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MacDonnell, Hagelin Earn ECAC's Top Honors
May 11, 2010
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland's Cooper MacDonnell and Jake Hagelin were named the 2010 ECAC Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday after a vote of the conference's coaches.
MacDonnell and Hagelin were two of six Greyhounds to earn All-ECAC First Team honors.
Joining them on the First Team are attacker Collin Finnerty, defender Steve Layne, midfielder Eric Lusby and faceoff specialist John Schiavone. Midfielder Taylor Ebsary was named to the All-ECAC Second Team.
Loyola, which finished the regular season 9-4 and will play at Cornell on Saturday, May 15, in the NCAA Championships First Round, had the most All-ECAC selections of any team with seven.
MacDonnell made good on being named the Preseason ECAC Player of the Year despite missing three games in March with a shoulder injury. The senior attacker is tied for the team lead with 22 goals and also has five assists for 27 points. He has scored at least one point in 28-straight games, a streak that dates back to April 2008.
He started the 2010 season with a bang, scoring a career-high six goals, including the overtime game-winner, at Navy. MacDonnell scored at least one goal in all but one game this season and had multi-goal efforts seven times. He earned All-ECAC Second Team honors each of the last two years.
Hagelin helped Loyola rise to second in NCAA Division I in scoring defense as of this week. As a junior, he has posted a 7.86 goals against average, tops in the ECAC and third-best in the country, while playing over 725 minutes. He was the ECAC Rookie of the Year and a member of the All-ECAC Second Team in 2008.
During a stretch from March 27-April 17, Hagelin made at least 13 saves in four consecutive games. He posted a 6.72 goals against average as Loyola won six in a row from March 20-April 17.
A senior co-captain. FInnerty leads Loyola in scoring with 34 points. He with MacDonnell for the team lead with 22 goals, and he is tied for second on the team with 12 assists. Finnerty scored at least one point in 12 of 13 points, and he had a stretch of at least one goal per game from February 27-April 24.
Layne is a senior co-captain, as well, and described as his teammates as the `quarterback' of Loyola defense. He helped the Greyhounds post a 7.65 goals against average and allow just 100 goals this season, the fewest of any team in the nation this year. Layne leads the team with 12 caused turnovers and also has 29 ground balls.
Lusby stepped into a bigger role on the offensive midfield this 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 was a dominant player for the Greyhounds at the faceoff `X' for the second year in a row. As a junior, he won 60-percent of the restarts he's taken this season (150-of-250) and has helped Loyola rise to third in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. He also leads the conference with 83 ground balls, fifth-best in the country. After tallying 10 ground balls in the Johns Hopkins game, Schiavone moved up to eighth on Loyola's single-season ground balls list. He earned All-ECAC Second Team honors last year.
Ebsary was one of the top two-way midfielders in the nation this season, excelling on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The senior co-captain is tied for second on the team with 12 assists, and he also scored a career-best seven goals for 19 points. Ebsary also is second on the Greyhounds with 34 ground balls and is tied for second with 11 caused turnovers.
In addition to MacDonnell and Hagelin receiving the major awards from the ECAC, Denver's Dillon Roy was named the Defensive Player of the Year, and Bill Tierney received the Coach of the Year honor. Ohio State's Logan Schuss was named Rookie of the Year.