Charley Toomey Named ECAC Coach Of The Year

May 11, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Head Coach Charley Toomey has been named the ECAC Coach of the Year, and junior attackman Dan Bauers has earned first-team All-ECAC honors, the league office announced today. Toomey led the Greyhounds to a 5-2 conference record his first season as head coach while Bauers led a resurgent offense with 32 points.

"This is a nice honor, but it should say Staff of the Year," says Coach Toomey. "The assistant coaches - Matt Dwan, Bobby Benson, Steve Vaikness - did a great job getting this team prepared to play each week. They really deserve the credit."

Toomey took over the program this winter and guided the Greyhounds to a tie for second-place in the ECAC and a 6-6 overall record. After a 5-8 season in 2005, Loyola bounced back with huge conference wins over No. 16 Penn State and No. 2 Georgetown. Its 14-10 win over Hoyas on April 15 was the program's first win over a Top-5 team since 2001.

The season also produced Toomey with U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Week honors, which he earned after back-to-back wins over conference foes Rutgers and Georgetown. Toomey, who was an assistant with the Greyhounds before taking over as head coach, was also a two-time All-America goalie at Evergreen, guiding the Greyhounds to the 1990 NCAA Championship Game.

Leading Toomey's offensive unit was Bauers, who had himself a breakout year with 22 goals and 10 assists. Bauers finished the year among the nation's Top-25 scorers and led the ECAC in man-up goals with seven. His five-goal performance at Fairfield was not only a career-high, but also the most by a Loyola player since Stephen Brundage's six-goal effort against Villanova in 2002.

Dan Bauers

"I think playing together for three years has helped the offense, and this year we were able to score more goals," says Bauers. "We had a disappointing end to the year, but came away with some very positive things from the season."

Bauers season-ending goal total was also the most by a Loyola player since Brundage's 23 goals in 2003. Georgetown's Brendan Cannon, Massachusetts' Sean Morris and Penn State's Nate Whitaker were the other three attackmen selected to this season's first-team squad.

The second-team All-ECAC list includes juniors Andrew Spack and Steven Hess as well as senior goalie Michael Fretwell. For Spack, the honor is his second straight second-team nod while both Hess and Fretwell received preseason accolades.

Fretwell, the 2005 ECAC Goalie of the Year, registered 138 saves this season. His 13 saves per ECAC game led the conference while his 8.75 goals-against average and .582 save percentage were very close to his league-leading numbers last year.

Spack was second on the team in scoring, six points behind Bauers. His 15 assists led the team while his 55 percent success rate in the face-off x ranked him in the nation's Top-20. Spack's 35 groundballs also pushed him over the century mark in that category. He now has 110 career groundballs.

Hess, a junior captain, finished the season with 39 groundballs and five caused turnovers. Along with Fretwell and a solid starting close defense that included Michael Graham and Eddie Graham, Hess led a unit that held opponents to six goals or less in five of the team's 12 games.

2006 All-ECAC Team
Coach of the Year: Charley Toomey, Loyola
Offensive Player of the Year: Sean Morris, Massachusetts
Defensive Player of the Year: Jack Reid, Massachusetts
Goalkeeper of the Year: Drew Adams, Penn State
Rookie of the Year: Drew Adams, Penn State

A Dan Bauers, Loyola Jr.
A Brendan Cannon, Georgetown So.
A Sean Morris, Massachusetts# Sr.
A Nate Whitaker, Penn State Sr.
M Pete Cannon, Georgetown Sr.
M Greg Downing, Fairfield Jr.
M Pat Heim, Penn State Jr.
D Reyn Garnett, Georgetown Jr.
D Jack Reid, Massachusetts Sr.
D Dan Saltsman, Penn State Jr.
G Drew Adams, Penn State Fr.

A Trevor Casey, Georgetown Jr.
A Brian Boyle, Penn State Jr.
A Travis Nelson, Fairfield So.
A Daryl Veltman, Hobart So.
M Greg Gurenlian, Penn State Sr.
M Dave Paolisso, Georgetown Sr.
M Andrew Spack, Loyola Jr.
D Matt Blocklet, Fairfield So.
D Steven Hess, Loyola, Jr.
D Jerry Lambe, Georgetown Jr..
G Michael Fretwell, Loyola Sr.