracuse in the NCAA Semifinals.
With the success of 2003 came the rewards. The Blue Jays had seven players earn All-America honors, including two who garnered first team honors, while Harrison and senior Adam Doneger were two of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award.
2002 (NCAA Semifinals): The top recruiting class in the nation arrived at Homewood three months after Pietramala’s first season ended and it was obvious that things would be different in 2002. With easily the youngest team in the top 25, Pietramala guided Johns Hopkins to a storybook campaign that ended just short of the national championship game.
With four freshmen in the starting lineup and five more playing prominent roles, Pietramala led the 2002 Blue Jays to a 12-2 record, the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the Final Four. For the first time since 1995, the Blue Jays also ended the regular season ranked number one in the nation after winning their final eight games.
For his efforts, Pietramala earned the USILA’s National Coach-of-the-Year award. In all, six Johns Hopkins players earned All-America honors and senior Nick Murtha earned national goalie-of-the-year. Murtha and junior midfielder Adam Doneger were named First Team All-Americans. Senior defenseman P.J. DiConza earned Third Team All-America and Second Team Verizon Academic All-America honors and was the only men’s lacrosse player in the nation (at any level) to earn a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Pietramala Awakens a Giant
Pietramala served as the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins from 1995-97 before leaving to become the head coach at Cornell. In three seasons as the head coach of the Big Red, Pietramala guided Cornell to a 23-17 (.575) record, an appearance in the 2000 NCAA Tournament (Cornell’s first since 1995 and just its second since 1989) and a final national ranking of ninth in the 2000 STX/USILA Poll.
Cornell was the only team in the nation to beat eventual national champion Syracuse during the 2000 season and Pietramala was named national coach-of-the-year. With his first selection as coach-of-the-year, Pietramala became the first person in the history of college lacrosse to earn coach-of-the-year honors after being named the national player-of-the-year during his career.
Pietramala the Assistant Coach
Pietramala spent three seasons (1995-97) as the defensive coordinator at Hopkins, helping the Blue Jays to a 31-11 record, three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the Final Four. He helped guide the 1995 team to a 12-0 record in the regular season and the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
His early coaching stops at Gilman, Hopkins, Penn and Loyola prepared him for the defensive coordinator’s role at JHU, which ultimately led him to be hired as the head coach at Cornell after the 1997 season.
Pietramala the Player
Pietramala was a three-time First Team All-American during his career at Johns Hopkins. He led the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA Championship and an appearance in the 1989 NCAA Championship game. He was the recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defenseman in 1988 and 1989 and earned the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the nation’s most outstanding player in 1989 as well.
In addition, he was one of 10 Johns Hopkins players named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team in 1995 and he was selected to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the end of his career. Pietramala also played in the club ranks with Mt. Washington and professionally in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004.
Most recently, Pietramala was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Tewaaraton Legends Award, which he will receive at the annual Tewaaraton Foundation awards ceremony on May 28, 2020.
Pietramala, who was named to Lacrosse Magazine’s All-Century Team, was selected as the outstanding performer at the International Lacrosse Federation World Championships in 1990 as a member of the United States’ championship team in Perth, Australia. He again earned All-World honors in 1994 as he led the United States to the title in Manchester, England.
Pietramala continued his association with the national team in 2014, when he served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the FIL World Championships in Denver, Colorado.
A native of Hicksville, New York, Pietramala is a 1985 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He resides locally with his two sons, Nicholas and Dominic, his girlfriend, Tina, and her three sons, Jett, Chase and Reed.
Head Coach Loyola University
The 2021 season will be the 16th as head coach at Loyola for Charley Toomey, a school where he has put his stamp on the Loyola men's lacrosse program as a disciplined, tough, athletic and skillful unit. The Greyhounds ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola's first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.
Toomey has directed the Greyhounds to an even 100 wins, an average of 12.5 per season since 2012 (excluding the shortened 2020 campaign), and he enters the 2021 with a 150-71 career record in his first 15 years at Loyola. Early in the 2016 season, Toomey became the second coach in program history to reach and cross the 100-win plateau. He stands second on the program’s all-time wins chart behind his college coach, Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001).
As a head coach, Toomey has coached 43 USILA All-Americans, 77 all-conference selections, 21 conference positional or players or rookies of the year, a Tewwaraton Award winner and five finalists and 178 USILA Scholar All-Americans.
Of the award winners, Pat Spencer became the most decorated player in program history during his 2019 senior season when he set the NCAA career record for assists and finished second all-time in points. He was the school's first winner of the Tewaaraton and the USILA Player of the Year Awards and became the school's first four-time All-American.
In 2019, Toomey was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. Men's National Team as an assistant coach. He will serve with Team USA in preparation for, and competition in, the 2022 World Championships in British Columbia. He was also enshrined in the USLacrosse Chesapeake Chapter Hall of Fame in January 2019 for his accomplishments as a player and a coach.
Under his direction, the Greyhounds won at least a share of three of the last six ECAC Championships when the Greyhounds were in that conference, and Loyola has won four of the five Patriot League titles since joining the conference in 2014.
