Loyola's Mason O'Hanlon Commits to Babson

Mason O’Hanlon, a rising senior at Loyola, announced his commitment to NCAA D-III Babson College in Massachusetts on Tuesday, becoming the fifth member of Loyola’s Class of 2017 committed to play at an NCAA school.

A versatile offensive player who can play middie or attack, O’Hanlon was named first-team All-Mission League at attack last spring and was chosen offensive player of the game in the US Lacrosse Southern Section championship game. He scored two goals and had two assists in the Cubs’ win over Corona del Mar.

After considering Babson alongside Connecticut College, Colby College and a few other NESCAC schools, O’Hanlon said he chose Babson for numerous reasons.

“One being the program is on the rise with the recent hiring of offensive coordinator Adam Pascal, was the head coach at Holy Cross for 10 years,” O’Hanlon said via email, “and they were a very young team who managed to go 10-8 [last season].

“Another reason was the location of Babson, being only 20-30 minutes away from Boston, allowing me to be around a big city with a lot going on. Lastly, the business program really stood out to me being one of the best in the country. I have been planning to study business for a while now, and attending Babson will give me the best opportunity to succeed.”

Babson, a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with schools such as MIT, Clark and Emerson, listed only five seniors and eight juniors on its 2016 roster.

“Mason has been one of the hardest working kids on the team since he stepped foot on campus,” Loyola assistant coach Brett Tietjen said via email. “He has played all over the field for us at middie and attack, and I am sure he will step on the field right away at Babson wherever he is needed. Mason is a great kid on and off he field, and I am sure his success will follow him to the next level.”