Loyola Lacrosse Gets a New Offense

There’s a new coordinator in town and he’s come to take over some of Loyola University’s sports.

The Loyola Greyhounds announced just this past Thursday that Marc Van Arsdale would be taking the reigns as the offensive coordinator for the university’s mens lacrosse team. Van Arsdale is coming in after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Virginia for the last fifteen years, ten of them operating as the assistant head coach. Over the course of his time at Virginia, the Cavaliers won NCAA Division I Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2011. In this time, the team had multiple award winners for the Tewaaraton Awards in the forms of Chris Rotelli, Matt Ward and Steele Stanwick in the respective years of the team’s division championships. On top of this, Virginia was in the Top 10 in offense eleven times and was number one overall in offense in 2006 and 2009.

Loyola University in Maryland has already seen a pretty good year in men’s lacrosse, since freshman Pat Spencer set a school record for assists with 52 and tied the record for points by scoring 89 of them. Spencer’s fascinating skill and record-setting play has also earned him some mentions for next year’s Tewaaraton Awards. Adding Van Arsdale to the team’s offensive program could very well end up giving him the boost needed to take home an award this upcoming season. The upcoming season is sure to be a success, following in the footsteps of previous teams including players like Sean Hecker.

Loyola head coach Charley Toomey stated that he was incredibly pleased to have someone with the character and strength in coaching to be a part of Loyola’s team. He added that Van Arsdale being part of championship teams on multiple occasions, being a good recruiter and leading some of the best offenses in lacrosse are also reasons for why he’s excited to have him coaching for the men’s lacrosse team at Loyola.

Van Arsdale made sure to send thanks for his peers at Virginia, especially coach Dom Starsia, even though his contract would not be renewed. Van Arsdale admittedly decided to join the Greyhounds since their team was averaging over eleven goals a game over the course of the 33 games played and also went on to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Virginia, at the time, was also attempting to hire head coach Lars Tiffany and offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan from Brown University, which was another factor in Van Arsdale deciding to move over to Loyola.