April 3, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League men's lacrosse regular season is entering week six and Saturday's meeting between No. 16/19 Colgate and Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. is a matchup that certainly has an impact on seeding for the postseason.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP 5 @PL_MLAX NOTES
*The latest USILA/Warrior men's lacrosse rankings have Loyola No. 1, Colgate at 16/19 and Army 18/20.
*Army defeated Bucknell 11-6 on Saturday in front of a season-high 2,280 fans at Michie Stadium.
*Lehigh scored 20 goals on Saturday for the first time since a 21-9 win over Detroit Mercy on March 15, 2010.
*Navy head coach Rick Sowell needs just one win to reach 100 for his career.
*Lafayette snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 win at Monmouth on Tuesday.
LEHIGH ENTERTAINS No. 16/19 COLGATE AS PATRIOT LEAGUE RACE HEATS UP
The Patriot League men's lacrosse regular season is entering week six and Saturday's meeting between No. 16/19 Colgate and Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. is a matchup that certainly has an impact on seeding for the postseason. The Mountain Hawks (4-2) currently sit in third place, one-half game ahead of Colgate (3-2) in the standings. The top two teams, Loyola University Maryland and Army are on the road this weekend as the first place Greyhounds (5-0) travel to Navy (3-3) and the Black Knights (4-1) are at Boston University. Lafayette (1-4) will try to inch closer to the top six as they take on Holy Cross (0-5) in Worcester, Mass. Bucknell (3-3) enjoys a bye from League play, but will host Mount St. Mary's in non-league contest.
WE'RE TALKING PLAYOFFS
Lehigh and Navy will each have only one Patriot League game on the schedule after this weekend and every team will have played at least 75% of the League schedule, so it isn't too early to start taking a look at the playoff possibilities. Six of the nine teams qualify for the Patriot League postseason, with the top two teams receiving byes and the top seed hosting the tournament. Loyola, unbeaten in PL play, has clinched a spot in the six-team field and can nail down a bye with a win this week. Two Greyhound wins or a Loyola win coupled with an Army loss would guarantee that the men's lacrosse championships will be played at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Maryland. Army and Lehigh can also lock down spots in the tournament field with one more victory.
FLETCHER, SOUDERS AND WARD NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALISTS
Loyola University Maryland co-captains Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward and Lehigh's Ty Souders are among the 10 players who made the final list for the men's lacrosse Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. The award, which was won by Army's Brendan Buckley in 2013, goes to a NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The recipient will be determined through a combination of fan, media and coach voting and will be announced during the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship May 24-26 in Baltimore.
LOYOLA'S RUNKEL ON A ROLL
Jack Runkel captured his fifth Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award when he was recognized for his play for the week of March 24-30. This matches the most weekly awards any player in the league has earned in a single season, equaling the totals accumulated by a pair of U.S. Military Academy goalkeepers, Adam Fullerton and Tom Palesky, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. No player has won any Patriot League weekly award six times.
NAVY PICKS UP A ROAD WIN
Navy's 13-7 win at Boston University on Saturday not only snapped a 3-game losing skid for the Mids, but also erased a 10-game losing streak on the road that dated back to 2012. Navy is currently 3-3 on the season and hosts No. 1 Loyola this weekend before ending the Patriot League portion of the schedule at rival Army at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in a game that will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (Mar. 24-30)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOHN GLESENER, ARMY Jr., A, Camillus, N.Y.
Glesener scored a season-best five goals against Bucknell to propel Army to its fourth Patriot League win of the season on Saturday. The Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year also added an assist for six points, one shy of his season high. Glesener scored four goals during the Black Knights' decisive 6-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to seal the 11-6 victory over the Bison.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Fletcher tallied seven groundballs and had primary responsibilities for marking Ryan Walsh in Loyola's 10-8 win over Colgate on Saturday. Fletcher and the Greyhounds defense held Walsh, a 2014 Tewaaraton Award watch list nominee for the Raiders, without a point for the first time in his collegiate career (42 previous games).
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JACK RUNKEL, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., GK, Fairfield, Conn.
Runkel captures his fifth Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award after recording his ninth win of the season for the top-ranked Greyhounds on Saturday. Runkel and the Loyola defense held No. 17/19 Colgate to eight goals at home while making 12 saves for a .600 saves percentage. Runkel made four of his saves in the fourth quarter as the Raiders took 11 shots and scored only one time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CASEY McADAM, LEHIGH Fr., M, Somerville, N.J.
McAdam enjoyed a very strong week, dominating at the faceoff X in each of the Mountain Hawks two victories. The Somerville, N.J. native had a career-high 12 groundballs and also won 17-of-23 faceoffs (career highs in both FO wins and attempts) to help Lehigh control possession in a 13-7 win over Monmouth. McAdam won 75% (15-of-20) against Holy Cross' Ben Williams who entered the day winning 55% at the faceoff X for the season in the Mountain Hawks 20-4 win on Saturday.
ALEX DALY, ARMY So., F/O, New Market, Md.
Daly collected a season-high 10 groundballs, won 78-percent (14-of-18) of his faceoff draws and scored his second goal of the season as Army pulled away for an 11-6 win over Bucknell.
DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor averaged five points a game as Lehigh offense exploded for 33 goals in wins over Monmouth and Holy Cross. The junior had three goals and a career-high four assists in 20-4 win over the Crusaders.
TRIPP TELESCO, LEHIGH So., D, Ridgewood, N.J.
Telesco caused eight turnovers and tallied eight groundballs as Lehigh cruised to a pair of victories over Holy Cross and Monmouth. The sophomore also recorded his first-career point (an assist) in a 13-7 victory over Monouth.
JUSTIN WARD, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ward tallied five points on two goals and three assists in Greyhounds 10-8 win over No. 17/19 Colgate. The senior attackman scored consecutive goals in third quarter to break a 5-5 tie.