Men's Lacrosse Players Earn USILA Honors

May 26, 2011

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland sophomore Mike Sawyer earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Honorable Mention, and senior Matt Langan was named an USILA Scholar All-American on Thursday.

Langan and fellow seniors Steve Dircks and John Schiavone were also named to play for the South Team in the annual USILA/Lax World North-South All-Star Game that will take place tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. at Goucher College in Towson, Md.

Sawyer led Loyola in scoring as a sophomore, recording team highs of 31 goals and 36 points. Sawyer leads Loyola in both goals (27) and points (32) this season, and he was second in the ECAC Lacrosse League with 2.38 goals per game. Sawyer scored at least one point in every game this season and had multi-point efforts in nine contests.

The 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year, Sawyer scored three or more goals five times and had five-goal games against both Bellarmine and at Duke. He followed those contests with a four-goal output against Denver and also had a four-goal effort against Fairfield in the ECAC Championships.

Langan led the team and was fifth in the ECAC with 1.31 assists per game and a total of 17. He was second on the Greyhounds, behind Sawyer, with 32 total points after scoring 15 goals as a senior.

Dircks, who along with Sawyer was named to the All-ECAC First Team, solidified his status as one of the top defenders in the game with a strong senior season. He was second on the team with 15 caused turnovers, and he also had 18 ground balls. He has helped Loyola hold opponents to just eight goals per game.

Schiavone earned postseason All-ECAC Second Team and was an All-ECAC selection for the third season in a row. He won 57.1-percent of face-offs this year (133-of-233) and had a team-leading 70 ground balls.