Loyola spent time as the No. 1 team in all national polls during the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019 seasons, a feat never before accomplished on the Evergreen campus.
Toomey was also a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee, a group responsible for selection of the NCAA Championships field and administration of the tournament. He also has served as part of the U.S. Men’s National Team selection group as a coach and evaluator of the goalies during the initial tryout process.
Toomey's dedication to the program stems from his long ties to the Loyola community, dating back to the day he stepped onto campus as a freshman student-athlete in 1986.
He has been involved in 18 of the 26 NCAA D-I Tournament appearances in program history - three as a player, five as an assistant coach and 10 as a head coach.
The 2021 season will be Toomey's 25th year as a coach for the Greyhounds and his 31st overall in the coaching profession. Including his four years as a standout goalkeeper for the Greyhounds from 1987-1990, 2018 will be his 29th year on the Loyola campus.
While his ties to the past of Loyola men's lacrosse run deep, Toomey's vision and commitment to the future of the Greyhounds is even stronger.
With Toomey at the helm, Loyola reached the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in his 14 years as a head coach in 2019 and the seventh time in eight years. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year as the Greyhounds won their fourth conference regular-season title. The Greyhounds then reached the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the third time in four seasons.
In 2018, the Greyhounds captured the Patriot League Championship for the fourth time in five years since joining the conference, winning both the regular-season and tournament crowns.
Toomey's Greyhounds continued to be one of the most up-tempo offenses in the nation, finishing sixth in the country in goals per game, while the defense also remained one of the best around in 2018. Loyola wrapped up the year with a 13-4 record and its third trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in seven seasons.
The 2017 Greyhounds were one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing 10th in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 8.38 goals per game while scoring 12.38 to rank 11th in scoring offense en route to a 10-6 record.
Loyola completed one of the finest years in school history in 2016, bouncing back from a 4-3 start to the regular-season to win 10-straight games. During that stretch, Loyola won the Patriot League Championship, coasting to a 14-6 victory over the U.S. Military Academy in the title game.
The Greyhounds then won two NCAA Tournament games in rematches of games they lost to teams during the regular-season. Loyola logged 16-11 win over Duke University when it hosted the Blue Devils in the NCAA First Round, and it then traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Quarterfinals. There, the Greyhounds downed Towson University, 10-8, to advance to Championship Weekend.
Loyola finished the season with a 14-4 record, the third-most wins in program history, and it was ranked No. 4 nationally in the final media poll of the season by Inside Lacrosse.
The 2012 Loyola squad set several program records and tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season with 18. The Greyhounds lost just a single game during the year, winning the ECAC regular-season and tournament championships en route to the national title.
Toomey was named the 2012 recipient of the Morris Touchstone as the Division I Coach of the Year, and he earned his third ECAC Coach of the Year honor.
During the year, the Greyhounds featured one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing fifth in scoring defense (7.51 goals allowed per game) and eighth in scoring offense (12.05). Loyola's transition game was also vaunted during the year, and the Greyhounds unit has been heralded as one of the nation's best for several seasons.
The 2010 season saw Toomey and Loyola return to the NCAA Championships for the third time in four years, playing in what would become an 'instant-classic' three-overtime game at Cornell. Loyola put together a 9-5 record for the second year in a row and reached as high as sixth in the national rankings during the season.
In 2009 Toomey guided the Greyhounds to a 9-5 record, their best since 2002. Loyola finished 6-1 in the ECAC and finished as the league's co-champion, the second year in a row Loyola has won at least a share of the crown.
According to the computer rankings, the 2009 Greyhounds played the third-toughest schedule in the nation, and they finished with an RPI of nine. Four of the Greyhounds' five losses came against teams ranked in the Top-10 nationally, and the five losses were by a combined seven goals.
The team was not short of highlights, as P.T. Ricci and Shane Koppens were named USILA All-Americans, and six Greyhounds earned All-ECAC honors. Ricci was the league Defensive Player of the Year, and Mike Sawyer was Rookie of the Year.
In 2008, Toomey was recognized by his peers as ECAC Co-Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. He led the Greyhounds to the ECAC title with a 6-1 record in conference play. The title marked the program's first since joining the ECAC in 2005. In addition to his 22-6 ECAC record, Toomey's teams have lost just one ECAC home game and have never finished lower than tied for second in the final league standings.
After weathering a challenging out-of-conference slate at the beginning of 2008, the Greyhounds hit their stride at the end of March. In a five-week span, the Greyhounds ripped off four wins, and they culminated the season by earning their 16th NCAA Tournament berth.
The 2008 squad ranked among the top three in nearly every statistical category in the ECAC. Boasting an up-tempo offense, the Greyhounds were third in the conference in goals (9.29) and points per game (13.43).
But true to Toomey's goalkeeper roots, the defense has also been a key ingredient to Loyola's success. In 2008, the Greyhounds allowed a league-low 39 goals in seven conference matchups (5.57 a game), an astonishing 18 goals lower than Hobart, which ranked second with 57.
