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Service, Team Drive Loyola Defenseman Pat Frazier

March 16, 2015

If one didn't recognize him from postgame press conferences, in uniform and eye black, one might not suspect this mild-mannered, young man as the defensive stalwart who is shutting down the Patriot League's top lacrosse scorers and frustrating some of the most productive offenses in the nation.

Loyola defenseman Pat Frazier has gone from an un-recruited walk-on, to a lacrosse national champion, to a high draft pick of a Major League Lacrosse team. Selfless as an individual, Frazier has earned these accolades through hard work, dedication and helping others. 

Issue 207: Loyola Lacrosse 2015: Pat Frazier
Photo Credit: Larry French/Loyola Athletics

Moreover, he seems to have a remarkable perspective on life beyond the athletic field. 

Frazier became one of only 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award March 4. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the honor recognizes Division I senior student-athletes for excellence and notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. 

It's the latest in a string of accolades for Frazier, and the types of contributions it honors are nothing new for the North Bethesda, Md., native.  

He leads a Greyhounds defense that ranks tied for No. 34 in the country this season in limiting opposition scoring. In 2014, as a junior, Frazier helped Loyola hold teams to 7.47 goals per game. 

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Frazier ranks among the top seven Greyhounds in program history in caused turnovers.

Since the team's 2012 national championship season, Frazier has helped Loyola to the highest winning percentage in Division I men's lacrosse (.825).

He was named a 2015 preseason All-American by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and a preseason All-Patriot League selection. 

Frazier was selected with the 32nd overall draft pick during the MLL Collegiate Draft by the Florida Launch Jan. 23. 

About three weeks later, he received the USILA Defensive Player of the Week honor after posting career highs with six ground balls and three caused turnovers during a win against Penn State. 

"He's everything a Greyhound should be," Loyola head coach Charley Toomey said, "and everything I could want in a player."

Frazier's teammates agree. 

"As a leader, [Frazier's] the guy you look to when we get scored on and we're trying to figure things out," Loyola defenseman Jason Crane said. "He's the one who calms everybody down and puts us back on the same page, and says, ‘Look, this is what we have to fix.' And in a pressure situation near the end of the game, Pat's going to be the guy to make that play."

More exemplary may be Frazier's achievements off the field. 

He was selected in the spring of 2014 as one of 14 members of the Green & Grey Society at Loyola, which serves as a liaison between the student body and the administration. He also is co-president of the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a participant in the York Road Initiative; a group that helps clean up and beautify that part of the north Baltimore community. 

"[The leadership activities] are very important, in terms of taking care of the whole person," Frazier said. "I went to a Jesuit high school (Georgetown Prep), so I think that carried over -- coming to Loyola -- in terms of understanding there's a tremendous platform here to make a difference. I take a lot of pride [in proving] that you can provide and contribute more to the community and the school beyond just athletics."

In the offseason and during semester breaks, Frazier volunteers to help instruct at lacrosse camps and clinics. One of the events he volunteers at is the now-annual event for the youth players of Newtown, Conn., an outreach program Loyola players started following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

"I think it's the people that you interact with," Frazier said of his community involvement. "I definitely give credit to [former Loyola defenseman] Joe Fletcher last year. He was very involved off the field -- in academics and socially. He gave me a nice framework for balance, an understanding of [the satisfaction in going] outside of your comfort zone a little bit, and outside of the team itself, [to] serve as many people as possible.

"With these different activities and extracurricular [activities], I've been able to meet people that I would not have met if I didn't dip my toe into these different areas. I think it's given me a new perspective to understand how hard these other people work."

Frazier manages his outside activities while maintaining a 3.66 GPA as a business management and finance major. After graduation in June and his rookie season in the MLL, Frazier will begin work next fall at an accounting firm in Baltimore in business and forensic valuation. He also has an interest in pursuing a law degree.

Frazier's on-field success had unlikely beginnings, though. While Frazier was a four-year soccer player at Georgetown Prep, he was a late-blooming lacrosse player and didn't see much playing time until his senior season. He was not recruited by colleges despite being part of back-to-back Interstate Athletic Conference championship teams in 2010 and 2011. 

He was considering Wake Forest and the University of Georgia before his mother convinced him to apply to Loyola, and his high school coach, Kevin Giblin, helped him secure a tryout.

"Coach Giblin called me and said, ‘Just give him the chance to tryout, and you'll never be sorry," Toomey said. "He'll never hurt your program, and he'll work hard for you every day."

Frazier earned the last available locker with the Greyhounds.

"We weren't in the real locker room yet," Frazier said. "I was still wearing my old Georgetown Prep helmet, and [Loyola's coaches] just told [the walk-ons], ‘Keep coming until we tell you not to.'

"That [walk-on experience] of never knowing if it would be my last day of practice, or my last drill, there wasn't anything promised for the next day. That kind of lit the fire in me that you better give it all you can, or otherwise you might not be here tomorrow. Even now, I try to play with that chip on my shoulder, and hopefully try to instill that to some of our other guys as well that you can make a difference, but it takes hard work over a period of time."

Toomey praised Frazier's work ethic. 

"It says a lot about Pat for him to pick Loyola -- for Loyola first -- and not for athletics," Toomey said. "And then, for us to get the kind of player that he is, we are truly blessed and fortunate. He embodies what I ask of all my guys, which is to leave the program better than you found it."

Issue 207: March 2015