Nov. 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Charley Toomey announced today that the team has selected its captains for the 2009 season. The 2009 Greyhounds will be led by fifth year seniors Shane Koppens and Eddie Graham, as well as seniors PT Ricci and Jimmy Daly. This group looks to lead the Greyhounds to their second straight ECAC Championship and third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I'm very pleased with who the team has selected to serve as captains for this season," Toomey said. "I'm confident in the character of these four individuals and believe that they are the best of what our Program and College represents."
After being named a captain last season, Shane Koppens, from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., returns to anchor the offense from his attack position. Koppens was named a 2008 USILA All American after leading the Greyhounds in scoring for the second year in a row and has totaled 49 goals and 60 assists in three seasons at Loyola. He enters his final season tied for eighth on Loyola's career assist list. Koppens was named 2nd Team All ECAC in 2007; this past season he earned 1st Team All ECAC and Offensive Player of the Year.
"Shane is truly our offensive leader," Toomey says. "He's a remarkably unselfish player who makes everyone around him better."
Also a two time captain is fifth year senior defenseman Eddie Graham from LaSalle College High School in Pennsylvania. A knee injury forced him to miss all of last season, but he still helped lead the young Greyhound defense to an 8.14 goals-against-average. Graham has also been a vocal leader and a two year starter on close defense as well as a key member of Loyola's man down unit which has been ranked 10th, 15th, and 5th nationally during his time at Loyola.
"Eddie is the heart and soul of our defense, we welcome his toughness and vocal leadership back after his season ending injury last year," Toomey said.
Joining Graham on the defensive side of the field will be senior long stick midfielder PT Ricci from Conestoga High School in Pennsylvania. Ricci enters his senior year after starting his first two seasons at short stick defensive midfield. Last year, his first full season at long stick, he led the nation among defensive players with an average of six ground balls per game, picking up 84 in 14 contests. His 84 groundballs rank him 6th on Loyola's all time list for a single season. Ricci was also a force on the offensive end of the field recording three goals and four assists while being named 1st Team All ECAC. In three seasons Ricci has tallied four goals, six assists and 141 ground balls.
"Last year PT had one of the best seasons any player has had here in my 16 years of being part of Loyola College," Toomey said. "He has exceptional speed and skill and I'm looking forward to watching him take another step this spring."
Loyola's lone captain at the midfield will be senior Jimmy Daly from the McDonogh School in Reisterstown Maryland. After spending his first two seasons at Loyola as a backup midfielder, Daly was bumped to the first midfield line halfway through the 2008 season. Daly immediately made an impact and was a leader and a big reason the Greyhounds captured their second straight NCAA tourney berth as well as the ECAC title. He finished the year recording 9 goals and 1 assist.
"Jimmy truly represents what being a Loyola captain is all about," Toomey says. "He has earned the respect of his teammates with his strong work ethic and leadership on and off the field."
"I appreciate Coach Toomey involving me in the process," said Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan, who interviewed the candidates. "The student-athletes selected to be captains are an impressive group of young men. I'm sure they will do an excellent job in leading the men's lacrosse program this season."
Loyola opens the 2009 season on the road Saturday, February 14th, against non-conference rival Notre Dame in Atlanta, Ga. Game time is 1 pm.