Loyola Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class of 2014

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.

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.

Ryan has attended the Nike Blue Chip camps as a Rising Junior and Rising Senior, and he is an accomplished football and basketball player for Mountain Lakes. He helped the Lakers win the 2008 New Jersey State Sectional and Colonial Hills Conference Championships, receiving All-Conference laurels as a cornerback following his junior season. A point guard for the Lakers' basketball team, Ryan is an honor roll student and has received 10 varsity letters.

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.

Sawyer, who's older brother, Mike, was the 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year for Loyola, was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. On the football field, Sawyer made 100-plus tackles and earned team Most Valuable Player and All-Conference honors as a defensive back. He was the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year and a finalist for the Nagurski Touchdown Club's High School Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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.

Schultz was a top-level football player, too, tying the school record with nine receiving touchdowns in 2009. He played in the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game in 2010 and the 2010 Frederick County All-Star Game.

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2010-08-05



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