May 10, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Charley Toomey has released his first recruiting class as head coach at Loyola College, announcing the addition of 13 freshmen for the 2007 season. With good size and athleticism at every position, Loyola's latest recruiting class brings plenty of young talent from traditional lacrosse hotbeds on the Eastern seaboard.
"I'm excited that we were able to draw players from different lacrosse regions," says Toomey. "We're very happy to have a presence on Long Island, in Upstate New York and of course Maryland."
At the attack position, the Greyhounds bring a pair of athletes who will have the opportunity to play with a veteran unit next season. Cooper MacDonnell and Daniel Mortell should complement next year's group of seniors.
MacDonnell is a two-sport athlete from Darien, Conn, where he earned all-state honors while leading both his high school hockey and lacrosse teams in scoring.
"Cooper obviously has a nose for the back of the net," says Toomey in reference to his success in both hockey and lacrosse. "He's a very talented player that will have a chance to contribute his freshman year."
Mortell is a native of Glenview, Ill., where he led his team to two state championships the past two seasons. His brother, Richard, plays at ECAC foe Georgetown. A strong and versatile athlete, Mortell can play attack or midfield.
"I'm excited about this class of attackmen and middies," says Offensive Coordinator Bobby Benson. "We're bringing in a group of guys who can play the whole field and I'm looking forward to getting to know them over the next few years."
In the midfield, the Greyhounds will need to replace a core of players who now play big roles in the unit. The four incoming freshmen will do their best to fill these roles and help the team develop.
Taylor Ebsary is a three-sport athlete from the Buffalo, N.Y. area. A captain of his basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams at Amherst High School, he led both basketball and lacrosse to sectional titles last year.
"We're happy to have a player like Taylor in our program," says Toomey. "He's very athletic, has good speed and will help us as he develops at the college level."
Mickey Haight, like MacDonnell, is a high school hockey and lacrosse standout. Hailing from Irondequoit, N.Y., Haight was team MVP of his Empire State Games squad in 2005.
"Mickey has good size and brings more toughness to our team," says Toomey. "He has the ability to contribute on both offense and defense as well as at the face-off x."
Chris Hurst, a middie from Massapequa, N.Y., earned high school All-America honors last season at Massapequa high school. His team won the 2005 Nassau County Championship, where he was named tournament MVP.
John Schiavone is a local product from Silver Spring, Md., where he captained his lacrosse team at Our Lady of Good Counsel. A face-off specialist as well, the coaches are hopeful he can step in and relieve Jordan Rabidou and Andrew Spack next season.
"John Schiavone has great hands," says Toomey. "He had a great fall, looks good this spring, and gives us another solid option at the face-off x."
On the defensive end, the Greyhounds bring in six recruits who will have the opportunity to play with next year's senior class of defenders and develop into a sound unit themselves.
Kyle Cottrell, a 6-2, 195-pound defender from Glenwood, Md., played basketball, football and lacrosse at Glenelg High School. Captain of both the basketball and lacrosse teams, he led the Glenelg lacrosse team to two state semi-finals and one championship game.
"Kyle is a rangy player with good size and skill," says Toomey. "Spending a year with our veteran defensive unit gives him the luxury of developing and learning the sytem."
Steve Dircks, meanwhile, is a 6-1, 195-pound product out of Mountain Lakes, N.J. A leader on his defensive unit at Mountain Lakes High School, he was named to the Inside Lacrosse "Young Guns" list this past summer.
"Dircks is having a tremendous senior year," says Toomey. "He made a lot of all-star teams this summer and as he continues to develop, we feel that he's a guy who can draw a match-up in the future for Loyola College."
Nick Disimile joins Chris Hurst as one of two Loyola recruits from Massapequa. A New York scholar athlete, his Empire Games team won the 2005 gold medal.
"Nick's size and range allows him to move around a bit," says Toomey. "We feel he'll be able to handle the long pole or do down low when we need him."
Kevin Hinton, another local player, comes from Eldersburg, Md., where he captained his lacrosse team at Liberty High School. His brother Zach plays lacrosse at Maryland.
"Kevin had a good summer at recruiting camps," says Toomey. "He's got a great feel for groundballs and competes hard when he's on the field."
Steve Layne is a two-sport standout at Malvern Prep, where he led his football and lacrosse teams to four total league championships. A native of Downingtown, Pa., Layne was a first-team all-state lacrosse defender last season.
"Steve Layne has tremendous stick skills," says Toomey. "He's got excellent feet around the goal-line and complements our defenders well."
Brian Mullooly, a 6-0 defender from Garden City, N.Y., is a football and lacrosse player at Garden City High School. A Long Island Empire State lacrosse team selection, he played long pole last season before switching to close defense.
"The six defenders we're brining in are a very versatile group," says defensive coordinator Matt Dwan. "They all have nice size and come from excellent high school programs."
In goal, the Greyhounds add Joe Marra, a 6-2, 220-pound prospect from Smithtown, N.Y. Selected one of Inside Lacrosse's "Young Guns" in 2005, Marra was an all-division football and lacrosse player at Smtihtown High School.
"When you graduate two goalies and bring in one, he'll get a lot of reps in practice and have a chance to compete for the starting job," says Toomey, a former All-America goalie himself. "Joe is joining a talented group of goalies who work very well together."