March 20, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On the heels of a narrow 7-6 loss to No. 2 Loyola Maryland on March 15, Army will take another crack at a ranked opponent this weekend when they host No. 17/20 Lehigh in a key Patriot League contest on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP 5 @PL_MLAX NOTES
*Loyola Maryland is the only team unbeaten in Patriot League play; Army, Colgate and Lehigh each have one loss.
*In the latest USILA/Warrior lacrosse rankings, Loyola holds stead at No. 2; 17/20 Lehigh and 18 Colgate also appear.
*Army outshot Loyola 45-35 on Saturday, but came out on the short end of a 7-6 final score.
*BU earned the program's first-ever victory on Saturday at Lafayette.
*Bucknell's Todd Heritage had a 5-goal afternoon at Holy Cross and moved into 4th place on the career list with 107.
*Lehigh junior Patrick Corbett posted his seventh-career hat trick on Saturday in 13-2 win over Navy.
No. 17/20 LEHIGH AT ARMY ON PATRIOT LEAGUE SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND
On the heels of a narrow 7-6 loss to No. 2 Loyola Maryland on March 15, Army will take another crack at ranked opponent this weekend when they host No. 17/20 Lehigh in a key Patriot League contest on Saturday. Colgate, the Black Knights and Mountain Hawks are in a jumble of teams with one league loss behind the Greyhounds in the Patriot League standings. In other games on Saturday, the Raiders will travel to Navy while Loyola hosts Lafayette. Boston University will make a trip to Pennsylvania for the second weekend in a row as they visit Bucknell. Holy Cross is home with Fairfield in a non-league matchup.
RUNKEL IS ROLLING
Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel picked up his fourth consecutive Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award this week following the Greyhounds 7-6 win over Army. Runkel finished Saturday's game against the Black Knights with 19 saves, a season-best and three off his career-high of 22 set in last year's double-overtime NCAA First Round game at Duke. The senior goalkeeper has allowed just 25 goals in Loyola's last five games. Overall, through seven games this year, Runkel has played to a 7.27 goals against average and a .618 saves percentage.
TERRIERS MAKES HISTORY
The Boston University men's lacrosse team made history on Saturday afternoon by defeating Lafayette at Fisher Stadium, 12-7, for the program's first-ever victory. Boston University had their highest offensive output of the season and have allowed just seven goals in each of the last two games, which is a season low. Cal Dearth was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after scoring a pair of goals and recording a single-game record four assists in the win over the Leopards. Freshman Sam Tenney scored a career-high four goals and received honorable mention recognition from the Patriot League.
LEHIGH BOUNCES BACK
After suffering losses to ranked teams in two of its previous three contests, Lehigh responded with a 13-2 win over Navy on Saturday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Junior Dan Taylor was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after pacing the offense with a career-high five goals and eight points while senior Lukas Mikelinich held the nation's fifth-leading point scorer Sam Jones without a point.
COLGATE WIN STREAK SNAPPED
No. 3/4 Cornell raced to a 10-4 lead at Colgate on Tuesday and then held on for the win after the Raiders closed to within 11-9 in the fourth quarter with a furious comeback. Brendon McCann was Colgate's offensive leader, recording his first hat trick of the season and seventh of his career.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (Mar. 10-16)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor recorded his eighth career hat trick, finishing with a career-high five goals and three assists in the Mountain Hawks 13-2 win over Navy. The eight total points against the Mids were also a career-high and the three assists tied his career best. Taylor had a hand in 62 percent of the Mountain Hawks' goals including eight of their final 11.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Fletcher had a standout game on defense in the Greyhounds 7-6 victory over Army. The senior defenseman was critical in the possession game, picking up a team-high five ground balls, all in traffic. Fletcher also held Army's Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year John Glesener, a former high school teammate, to only two goals.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JACK RUNKEL, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY Sr., GK, Fairfield, Conn. Runkel collected his fourth consecutive Goalkeeper of the Week award by registering a season-high 19 saves in Saturday afternoon's 7-6 win over Army. The senior goalkeeper played to a .760 save percentage and was just three saves off his career-high of 22. Runkel is also a nominee for this week's Brine National Player of the Week by Inside Lacrosse.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CAL DEARTH, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., M, Ridgefield, Conn.
Dearth set a Boston University program record for points (six) and assists (four) in a game and scored on both shots he took as the Terriers recorded their first-ever victory as a Division 1 program with a 12-7 win at Lafayette.
SAM SOMERS, ARMY Jr., GK, Wilton, Conn. Somers amassed a season-high 16 saves in a 7-6 Army loss at #2 Loyola on Saturday. The junior goalkeeper made several stops at critical points at the end of the first half and with time winding down in the game to keep the Black Knights' upset bid alive, including one on a breakaway with 32 seconds left.
SAM TENNEY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., A, Providence, R.I. Tenney scored a career-high four goals, including two in the fourth quarter to help the Terriers put away their first-ever victory as a Division 1 program with a 12-7 win at Lafayette.
GREG WOZNIAK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., D, Yardley, Pa.
Wozniak shined on Terriers' top defensive unit, causing three turnovers and picking up three ground balls. He caused a crucial turnover with BU ahead, 8-6, that led to a Terrier insurance goal.
SEAN DOYLE, BUCKNELL So., A, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.
Doyle set career highs for assists (six) and points (eight) in a game in Bucknell's 18-8 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. It was a 2-2 game at the start of the second quarter, and then Doyle had a hand in three goals in a 5-0 run that gave the Bison the lead for good. Doyle also recorded a goal and an assist in a mid-week loss at No. 5/6 North Carolina.