Six Greyhounds Earn ECAC All-Academic Honors

May 30, 2013

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Six members of the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named to the ECAC Lacrosse League All-Academic Team this week, the conference office announced.

Graduate student Harry Kutner, senior T.J. Harris and juniors Kyle Duffy, Joe Fletcher, Pat Laconi and Justin Ward received the honors from the league.

Kutner was a member of the Greyhounds’ second midfield and extra-man unit during the 2013 season after graduating from St. John’s University and coming to Loyola for the school’s Master of Business Administration program. He tallied three goals and three assists for the Greyhounds.

Harris started three games and was a key member of the close defense rotation for Loyola during his final collegiate season. He caused five turnovers and picked up eight ground balls.

Duffy was a primary short-stick defensive midfielder for the Greyhounds in his third season at Loyola, a rope unit that has been labeled the best in the nation. This year, Duffy had an assist in transition and registered a career-best 14 ground balls while causing two turnovers for the Greyhounds.

Fletcher earned USILA All-America First Team honors and was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year while anchoring the Greyhounds close defense. He led all close defenders in the league with 64 ground balls, and he also caused 17 turnovers.

Laconi was a starter on the Greyhounds’ rope unit for the third year in a row, and he had his best statistical year on both ends of the field. Laconi scored four goals and assisted on six, and he picked up 24 ground balls and caused 20 turnovers. He was second on the team in caused turnovers, seventh in ground balls and 10 th points.

Ward led the Greyhounds in points (62) and assists (35) this season while earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention and All-ECAC Second Team honors. He was also second on the team with 27 goals. Ward’s 35 assists rank third in Loyola’s single-season Division I history, and his 62 points are tied for fifth.

Duffy and Fletcher are repeat ECAC All-Academic honorees, while Kuther, Harris, Laconi and Ward were recognized for the first time.