Ricci, Hagelin Earn ECAC Lacrosse Weekly Honors

March 3, 2008

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola junior defenseman P.T. Ricci and freshman goalkeeper Jake Hagelin earned two of the ECAC Lacrosse weekly honors for their efforts in Loyola's 7-4 victory over Penn State on Saturday.

Ricci was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, and Hagelin earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors. The duo helped lead Loyola's defense to an impressive performance against the Nittany Lions, holding them to just four goals on 19 shots.

Penn State managed just eight shots in the second half, one in the fourth quarter.

Hagelin made seven saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and his saves percentage of .636 was a single-game best. He also scooped up two ground balls and helped Loyola complete 20-of-23 clears in the game.

Ricci led all players with a career-high 10 ground balls and eight caused turnovers against the Nittany Lions. Loyola (2-1 overall, 1-0 ECAC) forced 28 Penn State turnovers, eight in the fourth quarter.

Attacker Shane Koppens was named to the ECAC Honor Roll after recording a goal and two assists in the game.

The awards are the second and third of the season for Loyola. Cooper MacDonnell earned ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors last week.

As a team, Loyola moved up in both NCAA Division I polls following the victory. The Greyhounds climbed to 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 15th in the USILA Coaches Poll.

The Greyhounds host Duke, which is ranked second in both polls, on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU nationally and WMAR/ABC2 locally.