May 20, 2013
CHARLOTTE - Former Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse standout had a big two days this weekend. Friday, the Waxhaw, N.C., native made his Major League Lacrosse debut for his hometown Charlotte Hounds, and Saturday he earned his Loyola degree.
In his professional debut, Sawyer scored a goal and assisted on two more, earning MLL Rookie of the Week honors Monday afternoon.
Sawyer, who earned his Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in public relations and marketing, made his Charlotte debut on Friday against the Hamilton Nationals, a team for whom another Saturday graduate of Loyola -- defender Reid Acton -- was making his first professional appearance.
His first assist came just over eight minutes into the second quarter as he fed Jovan Miller for the fifth goal in a 6-0 Charlotte run.
He then scored his first professional goal 44 seconds into the fourth quarter with the feed coming out of a familiar stick, that of fellow Loyola alumnus Eric Lusby. Sawyer then assisted another Miller goal in the final minutes of regulation, helping Charlotte pull within a goal of the Nationals. The Hounds would eventually tie the game before falling in overtime.
Sawyer's three points are thus far tops amongst MLL rookies. He was the eighth-overall pick in the first round of this year's MLL Collegiate Draft by Charlotte.
He wrapped up his Loyola career as the school's second-leading goal scorer in Division I history. He compiled 128 goals and 154 points during his four years on the Evergreen campus. Sawyer was a three-time All-ECAC honoree and a 2012 USILA Second Team All-American. In 2013, he tallied 36 goals and seven assists in 14 games.
The Greyhounds made a significant impact on the box score Friday afternoon. In addition to Sawyer's goal and two assists, Lusby had two goals and an assist, and Steve Dircks '11 picked up six ground balls.