Aug. 12, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College head men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl has announced the addition of nine freshmen to the 2005 roster. Dirrigl's latest recruiting class includes four defenders, two midfielders, two attackmen and a goalie.At attack, the `Hounds bring in Shane Koppens and Evan McAbee. Koppens, the Albany Region Player of the Year, was an All-America attackman at Shenendehowa High School in Upsate New York. A three-time Empire State Games competitor, Koppens scored over 100 points to lead his team to the state semifinals his junior season.McAbee, an Academic All-America in 2004, was team captain his junior and senior seasons at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. A first-team all-state selection in 2003 and 2004, McAbee also played for the Under-17 World Class National Team in Australia in 2002."Both Shane Koppens and Evan McAbee have a tremendous amount of skill," says Dirrigl. "They are very solid players who could fit nicely into our system."In the midfield, Loyola adds Paul Richards and Drew Gieger. Richards comes in as the Syracuse area Player of the Year, much in the same fashion as Andrew Spack did last season. An All-America player his senior season, Richards brings athleticism and skill to the table while Gieger adds size and strength to the mix."Our freshmen midfielders are very athletic,' says Dirrigl. "Paul Richards could be one of the fastest players on the team next year while Drew Gieger is a tough kid who played both lacrosse and football at his high school in Chatham, N.J."The defense will be bolstered with freshmen Matt Curran, Brian Gormley, Eddie Graham and Todd Osterman. Curran, an Avon, Conn. native, comes from the Naval Prep School where he captained his team last season. Gormley, an All-Central League player last year, also served as captain on his Lafayette High School team in upstate New York.Eddie Graham led LaSalle High School to the Pennsylvania state championships last season and joins his brother Michael [Graham], who will be a junior on Loyola's lacrosse team this coming season. Osterman, who played in the national senior select game in St. Louis, Mo. last spring, comes from Landon High School in Washington, D.C. where he starred on both the lacrosse and football field."This class of defensemen are versatile," says Dirrigl. "They can all play a number of positions that include Long Pole and Close Defense. They are all very good."The Greyhounds also add a goalkeeper with Connor Locke, an all-league performer at St. Stephens-St. Agnes High School. With veterans like Trae Rodgers, Michael Fretwell and Dan Glazer on the roster, Locke will have plenty of competition in the cage. Dirrigl calls Locke a "great competitor" and expects him to challenge the veteran goalkeepers for playing time in 2005."I'm very happy with the guys we've brought in," says Dirrigl. "We're going to be a very athletic team with a lot of talent on the roster. I think these guys have Loyola in their hearts and we need that to make this a special program."