Men's Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class For 2009

Dec. 12, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's lacrosse program has announced the signing of six recruits for the 2009 season. Head Coach Charley Toomey and the Greyhounds welcome four middies, two defenders and one attackman, adding plenty of talent and size.

"We're excited about the size and athleticism that this group brings to our roster," says Coach Toomey. "It's a relatively small class, but very talented."

At attack, the Greyhounds add Michael Sawyer, a 5-11, 170-pound recruit from Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, N.C. Sawyer, who brings good size with the ability to play midfield in college, was a 2007 All-American and all-state selection with his 68 goals, 49 assists and 74 groundballs.

In the midfield, Loyola adds depth with a number of two-sport athletes. J.P. Dalton is among them with his football and lacrosse successes at Saint Mary's High School in Annapolis, Md. Dalton, at 6-2, 200 pounds, is an Inside Lacrosse Top 50 recruit. Selected to play for the Maryland Free State team in lacrosse, Dalton also helped his football team win a title last season.

Paul Finlay is a 6-0, 175-pound midfielder from Fairfield, Conn., who plays football in addition to lacrosse. Finlay is a starting midfielder and captain for two-time state champion Fairfield Prep. Last season he received second-team All-State honors.

Brian Smalley, meanwhile, is a 5-7, 160-pound middie out of Smithtown West High School on Long Island. Smalley, who won gold at the Empire State Games last year, was also a member of the FCA National Tournament Team. Last season, he scored 31 goals, picked up 87 groundballs and won 84% of his face-offs.

Also in the midfield, the Greyhounds add Ryan Yarusi, a 5-10, 180-pound two-sport athlete out of Westfield, N.J. A three-year defensive starter and captain of the football team, Yarusi scored 56 goals and added 11 assists his senior year at Westfield. He attends prep school in Salisbury this season.

Dylan Grimm is a 6-1, 180-pound defenseman from Oakton, Va. He is a scholar-athlete for both the football and lacrosse teams at Oakton, and serves as team captain for lacrosse. Last season Grimm picked up 49 groundballs and forced 38 turnovers en route to all-district and all-region recognition.

"We're very happy to have these seven players join our team next season," adds Coach Toomey. "All of whom we believe will make a positive impact on our program and in the Loyola Community."

In addition to Loyola's seven recruits for 2009, the Greyhounds also welcome senior Tim McDermott for 2008. McDermott will be working towards his MBA after graduating from Geneseo in 2007. A midfielder and face-off specialist, McDermott was a two-time All-America at Geneseo.