Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Release - 3.2.11

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Tom Perini's eight goals paced Lafayette in its 16-8 win over Wagner on Tuesday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Tom Perini's eight goals paced Lafayette in its 16-8 win over Wagner on Tuesday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

March 2, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. — The first Patriot League game of the 2011 season is in the books, and Lehigh has jumped to the top of the standings after Tuesday night’s 14-10 victory over Navy in Bethlehem, Pa. The victory is notable beyond its ramification in the League standings. It marks just the second time the Mountain Hawks have defeated the Mids in 30 all-time meetings, and the first since 1913.

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As a whole, the League went 3-2 on Tuesday and 6-5 going back to Friday. Bucknell posted a tough 10-8 victory over No. 20/RV Villanova on Saturday in Lewisburg and had a lead at No. 16/14 Penn Tuesday night before falling to the Quakers, 8-6.

Navy lost a close 10-8 contest Friday at No. 11/12 North Carolina and has fallen to 1-3 following Tuesday’s loss to Lehigh. It’s the first time the Mids have lost three of their first four games since the 2001 season.

Army fell behind early at No. 1/2 Syracuse on Sunday, but the Black Knights rallied to within a goal in the fourth quarter before falling 11-9 against the top-ranked Orange.

Two teams riding winning streaks in the season’s early going are Colgate and Lafayette. The Raiders won a 14-12 shootout with Robert Morris Tuesday afternoon in Hamilton in the first ever meeting between the two programs. After dropping their opener against Farifield, the Leopards have won two in a row with victories over Binghamton and Wagner.

Lafayette will put its two-game winning streak on the line when the Leopards get a crack at No. 16/14 Penn in Philadelphia Friday night. That game kicks off a weekend of five contests for Patriot League teams, with two against nationally-ranked opponents. Army hosts its home-opener Saturday against No. 5/6 Cornell, while Colgate visits Hobart and Holy Cross travels to Quinnipiac.

Sunday’s lone contest features Lehigh starting a stretch of four straight on the road when it visits Detroit Mercy.

Bucknell and Navy return to action Monday when the teams play each other at 7:30 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.21-2.27)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN KLIPSTEIN, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Califon, N.J.
Klipstein had a hand in half of Bucknell’s goals in the Bison’s 10-8 victory over Villanova, ranked 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll heading into the contest. He scored four goals and added an assist for a five-point afternoon. Klipstein accounted for Bucknell’s final two goals on the day, scoring the game-winner with 8:32 left in the fourth quarter in an 8-8 tie, then adding the insurance tally seven minutes later. The senior from Califon, N.J., leads the team with five goals, three assists and eight points through the Bison’s first two games.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX LYONS, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Owings Mills, Md.
Lyons was a critical component to Bucknell’s defensive effort in Saturday’s 10-8 victory over No. 20 Villanova. He collected seven groundballs and caused three turnovers while leading the Bison’s close defense in the win. Bucknell leapt into the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll Monday, debuting at No. 17.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
KYLE FEENEY, BUCKNELL So., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Feeney faced 35 Villanova shots and stopped 13 in Bucknell’s 10-8 victory over the 20th-ranked Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg. Four of the sophomore’s saves on the day came in the fourth quarter, when Villanova sent 11 shots toward the net, with six making it on goal. Feeney improved to 2-0 on the season for the Bison and now carries a .710 save percentage on the young season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANDRIJKO ANDRUSKO, LAFAYETTE Fr., GK, Yardley, Pa.
Andrusko faced 34 shots and made 17 saves in Lafayette’s 12-6 victory over Binghamton Saturday to earn his first collegiate victory. Andrusko’s saves statistic was a career-high for the freshman from Yardley, Pa. He yielded six tallied on 23 shots on goal for a .739 save percentage.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
PETER BAUM, COLGATE So., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum posted a team-high six goals and collected four groundballs as Colgate went on the road to pick up a 13-8 win on Saturday at Dartmouth. Baum’s efforts helped the Raiders avenge a 7-3 loss at home to the Big Green last season.

SAM JONES, NAVY Fr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones scored twice and added two assists with a caused turnover in Navy’s 10-8 loss at No. 11/12 North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill. Jones is tied for the team lead with 10 points with a team-best seven goals and three assists. Eleven of his 15 shots this season have been on goal.

