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Loyola's Jack Carrigan sends Navy faceoff man Brady Dove to the turf, dislodging the ball in the first quarter. The Navy Midshipmen played the visiting Loyola Greyhounds in men's NCAA lacrosse on March 19, 2016 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Loyola's Jack Carrigan sends Navy faceoff man Brady Dove to the turf, dislodging the ball in the first quarter. The Navy Midshipmen played the visiting Loyola Greyhounds in men's NCAA lacrosse on March 19, 2016 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

On a Loyola Maryland defense headlined by several standouts, Jack Carrigan flies somewhat under the radar. But the junior defenseman's play this spring has caught the attention of his teammates and coaches.

Carrigan ranks second on the team behind sophomore defenseman Foster Huggins in caused turnovers (20) and is tied for third in ground balls (35). He has helped the No. 7 seed Greyhounds (13-3) – who will meet Towson (16-2) in Sunday's NCAA tournament quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio – rank ninth in Division I in goals allowed per game (8.1).

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Noting that Carrigan is "the guy who probably goes unnoticed," coach Charley Toomey said Carrigan is a nice blend of Carrigan, the team's top shutdown defender, and redshirt senior David Manning, the team's interior traffic cop.

"Sometimes he's going to be on the inside depending on how a team plays and he may have to work with David," Toomey said. "Sometimes when you've got two guys that are dodging, we switch on picks and he will be on a No. 1 behind, and we're very comfortable with that because we know that he's fundamentally sound. We don't have to slide all over the place and worry about that matchup."

Junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier said he has long been an admirer of Carrigan's skills with his stick.

"Jack has one of the best sticks I've ever seen," Fournier said. "We can leave a guy open, and he will pick the ball out of the air. No skips go over Jack. I think that's one of his best qualities. He is more of a quiet guy who leads by example, but he works very hard. He vocalizes when he needs to. … Jack's a very key piece of our defense. He's just a great guy to have around the entire time."

Toomey pointed out that Carrigan has earned the respect of his teammates. He and midfielder Brian Sherlock, also a junior, were voted team captains along with Manning and senior midfielder Tyler Albrecht.

"He's a guy that is just Steady Eddie," Toomey said. "He just does his job, and he's continuing to get better. I don't think Jack would tell you that he's a polished defenseman. He's got some work to do, but he gives you his heart. … He doesn't beat himself. He doesn't become a checker trying to put the ball on the ground. He really just tries to do his job."

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