Loyola's Charley Toomey was named the recipient of the F. Morris Touchstone Award as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Coach of the Year, while Salisbury's Jim Berkman was named the top coach in Division III for the third time, the association announced today at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association convention at the Marriott Waterfront hotel in Baltimore.
Toomey guided the Greyhounds to an 18-1 record and the school's first-ever NCAA Division I championship in 2012 after Loyola started the year unranked in many preseason polls. He is the second Loyola coach to receive the award in its 55-year history, joining Dave Cottle in 1988.
Berkman became the first coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history, across all divisions, to reach 400 career victories. He led the team to a 23-0 mark and the program's 10th national championship. Berkman also received the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award for shining a light on personal fitness and living a healthy lifestyle after suffering a mild heart attack in March.
Among other award winners, former Loyola assistant coach Dan Chemotti was named Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. Chemotti departed in October to become the first-ever head coach at Richmond. Former Georgetown coach Dave Urick, who retired over the summer after 23 seasons, was honored with the Nike Creator's Award as well as the Frenchy Julien Award for service. Ernie Larossa, sports information director at Johns Hopkins, received the first IMLCA/Inside Lacrosse Sports Information Service Award.
Toomey, who is now in his eighth season as head coach at Loyola, molded a Greyhounds team that finished the 2011 season at 8-5 and out of the NCAA tournament into one that scored nearly five goals more than its opponents during its run to the title.
Loyola had the No. 8 scoring offense (12.05 goals per game) in the nation and the No. 5 scoring defense (7.21 goals allowed per game).
Loyola will open the 2013 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Delaware, and Salisbury will begin its slate Feb. 10 when it hosts Greensboro.
Bradman leads Team STX to win on LXM Pro Tour
Led by seven goals and an assist from Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Team STX held off Team Sole, 22-20, in Game 6 of their LXM Pro Tour series Saturday night in Henderson, Nev. In clinching the series with its fourth win, Team STX used timely runs in the second and third quarters to hold off Team Sole, which was bolstered by a team-high five goals and seven points from former Chesapeake Bayhawk Johnny Christmas. Erik Krum (Salisbury) added four goals for Team STX.
The teams will meet one last time in Game 7 on Jan. 5 at the Arenaline Challenge in Del Mar, Calif.
Terps’ Reese to speak at US Lacrosse convention
US Lacrosse has named Maryland women’s coach Cathy Reese as a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention Jan. 11-13, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Reese will host “Attacking and Shooting” for girls lacrosse coaches at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11.
Earlier this week, US Lacrosse named Stevenson men's lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls as speakers at the convention.
STX signs former Seven player Owen to elite team
Baltimore-based sporting goods manufacturer STX has announced that it has signed former Virginia women’s lacrosse captain Josie Owen (Severn) as the first member of its elite post-collegiate women’s team.
Owen, from Gibson Island, currently coaches at Denver. Before graduating this past spring, she was a 2012 All-America selection as well as a Tewaaraton Award nominee. Her stellar four-year career with the Cavaliers was capped with 42 goals and 35 assists in her senior season.
“We are absolutely delighted that Josie has decided to join Team STX,” STX assistant category brand manager Carrie Gamper said. “Josie exemplifies everything that we are hoping for as we assemble the Team STX program. Her competitiveness and skill on the field, combined with her passion for all that is great about our sport off it, will be huge asset for us.”
Team STX is expected to compete at the highest levels of the post-collegiate women’s lacrosse circuit. In addition, the team will play a central role in the company’s grass-roots efforts to expand the reach of the game.
Coan, G. Smith join Holy Cross roster
Holy Cross announced that freshman midfielders Pat Coan (Loyola High) and Gillin Smith (Georgetown Prep) have joined the roster for 2013.
Coan was a two-year member of the varsity at Loyola under coach Jack Crawford. He also played for the Freestate team in 2011 and was selected by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association to the Top 44 game in 2011.
Smith was a two-year member of the varsity at Georgetown Prep under coach Kevin Giblin and was part of the team that won the Interstate Athletic Conference championship in 2011.
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