Former Loyola University lacrosse player Tim McDermott has joined the Virginia men’s program as a volunteer coach, as announced by head coach Dom Starsia.
“I couldn't be more pleased to announce Tim's addition to our staff,” Starsia said. “I have known Tim for some time now and have come to admire him as a person and a student-athlete. He will work closely with our faceoff men and goalies, and will be involved in all aspects of the program.”
McDermott was a midfielder for three seasons at Division III SUNY-Geneseo, where he was a two-time All-American and led the NCAA in faceoff winnning percentage in 2006. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration before transferring to Loyola for his final year of eligibility in 2008 while pursuing an MBA. For the Greyounds, he was the primary man at the X, winning 109 of 186 draws (58.6 percent) in 12 games played.
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McDermott’s younger brother Brian was a faceoff specialist on Virginia's 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference championship squad and the 2011 NCAA title team.
“I've had the privilege to become acquainted with the Virginia lacrosse family through my brother's involvement with the program over the last several years,” McDermott said. “I'm very grateful for the opportunity to join a program that conducts itself in the highest regard from the top down. I'm eager to contribute in any way the coaches and staff see fit to assist this spring in our goal of making it back to playing on Memorial Day.”
On a volunteer basis, McDermott has worked with Loyola and the club program at Richmond. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons he was a varsity coach at Deep Run High in Richmond and in the summer of 2011 was a reserve player for Major League Lacrosse’s Chicago Machine. McDermott’s most recent volunteer job was with Cortland State this fall.
Greyhounds name captains
Four seniors — defenseman Reid Acton, midfielder Davis Butts, long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff and attacker Mike Sawyer — were named captains of the Loyola men's team, coach Charley Toomey announced.
All four earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association last season during the Greyhounds' run to the NCAA championship. Sawyer was a second-team honoree, while Ratliff earned third-team recognition. Both Acton and Butts received honorable mention.