May 27, 2010
BALTIMORE - Three Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse players - senior defender Steve Layne, senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell and junior faceoff specialist John Schiavone - earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Thursday.
The trio were named to the All-America Honorable Mention list, giving the Greyhounds three All-Americans for the first time since 2002. Loyola has placed at least one player on the All-America teams in 26 of the last 28 seasons.
"Stephen Layne, Cooper MacDonnell and John Schiavone were all parts of our success this year as a team," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "They each played key roles in different roles, and they are very deserving of the honors."
All three of the players were named to the All-ECAC First Team earlier this month, while the All-America honors is the first of each player's career.
Layne was the quarterback of a Loyola defense that is currently tied for fourth nationally in scoring defense. The Greyhounds allowed just 111 goals in 14 games this season, an average of 7.93 per contest.
The senior co-captain led Loyola with 14 caused turnovers, while picking up 32 ground balls. During his Loyola career, Layne caused 46 turnovers and grabbed 107 ground balls.
MacDonnell returned from an early-season shoulder injury, which held him out for three games and half of another, to lead the team in goals (2.0) and points (2.55) per game. He scored 22 goals and assisted on six more during the 2010 season.
The ECAC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, MacDonnell scored at least one point in each of the last 28 games of his collegiate career, a stretch that covered two-plus seasons. He finished with 77 goals and 96 total points in 51 games over four seasons for the Greyhounds.
Schiavone was one of the top face-off specialists in the nation this season, winning 59.9-percent of restarts in 2010. He is sixth nationally in face-off winning percentage and is one of only two face-off specialists (Tim Fallon, Hartford) to earn All-America honors from the USILA. Schiavone won 166-of-277 faceoffs and picked up 90 ground balls, good for sixth on Loyola's single-season list.
Over the last 10 games of Loyola's season, Schiavone won 64.3-percent of his restarts (126-of-196) and picked up 74 ground balls. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and was the All-ECAC First Team specialist.
The Greyhounds finished the season 9-5 and earned their third trip to the NCAA Championships in the last four years.