April 19, 2010
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland's Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week, and senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell earned ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, on Monday.
The award is the second in as many weeks for Hagelin, and they third he has received this season. MacDonnell is now a two-time recipient in 2010. The duo played a major role in the Greyhounds' 11-6 win over then-No. 9 Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.
Hagelin made 14 saves in goal for the Greyhounds (8-2 overall), and he led a defensive effort that allowed just six Hoyas' goals. Entering the game, Georgetown was ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring offense, averaging nearly 12 goals per game.
A three-year starter in goal for Loyola, Hagelin has now recorded 13 or more saves in four-straight games. With his effort against Georgetown, Hagelin now leads the NCAA in goals against average (6.69), and he has helped the Greyhounds lead the nation in scoring defense through 10 games.
MacDonnell tallied three goals and an assist versus Georgetown for a game-high four points. He scored the first goal of the game and added two more in the second half as Loyola outscored the Hoyas, 7-3, after the break.
Despite missing three games with an injury earlier this season, MacDonnell has scored 19 goals this season. He sits atop the ECAC in goals per game (2.71) and has scored at least one point in 25 consecutive games, dating back to the 2008 season.
The awards are the eighth and ninth received this season by Loyola. Both Hagelin and MacDonnell have now received ECAC Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week honors each six times during their careers. MacDonnell shared this week's award with Denver's Mark Matthews.
Loyola moved up to seventh in this week's USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The No. 7 slot is the highest the Greyhounds have reached since March 1, 2004, when they opened the season in the same position.
The Greyhounds return to conference action on Saturday, April 24, when they travel to Geneva, N.Y., for a 1 p.m. game at Hobart.