In 1997, Loyola Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Dave Cottle told the Baltimore Sun that Mark Frye was "the most dangerous midfielder in the game," and that Frye "had only scratched the surface of what he can do."
Cottle proved to be right on both counts. Frye became Loyola's initial first-team All-America midfielder of the Division I era in 1998, a feat he then repeated as a senior in 1999. More important, he helped lead the Greyhounds to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and a No. 1 national ranking in both of those years. Those teams won 24 consecutive regular-season games spanning the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Frye was dangerous because, as Cottle said then, "he was a Division I football player playing lacrosse." In fact, after graduation, he briefly played running back in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions. On the lacrosse field, he could run through people with power and also around them with speed, often finishing with one of the hardest overhand shots in the game.
His 93 goals rank 11th in Loyola's Division I history, his 141 points in the top 15.
"Going to Loyola was a great decision," Frye told the Annapolis Capital in 2014. "It was a smaller school with a tight-knit community and leadership that cared about your success."
Frye went on to a seven-year professional outdoor lacrosse career with his "hometown" team, the Major League Lacrosse's Bayhawks, where he ranks sixth all-time in both points (142) and games played (73). In 2014, he was inducted into both the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Severna Park High School, Frye still lives in the area, where he works in sales for a medical technology company.