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ECAC honors for six Loyola players

The Greyhounds placed a league-high six players on the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference teams, and senior long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci was named Defensive Player of the Year and freshman midfielder Mike Sawyer earned Rookie of the Year.

Ricci, an ECAC first-team honoree for the second consecutive season, routinely shadowed opponents’ most potent offensive midfielders, but he also chipped in two goals and five assists. He led the nation in caused turnovers with 51 and ranked second by averaging 6.36 groundballs per game. He finished the season with 91 groundballs, which ranks fifth on the school’s single-season list. His career totals include 232 groundballs and 115 caused turnovers.

Ricci was joined on the first team by teammate Shane Koppens, the 2008 conference Offensive Player of the Year. Despite missing the first two games of the year, the senior attackman led Loyola for the second straight year with 41 points on 22 goals and a team-high 19 assists. Koppens ranks fourth on the program’s all-time assists list with 80 and eighth on the career points list with 151.

Sawyer heads the second team after ranking fourth on the team in scoring with nine goals and four assists in 12 games. He was ECAC Rookie of the Week twice and is the second consecutive Greyhound to be named ECAC Rookie of the Year after goalie Jake Hagelin collected the award in 2008.

Loyola also put junior attackman Cooper MacDonnell, junior defenseman Steve Layne and junior face-off specialist John Schiavone on the second team.

"This is obviously very exciting to have six players be named All-ECAC and I think that it’s a testament to how well our team has worked together this season," said coach Charley Toomey, 22-6 against conference opponents during his tenure.

Posted by Edward Lee at 10:26 AM | | Comments (0)
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