Justin has excelled in the classroom at Loyola as a finance major where he has maintained a 3.216 grade point average. A two-time Dean’s List member at the school, Justin was an ECAC All-Academic Team honoree last year and has earned several awards in the academic realm. During his studies, he has also interned at Anderson-Davis CPA, a non-profit accounting firm in the Annapolis, Md., area. He also has completed internships with Corrigan Sports, assisting in the event management of the Under Armour All-America Games, Baltimore 10-miler and other local sporting events.
Justin has been a class-act on and off the field at Loyola since his arrival as a freshman. He is a polite and refreshingly outgoing member of the Loyola community who has served in many ledership roles amongst his peers. This year, Justin was unanimously named a team captain by his teammates, and he also serves on Loyola Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He is the Director of Media in the SAAC program, and he has also participated in the Loyola Leadership Academy in conjunction with Janssen Sports Leadership.
Justin has been highly involved in community service during his time at Loyola, as well as on his own time in his local area. He participated in the York Road Initiative, a program designed to spur business and growth in a community nearby Loyola. He also has volunteered at a homeless shelter at his home church, Glen Burnie United Methodist Church. With his teammates, Justin has outreached to homeless in the downtown Baltimore community, as well. Justin has also served as a coach with the Maryland Roughriders Lacrosse Club for the Old Line Rockfish, and he volunteers his time with his high school team, Old Mill.
Justin was named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook prior to the 2014 season, and he was the 23rd overall draft pick of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Charlotte Hounds. Ward has been the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense for the last two seasons, and as a junior in 2013, he turned in a fantastic season that earned him USILA All-America Honorable Mention and All-ECAC honors. The attacker finished 11th in Division I in assists per game (2.19) and 19th in points per game (3.88), culminating the season with 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points. His 35 assists ranked third on Loyola’s single-season chart at the Division I level, and his 62 points were tied for fifth. Ward enters the season with 67 career assists, good for seventh at the school in the Division I era, and his 106 career points to date are 22nd. He had one of the most prolific games by a Loyola player in recent years last season when he became the first Greyhound since Gavin Prout in 2001 to score seven goals in a game, and the first since Tim Goettelmann in 2000 to post 10 points, when he tallied seven goals and three assists against UMBC in February.