POY Smith Leads 13 Cubs on All-Mission League Team

Loyola senior Sean Smith was named 2016 Mission League Player of the Year and first-team All-Mission attack this week, his third consecutive season as a first-team all-league selection. He was one of 13 Loyola players honored, including nine underclassmen and eight players who made all-Mission last season.

 
The Cubs, who became the first Los Angeles team to beat the Orange County champion and win the Southern Section title, went 20-4 this season, including 8-0 in the Mission League.

Smith, who will play at Connecticut College next year, junior goalie Joe Theuer and junior defenders Nick Mohler and Niko Econn were all named to the all-league team for the third time. Econn earned the honor twice at Harvard Westlake before transferring to Loyola this season.

Junior middies Jonathan Partamian and Ryder Mora and senior long-stick middies Tommy Riley and Max Neblina all earned a second-consecutive place on the all-league team.

Harvard Westlake, which was runner-up in league play, placed five players on the all-league team, including three-time selection Philip Thompson, a senior midfielder and face-off specialist who will play at Princeton next year. Junior defender Shane Houska was named all-league for the second year in a row.

Chaminade had two repeat honorees in senior midfielder Ryan Oaks, who will play at Ohio Wesleyan next year, and senior defender Cole Millard, who will play at Eastern University.

St. Francis senior attack Evan Swayne, who will play at DePauw University, made the second team this year, and junior defender Jim Murphy made the first team.

Crespi’s Jack Doyle was named to the second-team at attack after being a second-team midfielder last year. Originally committed to play at NCAA D-I St. John’s, Doyle said recently he instead will enroll in the Gateway Program at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Ind., with plans to transfer to Notre Dame as a sophomore. He is hoping for an invitation to walk on to the Fighting Irish lacrosse team.

2016 All-Mission League Team

Player of the Year: Sean Smith, senior, Loyola

First Team
Attack
Sean Smith, senior, Loyola
Mason O’Hanlon, junior, Loyola
Paul Rodriguez, sophomore, Harvard Westlake

Midfield
Ryder Mora, junior, Loyola
Jonathan Partamian, junior, Loyola
Philip Thompson, senior, Harvard Westlake

Specialty/Faceoff
Aidan Hesse, sophomore, Loyola

Defense
Nick Mohler, junior, Loyola
Jim Murphy, junior, St. Francis
Shane Houska, junior, Harvard Westlake

LSM
Tommy Riley, senior, Loyola

Goalie
Joe Theuer, junior, Loyola

Second Team
Attack
Garrett Smith, junior, Loyola
Jack Doyle, senior, Crespi
Evan Swayne, senior, St. Francis

Midfield
JP Hatch, senior, Loyola
Ryan Oaks, senior, Chaminade
Zac Harleson, junior, Harvard Westlake

Defense
Niko Econn, junior, Loyola
Morgan Lewis, junior, Loyola
Cole Millard, Senior, Chaminade

Specialty/SSDM
Sultan Daniels, freshman, Harvard Westlake

LSM
Max Neblina, senior, Loyola

Goalie
Troy Hattler, junior, Harvard Westlake