Maryland defenseman Chad Rafferty has transferred to Loyola Maryland, a Greyhounds athletic department spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
The Greyhounds also confirmed that midfielder Danny Simonetti has transferred from Ohio State. The Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) alumnus attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in 2013. He was Inside Lacrosse's No. 45 Young Gun Senior in 2011.
Rafferty, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound long-pole, did not play as a freshman this past spring. He joins a defense that graduated two-time first-team All-American Joe Fletcher, goalkeeper Jack Runkel and a pair of short-stick defensive midfielder starters in Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy.
Rafferty could compete with a pair of defensemen in Pat Frazier (27 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers as a junior) and David Manning (24 GB, 6 CT as a junior) and a pair of long-stick midfielders in Ryan Fournier (32 GB, 9 CT as a freshman) and Jason Crane (18 GB, 4 CT as a sophomore) for playing time.
Simonetti did not record a point in two games last season but will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Simonetti joins a deep midfield that includes a pair of starters in Brian Sherlock (19 goals and 10 assists as a freshman) and Romar Dennis (6, 4 as a freshman) and a pair of key reserves in Tyler Albrecht (12, 5 as a sophomore) and Jeff Chase (10, 5 as a sophomore).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun