Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 3.5.14

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Mar. 5, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa - Four Patriot League contests and a showdown between No. 5/5 Loyola Maryland and No. 3/4 Duke headline what should be an exciting weekend of men's lacrosse action.

The Blue Devils yielded their top spot in the national rankings to Maryland after losing to the Terps 10-6 on Saturday. The Greyhounds will try to hand Duke its second straight loss when the Blue Devils invade Ridley Athletic Complex for a nationally televised contest (CBS Sports Network) at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Lafayette and Navy get the weekend started when they play in Annapolis, Md. under the lights Friday night. On Saturday, Bucknell hosts Lehigh, Holy Cross is at Army and Colgate travels to Boston University. All four Patriot League games are available for free on the Patriot League Network.

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Loyola is ranked fifth in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls. The coaches have Duke fourth and the media has the Blue Devils third. Duke has a 16-10 advantage in 26 meetings with the Greyhounds. The Blue Devils won last year's regular-season meeting, 9-8, outscoring Loyola 5-3 in the fourth quarter. They also won an exciting 12-11 double-overtime contest against the Greyhounds in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The last Loyola win in the series was 13-8 on March 10, 2012 in Baltimore.

In addition to Loyola's top-5 status, Lehigh remains in both the media and coaches polls at No. 16. Other Patriot League teams receiving votes in one or both of the polls are Army, Bucknell and Colgate.



WEEKLY AWARDS WINNERS Loyola won three of four Patriot League Men's Lacrosse weekly awards following their 14-7 win over No. 14 Lehigh. The Greyhounds Nikko Pontrello and Jack Runkel repeated as offensive player and goalkeeper, respectively. Loyola Short Stick Defensive Midfielder Pat Laconi was named Defensive Player of the Week. Colgate goalkeeper Brandon Burke prevented a sweep by the Greyhounds by capturing Rookie of the Week honors.

Patriot League teams split a quartet of games played on Tuesday. Holy Cross beat Richmond 11-9 and Colgate got by Hobart 7-5. The Raiders rallied from a 4-1 halftime deficit to improve to 4-0 at home on the season. Meanwhile, Lafayette fell to Delaware 9-6 and Army lost a heartbreaker to Rutgers by a 9-8 score. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Black Knights.

BU had its highest offensive output in program history on Saturday with nine goals against Vermont. Three players - freshmen James Clarke and Ryan Johnston, as well as sophomore Sammy Davis, each scored two goals against the Catamounts. The Terriers have allowed just two fourth-quarter goals in the last three games.

The 21 goals scored in the win over Holy Cross on Saturday were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004. Navy senior attack Sam Jones finished turned in six points on five goals and one assist and Tucker Hull turned in his team-best 13th career hat trick with three goals in the victory. Freshman attack Patrick Keena had his best day in a Navy uniform, posting four points on a goal and a career-best three assists.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 this Sunday 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.