Five Greyhounds Earn Preseason ECAC Honors

Dec. 7, 2010

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Five Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse players were named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team, and the Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the league, the conference announced Tuesday.

Defender Steve Dircks, goalkeeper Jake Hagelin, midfielder Josh Hawkins, midfielder Eric Lusby and faceoff specialist John Schiavone earned recognition from the conference's coaches.

Dircks, who earned Preseason All-America honors from Face-Off Yearbook last week, 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. He also 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 was eighth in NCAA Division I last year with an 8.24 goals against average.

Hawkins made an immediate impact as one of top defensive midfielders as a freshman last year. In 12 games - Hawkins missed two with an injury - he scored six goals, had an assist and picked up 31 ground balls. He also caused six turnovers and from the wing helped the Greyhounds finish third nationally in face-off winning percentage.

Lusby stepped into a bigger role on the offensive midfield last season and produced quality scoring numbers. The junior tallied 19 goals, good for third on the team, and also had five assists for 24 points. Lusby registered three hat tricks and six multi-goal games during the season, scoring at least one point in 12-of-13 contests.

Schiavone has earned a reputation as one of the top face-off men in the nation over the last two seasons. He earned All-America Honorable Mention from the USILA. He won 166-of-277 restarts (.599), good for sixth-best in the nation and second amongst players on teams who reached the NCAA Tournament. Schiavone also led the Greyhounds with 90 ground balls in 2010.

As a team, Loyola was picked to finish second in the league. Denver earned the top spot in the coaches poll, and the Greyhounds were followed by Fairfield, Ohio State, Hobart, Air Force and Bellarmine.