Former Loyola Maryland All-American and current professional player P.T. Ricci has been named the Greyhounds director of men's lacrosse operations, head coach Charley Toomey announced Thursday.
Ricci was a four-year letter-winner for Loyola from 2006 to 2009 and earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America honors as a senior long-stick midfielder. He succeeds former Loyola Maryland player Steve Layne, who joined Richmond in May as an assistant coach heading into its inaugural season in Division I.
Ricci has been a standout defender in Major League Lacrosse, winning titles with the Washington Bayhawks (2010) and Boston Cannons (2011). Ricci spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Haverford near his hometown of Wayne, Pa.
While at Loyola, Ricci set the program's all-time caused turnovers record with 117. He was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, when he caused a school-record 51 turnovers.
Ex-Terp Snider returns to alma mater as first coach
Major League Lacrosse standout Drew Snider (Maryland) has been hired as the first boys lacrosse coach at his high school alma mater, Seattle's O'Dea High.
"I couldn't be more honored to lead lacrosse into a new chapter in the great book of O'Dea High School athletics," said Snider, 25, a two-time prep lacrosse All-American who played in two NCAA Division I national title games with the Terps. In MLL, he led the Denver Outlaws to the first undefeated regular season this spring, earning Most Improved Player honors. Over the weekend, he secured a roster spot on the U.S. men's national training team.
The 2013 finalist for the annual Seattle Sports Star of the Year award guided neighboring Nathan Hale High to a 17-4-0 record last spring and its first Washington Lacrosse Boys Division II state championship.
Snider's first roster will include a core of seven sophomores who were among nine O'Dea players on the 2013 Garfield High club that finished as runner-up to Snider's state champion Raiders last spring.
"Lacrosse is moving so fast out here. Kids are expecting to play," O'Dea athletic director Monte Kohler said in a news release. "Now we want to mix it up with the big boys."
Mount St. Mary's hires former Terp Schwarzmann as women's assistant
Mount St. Mary's announced the additions of two-time Tewaaraton winner and U.S. national team member Katie Schwarzmann (Century) as an assistant coach and former All-Colonial Athletic Association defender Alexandra Burns as a volunteer assistant on Thursday.
With the Terps, Schwarzmann became just the third women's player to win back-to-back Tewaaratons. This summer, she helped the United States dominate the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, winning the gold medal in Oshawa, Canada.
This spring, Burns finished her career at Old Dominion, earning second-team All-CAA honors.
Goalie Rodgers joins Towson men as assistant
Former Notre Dame goalkeeper Scott Rodgers has joined the Towson men's staff as a volunteer assistant, head coach Shawn Nadelen announced.
Rodgers comes to Towson after a season as a volunteer assistant goalkeeping coach during Marquette's first season in Division I. He played for the Ohio Machine during the 2013 MLL season.
Rodgers was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA tournament, in which the Fighting Irish finished as the runner-up to Duke.
Penn State announced that 6-foot-2, 195-pound midfielder Nick Mazza of Davidsonville and 6-1, 195-pound midfielder Cole Rainier of Pasadena will join the team for the 2014 season. Both are incoming freshmen and played at Calverton School in Huntingtown. ... Colgate announced that 6-2, 185-pound freshman attackman Mike Dennin (Severn) has made the roster for next season.
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