May 26, 2009
BALTIMORE - The accolades continue to pour in for former Loyola men's lacrosse standout P.T. Ricci, who today was named the 2009 LaxPower.com Best Senior Defenseman. Ricci was one of 14 individuals from 10 different schools recognized at the third annual awards, as voted on by lacrosse fans on the publication's Web site.
"This is an excellent recognition for P.T., who really helped anchor our defensive unit all season long," said Head Coach Charley Toomey. "He has left an indelible mark on our program and we wish him the best of luck in the future."
The recognition caps off an incredible postseason for Ricci, who was named the 2009 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and a USILA Honorable All-American as well. This past season, the long-stick midfielder led the nation with 51 caused turnovers.
He scooped 89 groundballs, second among non face-off specialists nationally, while helping the Greyhounds rank fourth nationally with an average of 38.29 groundballs per game.
He now holds two spots in the top ten list on Loyola's all-time single-season groundball list, as his 91 from this season stand fifth and his 84 from 2008 seventh. He also added two goals and seven assists and was named to the ECAC First Team for the second straight season.
This past weekend, he played at the annual USILA North-South All-Star game in Boston, where his South team fell by six. Ricci, who graduated from the College in May, will also participate in an upcoming tryout for the U.S.A. team for the World Games.
Other winners included Virginia's Danny Glading (Best Senior Attack), Cornell's Max Seibald (Best Senior Midfielder), Notre Dame's Scott Rodgers (Best Senior Goalie), North Carolina's Shane Walterhoefer (Best Senior Face Off), Virginia's Steele Stanwick (Rookie of the Year), and Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan (Coach of the Year).