BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland officially welcomed nine individuals and two teams to its Athletics Hall of Fame as its Class of 2016 on April 23 with a dinner ceremony. Read more about the inductees, and watch their introduction videos, below:
Three of the top five scorers in the Division I era of men's lacrosse at Loyola have come from Syracuse, N.Y., snatched away from their successful hometown college program for one reason or another. Jim Blanding was the first of those players to play at Loyola, and his offensive skills helped cement Coach Dave Cottle's Greyhounds as an NCAA tournament regular.
Those talents were never more evident than during his sophomore year, the 1990 season, when Blanding tied the school's Division I record with 60 points, earned first-team All-America honors and helped the Greyhounds to their first NCAA championship game, against his hometown Orange.
He did it despite standing just 5-foot-6, an undersized, underdog attackman on a team full of underdogs. None was more important to Blanding than another Loyola Athletics Hall of Famer, Mike Ruland, '90, who was probably even smaller than he was; Blanding and Ruland played together for one season in 1989.
"From watching Mike, I learned that even at the highest level it didn't matter how big you were," Blanding says. "I saw that it could really be hard to guard a smaller guy. Watching him do it gave me a lot of momentum heading into my sophomore year."
Blanding, a product of the powerful program at West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., was as adept as a passer as he was dodging to the cage for goals. His 84 career assists were the most in the Division I era at Loyola until Justin Ward broke the record 22 years later; he finished with 98 goals, eighth on the team's list. He also earned All-America honors in both 1991 (third team) and 1992 (honorable mention).
Blanding lives with his wife and three children in the Syracuse area, where he is active coaching girls' lacrosse.
The Loyola women's swimming & diving team won four straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships between 1993 and 1996, three of which came by large margins. Leading the way during that mid 1990s period of dominance was sprint freestyle ace Amy Cole, who was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the MAAC championship meet in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
Her impact on the Greyhounds was immediate. As a freshman, she won the freestyle races at 50, 100, and 200 yards in the championship meet at Iona, as Loyola won by a 258-point margin. The next year, she repeated the wins in the 100- and 200-yard events and, for the second year in a row, swam on four championship relay teams; the Greyhounds won by nearly 200 points. As a junior, Cole regained the 50 free crown and won the 100 and 200 for the third year in a row, and Loyola edged league newcomer Marist for the crown. She also won the 50-yard freestyle event during her final league meet in 1997.
Cole's school records in the 100-yard (54.18) and 200-yard (1:58.05) freestyle events each held for 10 years, well into the era of Loyola's much-faster Mangione Pool at the Fitness & Aquatic Center. The same can be said of then-school records, of which she was a part, in the freestyle relays at 200 yards, 400 yards, and 800 yards. In all, Cole was a member of seven record-setting relay teams, including a 400-meter medley that held the MAAC championship record for almost 20 years.
From 1999-2002, Loyola played 4,632 minutes of lacrosse, and Tricia Dabrowski stood in goal for 4,464 of them.
Saying she stood there doesn't really do it justice, though. Blessed with quick hands and great reaction skills, Dabrowski outwitted attackers and frustrated opponents into 754 career saves, second all-time at Loyola, and 193 ground balls, a school record. Her career record in goal was an impressive 58-19, and the Greyhounds went to the national semifinals twice.
Dabrowski was chosen as National Goalkeeper of the Year in 2002, the third consecutive year in which she allowed fewer than seven goals per game. She was twice a first-team All-America choice and earned first-team all-conference honors in each of her last three seasons.
She was best in the biggest games. Loyola was an underdog in a 2000 NCAA quarterfinal at North Carolina, but Dabrowski had nine saves and held the Tar Heels to one second-half goal. The next year a similar performance, with seven saves, helped the Greyhounds to a one-goal win at Duke in the quarterfinals.
Her coach at Loyola, Diane Geppi-Aikens, '84, who also happened to be a goalie, had maybe the best compliment for Dabrowski as early as her sophomore season. "A lot of goalies are very good when they're good, but they also have off days," she said in 2000. "I don't worry about whether she's going to be on or off, because she's always on."
