Nov. 18, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - After a successful fall campaign, Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl announced the 2004 men's lacrosse team captains. Leading Loyola into its 64th season of intercollegiate play will be seniors Stephen Brundage, Damian Hall and junior Grant Halford.
The Greyhounds come off a fall campaign in which they competed in the Price Modern Lacrosse Tournament for Leukemia and the Genesee Valley Tournament. Dirrigl's young squad played against some of the nation's top programs at the fall tournaments and has already begun to gel as a team. The third-year Greyhound coach will now look to his captains to develop chemistry and ready Loyola for a championship run in the spring.
"When you have a team with so many new faces, you need strong leadership," says Dirrigl. "Our captains need to help mold this team as quickly as possible."
Fourteen freshmen and 17 new faces invade Loyola's lockeroom this spring. With one of the country's top recruiting classes and three solid transfers, Dirrigl will need stability from Brundage, Hall and Halford.
Brundage, a senior out of Camillus, N.Y., led Loyola in scoring last season. The starting attackman registered 23 goals and 13 assists to earn himself All-America honors.
"Stephen Brundage is a leader," says Dirrigl. "He's just an outstanding player who makes everyone around him better."
Hall, a senior captain out of Germantown, Md., leads the Greyhounds at the long stick position. Playing in all 13 games last year, Hall picked up 20 ground balls for Loyola.
"Damian Hall is a great student-athlete," says Dirrigl. "He is committed to excellence and is very involved on and off the field."
At close defense, Halford is a junior captain out of Lutherville, Md. Also playing in all 13 games for Loyola, Halford finished 2003 with 15 ground balls and two goals.
"Grant Halford works hard," says Dirrigl. "He brings a great lift to the entire team with his play."
The Greyhounds open the 2004 regular season at Towson on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.