Aug. 5, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse team has announced a group of 13 players that will comprise the Greyhounds' Class of 2014, Head Coach Charley Toomey announced today.
Joining the program in the Fall of 2010 will be Peter Bowes (Walpole, Mass./Walpole H.S.), Kyle Duffy (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill H.S.), Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee H.S.), Ian Gordon (Arlington, Va./St. Stephens and St. Agnes/Salisbury School), Patrick Laconi (Morristown, N.J./Morristown H.S.), Thomas Robinson (Reston, Va./Langley H.S.) Austin Rogusky (Devon, Pa./Conestoga H.S.), Jack Runkel (Fairfield, Conn./Avon Old Farms School) Kevin Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes H.S.), Matthew Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Catholic H.S.), Brian Schultz (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville H.S.), Justin Ward (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill H.S.) and Derek Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley H.S.).
"This is a class that we think will be a great addition to the Greyhound program," Toomey said. "As excited as we are about their athleticism and skill sets, we are more excited about the character that they will bring to Loyola. They are truly great young men, and we can't wait to get them on campus and the field."
"We are very excited about the defensive additions to the class of 2014," Loyola's Defensive Coordinator, Matt Dwan, said. "From top to bottom, it is a group of defensemen with great size and athletic ability. It was our goal to add a group of guys who can really defend the ball well, as well as push the ball up the field in transition and help generate offense."
Loyola Offensive Coordinator Dan Chemotti added, "My excitement for this class is due in large part to the different dynamic that each player will add to our roster. Their individual skills and various strengths are complimentary to each other and how they develop throughout their careers should be fun to watch. I think it is also a hard-working group that appreciates the game of lacrosse and will put in a lot of time on their own in an effort to improve."
Following are brief biographies of each Loyola signee :
Peter Bowes earned Bay State League All-Star First Team honors as a defender following his junior and senior seasons in 2009 and 2010 at Walpole High School. He also earned Eastern Massachusetts All-Star honors, was a Massachusetts All-American and earned Team Defensive MVP honors as a senior. A high school teammate of current Loyola player Davis Butts, Bowes picked up 117 groundballs, scored five goals and assisted on seven others as a senior, as he helped Walpole finish the season with a 18-4 record and a Bay State League title. In 2009, the Rebels went 24-1 and won the Massachusetts Division II State Championship.
Bowes, who has been a member of the honor roll throughout high school, was selected to play for the Boston Adidas team during the summer of 2009, and he helped his club team, NESLL U19 Black to the semifinals of the Brine shootout and Champ Camp. In addition to his lacrosse accolades, Bowes has been a successful football player for Walpole. He started at outside linebacker on the 2008 team that won the state title, and he was the starting quarterback and All-Bay State League player and Eastern Massachusetts All-Star in 2009.
Kyle Duffy was a two-time All-State performer at Chapel Hill High School, helping the Tigers reach the state championship game his first three seasons. The squad won the 2007 and 2008 state championship and earned runners-up honors in 2009. A team captain his senior season, Duffy was an All-Star First Team member in 2010 and a third team honoree in 2009. He earned All-Conference First Team recognition as a junior and senior and was the Boys' Lacrosse Conference 5 Player of the Year as a senior.
In 2010, he scored 40 goals and assisted on 22 others while picking up 70 ground balls. Duffy was also named to the academic all-conference team and was a standout on the football field. He was an all-conference first team wide receiver for the Tigers and helped Chapel Hill win the 2009 conference championship.
Joe Fletcher has been a standout defenseman at West Genesee High School, helping the Wildcats win the 2008 New York State Championship. West Genesee, which is the high school alma mater of Loyola Assistant Coaches Dan Chemotti and Steve Vaikness, also captured the 2008, 2009 and 2010 New York Section III titles. Fletcher, a team captain as a senior, picked up 64 ground balls in 2010 after grabbing 58 as a junior.
Fletcher earned All-League first Team and High School All-America honors in 2010. He was a member of the Central New York team that earned the silver medal at the 2008 Empire State Games. A member of the National Honor Society, Fletcher was named a scholar-athlete in 2008 and 2009.
Ian Gordon is a faceoff specialist who has played at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Arlington, Va., and the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. Gordon was a member of the Under Armour Washington D.C. Underclassmen's Team in 2008 and 2009 and the 2008 Adidas National Classic Marva Prep Team. He helped St. Stephen's & St. Agnes win the 2007 Virginia State title, and in 2009 and 2010, he aided Salisbury School in its New England Championship. Gordon received the Salisbury School's Frank Garfield Medal.
In 2009, Gordon won 85-percent of the faceoffs he took for Salisbury, and he scored 18 goals with 22 assists in 2008 for St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Gordon was an exceptional ice hockey player at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, earning 2007 and 2008 All-Virginia and All-League honors, as well as 2008 All-Metro First Team laurels from The Washington Post.
Patrick Laconi earned NJILCA All-Klank Conference First Team as a sophomore and junior and All-Iron Hills League First Team recognition as a junior midfielder at Morristown (N.J.) High School. Laconi has scored 84 goals, while assisting on 61 others, during his three seasons at Morristown, helping the Colonials win the conference title as a sophomore and junior, advancing to the state tournament each season.