Dabrowski, a Timonium native who went to Dulaney High School, was inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2013.
"There was such a special sense of family at Loyola," she says. "The lessons I learned on and off the field are ones I still live with to this day."
She later served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins before heading to Baltimore's Roland Park Country School, where she now teaches physical education. She is married to Cindy Tindall.
In 1997, Loyola Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Dave Cottle told the Baltimore Sun that Mark Frye was "the most dangerous midfielder in the game," and that Frye "had only scratched the surface of what he can do."
Cottle proved to be right on both counts. Frye became Loyola's initial first-team All-America midfielder of the Division I era in 1998, a feat he then repeated as a senior in 1999. More important, he helped lead the Greyhounds to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and a No. 1 national ranking in both of those years. Those teams won 24 consecutive regular-season games spanning the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Frye was dangerous because, as Cottle said then, "he was a Division I football player playing lacrosse." In fact, after graduation, he briefly played running back in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions. On the lacrosse field, he could run through people with power and also around them with speed, often finishing with one of the hardest overhand shots in the game.
His 93 goals rank 11th in Loyola's Division I history, his 141 points in the top 15.
"Going to Loyola was a great decision," Frye told the Annapolis Capital in 2014. "It was a smaller school with a tight-knit community and leadership that cared about your success."
Frye went on to a seven-year professional outdoor lacrosse career with his "hometown" team, the Major League Lacrosse's Bayhawks, where he ranks sixth all-time in both points (142) and games played (73). In 2014, he was inducted into both the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Severna Park High School, Frye still lives in the area, where he works in sales for a medical technology company.
Though he stood just 5-foot-9, Maurice "Mo" Hicks certainly stood out during the early Division I era of basketball at Loyola, when the team played in the ECAC Metro (now Northeast) Conference. A versatile guard, Hicks was Loyola's first all-conference selection, earning second-team honors as a senior despite the fact that he came off the bench as the team's "sixth man."
Reitz Arena opened for that 1984-85 season, and Hicks was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds to within one game of the first 64-team NCAA tournament. In the conference tourney, played at Loyola, he hit a long jumper with five seconds left in the second overtime to give his team a one-point semifinal win over Marist, a team that featured future NBA star Rik Smits.
Hicks is 10th on Loyola's all-time scoring list with 1,494 points. He was a dynamic floor leader on offense and defense for teams that still rank among the highest-scoring in program history. He also made 17 free throws in a game against Robert Morris in 1983, the school record for more than 25 years, and is one of five Division I players at Loyola to have made at least 400 career free throws.
"Mo could make a 25-footer, he could get to the basket and he could score in transition," says Mark Amatucci, Loyola's head coach from 1982-89. "Before the shot clock, we'd go four corners and he'd be the guy in the middle of it."
His contributions to basketball hardly ended at the end of his Loyola career. In 1994, he returned to his alma mater, Rice High School in New York City, where he coached the boys' basketball team for 16 years, compiling a record of 352-86 and winning five state championships. He later served as the director of basketball operations for the men's basketball team at St. John's University from 2010-2013.
Mary Anne Kirsch-Terzachi
As a four-year starting post player for the Loyola women's basketball team, Mary Anne Kirsch Terzaghi was known for her attitude. She always had the same look on her face--determined, confident, calm--no matter how well or how poorly she or the Greyhounds might have been playing at the moment.
"Mary Anne could shoot, rebound, and defend the best player on the opposing team, but her consistency was even more impressive," says Corey (Hewitt) Weible '99, the point guard on those teams, which also featured three other key players from the Class of 1999. "She got it done every single night. And to top it off, she did it with humility and grace."
Thanks to her play in the post, Loyola had plenty of great moments in Kirsch's final two years, when the Greyhounds had a 41-16 overall record, beating Maryland in both seasons, and a 26-10 mark in conference games. She was a first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection in both of those years, helping her team to the MAAC championship game in 1998 and the semifinals in 1999. As a freshman in 1996, she earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors.
