May 8, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College's ECAC champion men's lacrosse team landed six players on the 2008 All-ECAC squad. The Greyhounds, who won their first league title, took home the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.
Senior attackman Shane Koppens, who led the Greyhounds with 19 goals and 23 assists during the regular season, was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. Koppens scored a season-high five goals against conference foe Georgetown and finished the year at the league's top scorer.
Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin shared the ECAC Rookie of the Year honor with Kory Kelly from Rutgers. Hagelin garnered five ECAC Player of the Week honors this season and finished the regular season with a 7.86 goals against average.
Meanwhile, Head Coach Charley Toomey shared Coach of the Year honors with Matt Kerwick of Hobart. Toomey, the 2006 ECAC Coach of the Year, has an impressive 16-5 ECAC record in three seasons as Loyola's coach. He has never lost a home conference game and never finished lower than tied for second in the final league standings.
Loyola's first-team All-ECAC members included Koppens at attack, senior co-captain Paul Richards in the midfield and P.T. Ricci at long-stick midfield. Richards continued his well-rounded college lacrosse career with eight goals, seven assists and 49 groundballs during the regular season. Ricci, meanwhile, led the team with 80 groundballs while adding three goals and three assists to his career numbers.
The second-team including sophomores Cooper MacDonnell, Steve Dircks and Hagelin. MacDonnell led Loyola with 21 goals during the regular season and was one of three attackmen on the second-team. Dircks made the team as a defender as he helped the Greyhounds hold ECAC foes to just over six goals per game this season.
The Greyhounds led all teams with their six members on the year-end ECAC squad. Loyola, which won the league outright, will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at Duke.
2008 All-ECAC First TeamA Shane Koppens, LoyolaA Brendan Cannon, GeorgetownA Daryl Veltman, HobartM Justin Pennington, RutgersM Paul Richards, LoyolaM Andrew Brancaccio, GeorgetownD Jerry Lambe, GeorgetownD Barney Ehrmann, GeorgetownD Chris O'Dougherty, RutgersD Matt Scanlon, FairfieldSp. P.T. Ricci, Loyola (LSM)G Drew Adams, Penn State
2008 All-ECAC Second TeamA Tim Balise, MassachusettsA Cooper MacDonnell, LoyolaA Jamie Kirk, HobartM Andrew Mackrides, Penn StateM Sean Murphy, HobartM Matt Smalley, HobartD Tim LaMare, St. John'sD Rafe Mattingly, HobartD Diogo Godoi, MassachusettsD Steve Dircks, LoyolaSp. Matt Scanlon, Fairfield (LSM)G Jake Hagelin, Loyola
Offensive Player of the Year Shane Koppens, Loyola
Defensive Player of the Year Jerry Lambe, Georgetown
Goalkeeper of the Year Drew Adams, Penn State
Co-Rookies of the Year Jake Hagelin, LoyolaKory Kelly, Rutgers
Co-Coaches of the Year Charley Toomey, LoyolaMatt Kerwick, Hobart