GARRETT THUL, ARMY So., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul extended his point-scoring streak to 12 games with three goals in Sunday’s 11-9 loss at Syracuse, which entered the contest as the No. 1 team in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and second in the USILA Coaches poll. It’s Thul’s eighth career hat trick.

JIM CARROLL, COLGATE Sr., M, Nesconset, N.Y.
Carroll picked up 10 groundballs and tallied an assist in Colgate’s 13-8 win at Dartmouth. He was strong on faceoffs, going 13 of 21 for the Raiders.

Patriot League Notebook

LEHIGH’S WIN BENEFICIAL ON TWO FRONTS
Lehigh’s 14-10 win over Navy Tuesday night in Bethlehem was important in two separate contexts. In terms of this season, it was a crucial win for the Mountain Hawks, as they jumped into the early lead in the Patriot League standings at 1-0. Beyond that, the victory was a historic one for the Mountain Hawks, who had only defeated Navy one in the teams’ previous 29 meetings. Lehigh’s last win against the Mids before Tuesday was in 1913. The Mountain Hawks snapped a 26-game losing streak to the Mids with Tuesday’s win.

BAUER, STUMPF NAMED LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS CANDIDATES
A year after Army’s Andrew Maisano was named Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner for 2010, two more Patriot Leaguers are up for the award in men’s lacrosse in 2011. Lafayette’s Stefan Bauer and Lehigh’s Jonathan Stumpf were named to the list of 20 candidates in February. Bauer is coming off a strong season for the Leopards, as his 15 goals and 30 assists helped the team qualify for its first ever Patriot League Tournament. Stumpf has had a strong 2011 campaign so far, with five goals and four assists for nine points, putting him second on the team in all three categories. Both have participated in several volunteer endeavors off the field, and each excels academically as well. Bauer carries a 3.61 grade-point average at Lafayette majoring in economics with a focus on finance, while Stumpf has a 3.88 GPA in the Integrative Business and Engineering Honors Program at Lehigh.

BUCKNELL-NAVY CONTEST MOVED TO MARCH 7
The Bucknell-Navy contest, originally scheduled for March 5, has been moved back two days to March 7. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. It will be a crucial showdown for both teams, as it will be the Patriot League opener for Bucknell and the second League contest of the season for the Mids. Navy dropped to 0-1 in the League after a 14-10 loss Tuesday night at Lehigh.

ARMY VOTED PRESEASON FAVORITE
Fresh off an 11-6 campaign, a perfect 6-0 Patriot League record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Army was voted the 2011 preseason favorite by head coaches and sports information directors around the League who could not vote for their own teams. The Black Knights secured the maximum 78 points and 12 first-place votes, ahead of 2010 runner-up Navy, which garnered 58 points and one first-place vote. Bucknell took third with 51 points and the lone remaining first-place vote, while Colgate secured fourth with 39 points. Lehigh (31 points), Lafayette (30) and Holy Cross (13) rounded out the poll.

PATRIOT LEAGUE HITS NATIONAL TELEVISION IN 2011
A total of eight Patriot League men’s lacrosse games will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports Network in 2011, including all three games of the League Tournament on April 29 and May 1. The Patriot League Tournament is the only conference tournament in the country that is nationally televised in its entirety. Navy’s game hosting Maryland Friday, April 8 is the first Patriot League game to hit the national television airwaves, as the teams will battle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. at 7 p.m. Eight days later, CBS College Sports Network returns to Annapolis to televise the annual Army-Navy matchup Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. In addition to the eight games on CBSC, the Navy-Johns Hopkins matchup in Baltimore, Md. April 23 will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO LATE APRIL
The 2011 Patriot League Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1, at the site of the regular-season champion and highest seed. All three games will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports Network, with the semifinals taking place Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The championship contest is slated for Sunday at 3 p.m. The Patriot League Tournament is the only conference tournament that is scheduled to be nationally televised in its entirety. Last season, Army posted a perfect 6-0 record to earn the regular-season title and hosting responsibilities. After defeating Lafayette in the semifinals, the Black Knights posted a victory over archrival Navy in the championship game to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Team Notebooks

ARMY Sophomore Garrett Thul scored three times in Sunday’s 11-9 loss at No. 1/2 Syracuse for his eighth career hat trick ... His third goal pulled Army within 10-9 with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter ... Tom Palesky made 11 saves against the Orange ... Freshman middie Tyler Kamide scored his second goal of the season during Army’s fourth-quarter rally, bringing the Black Knights within 9-6 with 8:23 to go ... Army will play its third nationally-ranked opponent of the season when it hosts No. 5/6 Cornell Saturday at 12 p.m. at Michie Stadium.