The Philadelphia native had a knack for scoring around the basket--she still leads Loyola's all-time field-goal percentage list at 53 percent--and for getting fouled when she didn't--her 324 free throws rank third at Loyola. Her 899 rebounds rank second in the program's Division I history behind only Hall of Famer Patty Stoffey Edelman '95. At the time of her graduation in 1999, Kirsch's 1,306 career points were fifth in program history.
A bachelor's and master's graduate of Loyola's Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program, she is currently a speech language pathologist for the Red Clay School District in Delaware. She is married to Chris Terzaghi.
From the fertile American soccer pipeline that was North Jersey in the 1980s came Joe Koziol, two years after his late brother Stan ("Stas"), whom he now joins in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame.
Joe was a prolific scorer, and his arrival coincided with one of the best two-year stretches for any Loyola athletic team in the Division I era. Loyola won the South Region and advanced to the final eight of the NCAA tournament in both 1986 and 1987, his sophomore and junior seasons.
In 1987, the Greyhounds hosted three thrilling NCAA championship games on the turf at Curley Field, defeating William & Mary thanks to Koziol's goal late in the second half before beating Virginia in the tournament for the second year in a row. That season, Koziol was clutch; eight of his 13 goals were game winners, and three of those came in 1-0 wins.
A year earlier, when the team was unbeaten during the regular season, Koziol's header assist helped the Greyhounds beat the top-ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville in the NCAA tournament, and he also scored early in the game in a win over George Mason in the Round of 16.
Koziol's 37 goals and 97 points each rank fourth in the Division I era at Loyola.
He later played nearly 150 games and scored 69 goals in the Major Indoor Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League for the Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Spirit, and Cleveland Crunch.
As a professional, Koziol displayed the same nose for the goal he had during his Loyola career.
"Most people say there are outstanding American goalkeepers and defenders but no outstanding midfielders or forwards," legendary Baltimore indoor soccer coach Kenny Cooper said at the time. "I believe Joe Koziol disproves that theory."
He also served as an assistant coach at Loyola following graduation. In 2012, he was named to the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.
Stacey Morlang was strong, athletic, and skilled, with a shot that was incredibly powerful and usually accurate. Like other talented and creative Australian players who began making their way to the U.S. in that era, she helped change the model of what a collegiate women's lacrosse player could be.
She remains the only Loyola player to score more than 60 goals in three consecutive seasons (2000 through 2002); she also had more than 80 points in each of those years. In 59 games in those three seasons, she scored 190 goals, including a school single-game record 12 against American in 2002. She also tied for the team lead with 31 goals as a freshman.
Loyola's first Tewaaraton Trophy finalist for national player of the year, she was the Ernest Lagna Award winner as the school's top senior female athlete in 2002. After graduation, she served as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds for several seasons.
Morlang has gone on to compete for the Australian national team in three World Cups, helping the Australians win the gold medal by defeating the United States in Annapolis in 2005. She was named to the All-World team at the most recent World Cup in Canada in 2013, as well as in 2005.
While at Loyola, she met her future husband, Michael Sullivan, '02, a two-time All-America midfielder for the Greyhounds men's lacrosse team. The couple moved to Australia in 2006 and now have two children.
"It was daunting leaving home at 17 years old," she says. "I had never seen the campus and had no idea what I was walking into. But the minute I got to Loyola I belonged. The teammates I met on my first day are my best friends to this day; they took me into their families and supported me every second."
In October 1989, the Loyola field hockey team won at Top-10 Virginia in overtime. The following May, the women's lacrosse team made the same trip to Charlottesville and handily defeated the Cavaliers, this time with a berth in the NCAA semifinals on the line. The women of Loyola athletics had arrived, and the All-America connection between those two teams was Karen Paterakis Philippou.
A team captain as a senior in field hockey, she later earned second-team All-America honors as a lacrosse defender in helping Loyola to its first berth in the final four.
"Beating UVA in both sports that year was unbelievable; they were pivotal moments you don't forget," she says. "We were a lot smaller and we proved we could compete with a big school."
