Men's Lacrosse 2010 Season-In-Review


2010 Season-In-Review
Overall Record 9-5
ECAC Record
Postseason NCAA Championships First Round
Final Ranking
11th (Coaches) | 12th (Media)
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Season Data

  • Loyola wrapped up the 2010 season with a 9-5 overall record and its 17th all-time bid to the NCAA Division I Championships.
  • The Greyhounds had a season-long six-game winning streak from March 20-April 24, and they finished second in the ECAC.


  • The Greyhounds’ May 15 game at Cornell in the NCAA Championships First Round marked the 17th time in school history that the Greyhounds have reached the NCAA Division I Championships and the 19th time overall that they have played in the postseason.
  • Loyola was the recipient of an at large bid to the tournament.
  • The appearance was Loyola’s third in the last four years to the NCAA Championships.

On The Tube

  • Loyola made six appearances on national television during the 2010 season, four coming on ESPNU and two more on the ECAC Game of the Week. The Greyhounds were 4-2 in those contests.

In The Polls

  • Loyola finished the 2010 season ranked 11th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 12th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings.
  • The Greyhounds started the year 15th in the coaches, and 16th in the media, poll. They rose as high as No. 6 nationally during the week of April 26. Sixth is the highest Loyola has been ranked since it was fifth on April 8, 2002.

All-America Recognition

  • Three Loyola players earned All-American Honorable Mention from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association following the season. Defender Steve Layne, attacker Cooper MacDonnell and face-off specialist John Schiavone were recognized by the organization.
  • Layne quarterbacked the Loyola defense, helping it finish fourth in the nation in scoring defense, while MacDonnell led the Greyhounds in goals (2.0) and points (2.25) per game. Schiavone was one of the top faceoff men in the nation, winning 59.9-percent of his restarts in 2010.
  • The honors mark the 26th time in the last 28 years Loyola has placed at least one player on the USILA All-America squads.

Scholarly Speaking

  • Collin Finnerty was named to a Scholar All-American by the USILA following the sesaon. The attacker, who graduated with a 3.07 GPA in communications, was the Greyhounds' leading scorer with 24 goals and 36 points in 2010.

North-South Game

  • Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty were named to represent Loyola at the 2010 Lax World/USILA North-South All-Star Game. They competed at the event, held in Towson, Md., on Friday, May 28.

ECAC Honors For Seven Greyhounds

  • Loyola’s Cooper MacDonnell and Jake Hagelin were named the ECAC Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday by a vote of league’s coaches.
  • MacDonnell, who missed three games in March due to a shoulder injury, finished the regular-season with 22 goals and five assists.
  • Hagelin took home top goalkeeping honors after helping Loyola build the top defense in the league. The Greyhounds are second in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, and Hagelin is third in the nation with a 7.86 goals against average.
  • The pair were two of a league-high six players to earn All-ECAC First Team honors, joining attacker Collin Finnerty, defender Steve Layne, midfielder Eric Lusby and faceoff specialist John Schiavone. Midfielder Taylor Ebsary earned All-ECAC Second Team laurels.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola ended its season on May 15 in the NCAA Championships First Round at Cornell. Despite the Greyhounds’ 11-10 loss, the triple overtime game was one of the most exciting during the entire season of lacrosse throughout the country.
  • The Big Red took a 9-2 lead early in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds mounted a furious comeback, scoring six unanswered goals and eight of the next nine to tie the game at 10-10.
  • Cooper MacDonnell fed Stephen Murray, who scored the game-winner with seven ticks left in regulation, sending it to overtime.
  • The teams battled through two scoreless four-minute extra periods before Cornell broke through with a goal 2:05 before the end of the third overtime.
  • Collin Finnerty, Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins each scored two goals for Loyola in the game, and Alex Peaty came off the bench to make eight saves against just three goals allowed in over 45 minutes of action.

Won The Battle, But Lost The War

  • Loyola picked up more ground balls than its opponent for the 11th time in 14 games during 2010. The Greyhounds had 38 grounders to Cornell’s 23, but the statistical victory did not carry over to the win column. It marked the second time all season, and the second time in as many weeks, that the Greyhounds had more ground balls that their opponent but lost. They had 36 on May 8 against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays won with 21. Loyola finished 9-2 in 2010 when grabbing more ground balls than its opponents.