Laconi was named to the Garden State Lacrosse All-Star Team and the Top 205 Top 40 Team, as well as being named to the honor roll and high honor roll during his high school career. He has been the team's leading scorer for his club team, the Patriot Elite.
Thomas Robinson helped his Langley High School team win the last two Virginia State Championships as a close defender. He earned Washington Post All-Metro honors and was rewarded with All-Region, All-District and Virginia All-America honors, as well.
Robinson has played club lacrosse for MadLax Summer Select in addition to his standout career at Langley.
Austin Rogusky was the offensive most valuable player in 2009 as a midfielder at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Pa. Rogusky earned All-America honors in 2009 and was a member of the Under Armour Philadelphia Underclassmen's team. He helped Conestoga, the high school alma mater of Loyola All-American P.T. Ricci '09, reach the P.I.A.A. state finals and the 2009 P.I.A.A. District I and Central League titles.
The Pioneers compiled a 24-2 overall record in Rogusky's junior year of 2009. Conestoga also went 24-2 in 2010 and won the P.I.A.A. state title. During the club season, he aided Duke's Lacrosse Club I win the Champ Camp National Championship in 2008 and 2009.
Jack Runkel was one of the top goalkeepers in New England during his high school career at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. He helped the Beavers win the Founders League Championship while earning All-Founders League honors and Avon Defensive Most Valuable Player honors. He saved over 65-percent of shots on goal and had a 5.76 goals against average as a senior. A four-year honor roll student, the left-handed goalkeeper was also a hockey player at Avon, scoring three goals and assisting on 15.
Runkel, who played in the Western New England Prep School All-Star Game, also played club lacrosse for the Bulldogs, helping the side win the Brine Shootout in 2008-2009 and advance to the finals of the Battle of the Hotbeds in 2007-2008. He was a Top 205 Camp All-Star Team selection and did not allow a goal in the championship game of the Brine Shootout.
Kevin Ryan is a midfielder for the Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School team who was named the 2010 Player of the Year by the Morris County Daily Record. He also won 2010 Conference Player of the Year honors in 2010 and was named All-American, All-State, All-County and All-Conference after scoring 53 goals, assisting on 18 and picking up 33 ground balls as a senior. A team captain as a junior, Ryan's connection to Loyola dates to the 1990s. Two cousins, Sean '92 and Kevin '99 Quinn, were team captains for the Greyhounds, and Sean was an All-American defender.
Ryan has attended the Nike Blue Chip camps as a Rising Junior and Rising Senior, and he is an accomplished football and basketball player for Mountain Lakes. He helped the Lakers win the 2008 New Jersey State Sectional and Colonial Hills Conference Championships, receiving All-Conference laurels as a cornerback following his junior season. A point guard for the Lakers' basketball team, Ryan is an honor roll student and has received 10 varsity letters.
Matthew Sawyer scored 48 goals and assisted on 36 as a senior in 2010, helping Chatlotte Catholic High School finish 15-4 and win the conference title. He earned All-State Second Team honors and was the Conference Player of the Year. All-Queen City 3A/4A Conference First Team honors as an attacker in 2008. He was named to the North Carolina High School Lacrosse Association West Region First Team in 2009 after scoring 46 goals to go with 22 assists and 50 groundballs during his junior season.
Sawyer, who's older brother, Mike, was the 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year for Loyola, was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. On the football field, Sawyer made 100-plus tackles and earned team Most Valuable Player and All-Conference honors as a defensive back. He was the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year and a finalist for the Nagurski Touchdown Club's High School Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Brian Schultz was a two-time All-Area and All-Conference First Team member as a junior and senior at Walkersville High School. He scored 70 goals and assisted on 34 others in just 16 games as a senior, earning team Most Valuable Players. He broke the Walkersville school record with 10 goals in a game. A member of the National Honor Society, Schultz helped Walkersville finish as state runners-up in 2008 and advance to the state semifinals in 2009.
Schultz was a top-level football player, too, tying the school record with nine receiving touchdowns in 2009. He played in the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game in 2010 and the 2010 Frederick County All-Star Game.
Justin Ward earned the C. Markland Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as the Outstanding 4A/3A Maryland High School Lacrosse Player following his senior season in 2010 at Old Mill High School He was an All-Metro Second Team member by The Washington Post in and was a member of the All-Area First Team by the Annapolis Capital-Gazette. He earned All-Anne Arundel County honors from the coaches in 2009 and 2010 and was an All-American, as well following his senior season.
Ward has played for the Maryland Free State team, and he helped the Maryland Roughriders to a 44-3 record and third-place finish at the Dick's Sporting Goods National Championship. Ward earned the Scholar-Athlete Award at Old Mill for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Derek Zook earned All-Region and All-State honors in 2010 while helping Loudon Valley High School advance to the Virginia state finals. Zook earned All-Region and All-District First Team honors as a senior. He was a six-time letterwinner at Loudon Valley, earning four in lacrosse and one each in football and basketball. He was the basketball team's defensive player of the year as a senior.
Zook played club lacrosse for Madlax earning Super Select honors and helping his team take second place at the Crab City Challenge. An accomplished student, as well, he earned the Academic Excellence Award at Loudon Valley.