John Floyd had the overtime game-winner in Lafayette's 11-10 win at Georgetown Saturday.
Feb. 19, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Six of the seven Patriot League men’s lacrosse teams have picked up victories in the first two weeks of the season, and a pair will look to continue that momentum this week when they take the field Tuesday afternoon.
Navy, which is 2-0 for the first time since 2009, will have its toughest test so far this season when it travels to No. 15/15 Fairfield Tuesday at 3 p.m. An hour later, Lafayette, which won 11-10 in overtime at Georgetown Saturday, hosts Stony Brook in its home opener at 4 p.m.
The busiest of the weekend to this point is coming up, with five tilts Saturday and three more Sunday. Bucknell plays its first game at home Saturday when it welcomes Bryant, while No. 10/10 Colgate heads to Dartmouth and Lafayette visits Manhattan, all at 1 p.m. Holy Cross returns to the field to host Hartford at 3 p.m., while No. 12/8 Lehigh visits 11th-ranked Denver at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Pioneer Face-Off Classic in the Mile High City.
Sunday’s slate pits Navy at Georgetown at noon, while Lehigh takes on Air Force at 1 p.m. in the second half of the Pioneer Face-Off Classic in Denver. Army visits 18th-ranked Syracuse in their annual meeting at 2 p.m.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S LACROSSE QUICK HITS
• Lehigh’s David DiMaria has had a hand in 14 of the Mountain Hawks’ 25 goals this season.
• DiMaria and Navy’s Pat Kiernan and Austin Heneveld have each scored one man-down goal.
• Garrett Thul’s seven-goal performance against VMI was one shy of tying the Patriot League record of eight in a game. Six players have hit that mark in League annals, including four in the last three years (Peter Baum, Todd Heritage, Tom Perini, Ryan Klipstein).
• Navy’s meetings with Detroit (an 11-7 victory Friday) and Fairfield (Tuesday at 3 p.m.) are the program’s first with those two teams.
• Patriot League teams finished last season 33-24 in non-League games. This season the seven squads have combined for 10 wins already.
• Colgate’s Peter Baum remains second in League history with 135 career goals, and Army’s Garrett Thul is right behind him in third with 134. Both are chasing Bucknell’s Justin Zackey, who holds the all-time League mark with 138 career tallies.
• Baum has also moved into the League’s all-time top 10 in points. His 184 career points are ninth.
• Greg Rau was 13-of-24 at the X (.542) for the Leopards in their 11-10 overtime win at Georgetown. Head coach Jim Rogalski picked up the win in his Lafayette debut.
• Lehigh is 2-0 for the first time since 2000, and Navy is 2-0 for the first time since ‘09.
Patriot League Notebook
FAST START CONTINUES
Patriot League teams opened the season 10-3 over the first two weekends, with Army, Colgate, Lehigh and Navy owning a pair of victories apiece. The Black Knights rebounded from the loss to UMass by beating Manhattan and VMI at home, while Colgate won its second straight away game and Lehigh avenged last season’s 17-7 loss to Villanova by winning 11-9 on the road. 2-0 Navy visits 15th-ranked Fairfield and Lafayette, an overtime winner at Georgetown Saturday, hosts Stony Brook Tuesday afternoon.
WHAT A WAY TO BEGIN
The Jim Rogalski era in Easton, Pa., got off to a great start Saturday as Lafayette rallied from an 8-3 halftime to defeat Georgetown 11-10 in overtime in Washington. Sonny Round scored four times, and John Floyd netted the overtime game-winner after a clutch face-off victory by Greg Rau. The Leopards host Stony Brook Tuesday at 4 p.m. in their home opener.
RUNNING NECK AND NECK
Colgate’s Peter Baum and Army’s Garrett Thul have made a habit of lighting up the box score in their careers. Now they’re running neck and neck for the Patriot League’s all-time goal-scoring record. Baum’s hat trick Saturday in a 13-7 win at Vermont gives him 135 for his career, while Thul scored 11 times in two games last week to move into third all-time with 134. Bucknell’s Justin Zackey owns the record with 138, but the mark appears likely to step aside perhaps as early as this weekend.
BEST START SINCE...
Three teams in Colgate, Lehigh and Navy are out to 2-0 starts. While the Raiders started 2-0 a season ago, it’s been a while for the other two programs. The last time the Mids started 2-0 was 2009, a season that coincidentally ended with them claiming a League-best 11 victories and capturing the League title. The Mountain Hawks are off to a 2-0 beginning for the first time since 2000, but they’re hoping for a much better end result. Lehigh ended the year 7-7, 2-4 in the League and out of the League Tournament.
