Begley, Huggins Named USILA Scholar All-Americans
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland graduates Brian Begley and Foster Huggins were named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-America Team on Monday, touting their performances in the classroom and on the field.
The Greyhounds duo were two of 47 nationally to earn the recognition. Both were named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team at the conclusion of the regular-season in April. Begley graduated with a 3.643 grade-point average in history, and Huggins earned a 3.570 in finance.
Begley finished his career as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation and was a two-time All-Patriot League honoree. He earned first-team recognition this year and was a second-team honoree as a junior in 2017.
A starter on the Greyhounds’ rope unit since his freshman season, Begley tallied 35 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in 2018, culminating his career with 118 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers in 65 games played. He also was a key part of the offense, both in transition and settled situations with five goals and three assists this season; he scored 14 goals and had six assists in his career. Begley helped limit opponents to a .262 shooting percentage and 8.70 goals per game in 2018.
Away from the field, Begley was earned the John Mohler Award, presented to the top senior male student-athlete at Loyola Maryland in addition to being selected President of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. He was the male recipient of the Patriot League’s McCloskey Postgraduate Scholarship Award and will continue his studies with a post-baccalaureate year at the University of Pennsylvania in the medical field.
Huggins, who recently made his professional lacrosse debut with Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws, was named a First Team All-American by both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse after leading NCAA Division I with a school-record 52 caused turnovers.
The 2018 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-Patriot League honoree (first team in both 2016 and 2018), He set a school and Patriot League records in 52 caused turnovers, leading NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game (3.06). His 52 caused turnovers are tied for third in NCAA single-season history. He posted two or more caused turnovers in 14 of the Greyhounds’ 17 games in 2018, and he finished the year with 11 games tallying three or more. His seven caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins set a school record and rank seventh in NCAA single-game history.
In addition to his takeaway prowess, Huggins was one of the top one-on-one cover defenders in the nation. The third-round draft pick of Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws, Huggins held players such as Virginia’s Michael Kraus (one goal during regular-season, one goal in NCAA First Round), Johns Hopkins’ Shack Stanwick (one goal) and Duke’s Justin Guterding (one goal) well below their 2018 averages.