Nov. 18, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola head men's lacrosse coach Charley Toomey announced Tuesday the signing of seven student-athletes to play at Evergreen beginning in the 2009-10 academic year.
The positional breakdown for the class of 2013 is three midfielders, three attackmen and one defender. Joining the Greyhounds in the fall of 2009 will be Davis Butts (Walpole High School, Walpole, MA); Phil Dobson (New Milford High School, New Milford, CT); Josh Hawkins (Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA); Patrick Fanshaw (Calvert Hall, Glyndon, MD); Tyler Foley (Darien High School, Darien, CT); Will Fredericks (St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco, CA) and TJ Harris (DeMatha Catholic High School, Crofton, MD)
"We are excited about the addition of these seven young men to the Greyhound program. This talented group brings size, skill and tremendous athleticism to our locker room." Head Coach Charley Toomey said.
Davis Butts is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound lacrosse and soccer standout from Walpole High School in Walpole, Massachusetts. This past spring he was named All American, team MVP and the Boston Globe player of the year. Butts is a two-time First Team All Star, as well as Walpole's all time leading goal scorer, tallying 127 goals and 55 assists. He has posted a 70-percent career faceoff winning percentage for the Rebels. On the soccer field he was named a captain while twice earning All-Star status, Second Team as a junior and First Team this fall as a senior.
Coach Toomey on Davis Butts:
"Davis will add size and speed to our midfield. He is a multi-dimensional player who can fill different roles for our team, whether it is on offense, defense or facing off."
Phil Dobson is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound midfielder from New Milford High School in New Milford, Connecticut. He has been a varsity starter since his freshman year and is a two-time captain as well as a center for the Green Wave basketball squad. A three-time All-Conference player, Dobson had 46 goals, 24 assists and 131 ground balls in his sophomore year. In addition to his playmaking ability on the offensive end, Dobson is also one of the top faceoff midfielders in the nation. This past spring as a junior he recorded 64 goals, 20 assists and 159 ground balls earning him First Team All State honors.
Coach Toomey on Phil Dobson:
"The first thing you notice about Phil is certainly his size at 6'4". He is a very talented dodger for a big man and has the ability to stretch the defense because of how hard he can shoot it. Like Davis, he is also highly successful at the face-off X."
Josh Hawkins is a 5'11, 185-pound midfielder from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield Massachusetts. A two-sport star at Deerfield, Hawkins excelled this fall as the starting tailback and defensive back for the Big Green, rushing for 1,246 yards on just 166 carries for a 7.5 yards per carry average, while scoring 17 touchdowns. A force on both the offensive and defensive side of the field in lacrosse as well, this past spring as a junior he helped lead Deerfield to a 15-1 record and Western New England Lacrosse League Championship, scoring 12 goals and 4 assists from the midfield. Before arriving at Deerfield, Hawkins was a two-time First Team All Western Massachusetts selection for Amherst High School, where he totaled 153 goals and 73 assists.
Coach Toomey on Josh Hawkins:
"Josh is as athletic as any player that has ever donned a Loyola jersey. He fits perfectly into our style of playing two way midfielders who can push the ball up the field from defense to offense."
Patrick Fanshaw is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound attackman from Calvert Hall in Glyndon, Maryland. In his junior year he helped the Cardinals to an 11th place ranking in the STX/Inside Lacrosse National poll, while receiving First Team All-Metro, First Team All-MIAA and Second Team All-State awards. He was also highlighted as a Fox 45 Prep Player of the Week. Fanshaw recorded 51 goals, 13 assists and 72 ground balls in his junior season.
Coach Toomey on Patrick Fanshaw:
"Pat has exceptional hands and he uses that talent around the goal by catching every pass you throw at him. He is at his best finishing the ball in tight quarters. In addition to his scoring, he makes his presence felt by hustling all over the field."
Tyler Foley is a 6-foot, 175-pound two-sport athlete from Darien High School in Darien, Connecticut. He led his team to the Connecticut State Championship each of the last three seasons, as well as the FCIAC Championships in 2006 and 2008. Also a wide receiver for the Blue Wave football team, he demonstrated his toughness this past spring by playing with a broken thumb in the 2008 FCIAC Championship game. Foley scored three goals and earned MVP honors. An excellent shooter, Foley had an impressive season in 2008, tallying 36 goals and 24 assists, leading Darien to a No. 4 ranking in the STX/Inside Lacrosse National poll.
Coach Toomey on Tyler Foley:
"Tyler brings the ability to dodge for himself as well as play well without the ball, plus he adds another dimension to the offense by being able to play both midfield and attack."
Will Fredericks is the first ever Loyola recruit from the state of California. He joins the Greyhounds from St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. At 6'4, 205-pounds, he was an imposing goal scorer from his attack position, tallying 33 times during the 2008 season. Fredericks helped lead St. Ignatius to a combined 42-1 record the past two seasons, including a final ranking of 17th in the STX/Inside Lacrosse National poll.
Coach Toomey on Will Fredericks:
"Will is also another offensive player with tremendous size at 6'4". He can be a force bulling his way to the goal, but his best talent is his ability to shoot the ball with power and accuracy."
TJ Harris is a 6-foot, 180-pound defender from DeMatha Catholic High School in Crofton, Maryland. Harris received First Team All-WCAC honors in his sophomore and junior years, while being named Second Team All-WCAC as a freshman. He was part of the WCAC Maryland State Championship team in 2006 and 2008. As a sophomore, Harris led DeMatha with 60 ground balls while also scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. Last spring as a junior, he led DeMatha in ground balls for the second consecutive season with 53 and also tallied a goal and seven assists. In 2009 Harris will once again anchor DeMatha's defense while serving as a co-captain for the Stags.
Coach Toomey on TJ Harris:
"TJ is a very athletic defenseman who can play down low or as a long stick middie. He has outstanding stick skills and speed which will aid in our transition game."
The Greyhounds open their season on February 14, 2009, against Notre Dame in Atlanta. Loyola will be looking to claim its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and its second straight ECAC Title.