|UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. â€“ After helping lead Loyola University Maryland to the 2012 Division I National Championship last season, Dan Chemotti was named the head men's lacrosse coach at the University of Richmond on Monday.|
"We are pleased and excited to name Dan Chemotti as our head men's lacrosse coach," Deputy Athletic Director David Walsh said. "Dan brings great coaching experience and success at the Division I level, namely helping lead Loyola University Maryland to the 2012 National Championship a year ago as their offensive coordinator. We believe Dan is a perfect fit to lead Richmond into Division I men's lacrosse."
Dan Chemotti (right, with Steve Vaikness and Matt Dwan) cuts down the net after
Loyola won the 2012 NCAA championship. Photo courtesy of Loyola Athletics.
During his six seasons at Loyola, Chemotti helped the Greyhounds advance to four NCAA Tournaments and win at least a share of three ECAC conference titles. Chemotti also saw 30 players earn all-conference honors and 12 be named All-Americans during his time at Loyola.
"It's rare to find a perfect combination of academics, athletics, and location, but the University of Richmond has all of that and much more," Chemotti remarked. "To say that the campus is impressive, is a massive understatement; and everyone I had the opportunity to spend time with made it clear to me that Richmond has a tight knit family environment, which is very important to me. To put it simply, Richmond and lacrosse are a perfect fit for one another and I am very excited for this opportunity."
As offensive coordinator, Chemotti's powerful offense helped lead the Greyhounds to their first-ever national championship in 2012. Posting an 18-1 record on the season, the Loyola offense ranked eighth in goals per game (12.05), ninth in EMO at .444% and fifth in turnovers per game at 12.84. A versatile and diverse offense, the Greyhounds saw eight players rack up 10 or more goals, three tally more than 20 and three reach the 50-goal barrier in 2012.
The offense of which Chemotti was the architect afforded Loyola players the ability to shoot quickly, whether in transition or settled offense, and garner a high volume of shots. Despite the high number of shots, Loyola's shot percentage did not drop. In fact, the Greyhounds' shot percentage rose from .249 in 2011 to .299 during the team's 18-1 run to the NCAA Championship.
Two members of Chemotti's offense, Sawyer and midfielder Davis Butts, earned All-ECAC First Team honors in 2012, and Lusby was named to the Second Team. Sawyer was a USILA Second Team All-American, and Lusby and Butts earned All-America Honroable Mention.
In 2010, a pair of Loyola attackers, Collin Finnerty and Cooper MacDonnell, were named to the All-ECAC First Team, and MacDonnell picked up ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named All-America Honorable Mention. In addition to those honors, Finnerty, MacDonnell and Matt Langan split ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors five times, and freshman attacker Patrick Fanshaw earned ECAC Rookie of the Week laurels once.
During the 2009 season, Chemotti's attack produced three players with 30 or more total points - Shane Koppens (41), Cooper MacDonnell (38) and Collin Finnerty (37) - a mark not accomplished by a Loyola trio since 2003.
The Greyhounds led the ECAC in goals per game (10.43), a category they finished 17th in all of NCAA Division I during 2009. Koppens led the conference in points per game (3.42) and finished his Loyola career 12th in the nation in the category.