Aug. 2, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Seven Loyola men's lacrosse recruits have been named to the U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America team. Cooper MacDonnell, Dan Mortell, Taylor Ebsary, Mickey Haight, Kyle Cottrell, Steve Dircks and Steve Layne are part of this year's squad and will be incoming freshman at Loyola this fall.
The recruiting class, Charley Toomey's first as head coach, is comprised of 14 highly-touted freshmen, including these seven All-Americas.
"We're very excited about this class coming in - from top-to-bottom," says Coach Toomey. "In addition to being very good lacrosse players, we feel that every one of our recruits mesh well with the program and will be good student-athletes at Loyola."
MacDonnell and Mortell are both attackmen coming in. MacDonnell, a two-sport athlete from Darien, Conn, also earned all-state honors while leading both his high school hockey and lacrosse teams in scoring. Mortell, a native of Glenview, Ill., has led his team to two state championships the past two seasons.
Ebsary and Haight are midfielders who have the athletic ability to play across the field and in other sports. Ebsary is a three-sport athlete from the Buffalo, N.Y. area. A captain of his basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams at Amherst High School, he led both basketball and lacrosse to sectional titles last year. Haight, meanwhile, is a high school hockey and lacrosse standout. Hailing from Irondequoit, N.Y., Haight was team MVP of his Empire State Games squad in 2005.
Loyola's All-America defensive recruits include Cottrell, Dircks and Layne. Cottrell comes from Glenwood, Md., where he played basketball, football and lacrosse at Glenelg High School. Dircks comes from Mountain Lakes, N.J., where he was named to the Inside Lacrosse "Young Guns" list last summer. Layne is a two-sport standout at Malvern Prep and a native of Downingtown, Pa., where he led his football and lacrosse teams to four total league championships.