Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 3.27.14

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March 27, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On Saturday, No. 17/19 Colgate will host No. 1 Loyola University Maryland in a battle at the top of the Patriot League standings.

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THE TOP 5 @PL_MLAX NOTES
*On Monday, Loyola Maryland became the first Patriot League Men's Lacrosse team to be ranked No. 1 in the polls.
*The latest USILA/Warrior men's lacrosse rankings have the Greyhounds No. 1, Colgate at 17/19 and Army 20/HM.
*Bucknell freshman Quinn Collison recorded his first three career points with two goals and an assist against BU.
*Army defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since 2012 with 6-5 win over No. 17/20 Lehigh.
*Holy Cross snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-8 win over Hartford on Tuesday.

No. 17/19 COLGATE HOSTS No. 1 LOYOLA MARYLAND ON SATURDAY
On Saturday, No. 17/19 Colgate will host No. 1 Loyola University Maryland in a battle at the top of the Patriot League standings. The Greyhounds are a perfect 4-0 in league play and have won eight straight since losing their opening game in overtime at Virginia seven weeks ago. In other Patriot League action, Bucknell will bring a three game winning-streak into its contest at Army, Boston University hosts Navy and Holy Cross travels to take on Lehigh. Lafayette will entertain Mercer in an independent men's lacrosse matchup on Friday night.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
How good are the defenses in the Patriot League? Well, four out of the top five nationally in goals allowed per game come from what is being recognized as one of the toughest men's lacrosse leagues in the country. Army (5.50 GAA) is more than a goal a game better than number two Lehigh (6.67). Colgate (fourth at 7.11) and Loyola (T-5 at 7.33) also crack the top five, according to the latest NCAA statistics.

BATTLE FOR PATRIOT LEAGUE POSTSEASON SHAPING UP
While Loyola and Colgate battle it out on Saturday for the top spot in the Patriot League standings, the Boston University at Navy contest involves teams currently involved in the race for the sixth and final spot in the postseason tournament. The Terriers are currently one-half game behind Navy for sixth place and would not only leapfrog the Mids with a win, but would also own the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker.

PONTRELLO AND WALSH LATEST TO BE NAMED TO TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
A pair of junior attackmen were the latest additions to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award watch lists on March 20. Loyola's Nikko Pontrello and Ryan Walsh, of Colgate, join six Patriot League players who made the initial list in February. Loyola's Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward, Lehigh's Matt Poillon and Ty Souders, Army's John Glesener and Bucknell's David Dickson were named to the list on February 27. 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.

BUCKNELL BOUNCING BACK
After a 2-4 start to the season, Bucknell is on the rebound with three consecutive victories. The Bison shut out Boston University for the final 43 minutes on March 22 to rally for a 7-3 win at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Bucknell is ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense in 8.78 goals per game. Goalkeeper Sam Grinberg and long-stick defensive midfielder Alex Spring were named Patriot League Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

ARMY KNOCKS OFF NATIONALLY-RANKED LEHIGH
Army used a furious comeback to topple No.17/20 Lehigh on March 22 at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits as four different players found the back of the net. Coming on the heels of a near miss the previous week against top-ranked Loyola, Army moves into the rankings at No. 20 in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (Mar. 17-23)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JUSTIN WARD, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ward increased his national lead in assists (30) in two Loyola wins this week, posting four in both outings against Georgetown and Lafayette. In the win over the Hoyas, he assisted on four goals and scored one, and he then turned in a season-high seven points with four assists and a season-best three goals versus the Leopards. Ward has had two or more assists in all nine games the Greyhounds have played this season and needs three more assists to become the first player in program history to register 100 assists.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ALEX SPRING, BUCKNELL So., LSM, New York, N.Y.
Spring played two terrific games at long-stick defensive midfield in Bucknell's 2-0 week. The sophomore set career highs with nine ground balls and four caused turnovers in a 13-8 mid-week win over Brown, and he had three CTs and six GBs in a 7-3 Patriot League win over Boston University. Spring was part of a defense that shut out the Terriers for the final 43 minutes of the game as the Bison flipped a 3-2 deficit into a 7-3 win.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK

SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, New York, N.Y.
Grinberg earns his second Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award following his stellar play in two Bucknell victories last week. He made 13 saves in both games, a 13-8 win over Brown and a 7-3 win over Boston University. In both contests he made eight of his 13 saves in the second half, and in the win over the Terriers, Grinberg did not yield a goal in the final 43 minutes of the game, as the Bison turned a 3-2 deficit early in the second period into a 7-3 victory.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

SAM TALKO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., M/FO, Delray Beach, Fla.
Talko picked up seven groundballs and was 12-for-12 in faceoffs during the Terriers 7-3 loss at Bucknell on Saturday. The freshman from Delray Beach, Florida, also scored a goal - his second of the season - against the Bison. Talkow has won 16 straight faceoffs dating back to March 15 against Lafayette and is 36-of-49 (.735) in the last three games at the faceoff X.

HONORABLE MENTION

SAM SOMERS, ARMY Jr., GK, Wilton, Conn.
Somers helped a lock-down Army defense secure a 6-5 win over nationally ranked Lehigh. The junior surrendered just one goal in the second half to hold the Mountain Hawks to its lowest scoring output of the season.

ALEX DALY, ARMY So., F/O, New Market, Md.
Daly went 12-of-15 in the face-off x and won all four fourth-quarter face-offs to help keep Lehigh off the board in the final 15:00 and allow the Army offense to net the lone three goals of the fourth quarter in a 6-5 win. Scooped a game and season-high nine groundballs to help Black Knights knock off #17/20 Mountain Hawks.

BRENDON MCCANN, COLGATE Sr., A, Warrenton, Va.
McCann posted a 7-point week (six goals, one assist) to lead Raiders to strong showing against third-ranked Cornell and a victory at Navy. The senior has recorded back-to-back hat tricks and now has eight for his career.