Feb. 10, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Seven Patriot League Men's Lacrosse teams, including 2013 NCAA qualifiers Lehigh and Loyola, got the 2014 season under way last week with four picking up victories.
No. 17 Lehigh picked up wins on consecutive Saturdays, knocking off Furman and Marquette by identical 13-6 scores. No. 12 Loyola had top-10 Virginia on the ropes before falling 14-13 in overtime on Thursday. The Greyhounds fell behind 12-4 before scoring nine straight goals to take a 13-12 lead only to see the Cavs tie it with .1 seconds remaining and win it in overtime.
No. 15 Bucknell defeated Delaware 6-4, Colgate beat Bryant 7-4 and Navy walloped VMI 18-5. Army dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to UMass and Boston University fell 17-6 to Mercer in the first Division I contest in program history.
All nine Patriot League programs are in action on Saturday, Feb. 15. At noon, Lafayette will play their season-opener at home against Wagner, Navy hosts Wagner, Boston University entertains Canisius while Army travels to VMI. Holy Cross kicks of f their campaign at 1 p.m. at St. John's. Also playing at 1 p.m. are Loyola at Penn State, Colgate at home with Vermont, and Bucknell traveling to Bryant.
Lehigh wraps up the weekend action with a 3 p.m. showdown with No. 20 Villanova at the Mountain Hawks' Ulrich Sports
Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.10.14)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SAM JONES, NAVY Sr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones scored four goals and added six assists as Navy routed VMI 18-5 in the Mids season-opener at Memorial Stadium. The 10 points for the senior from Annapolis, Md. was not only a career-high for Jones, but the most for any Navy player since Dennis Nealon scored 12 against Washington College in 1991. Jones continues to move up the career-scoring list for the Mids as he currently sits in 21st place with 112 career points. His six assists were also a single-game best and Jones moved into the top 50 in program history with 46 career assists.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JACKSON PLACE, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Wayne, Pa.
Bucknell's senior co-captain spearheaded a terrific defensive effort in a 6-4 season-opening win over Delaware. The Bison allowed only two even strength goals all day, one of which came with 0:03 left in the game after the outcome had been decided. Place, an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, had two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the game.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, New York, N.Y.
Making his first career start , Grinberg tallied 12 saves while yielding only four goals in Bucknell's 6-4 win over Delaware. The junior from New York, N.Y. stopped eight of those shots in the first half, allowing the Bison to take a 5-2 lead into the locker room.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ROMAR DENNIS, LOYOLA Fr., M, Huntingtown, Md.
Dennis made a splash in his first game as a collegian at No. 7 Virginia, scoring two goals, including the equalizer in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss. The 6-foot-5 middie tallied his first collegiate goal with 5:38 to play in the first quarter, dodging from the midfield line and finishing with a ripped overhand shot after evading a UVA defender. He then tied the game at 12-12 with 2:30 left in regulation, using a similar move but this time working left-to-right at the end of his dodge, swinging a swift shot past the Cavaliers' goalkeeper..
BRANDON BURKE, COLGATE Fr., GK, Potomac, Md.
In first collegiate start, stopped nine out of 13 shots on goal, including four big saves in crucial third-quarter shutout as Colgate built a 6-2 advantage and held on for a 7-4 win over Bryant.
PATRICK CORBETT, LEHIGH So., A, Camillus, N.Y.
Netted a hat-trick in each game of Lehigh's 2-0 week. Tallied three goals in win over Furman and followed that up with four in win over Marquette.
RYAN BUTTENBAUM, LEHIGH Sr., M, Malvern, Pa.
Helped Lehigh control possession in 2-0 week as Mountain Hawks allowed just 15 shots to Furman and 27 to Marquette. Scooped 16 groundballs for the week including a career-high 12 against Marquette. Was a perfect 12-for-12 in first-half faceoffs.
JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA Sr. D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Did not allow a goal to a pl ayer that he was defending in the game. He finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers against the Cavaliers.
BRIAN SCHULTZ, LOYOLA Sr., A, Walkersville, Md.
Fueled the Greyhounds furious rally with two goals and an assist in fourth quarter of overtime loss to Virginia. Was first multi-goal game of Schultz's career.
BRADY DOVE, NAVY Fr., FO, Stevensville, Md.