LEHIGH CAST AS THE FAVORITE
With 69 points and nine first-place votes, Lehigh was chosen as the favorite in Patriot League men’s lacrosse in 2013 by the League’s head coaches and sports information directors. Colgate, which hosted last year’s tournament as the No. 1 seed, finished close behind in second with 65 points and the remaining five first-place ballots.
2012 A BANNER YEAR
2012 wound up being quite the year for the Patriot League, as first-time champion Lehigh made its first NCAA Tournament appearance and Colgate was a first-time at-large selection in its second trip. In addition, the Raiders won the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, 13-11, at previously-unbeaten UMass and advanced to the quarterfinals at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Both Colgate and Lehigh appear ready to jostle for the League crown again this spring, and both have dreams of the NCAA Tournament beyond the first round.
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FIRST OF MANY
Several special events are lined up this season for Patriot League teams, and the first is coming up this weekend when Lehigh heads to Denver for the Pioneer Face-Off Classic. The Mountain Hawks, ranked No. 12 by the USILA coaches and eighth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, battle No. 11 Denver Saturday afternoon and Air Force Sunday. More events are lined up in March, including Lehigh in the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic, Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, and Colgate and Navy playing in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.
THREE IN A ROW (SORT OF)
Navy junior long pole Pat Kiernan has captured the first two Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors of 2013. Including the final award of the 2012 season, Kiernan has rattled off three straight nods. Only three players have collected the honor three straight weeks in the same season, but it hasn’t happened since Matt Russell of Navy completed the hat trick in 2004.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.11-2.17)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GARRETT THUL, ARMY Sr., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul scored in both Army victories last week, extending his goal-scoring streak to nation-leading 42 straight games. He logged career highs with seven goals and eight points in the Black Knights’ 14-8 win over VMI Saturday, and scored four goals, including three in man-up situations, in Army’s 14-8 victory over visiting Manhattan Wednesday. Thul, who also picked up 11 groundballs on the week, put 23 of hit 36 shots on net.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY Jr., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight Monday after playing a role in all phases of Navy’s 11-7 win over Detroit Friday night. He anchored a defensive unit that allowed just three goals in the first three quarters, and was part of a man-down unit that yielded just one goal in seven changes. He grabbed a career-high 11 ground balls to go with two caused turnovers, and scored a man-down goal for his ninth career marker. He covered Detroit’s Mike Birney, who led the Titans with a hat trick the previous week in a loss to then-No. 19 Ohio State.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH So., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon tied a career high with 16 saves in Lehigh’s 11-9 victory at Villanova, the program’s first over the Wildcats on the road in 16 years. He helped hold Villanova off the board for over 16 minutes bridging the first and second quarters, allowing the Lehigh offense to tally five straight goals. He stopped 11 of 16 shots in the second half as the Mountain Hawks hung on to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2000. Poillon captures his second straight Goalkeeper of the Week nod.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
GORDON SANTRY, COLGATE Fr., GK, Chesnut Hill, Mass.
Santry collects his first Patriot League weekly award after stopping 11 shots and yielding seven goals, with only a pair coming in the second half, to backstop Colgate to a 13-7 victory at Vermont Saturday, lifting the Raiders to a 2-0 start. In only his second career start, Santry helped hold the Catamounts scoreless in five chances with the extra man.
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Led Bucknell with four goals in Sunday’s 12-11 loss at Mount St. Mary’s.
BRENDON McCANN, COLGATE Jr., A, Warrenton, Va.
Scored five second-half goals, including a natural hat trick to started the second half, snapped a 5-5 tie and propelled the Raiders to Saturday’s 13-7 win at Vermont.
SONNY ROUND, LAFAYETTE So., A, Summit, N.J.
Scored four times, all in the second half, to help Lafayette overcome a three-goal halftime deficit and rally for an 11-10 overtime victory at Georgetown.
DAVID DIMARIA, LEHIGH Sr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Tallied four points (3g, 4a) to lead Lehigh to an 11-9 win at Villanova, its first road win over the Wildcats since 1997. Had a hand in four of the team’s first five goals, and assisted on Dante Fantoni’s goal that put Lehigh up for good in the third quarter.
TUCKER HULL, NAVY Jr., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Netted his 10th career hat trick with three goals and three assists in Navy’s 11-7 win over Detroit Friday. It was his 19th career multiple-point game.