Academy grad killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan By BILL WAGNER, Staff Writer Annapolis Capital Published 09/22/10 Former Naval Academy lacrosse standout Brendan J. Looney was among nine military service personnel killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan yesterday, The Capital has confirmed through multiple sources. Paul W. Gillespie — The Capital Brendan Looney checks a Holy Cross player during a lacrosse game in 2004. Looney was a Navy SEAL based out of Little Creek, Va., sources said. Looney, a Silver Spring resident who attended DeMatha Catholic High School, was a starting defenseman at Navy from 2002-2004. Sources told The Capital that Naval Academy men’s lacrosse coach Richie Meade traveled to Dover Air Force Base today to meet the transport plane that was bringing the bodies of the deceased service personnel back to the United States. Looney’s wife and parents were also believed to be in Dover for the return of Looney’s remains. Andrew Dow, another former Navy lacrosse player, was also aboard the helicopter that crashed. Dow, a starting defenseman for the Midshipmen who graduated in 2007, survived the crash, but suffered serious injuries, sources said.