May 20, 2014
BALTIMORE - A pair of Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse players earned who their bachelor's degrees last Saturday will play in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All-Star Game.
Ryan and Runkel both earned All-Patriot League honors this year, the former picking up second team recognition, while the latter was named to the first. Runkel was also named the conference's Goalkeeper of the Year and the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player.
The 2014 season saw Ryan post career-high numbers as a member of the Greyhounds' midfield. The senior from Mountain Lakes, N.J., was third on the team with 24 goals and fifth with 28 points. He also was tied for team-high honors with six extra-man goals.
Ryan had three hat tricks and seven multi-goal games during the season with a career-best five goals coming on March 1 at Lehigh University.
Runkel was one of the top goalkeepers in the nation this season and won a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors during the season. The native of Fairfield, Conn., is third in Division I in save percentage (.611) and goals against average (7.20) this year.
He had a season-high 19 saves on March 15 against the U.S. Military Academy, and later in the year, he posted 27 saves in the Greyhounds two wins to claim the Patriot League Championship. He made 12 stops against Colgate University in the semifinals and 15 versus Lehigh in the title contest.
Runkel finished his career with 479 saves, fourth-most in school Division I history, and he posted a career-record of 42-7 in three seasons as the Greyhounds' starter between the pipes.