In field hockey, Paterakis Philippou was the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore in 1987, and she twice earned All-America honors in that sport. She is still involved in field hockey as an assistant coach for the varsity team at Bryn Mawr School, also her alma mater, where she was a celebrated student-athlete.
A graphic designer, she earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Loyola, with a concentration in advertising and public relations. As a senior, she was honored with membership in the Green and Grey Society for her academic success and committed service to the school.
Paterakis Philippou continues her service to Loyola as a member of the Board of Trustees. "It's been such a great experience," says Paterakis Philippou, who was named to the post in October 2014. "It's a friendly, warm environment, and everyone is so passionate about Loyola. I loved my experience here, and I'm very proud of what Loyola has become."
She and her husband live in Baltimore and have a daughter in college and two high-school age boys.
1976 NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship Team
"Loyola coach Jim Bullington has assembled a well-balanced demolition crew that operates much like a brush fire -- snuff it out in one place and it flares up somewhere else to burn you." - John W. Stewart, Baltimore Sun, Nov. 13, 1976
Indeed, the 1976 Loyola men's soccer team had it all, including the ultimate prize at season's end, the NCAA Division II championship trophy. It was the school's first-ever NCAA title in any sport.
Loyola finished 21-1, losing only to Division I Philadelphia Textile. The Greyhounds scored 95 goals, an average of more than four per game, a school record unlikely ever to be approached, let alone broken. The team was undefeated in Mason-Dixon Conference play at 10-0. In the national coaches poll, which at the time also included Division I teams, Loyola ranked as high as No. 5 during the season.
"We just attacked and kept attacking," says Ian Reid, '78, one of four individuals from the 1976 team that are in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame. "We had a great goalkeeper (Loyola Athletics Hall of Famer John Houska, '79) and having him really freed us up to go forward."
After home victories over Randolph-Macon and Rollins in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament to win the South region, the Greyhounds had to travel about as far away from home as possible, Seattle, for the final two rounds. A win over Chico State set up the championship match against New Haven, and Loyola was dominant, outshooting the Chargers 32-10 on the way to a 2-0 victory. Reid, the tournament offensive MVP, scored a first-half goal, while Pete Notaro, the country's leading scorer, added insurance midway through the second half.
The Greyhounds' exciting offensive-oriented style brought large crowds to campus for games, many of whom had already been watching the players for years. Every Loyola player came from the Baltimore area, including nine players who attended Calvert Hall.
"It was sort of a golden era for soccer in Baltimore," Reid says. "The games against local teams like University of Baltimore and Towson were big deals. People lined up two deep behind ropes to watch our games."
1963 Undefeated Men's Tennis Team
The "Golden Greyhounds" representatives of this year's Hall of Fame class, the 1963 Loyola men's tennis team is still the only squad in program history to finish a season with an undefeated record.
Coach Vincent Colimore's Greyhounds won all 15 matches they played that spring, including the Mason-Dixon Conference title match against Hampden-Sydney, a tightly-contested 5-4 victory that avenged a loss to the same Tigers team in the previous year's conference championship match. Five of Loyola's wins in 1963 came by that same 5-4 score.
Tennis may be an individual sport, but college tennis is not. With a total of nine matches (six singles and three doubles) comprising each team match, having one or two great players rarely leads to wins. The 1963 team was hardly that way. In 2013, Malko told Loyola magazine that "the players really respected each other, and in the close matches, different people on the team stepped up to win. It wasn't just relying on three or four people to win all the time. The 15-and-0 was a team thing."
Seniors Dan Michaelis, Jim Mohler and Barry Tillman, juniors Lou Albert and Alex Cummings, sophomores Dennis Keating and Rusty Tontz, and freshmen Bob Malko and Gary Klein were a balanced group of local athletes from both public and Catholic schools in the Baltimore area. And Colimore wasn't just the tennis coach; he also taught foreign languages and educational psychology at Loyola.
The conference championship match against Hampden-Sydney came down to the final doubles match of the day. With the score tied at four matches apiece, Cummings and Michaelis lost the first set of their match 6-0. They would rally, however, winning a close second set before dominating 6-1 in the third to give Loyola the victory.