BUCKNELL The Bison posted a 10-8 victory over No. 20/RV Villanova Saturday in Lewisburg to move to 2-0 on the season ... Bucknell subsequently appeared in Monday’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20 at No. 17 ... Ryan Klipstein scored four times and added an assist, two ground balls and two caused turnovers for a tremendous all-around performance against the Wildcats ... Klipstein scored three more times Tuesday in Bucknell’s 8-6 loss at No. 16/14 Penn ... The Bison led 4-2 at halftime and 5-4 entering the fourth quarter, but a four-goal run over the last 15 minutes spurred the Quakers to the win ... Kyle Feeney made six saves in net, and Bucknell was outshot 28-19 for the game ... Penn entered the game coming off a season-opening 7-3 win against Duke ... The Bison return home to host Navy Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Lewisburg.

COLGATE Since dropping their first two, the Raiders have won two in a row, a 13-8 win at Dartmouth and a 14-12 decision at home against Robert Morris ... Sophomore Peter Baum scored six goals and collected four ground balls in the victory over the Big Green ... Jared Madison made 10 saves in the win ... Baum scored five times against the Colonials, all in the second half ... The Raiders trailed 6-2 after the first quarter and held Robert Morris scoreless in the second to move within 6-4 at the half ... Jim Carroll won 18 of 26 faceoffs, and Colgate outshot the Colonials 44-31 ... The Raiders visit Hobart Saturday.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders fell to 0-2 on the year with a 12-7 loss in Worcester to Hartford on Saturday ... John Hannan and James Kennedy scored two goals apiece, and Kennedy added two assists ... Mike Fisher made 12 saves in goal ... Colin Flood, Matt Boylan and Andrew Morici accounted for the other tallies ... The Crusaders were outshot 41-26 and trailed 36-23 in ground balls ... The Crusaders were tied 2-2 with the Hawks after the first quarter, but surrendered seven goals in the second to trail 9-3 at halftime ... Holy Cross hits the road for the first time Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Quinnipiac.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards have bounced back from the 8-4 season-opening loss to Fairfield with victories over Binghamton at home and Wagner on the road ... Senior middie Ryan Hansen scored a career-high four times in Saturday’s 12-6 win over the Bearcats ... Freshman goalkeeper Andrijko Andrusko made 17 saves to earn his first collegiate win ... Down 6-5 at halftime Tuesday at Wagner, the Leopards outscored the Seahawks 7-2 in the third quarter en route to the 16-8 win ... Tom Perini exploded for eight goals, while Cesar Munoz was 18 of 27 on faceoffs ... The Leopards visit No. 16/14 Penn Friday night in Philadelphia.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks turned an 8-6 third-quarter deficit into a 12-8 lead after a six-goal outburst en route to their 14-10 win over Navy Tuesday night in Bethlehem in the first Patriot League game of the season ... Lehigh improved to 2-28 all-time against the Mids, and captured their first win in the series since 1913 ... Dante Fantoni posted a five-point night with two goals and three assists, and Adam Johnson scored four times for Lehigh, which had seven different goal scorers ... Dan Carr stopped 11 shots in net ... Ryan Snyder went 18 of 27 on faceoffs and collected 13 ground balls ... The Mountain Hawks play five of their next six on the road, starting with Sunday’s game at Detroit Mercy, followed by Tuesday’s contest at Ohio State.

NAVY Freshman Sam Jones scored twice and added a pair of assists in Navy’s 10-8 loss Friday night at No. 11/12 North Carolina ... He scored four more times in Tuesday’s 14-10 loss at Lehigh ... The Mids are 1-3 for the first time since 2001. They finished that season 8-5 ... Navy trailed Lehigh 6-5 at halftime and took an 8-6 lead in the third quarter on goals from Jones and Andy Warner ... Lehigh scored the next six goals to take a 12-8 lead ... RJ Wickham made 11 saves in net for the Mids ... Navy is in a stretch of three straight Patriot League games, and will visit Bucknell Monday at 7:30 p.m.