Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/10
From Press Releases
Conestoga’s Austin Rogusky (midfielder) heads the list of 13 incoming recruits for the Loyola University men’s lacrosse team Class of 2014, coach Charley Toomey announced today.
Also joining the program in the fall of 2010 will be Peter Bowes (Walpole, Mass./Walpole H.S.), Kyle Duffy (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill H.S.), Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee H.S.), Ian Gordon (Arlington, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes/Salisbury School), Patrick Laconi (Morristown, N.J./Morristown H.S.), Thomas Robinson (Reston, Va./Langley H.S.), Jack Runkel (Fairfield, Conn./Avon Old Farms School), Kevin Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes H.S.), Matthew Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Catholic H.S.), Brian Schultz (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville H.S.), Justin Ward (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill H.S.), and Derek Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley H.S.).
“This is a class that we think will be a great addition to the Greyhound program,” Toomey said. “As excited as we are about their athleticism and skill sets, we are more excited about the character that they will bring to Loyola. They are truly great young men, and we can’t wait to get them on campus and the field.”
Rogusky was the offensive most valuable player in 2009 as an attackman at Conestoga. He earned US Lacrosse All-America honors in 2009 and was a member of the Under Armour Philadelphia Underclassmen’s team. He helped the pioneers, the high school alma mater of Loyola All-American P.T. Ricci ’09, reach the PIAA. state finals and win the 2009 District One and Central League titles.
The Pioneers compiled a 24-2 overall record in Rogusky’s junior year. Conestoga also went 24-2 and won the PIAA. state title in his senior year when he played midfield. During the club season, he aided Duke’s Lacrosse Club I win the Champ Camp National Championship in 2008 and 2009.
Jack Runkel was one of the top goalkeepers in New England during his high school career at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. He helped the Beavers win the Founders League Championship while earning All-Founders League honors and Avon Defensive Most Valuable Player honors. He saved over 65-percent of shots on goal and had a 5.76 goals against average as a senior. A four-year honor roll student, the left-handed goalkeeper was also a hockey player at Avon, scoring three goals and assisting on 15.
Peter Bowes earned Bay State League All-Star First Team honors as a defender following his junior and senior seasons in 2009 and 2010 at Walpole High School. He also earned Eastern Massachusetts All-Star honors, was a Massachusetts All-American and earned Team Defensive MVP honors as a senior. A high school teammate of current Loyola player Davis Butts, Bowes picked up 117 groundballs, scored five goals and assisted on seven others as a senior, as he helped Walpole finish the season with a 18-4 record and a Bay State League title. In 2009, the Rebels went 24-1 and won the Massachusetts Division II State Championship.
Kyle Duffy was a two-time All-State performer at Chapel Hill High School, helping the Tigers reach the state championship game his first three seasons. The squad won the 2007 and 2008 state championship and earned runners-up honors in 2009. A team captain his senior season, Duffy was an All-Star First Team member in 2010 and a third team honoree in 2009. He earned All-Conference First Team recognition as a junior and senior and was the Boys’ Lacrosse Conference 5 Player of the Year as a senior.
Joe Fletcher has been a standout defenseman at West Genesee High School, helping the Wildcats win the 2008 New York State Championship. West Genesee, which is the high school alma mater of Loyola Assistant Coaches Dan Chemotti and Steve Vaikness, also captured the 2008, 2009 and 2010 New York Section III titles. Fletcher, a team captain as a senior, picked up 64 ground balls in 2010 after grabbing 58 as a junior.
Ian Gordon is a faceoff specialist who has played at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Arlington, Va., and the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. Gordon was a member of the Under Armour Washington D.C. Underclassmen’s Team in 2008 and 2009 and the 2008 Adidas National Classic Marva Prep Team. He helped St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes win the 2007 Virginia State title, and in 2009 and 2010, he aided Salisbury School in its New England Championship. Gordon received the Salisbury School’s Frank Garfield Medal.
Patrick Laconi earned NJILCA All-Klank Conference First Team as a sophomore and junior and All-Iron Hills League First Team recognition as a junior midfielder at Morristown (N.J.) High School. Laconi has scored 84 goals, while assisting on 61 others, during his three seasons at Morristown, helping the Colonials win the conference title as a sophomore and junior, advancing to the state tournament each season.
Thomas Robinson helped his Langley High School team win the last two Virginia State Championships as a close defender. He earned Washington Post All-Metro honors and was rewarded with All-Region, All-District and Virginia All-America honors, as well.
Runkel, who played in the Western New England Prep School All-Star Game, also played club lacrosse for the Bulldogs, helping the side win the Brine Shootout in 2008-2009 and advance to the finals of the Battle of the Hotbeds in 2007-2008. He was a Top 205 Camp All-Star Team selection and did not allow a goal in the championship game of the Brine Shootout.
Kevin Ryan is a midfielder for the Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School team who was named the 2010 Player of the Year by the Morris County Daily Record. He also won 2010 Conference Player of the Year honors in 2010 and was named All-American, All-State, All-County and All-Conference after scoring 53 goals, assisting on 18 and picking up 33 ground balls as a senior. A team captain as a junior, Ryan’s connection to Loyola dates to the 1990s. Two cousins, Sean ’92 and Kevin ’99 Quinn, were team captains for the Greyhounds, and Sean was an All-American defender.
Matthew Sawyer scored 48 goals and assisted on 36 as a senior in 2010, helping Chatlotte Catholic High School finish 15-4 and win the conference title. He earned All-State Second Team honors and was the Conference Player of the Year. All-Queen City 3A/4A Conference First Team honors as an attacker in 2008. He was named to the North Carolina High School Lacrosse Association West Region First Team in 2009 after scoring 46 goals to go with 22 assists and 50 groundballs during his junior season.
Brian Schultz was a two-time All-Area and All-Conference First Team member as a junior and senior at Walkersville High School. He scored 70 goals and assisted on 34 others in just 16 games as a senior, earning team Most Valuable Players. He broke the Walkersville school record with 10 goals in a game. A member of the National Honor Society, Schultz helped Walkersville finish as state runners-up in 2008 and advance to the state semifinals in 2009.
Justin Ward earned the C. Markland Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as the Outstanding 4A/3A Maryland High School Lacrosse Player following his senior season in 2010 at Old Mill High School He was an All-Metro Second Team member by The Washington Post in and was a member of the All-Area First Team by the Annapolis Capital-Gazette. He earned All-Anne Arundel County honors from the coaches in 2009 and 2010 and was an All-American, as well following his senior season.
Derek Zook earned All-Region and All-State honors in 2010 while helping Loudon Valley High School advance to the Virginia state finals. Zook earned All-Region and All-District First Team honors as a senior. He was a six-time letterwinner at Loudon Valley, earning four in lacrosse and one each in football and basketball. He was the basketball team’s defensive player of the year as a senior.