Rising junior Ryder Mora became the second member of Loyola’s stellar Class of 2017 to announce his college decision, announcing a commitment to Maryland on Thursday.
Last week, midfielder Jonathan Partamian committed to Syracuse. At Maryland, Mora will join Class of 2016 attackman Preston Faecher of Redondo Union and Class of 2015 midfielder Noah Assaraf of Cathedral Catholic in San Diego.
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Mora scored 20 goals and picked up 12 assists in 19 games for the Cubs last season after recording seven goals and two assists as a freshman in 2014. But what sets him apart at this stage, Loyola assistant Brett Tietjen said, is his ability to play both ends of the field. He was credited with 41 ground balls last year and 28 as a freshman.
“Ryder is a true, throwback, two-way midfielder on the lacrosse field,” Tietjen said. “Defensively, Ryder is one of our top short-stick defensive midfielders, and I am confident he can match up with opposing teams’ top threats between the lines and in settled situations. Moreover, his ability to clear the ball and shoot on the run make for an end-to-end player that is emblematic of Loyola’s style of ‘run-and-gun lacrosse’ and is essential to our continued success.”
Interestingly, Maryland coach John Tillman was quoted in the Baltimore Sun a few seasons back on the value of d-middies who can play in transition:
“… It is a big spark. And transition plays are, in my opinion, momentum plays,” Tillman told The Sun. “You go from defense to offense, and people love to see the up-and-down play and the guys get fired up. I think it even adds more than just your regular six-on-six goal. People are excited about it and then hopefully, you get to faceoff and maybe build on that.”