Made his collegiate debut by winning 16 of the 21 faceoffs he took in an 18-5 victory over VMI. It's the most faceoff wins by a Navy player since Logan West won 19 against Bucknell in 2012. Also grabbed a team-high nine ground balls and scored first career goal.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN'S LACROSSE QUICK HITS
The Patriot League has started each of the last three men's lacrosse seasons with a program that lost a one-goal first round NCAA matchup to a team that eventually played for the National Championship. In 2011, Bucknell lost to eventual champ Virginia 13-12 in the opening round, in 2012 Lehigh fell to eventual runnerup Maryland 10-9 and last year Loyola was a hard-luck 12-11 loser to reigning National Champion Duke.
Pat Myers scored the first goal in Division 1 program history for Boston University when he connected with nine seconds remaining in the first period of loss to Mercer.
Colgate's Ryan Walsh scored three goals to extend his nation's-best active streak of consecutive games with a goal scored to 32. It was his 14th career hat trick.
Three of Loyola's first four goals on Thursday night at No. 7 Virginia were from three players (Tyler Albrecht, Romar Dennis and Brian Sherlock) who scored their first collegiate goals.
Lehigh's Cody Ferraro and Reid Weber posted their first-career hat tricks in 13-6 win over Furman.
Navy senior Sam Jones moved from 26th to a tie for 21st on Navy's career scoring list t 112 points with four goals and six assists in Mids win over VMI. The career-high 10 points were the most in a game for Navy since Dennis Nealon scored 12 against Washington College in 1991.
Patriot League Notebook
LOYOLA CAST AS THE FAVORITE
With 123 points and 13 first-place votes, Loyola will being its inaugural season as the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse favorite as chosen by the League's head coaches and sports information directors. Bucknell (108 points) was narrowly tabbed as runner by one point over two-time defending champion Lehigh (107).
FLETCHER SELECTED FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Loyola University senior defender Joe Fletcher, the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was the only college player selected for the 30-man United States National Team roster which will compete in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships this July in Denver. Patriot League alums Garrett Thul ('13 Army) and Chris Eck ('08 Colgate) were also chosen.
MEET RYAN POLLEY
Yale assistant coach Ryan Polley became the first men's lacrosse coach at Boston University when he was hired on June 21, 2012. Prior to his time at Yale, Polley was the head coach at his alma mater Merrimack College from 2004-06.
The Greyhounds need no introduction to NCAA Men's Lacrosse fans. With five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last seven years - including a Division 1 Title in 2012 - it was not surprising when Loyola was chosen as the favorite to capture the Patriot League title in the preseason poll. The Greyhounds are in their ninth season under head coach Charley Toomey a former goalkeeper at Loyola from 1987-90.
SUPER SEVEN CHOSEN IN MLL DRAFT
Seven Patriot League seniors were selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft with Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher going the highest at No. 3 overall to the New York Lizards. All of Loyola's tri-captains were picked, as midfielder Pat Laconi was the ninth pick overall and first of the second round to the Charlotte Hounds and attackman Justin Ward went in the third round at No. 23 overall, also to Charlotte. Four other Patriot League defenseman were picked in the third through sixth rounds in the draft. Lehigh's Ty Souders went one spot ahead of Ward at No. 22 to the Denver Outlaws, while Bucknell's Jackson Place was the top pick of the fourth round at No. 25 overall to the Ohio Machine, Navy's Pat Kiernan went in the fifth round at No. 35 overall to the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Colgate's Bobby Lawrence was taken in the sixth round at No. 45 overall to the Florida Launch.
Three Patriot League men's lacrosse teams began the 2014 season in the national polls as Loyola, Bucknell and Lehigh all earned spots in the top 20 in the preseason polls. Bucknell came in at No. 14, followed by Loyola at No. 16 and Lehigh at No. 19 in the Warrior Division I Media Poll. The order was flipped between the top two Patriot League squads in the other ranking, as Loyola sits at No. 12 and Bucknell is No. 15 with Lehigh at No. 17 in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll. Army and Navy were among those receiving votes in the coaches' ranking.
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PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
At least eight contests involving Patriot League teams will air on national television on CBS Sports Network in 2014, including all three games of the Patriot League Tournament in late April. The televised schedule begins Sunday, March 9, with a rematch from the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament when Loyola Maryland hosts Duke at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md., at 6 p.m. In addition to four other regular season games, the network will televise the Patriot League Tournament in its entirety April 25/27 from the site of the highest seed.