Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Release - 3.12.14

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March 12, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola Maryland rose to No. 2 in USILA/Warrior lacrosse rankings following a 14-7 win over then-No. 3/4 Duke on Sunday. The Greyhounds square off against Army in a battle for first place in the Patriot League to headline a slate of five games on Saturday.

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*Loyola Maryland rose to No. 2 in USILA/Warrior polls following 14-7 win over then-No. 3/4 Duke.
*The Greyhounds are 3rd in NCAA in goals per game at 14.83; Nikko Pontrello has 24 goals thru six games.
*Army leads the NCAA in scoring defense at 5.33 per games; Colgate is 2nd (5.5), Lehigh 4th (7.0) and Navy 7th (7.6).
*Lehigh is ranked 15/14 in the USILA/Warrior polls; Colgate is 19th in the USILA poll; Army received votes in both.
*Loyola's 14-7 win over Duke was the first of nine Patriot League games to be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
*Six Patriot League players were among 52 named to the Tewaaraton Watch List
*Lafayette's Jake Hyatt is 7th nationally with 13.25 saves per game, BU's Christian Carson-Banister is 9th at 12.67.
*Seven Patriot League players were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft on January 10.
*Navy freshman Brady Dove ranks in the top 20 nationally in Face-Off Winning Pct (.615) and ground balls (7.2).
*In addition to being the 3rd overall pick in the MLL Draft, Loyola's Joe Fletcher was named to the US National Team.
*Holy Cross picked up its first win of the season, beating Richmond 11-9 on Mar. 4.
*Ryan Johnston became BU's first Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Award winner when he was named ROW on Monday.
*Bucknell senior Jackson Place is 8th nationally with 2.4 groundballs per game.
*Colgate freshman Brandon Burke has won two Patriot League Rookie of the Week Awards so far in 2014.
*Army's Sam Somers, Colgate's Brandon Burke and Lehigh's Matt Poillon are in the top 5 in GAA.

2014 Patriot League Preseason Poll and Awards
1. Loyola, 123 points (13 first-place votes)
2. Bucknell, 109 (3)
3. Lehigh, 108 (2)
4. Army, 86
5. Colgate, 73
6. Navy, 56
7. Holy Cross, 42
8. Lafayette, 35
9. Boston University, 16

Preseason Offensive POY John Glesener, Army (Jr., A)

Preseason Defensive POY John Fletcher, Loyola (Sr., D)

Preseason All-League Team

Attack: David Dickson, Bucknell (Jr.); John Glesener, Army (Sr.); Justin Ward, Loyola (Sr.).
Midfield: Thomas Flibotte, Bucknell (So.), Terry McKenna, Holy Cross (Jr.), Jimmy Ryan, Colgate (Sr.)
Defense: Joe Fletcher, Loyola (Sr.), Jackson Place, Bucknell (Sr.), Ty Souders, Lehigh (Sr.)
Face-Off Specialist: Alex Daly, Army (So.)
Defensive Midfield Specialist: Pat Kiernan, Navy (Sr.)
Goalkeeper: Matt Poillon, Lehigh (Jr.)

Patriot League Weekly Awards (Mar. 3-9)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MATT SAWYER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., M, Waxhaw, N.C.
Sawyer netted six goals on only seven shots in the Greyhounds 14-7 win over No. 4/3 Duke on Sunday. The Wahhaw, N.C. native is in his first year as a starter for Loyola Maryland and tripled his previous best of two goals in season-opener against Virginia. Three of Sawyer's goals came in second quarter, helping Greyhounds erase a 4-3 deficit.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Fletcher recorded seven ground balls - one off a career-high - in the Greyhounds 14-7 win over No. 4/3 Duke on Sunday. The preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year played a terrific matchup against Duke All-American Jordan Wolf, holding the Blue Devils senior to just one goal on seven shots.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JACK RUNKEL, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY Sr., GK, Fairfield, Conn.
Runkel directed a Loyola Maryland defense that held No. 4/3 Duke to just seven goals on 16 shots on goal in Sunday's 14-7 victory. Of Runkel's nine saves, six came against Duke All-Americans Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne who entered game with 12 goals each for the Blue Devils. Runkel also picked up three ground balls in the game.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
RYAN JOHNSTON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., A, Elora, Ont. Johnston recorded a program-record five goals and five points in the Terriers 7-5 loss to Colgate on Saturday. The Elora, Ont. native became Boston University's first recipient of a Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Award by scoring all five goals against the Raiders.

HONORABLE MENTION

DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta Taylor tied a career-high with four goals and added an assist in the Mountain Hawks 9-3 win over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The junior posted a natural hat trick with three straight goals bridging the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters which turned a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 advantage.

BOBBY LAWRENCE, COLGATE Sr., D, Summit, N.J.
Lawrence handled six groundballs and caused seven turnovers in a pair of Colgate 7-5 victories over Hobart and Boston University last week. Tied a career-high with five caused turnovers against BU.

JOHN CONNORS, NAVY So., GK, Bellmore, N.Y.
Connors anchored a Navy defense that held Lafayette to its lowest scoring output of the season in a 11-3 victory over the Leopards on Friday night. The sophomore had a save percentage of 81.3% and was credited with 13 saves.