Closing Careers

Tip Of The (Graduation) Caps

  • Hours prior to the team’s departure for Ithaca, N.Y., and the NCAA game at Cornell, 12 Loyola players received their degrees from the University. The players celebrated a special commencement with their families, teammates, coaches and members of the Loyola administration and faculty, since the school’s full graduation took place on gameday.
  • Chris Basler (business), Kyle Cottrell (finance), Michael Crimmins (communications), Nick Disimile (communications), Taylor Ebsary (chemistry), Nick Federici (finance), Collin Finnerty (communications), Michael Haight (biology), Kevin Hinton (business), Chris Hurst (business), Cooper MacDonnell (communications) and Brian Mullooly (communications) earned their degrees from Loyola.
  • Basler, Disimile and Hinton all have athletic eligibility remaining and are slated to return to the Greyhounds as graduate students in 2011.

Comeback Numbers

  • Loyola’s furious comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter against Cornell was directly related to possession numbers.
  • After Josh Hawkins scored with 8:56 to play in the third quarter, stopping a 25-minute, 25-second scoreless stretch by Loyola and cutting the Big Red’s lead to 9-3, Loyola won nine of the next 10 faceoffs and picked up 16 ground balls.
  • During the stretch, in which the Greyhounds outscored Cornell 7-1, the Big Red managed only four shots. Loyola had possession of the ball for approximately 19 of the final 25 minutes in regulation.

Picking Up & Moving Up

  • With 17 ground balls in the final two games of 2010, John Schiavone moved into sixth-place on Loyola’s single-season chart with 90. He eclipsed his previous season-high of 76, which is now 10th in a single season. Schiavone is sixth in the NCAA and tops in the ECAC with 6.36 ground balls per game.
  • Schiavone came up one ground ball short of tying former teammate P.T. Ricci for fifth-place on the single-season list and three short of current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s 93 in 1995.

Faceoff Unit Success

  • Steve Vaikness’ faceoff unit had another outstanding season at the ‘X’ for the Greyhounds. Led by John Schivaone, Loyola won 59.5-perecnt of its faceoffs this year, third-best in NCAA Division I.
  • Schiavone won 166-of-277 faceoffs, a .599 clip good for first in the ECAC and sixth in the NCAA.
  • Over the last 10 games of the season (beginning March 13 against Duke), Schiavone won 126-of-196 restarts (.643), and the Greyhounds won 136-of-213 (.638) as a team.

Saying Goodbye

  • As it bids adieu to 11 players who have seen the last of their collegiate lacrosse careers, Loyola also says goodbye to some accomplished players.
  • Collin Finnerty (24g, 12a), Cooper MacDonnell (22g, 6a), Taylor Ebsary (8g, 12a) and Chris Hurst (9g, 2a) combined for 63 goals and 32 assists during 2010 for the Greyhounds. Those totals were good for 45-percent of Loyola’s goals and 39.5-percent of its assists.
  • Steve Layne led the team with 14 caused turnovers, Ebsary and Kyle Cottrell were tied for second with 12, and Michael Crimmins was fifth with 10.
  • Ebsary was second with 36 ground balls, and Layne was fourth on the team with 32. Alex Peaty wraps up his Loyola career with a 9.55 goals against average, a 4.65 mark in just over 100 minutes as a senior.

Freshmen Catch Fire

  • Loyola freshmen Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins each had their first multi-goal games on May 15 at Cornell, registering two goals a piece. Their classmate, Scott Ratliff, made his first appearance with the starting faceoff unit in the game and finished with four ground balls.
  • Overall, Hawkins finished with six goals, two assists and 31 ground balls. Butts had four goals and six ground balls, and Ratliff tallied a goal to go with 15 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Ratliff tallied seven of his ground balls in Loyola final two games of the 2010 season.

Defense Near The Top

  • Loyola’s defense finished the year by yielding just 7.93 goals per game to opponents. The mark was good for fourth-best in the nation, behind only Syracuse, Virginia and Notre Dame.
  • Jake Hagelin sits sixth in the NCAA in goals against average at 8.25.

