Feb. 22, 2010
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell and junior goalkeeper Jake Hagelin were named the ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive and Co-Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced today.
The duo played key roles in the Greyhounds' season opening victory on Saturday, an 8-7 overtime triumph at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Earlier Monday, the Greyhounds moved up to 10th in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Polls. The rankings are the highest for Loyola since March 1, 2004.
MacDonnell scored a career-high six goals and seven points Saturday, but he saved his last goal for when it mattered most. The senior curled around the right side of the crease and beat his defender, delivering a hard shot past the Navy goalkeeper for the game-winner with nine seconds left in the first overtime.
The Preseason ECAC Player of the Year recorded a hat trick by the second quarter, as he scored three consecutive goals to put Loyola ahead 3-1. He then assisted on an extra-man goal by Eric Lusby, helping Loyola take a 4-3 lead into halftime.
MacDonnell then scored his fourth and fifth goals in the third and fourth quarters before recording the game-winner in overtime. He also had three groundballs and two caused turnovers for the Greyhounds.
Hagelin made two saves in the final three minutes of regulation and one in overtime, preserving a tie score and setting up MacDonnell's game-winning goal. He also orchestrated a Loyola defense that allowed the Midshipmen just 10 shots on goal in the game.
With time winding down in regulation, Hagelin stopped two shots from close range within seconds of each other, thwarting an offensive series by Navy.
He then made a one-on-one, point-blank save on a Ryan O'Leary shot with less than a minute to go in overtime. Hagelin picked up the ensuing ground ball and started a clear that led to MacDonnell's goal.
Hagelin shared the award with Denver goalkeeper Zander Buteux.
The award for each player marks the fifth time in both of their careers that they have been so honored by the ECAC.
Loyola opens ECAC action on Saturday, February 27, when it travels to Hamden, Conn., for a 1 p.m. game at Quinnipiac.