Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 2.28.14

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Feb. 28, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa - A matchup between two nationally-ranked teams headlines the schedule of four Patriot League contests scheduled for Saturday.

No. 14 Lehigh will be looking for its first-ever win over Loyola University Maryland when the No. 7/8 Greyhounds bring their lofty national ranking to Ulrich Sports Complex for a noon start on Saturday. Loyola has won the seven previous matchups between the two programs, who will be meeting for the first time as Patriot League foes.

Holy Cross at Navy and Army at Lafayette also play in the late morning Saturday while Bucknell at Colgate also gets under way at noon. All four Patriot League games plus Boston University's non-league matchup with Vermont are available for free on the Patriot League Network

Patriot League Notebook

WATCH OUT FOR THESE PLAYERS
Six Patriot League men's lacrosse players were among 52 recognized on the Tewaaraton Foundation watch list. The list, which will be narrowed to five finalists on May 8, includes the top players being considered for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award which will be presented on May 29. Loyola's Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward, Lehigh's Matt Poillon and Ty Souders, Army's John Glesener and Bucknell's David Dickson made the initial list.

LOYOLA CAST AS THE FAVORITE
With 123 points and 13 first-place votes, Loyola will begin 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).

 

 

GREYHOUNDS, LEHIGH IN TOP 15
Loyola and Lehigh are both ranked in the top 15 men's lacrosse teams in the country in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll and the Warrior Division I Media Poll. The Mountain Hawks, a 10-7 winner over Boston University last Saturday, are ranked 14th in both polls while Loyola comes in at 7th in the coaches poll and 8th in the media rankings. Bucknell and Army also received votes in the latest polls released earlier this week.

LEOPARDS EARN FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
Lafayette's balance proved to be the difference as the Leopards picked up their first win of the season with an 8-7 victory over Colgate at Rappolt Field on Saturday. Eight different Lafayette players found the net with John Floyd's goal with 5:34 remaining proving to be the difference. The win by the Leopards overshadowed a strong performance by Colgate freshman Ryan Walsh who netted five of the Raiders seven goals. Walsh cut the Lafayette lead to one with less than three minutes remaining, but Leopards keeper Jake Hyatt stopped Walsh's bid for a sixth goal with 23 seconds left.

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.

AND NAMED ONE OF FOUR CANDIDATES FROM PATRIOT LEAGUE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Four Patriot League student-athletes were among the 20 named to the Men's Lacrosse Senior CLASS Award candidate list on Thursday, including two from Loyola as Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward both earned a spot. Lehigh's Ty Souders and Bucknell's Todd Heritage joined them to complete the League's candidate list. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Men's Lacrosse Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.

SUPER SEVEN CHOSEN IN MLL DRAFT
Seven Patriot League seniors were selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft with Loyola's 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.

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 at 6 p.m. In addition to four other regular season games, the network will televise the semifinals and championship of the Patriot League Tournament April 25/27 from the site of the highest seed.