July 11, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's lacrosse team has announced the addition of nine players with its latest recruiting class. Head Coach Charley Toomey, who led the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament in only his second season at the helm, welcomes a relatively small, but very strong crop of freshman and local talent.
"We're very excited about this class," says Coach Toomey. "We feel like we've recruited a very talented group of incoming freshman and look forward to having them in our program."
The latest recruiting class consists of eight freshmen with four hailing from the state of Maryland. Among the local recruits are Eric Lusby from Severna Park, D.J. Comer, who played at Calvert Hall, Kyle James from McDonogh High School, and Jacob Hagelin, who played goalie at Boys' Latin.
Lusby was a high school All-America at Severna Park, where he served as team captain. He was named the 3A4A Maryland State Player of the Year while leading Severna Park to a pair of state titles. The team's leading scorer his junior and senior seasons, Lusby was also first-team All-Metro and first-team all-area last season.
Comer, was team captain and team MVP his senior season at Calvert Hall. He also earned All-Metro, All-MIAA, and all-county while averaging over four points per game last year. Also a hockey player at Calvert Hall, Comer is the school's all-time leading scorer.
James was a three-year letterwinner at McDonogh, where he helped his squad claim the 2005 MIAA Championship. Selected to play in the Under Armour Underclassmen Game in Baltimore following his junior year, James was selected as the team captain as a senior and scored 31 goals and added 14 assists en route to all-area honors.
Hagelin was the starting goalie for a very strong Boys' Latin squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation after an undefeated 2006 campaign. An all-area, and all-conference honoree, Hagelin was also invited to participate in the Under-19 tryouts for Team USA and was recently named MVP at the Vail Tournament for the U18 Division.
The Greyhounds also bring in a strong tandem of freshmen from Madison, N.J. in Bobby Caetta and Matt Langan, while Stephen Murray comes from Charlottesville, Va., and Chris Moore represents Glenmoore, Pa. in this class.
Caetta was a four-year starter at Madison and a three-time all-state selection. He also earned All-America status and participated in the National High School Senior Showcase. Selected team MVP last season, Caetta garnered all-conference honors three times and was named to all-area and all-district teams as well.
Langan is also from Madison, where he served as team captain last season. While at Madison, his point totals increased each season as he earned All-America honors and Garden State Games MVP status. He was a first-team all-conference member his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, helping Madison to a pair of conference titles. This summer, he received an invitation to the U19 Team USA tryout in addition to playing in the Under Armour Senior All-Star Game played at Loyola.
Murray is a two-time All-America at Albemarle High School, where he was named the 2006 Central Virginia Player of the Year. He also garnered Commonwealth District Player of the Year honors and is a three-time first-team All-Central Virginia attackman with 474 career points at the varsity level. He additionally participated in the selection process for the U19 Team USA squad.
Moore, a midfielder from Glenmoore, Pa. is the younger brother of Loyola starting defender David Moore. Chris Moore helped Malvern Prep to the 2006 state championship, earning first-team All Inter-Ac honors his junior and seniors seasons.
"This class may be small in numbers, but it's big on postseason experience," adds Coach Toomey. "The incoming freshmen come from highly successful programs and know how to win."
In addition to the nine incoming freshmen, Loyola College welcomes transfer Collin Finnerty from Duke University, who will be joining the program this fall. Finnerty starred at Long Island power Chaminade, where he led the team in scoring his senior season (48g 22a). He received all-conference honors for nationally ranked Chaminade (No. 10), and appeared in the national all-star game representing the East.