Finnerty Moves on at Loyola; after Wrongful Rape Charge, Duke Transfer Finds a Home
Byline: Patrick Stevens, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The germination of Collin Finnerty's second chance in college lacrosse is laced with a bit of irony - an e-mail he sent to Loyola's coaching staff in the days leading up to a game against Duke.
Finnerty, of course, was one of three Duke players wrongfully charged with rape two years ago. David Evans, then a senior, graduated. Reade Seligmann continued his career at Brown this season.
Meanwhile, Finnerty is a sophomore starting attackman for ECAC champion Loyola (7-6), which visits top-seeded Duke (16-1) on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"I think his best lacrosse is ahead of him," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "There's no doubt he's made an impact and a big reason we're back in the playoffs after losing 80 percent of our offense."
It has turned into an ideal addition for the Greyhounds, whose collection of attackmen is known far more for speed than size. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Finnerty provided a different look this season while producing 13 goals and an assist.
Finnerty was not made available to comment per the wishes of his parents and his attorney, a Loyola spokesman said.
Like the rest of his 2006 Duke teammates who were not seniors, Finnerty can petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. …