In his first season as head coach in 2006, Toomey was selected as ECAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Greyhounds to a 6-6 overall record and a 5-2 conference mark. The Greyhounds finished 4-1 at home that year, defeating No. 2 Georgetown (14-10), as well as conference foes Penn State and Rutgers.
During his second year at the helm in 2007, Loyola accomplished its goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament. The storied program assembled an eye-raising tournament resume with marquee wins over then-ranked No. 1 Duke and Syracuse.
Toomey served as defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds prior to his appointment as head coach. His contributions to the unit and to the program, along with his coaching style and work ethic, earned him recognition in Lacrosse Magazine, which featured him as one of the nation's top assistants in 2005.
Beginning his coaching career at his alma mater following his graduation, Toomey helped lead the 1991 and 1992 Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament. He then moved on to the Naval Academy Prep School, where he worked as a head coach in 1993.
Moving on to Navy, he was an assistant coach for the Midshipmen, working specifically with the goalies and defensive midfielders, helping guide the squad to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Toomey served as the head coach at Severn School from 1996-98, leading the team to three successful seasons before returning to his alma mater in 1999.
As a student-athlete at Loyola from 1987-90, Toomey was a two-time All-America selection at goalie, garnering honorable mention honors in 1989 and third-team accolades in 1990. He owns two of Loyola's top six single-game save performances in the cage, and ranks amongst the Greyhounds' all-time save leaders.
His 22 saves against Rutgers in the 1990 NCAA Tournament also tie him for the top postseason mark in school history. He finished his career with an astonishing 25-5 overall record, and was the last Loyola goalkeeper to start an NCAA Championship Game, starting the 1990 NCAA Final against Syracuse.
In the early 1990s, Toomey played professionally for the Baltimore Thunder and the Boston Blazers. He has also guided several professional goalies like Mark Bloomquist, Tim McGeeney and Michael Fretwell, Jack Runkel and Jacob Stover as a coach.
Toomey and his wife, Sara, live in Anne Arundel County with their three daughters, Emma, Sophie an Lyla.
HoganLax provides developmental opportunities for lacrosse players and coaches through hosting and organizing tournaments, club teams, and team training.
HoganLax was created in 2002 when Matt Hogan, CEO & Founder, was the head lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania. The first tournament was HERO held at the Haverford School, outside of Philadelphia. When Matt Hogan moved back to the Annapolis area in 2003, HoganLax hosted 8 teams in the inaugural year for Summer Exposure. Summer Exposure now is host to 250+ teams each year on Father's Day weekend. In the following years, Hogan's Hershey (225 teams), Bay Bridge Brawl (120 teams), Fall Brawl (90-100 teams), Revolution (40 teams), and most recently, Shore Wars and Spring Thaw have been great additions as HoganLax premier events.
HoganLax partnered with the Chesapeake Bayhawks to provide a unique experience with the invite-only tournament of Naptown National Challenge. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium plays host to the championship games, which are broadcasted on live television.
HoganLax’s club lacrosse organization is the Annapolis Hawks, which was initiated in 2004 with 2 teams. Starting with only U13 and U15 teams, the club slowly grew to over 11 teams ranging from 3rd to 11th graders. The Hawks recently partnered with a club in Richmond, now the Richmond Hawks, to assist with their growth and development as players and coaches.
Team Training takes place in Orlando, Florida and allows entire teams to escape to sunny and warm Florida over spring break. HoganLax provides all logistics once you land in Orlando. The fantastic host Hilton provides meals and lodging, with the fields being only a short distance away. HoganLax will support scrimmages, games, practices, trainers and all other needs are provided. HoganLax staff will happily assist you in coaching your teams with the Coaches’ Coach feature, if that is an aspect of the trip you think may help your team develop and grow to its potential.
Who is HoganLax
Matt Hogan, CEO and Founder of HoganLax, joined the lacrosse community as an 8th grader in 1974 and has never looked back. Through playing for Hall High School in West Hartford, CT, at the collegiate level for Springfield College, and coaching at the Division I, III, high school, and youth levels, he has been exposed to and enjoyed lacrosse in a variety of atmospheres.
1983- Assistant University of Maryland
1984-85 Assistant University of Delaware
Masters in Education
1986- Assistant University of Maryland
1987-88- Head Coach Clarkson University
ECAC Upstate Champions
ECAC Coach of the Year
1989-2001- Assistant Coach United States Naval Academy
Associate Professor of Phys. Ed. Department
2000 NCAA #1 Ranked Defense
2002- Head Coach UPENN
First winning season in 13 years
2003-2010- Head Coach and Dean of Students, St. Mary's- Annapolis High School
MIAA and MSLCA Coach of the Year
Matt is married to the former Cece Sullivan and they have 2 children, who played lacrosse since they were very young. John, played at St. Mary's High School, Deerfield Academy and at Cornell University and is curently the volunteer coach at Penn State. Maggie played for CCLax, St. Mary's High School and for Conn College, she is currently employeed by Bozzuto in Baltimore.