Finishing On A Streak

  • Cooper MacDonnell extended his point-scoring streak to 29 games with an assist on Stephen Murray’s game-tying assist with seven seconds to play against Cornell. MacDonnell finished his career by scoring a goal or recording an assist in every game that he played in since April 19, 2008.
  • The last time he did not tally at least one point or an assist was on April 12, 2008, in a win over Georgetown.
  • During that span, MacDonnell scored 56 goals and has 16 assists for 72 points.

Finnerty Receives Top Honors At Athletic Banquet

  • Collin Finnerty was the 2010 recipient of the John R. Moller ‘50 Award at the Loyola Athletic Awards Banquet on Monday, April 26. Given annually to the top senior male student-athlete at Loyola who has excelled in areas of athletics, scholarship and character, the award is given to a student-athlete who holds at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Through 13 games this year, Finnerty leads Loyola with 22 goals and 34 points, and he is tied for second on the team with 12 assists.
  • Three other men’s lacrosse players were finalists for athletics’ department awards: Taylor Ebsary (Rev. Francis McManamin, S.J. Unsung Hero Award), Nick Federici (Leadership) and Kyle Cottrell (Medal of Merit).
  • Steve Layne was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, and Ebsary garnered Most Dedicated honors.

Stretch Drive

  • Chris Hurst has saved his best offense for the final stretch of his collegiate career. The senior midfielder scored three goals, a career-high, against Johns Hopkins, marking the third time since April 3 that he’s tallied two or more in a game.
  • Entering the April 3 game against Ohio State, Hurst had just three goals in his three-plus years at Loyola. Since then, however, he scored twice against the Buckeyes, once at Fairfield (along with an assist), twice versus Georgetown and once more at Hobart. Add to that his three versus the Blue Jays, and he has nine goals in his last six games.

No April Showers

  • Loyola finished the month of April 4-0, marking the second year in a row they’ve accomplished the feat. Its last loss in the fourth month of the season came at Hobart on April 26, 2009.
  • Prior to April 2009, the last time Loyola went through the month with a perfect record was during the 2001 campaign.

Getting Ahead

  • Loyola was most successful this season when building a lead. The Greyhounds were 7-1 when leading after the first quarter with the only loss coming against Notre Dame. They were 7-0 when in front at the half and 9-0 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter.

Spreading The Scoring

  • Loyola’s offense, which averaged 10.00 goals per game this season, had been a balanced attack throughout the year. Five players – Collin Finnerty (22), Cooper MacDonnell (22), Eric Lusby (19), Matt Langan (15) and Patrick Fanshaw (11) – scored 10 or more goals this year, and another three – Chris Hurst (9), Stephen Murray (9) and Taylor Ebsary (8) – had five or more out of the midfield.
  • Part of the balanced offense is the distribution of assists. The Greyhounds recorded assists on over 57-percent of their goals this season.
  • Langan led the team with 18 assists, while Finnerty and Ebsary each had 12.

Strong Six

  • During its six-game winning streak, Loyola used a combination of high-scoring offense and a shutdown defense. From March 20-April 24, the Greyhounds scored 73 goals (12.17 per game) and allowed just 40 (6.67).
  • During that stretch, Loyola averaged 37.3 ground balls per game, 9.1 more than their opponents.
  • The Greyhounds also won faceoffs at a .649 clip and cleared the ball at a .918 mark during the winning streak.
  • Loyola’s six-game winning streak equalled its longest since winning seven in a row to start the 2002 season (February 23-March 30, 2002).

Scoring Out Of The Locker Room

  • Loyola has outscored opponents 32-24 in the first quarter of games this season, but the Greyhounds were even better coming out of the locker room at halftime. Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games in 2010.

ECAC Weekly Honors

  • John Schiavone earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks on May 10 after going 12-of-19 on faceoffs and picking up 10 ground balls versus Johns Hopkins.
  • The award is the 12th of the season for the Greyhounds: Cooper MacDonnell (Off., Feb. 22), Jake Hagelin (Co-Def., Feb. 22), Matt Langan (Co-Off., March 1), Collin Finnerty (Co-Off., March 8), Langan (Co-Off., March 22), Patrick Fanshaw (Rookie, March 22), Taylor Ebsary (Co-Def., April 5), Hagelin (Def., April 12); MacDonnell (Co-Off., April 19); Hagelin (Def., April 19); Schiavone (Def., April 26 & May 10).