Nov. 30, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Charley Toomey announced today that graduate student Chris Basler and seniors Steve Dircks, Jake Hagelin and Matt Langan have been named captains for the 2011 season.
The foursome was elected by a vote of their teammates.
"These four young men have represented Loyola with character, integrity and class for four years," Toomey said. "We are excited to have them lead the men's lacrosse program in 2011."
Basler has been a key member of Loyola's midfield unit for the past three seasons, starting last year on the Greyhounds' first midfield. Despite missing the first three games of the 2010 season with an injury, Basler tallied eight assists and two goals, and he has scored 12 goals and assisted on 21 in his career. He graduated last May with a bachelor of arts degree in business and is currently in graduate school at Loyola.
Dircks was an All-ECAC Second Team member in 2008 as a starting defender before missing the 2009 season with a knee injury. He returned to the field last year as a starter and helped bolster a defense that gave up just 7.93 goals per game, the third-best mark in NCAA Division I last season. Dircks, an accounting major, had a career-high 34 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers as a junior in 2010.
Hagelin has been a starter in goal for the Greyhounds since coming to Loyola in 2008. He has played more than 2,260 minutes between the pipes and has recorded a goals against average of 8.09 during his career. Last year, he earned ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year honors and was an All-ECAC First Team honoree. Hagelin, a communications major, was eighth in NCAA Division I last year with an 8.24 goals against average.
Langan led the Greyhounds with 18 assists while finishing second on the squad with 34 points, a total good for 10th in the ECAC. He had two or more points in nine of Loyola's games last season while starting all 14 on attack. In his four-year career at Loyola, Langan, a communications major, has scored 36 goals and assisted on 29 for a total of 65 points.
The Greyhounds open the 2011 season at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, February 19, when they host the U.S. Naval Academy.