March 30, 2009
BALTIMORE - Junior Cooper MacDonnell was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for March 23-30, the league office announced Monday. Loyola (5-4, 2-1 ECAC) is now tied with Cornell for 15th in the USILA Coaches Poll and holds the 16th position in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings.
In Loyola's match-up with No. 2 Syracuse, MacDonnell scored a career-high five goals and collected three groundballs. His fifth goal put the Greyhounds up 12-8 with 12:01 remaining in the game, but the Orange made a furious 6-1 rally the rest of the way to take the 14-13 non-conference thriller.
MacDonnell, a native of Darien, Conn., has now scored at least two goals in Loyola's last eight games, dating all the way back to the 11-8 victory over Towson on February 21. He is also the only Greyhound to have scored in all nine games of the 2009 season and has tallied 21 total goals this year, just one shy of breaking his team-high total of 22 from last season.
St. John's attackman Drew Schanen shared this week's offensive honors with MacDonnell. Goalkeepers Doc Schneider from UMass and Charlie Cipriano from Fairfield were named Co-Defensive Players of the Week and attackman Jack Forster of Penn State took rookie honors.
After facing a stretch of home games, Loyola will travel to Piscataway, N.J on Saturday to face ECAC conference foe Rutgers (3-6, 2-1 ECAC) at 3:00 p.m.