Men's Lacrosse Opens ECAC Action At Quinnipiac

Feb. 24, 2010

Game Information
Opponent Quinnipiac
Date and Faceoff Feb. 27, 2010 | 1 p.m. ET
Location Hamden, Conn. | Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Field
Radio WNST (1570 AM; Baltimore)
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Game Data

  • The Greyhounds start their sixth season of competition in the ECAC Lacrosse League on Saturday, February 27, when they travel to Hamden, Connecticut, for a 1 p.m. faceoff against the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
  • Loyola and Quinnipiac will meet for the first time as conference opponents on Saturday. The ECAC added the Bobcats, Air Force, Bellarmine, Ohio State and Denver to the conference for the 2010 season.

Listen In

  • The Loyola-Quinnipiac game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Chris Gunkel `90 calling the play-by-play action. For those outside of the WNST listening area, the broadcast can also be heard for free on

In The Polls

  • Loyola jumped to 10th nationally in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Rankings this week following its win at Navy to open the 2010 campaign. The No. 10 ranking is the highest for Loyola since they were in the same spot on March 1, 2004, after a season-opening win over Towson.

Series History

  • The Greyhounds will take on the Bobcats for the second time in series history when the referee blows the first whistle on Saturday.
  • The teams played on April 3, 2004, in a non-confernece tile won by Loyola, 11-10. Four players - Matt Monfett, Stephen Brundage, Matt Cassalia and Andrew Spack - scored twice each for the Greyhounds, while Monfett also had two assists. Loyola held a 17-of-24 advantage in faceoffs and a 39-16 lead in groundballs.
  • Quinnipiac took a 10-9 lead in the fourth quarter of the game, but Jordan Rabidou and Cassalia scored 45 seconds apart to put Loyola in front for good.

Double Hat Trick

  • Cooper MacDonnell tallied a career-high six goals on Saturday in the win over Navy, making him the first player since 2007 to record as many in a single game. Dan Bauers scored six in a 12-6 win on March 17, 2007, against St. John's.
  • MacDonnell's seven total points were also a career-high and the most by a Loyola player since Shane Koppens scored three goals and had six assists for nine points on March 10, 2009, against Bryant.

ECAC Honors

  • MacDonnell was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after his six-goal performance, and Jake Hagelin garnered ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his work in goal for the Greyhounds.
  • MacDonnell was also named the RocketPocket LaxNews National Player of the Week, and he was added to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year Watch List by Inside Lacrosse.

Timing Is Everything

  • Jake Hagelin made just three saves against the Midshipmen, but his direction of the defense throughout the contest was crucial. Not to mention the fact that his three saves came at opportune times for the Greyhounds.
  • Tied 7-7 with less than three minutes to play, Hagelin turned away a pair of close shots in less than five seconds, preserving the tie in regulation.
  • He then made a point-blank save as Ryan O'Leary broke free for a one-on-one opportunity with under a minute to go in overtime. After that save, Hagelin picked up the ground ball and started the clear that led to MacDonnell's game-winning goal.

Disruptive Defense

  • Loyola's defense held Navy to just 21 total shots in Saturday's game, and only 10 attempts on goal. The Greyhounds' defense also did a good job of getting in passing lanes, making early checks and putting pressure on Navy players, leading to 24 Midshipmen turnovers.

First Impressions

  • Four players made their Loyola and collegiate debuts on Saturday against the Midshipmen. Davis Butts scored a goal out of the second midfield for the Greyhounds, and Josh Hawkins was credited with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Scott Ratliff picked up a groundball, and Patrick Fanshaw saw time on Loyola's attack.
  • Three players - Pat Byrnes, Nick Disimile and Stephen Murray - all made their first appearances in the starting lineups for the Greyhounds, as well.
  • Although it was not his first game at Loyola, defender Steve Dircks returned to the field after missing the 2009 season with a knee injury.


Loyola Welcomes New Athletics Director

  • Loyola University Maryland introduced Jim Paquette as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics on Wednesday, February 17. Paquette comes to Loyola after 16 years at Boston College, most recently as Associate Director of Athletics for Development.

New Season, New Home Field

  • 2010 will mark a new chapter in Loyola men's lacrosse history, as the Greyhounds will open the Fr. Harold Ridley, S.J., Intercollegiate Athletic Complex when they host Duke on Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The 6,000-seat venue will be one of the finest lacrosse and soccer complexes in the nation and provides Loyola with a state-of-the-art home.

Preseason Prognostications

  • Loyola received accolades - as a team and individually - from several outlets before the season started. The Greyhounds were picked to win the ECAC Lacrosse Conference by the league's coaches, while senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell was tabbed the ECAC Preseason Player of the Year. Senior defender Steve Layne joined MacDonnell on the Preseason All-ECAC team.
  • Inside Lacrosse tabbed Loyola to win the ECAC, as well, and three Greyhounds earned Preseason All-America honors from the publication. Junior faceoff middie John Schiavone was named to the Third Team, while MacDonnell and Layne earned honorable mention.

Looking Back

  • The Greyhounds finished the 2009 season with a 9-5 record, earning a share of the ECAC Championship by going 6-1 in the league. The ECAC title was Loyola's second in a row.
  • According to the computer rankings, the Greyhounds played the third-toughest schedule in Division I last season and ended the year with an RPI of nine.
  • P.T. Ricci earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was voted the Senior Defender of the Year. He finished the season with 91 ground balls, averaging 6.36 per game, second in Division I among non-faceoff specialists.
  • Ricci was joined as an USILA All-American by senior attacker Shane Koppens who topped the team with 41 total points in 2009. He tallied 22 goals and a team-best 19 assists for the Greyhounds. Koppens and Ricci were both named All-ECAC First Team, while four Greyhounds - Steve Layne, Cooper MacDonnell, Mike Sawyer and John Schiavone - earned All-ECAC Second Team recognition.

Back For More

  • Loyola returns 60-percent of its goal-scoring from last season and 58.7-percent of its assists. Senior attackers Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty were the teams' top two goal scorers last season, recording 30 and 24, respectively, while Finnerty was second on the squad with 13 assists. Senior midfielder Chris Basler is back after finishing third a year ago with 10 assists.

Layne Leads `D'

  • Senior defender Steve Layne returns on defense for the Greyhounds, leading a unit that has held ECAC opponents to a 7.6 goal against average in 34 conference games since 2005. As a junior, Layne earned All-ECAC Second Team honors, picking up 48 groundballs and causing 24 turnovers.

Designation Change

  • As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as `Loyola University Maryland.' Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as `Loyola College,' but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council in September.

Up Next

  • Loyola continues ECAC action on Wednesday, March 3, when it travels to Louisville, Ky., for a 1 p.m. contest at Bellarmine. The game will the Greyhounds' first ever in the Bluegrass State.
  • Head Coach Charley Toomey and his squad will then return to Baltimore for a date with Notre Dame in the Inside Lacrosse Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, March 6, at M&T Bank Stadium. The Greyhounds and Fighting Irish will take the field for a 4 p.m. game at the home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Tickets and parking for the event are available at