Sept. 28, 2011
BOSTON - Loyola University Maryland graduate P.T. Ricci '09 had a banner summer in his third Major League Lacrosse season, playing defense for the Boston Cannons.
The former All-American men's lacrosse player at Loyola was a member of a MLL Championship team for the second year in a row - he also won the 2010 title with the Chesapeake Bayhawks - and earned a spot on his first All-Star roster.
Ricci led Cannons defenders with a career-high 47 ground balls, and he also scored four goals. He grabbed three ground balls in the MLL Championship Game against Hamilton after tallying five in the semifinal against his former team, the Bayhawks.
The Berwyn, Pa., native also scored his first playoff goal against the Bayhawks, finding the back of the net with 6:19 to go in the fourth quarter. The goal gave Boston a 12-9 lead in a game it would eventually win, 14-13 with a goal 1.5 seconds before the final horn.
Earlier in the season, Ricci was named an MLL All-Star for the first time and played in the game for Team Warrior. He scored a goal and had a team-high five ground balls in the All-Star game to help his side win.
In three MLL seasons, Ricci has collected 123 ground balls and scored six goals in 33 games.
At Loyola, he was the 2009 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with 51 caused turnovers. He had 89 ground balls as a long-stick midfielder during his senior season, the second-best mark nationally amongst non-faceoff specialists.