Feb. 19, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola men's lacrosse seniors Shane Koppens and P.T. Ricci have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2009 Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the top player in collegiate lacrosse. The pair was just two of 60 players in Division I to be selected to the prestigious list, the organization announced Thursday.
The Tewaaraton Award was created in 2001 and is considered the pre-eminent recognition in the sport. It is presented by the University Club of D.C. and is the lacrosse equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy.
"It's quite an honor for these two young men to be named to the Tewaarton watch list," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said.
" Both Shane and P.T. have had terrific careers at Loyola thus far. They both represent the very best of what Loyola and our men's lacrosse program has to offer."
This Tewaaraton watch recognition is just the latest in a slew of accolades for both Ricci and Koppens. In November, Ricci was named a preseason First Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse, while Koppens garnered Honorable Mentions honors by the publication. The duo of co-captains was also named to the preseason Eastern College Athletic Conference team.
Koppens, who was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA in the offseason, returns as Loyola's top attackman from a year ago.
The Clifton Park, N.Y. native led the Greyhounds with 44 points in 2008 (19 goals and 25 assists) in earning USILA Honorable Mention honors and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. A prolific passer, Koppens is currently eighth on Loyola's all-time career list with 61. He will sit out Towson's game on Saturday, as ruled in the decision by the NCAA, but will be back in action next week at Penn State in the team's conference opener.
Ricci, a long-stick midfielder, was among the nation's leaders last year in groundballs with a team-high 84. His 41 caused turnovers also led Loyola. He played in Saturday's season-opening 10-9 loss against Notre Dame in Atlanta and picked up a team-high six groundballs ,while also assisting on a Cooper MacDonnell goal.
The 16th-ranked Greyhounds (0-1) kick off the home portion of their schedule on Saturday when they host neighbor Towson (0-0) at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ABC-2 and on tape delay by ESPNU at 6:30 p.m.