March 9, 2005
Baltimore, Md, - Head Lacrosse Coach Bill Dirrigl has announced his latest recruiting class at Loyola College. Bringing in a balanced class that features 12 players from five states and two countries, the Greyhounds add depth across the field in 2006.
"This is the most balanced class with athleticism and talent at every position," says Dirrigl. "With the 12 players that we're bringing in, we get better at every single position."
At the attack, the `Hounds add Michael Crimmins, Patrick Lombard and Jake Wilcox. Crimmins is a lacrosse and football star at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Entering his senior year, he already holds the school record for goals in a single season (62) and goals in a single game (9) and is captain of both the football and lacrosse teams.
Lombard is a 5-11 attackman from Ambler, Pa., where he attends LaSalle College High School. Also a team captain, Lombard led his squad to the 2004 Pennsylvania state championships with 73 goals and 36 assists. Wilcox, who stands in at 6-6, 225-pounds, hails from Wayne, Pa. and plays lacrosse, soccer and basketball for Malvern Prep.
In the midfield, Jimmy Daly, Daniel Farruggio and Tyler Gale join a solid corps for Loyola. Daly, whose father played basketball at Loyola College, comes from the McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md. He is team captain and led the varsity midfield in scoring last season. Farruggio comes from Kinnelon, N.J. where he earned All-State honors as the team's leading scorer last year, while Gale brings All-Central New York accolades from the Syracuse area, where he captained Lafayette High School's lacrosse and football teams.
Five incoming defensemen include Ryan Cunningham, Sean Hecker, Eric Kohl, Derrin Mangin and Peter Ricci. Cunningham led his team to the Section 5, Class A Championship in Canandaigua, N.Y. while Hecker earned all-conference honors in both football and lacrosse at Upper Arlington, Ohio, taking his team to the state championship game in lacrosse. Kohl, also a two-sport athlete (lacrosse and basketball) is a 6-1, 175-pound defender from Liverpool, N.Y., while Mangin earned first-team all-area honors in Warminster, Pa. Ricci is a standout lacrosse, football and track athlete at Conestoga High School in Pennsylvania, where he earned all-league honors in lacrosse while setting touchdown and receiving records in football.
The Greyhounds also bring in goalie Alex Peaty, who attends Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Peaty is a Victoria, British Columbia native and has impressive stats with a 3.1 goals against average last season and a school-record 23 saves in one game.
"Alex Peaty has all the tools to develop into a big-time Division I lacrosse player," says Assistant Coach Charley Toomey, who was also an All-America goalie at Loyola College. "He's got great attention to detail, he's very energetic and plays inspired."
Loyola College Class of 2009NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High SchoolMichael CrimminsAttack5-10165Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga SpringsRyan CunninghamDefense5-11175Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua AcademyJames Daly, IIIMidfield6-2162Gibson Island, Md./McDonogh SchoolDaniel FarruggioMidfield5-10170Kinnelon, N.J/KinnelonTyler GaleMidfield5-8170Lafayette, N.Y./LafayetteSean HeckerDefense5-10185Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper ArlingtonEric KohlDefense6-1175Liverpool, N.Y./LiverpoolPatrick LombardAttack5-11170Ambler, Pa./LaSalleDerrin ManginDefense5-9168Warminster, Pa./Archbishop WoodAlex PeatyGoalie6-2190Victoria, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio)Peter RicciDefense5-11175Wayne, Pa./ConestogaJake WilcoxAttack6-6225Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep