Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 4.9.14

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April 9, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League playoff implications and pride will hang in the balance on Saturday when No. 18 Army hosts Navy for the 93rd men's lacrosse meeting between the two rival programs.

Patriot League Notebook

THE TOP 5 @PL_MLAX NOTES
*The latest USILA/Warrior men's lacrosse rankings have Loyola No. 1, Lehigh at 19/20 and Army 18/HM.
*Army and Navy each lost 7-6 to No. 1 Loyola University Maryland in Patriot League play this season.
*Lehigh's win over No. 16/19 Colgate was second against ranked opponent this season (#20 Villanova on 2/15).
*Holy Cross earned its first Patriot League win of the season by beating Lafayette 10-5 in Worcester, Mass.
*Bucknell scored seven straight goals after falling behind Mount Saint Mary's 1-0. The Bison won 16-6.

No. 18 ARMY HOSTS NAVY IN 93RD MEETING BETWEEN RIVALS
Playoff implications and pride will hang in the balance on Saturday when No. 18 Army hosts Navy for the 93rd men's lacrosse meeting between the two rival programs. The contest will be broadcast live from Michie Stadium on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. The Mids lead the all-time series 57-32-3, but the Black Knights have won the last five. Navy is also clinging to a narrow 11-10 advantage in the star series between the two academies with men's lacrosse, men's tennis and baseball still to be played. Army (5-1) has clinched a spot in the Patriot League postseason, but is still trying to nail down an opening round bye. Navy (3-4) currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot in the standings and can clinch with a win or victories by Bucknell and Colgate. Bucknell (3-3) hosts Lafayette (1-5) Friday on Senior Night at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium and Colgate (3-3) tries to snap a two-game losing streak when they entertain Holy Cross (1-5) on Saturday. Loyola (6-0) can lock up home field for the Patriot League Tournament with a win over Boston University (1-5). Lehigh plays a non-league contest against Georgetown Saturday night in Folsom, Pa.

STILL TALKING PLAYOFFS
Navy will wrap up the Patriot League portion of its schedule at Army on Saturday. The Mids can secure a spot in the Patriot League postseason tournament with a win over the Black Knights or a Bucknell win over Lafayette and a Colgate win over Holy Cross. Army has already secured a spot in the top six, and is trying to hold off Lehigh for the No. 2 seed and a first round bye. Loyola, the number one team in the polls and unbeaten in league play, has already secured at least a first-round bye and will be trying to nail down the top seed and right to host the tournament with a win over Boston University on Saturday. The top two seeds earn byes and No. 3 and No. 4 will host quarterfinal round playoff games on April 22. The top-seeded team will host the semifinal (Apr. 25) and final (Apr. 27) round of the tournament.

PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSES DOMINATE
The Patriot League boasts the top two defenses nationally and four of the top six, according to the latest statistics published for NCAA Division I programs. Army has held all ten opponents to under 10 goals this season and leads the nation with a 5.70 goals against average. Rutgers scored nine goals against the Black Knights in a 9-8 victory for the Scarlet Knights back on March 4. Lehigh is second nationally with a 6.50 GAA. Loyola Maryland (7.27) and Colgate (7.73) also made the top six.

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 on April 2. 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.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (Apr. 1-6)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor led the Lehigh offense during an 11-7 victory over No. 16/19 Colgate on Saturday. The junior registered two goals and two assists with both goals coming at crucial times. The first broke a 4-4 tie with a goal at 1:23 of the second and he followed that up with another to stretch the lead to 6-4 early in the second half. All four of Taylor's points came during the Mountain Hawks 6-1 run bridging the second through fourth quarters.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

TRIPP TELESCO, LEHIGH So., D, Ridgewood, N.J.
Telesco recorded four groundballs and three caused turnovers in the Mountain Hawks' 11-7 victory over No. 16/19 Colgate on Saturday. The sophomore defenseman also held Colgate's leading scorer Ryan Walsh without a point, limiting him to only three shots on the afternoon. Led a defense that held the Raiders scoreless for a stretch of 14:39 between the third and fourth quarters.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK

JOHN CONNORS, NAVY So., GK, Bellmore, N.Y.
Connors anchored a defensive effort that held No. 1 Loyola University Maryland, who came into the weekend ranked 5th nationally in goals per game (13.70), to their lowest goal total of the season. Navy is one of only two teams (Army) this season to hold Loyola to single digits. A first-year starter, Connors' 14 saves in the contest marked the second most in his career.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

KEVIN LUX, HOLY CROSS Fr., A, Manlius, N.Y.
Lux netted his second career game-winning goal as Holy Cross pulled away for a 10-5 win over Lafayette to earn its first Patriot League win of the season. The freshman scored three goals and added an assist for a season-high four points and first career hat trick with the Crusaders.

HONORABLE MENTION

JIMBO D'APRILE, ARMY Jr., LSM, Smithtown, N.Y.
D'Aprile recorded career highs in ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (4) in Black Knights 8-7 win over Boston University.

MICHAEL ORTLIEB, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Newport Beach, Calif.
Ortlieb made 13 saves and allowed five goals for a .722 save percentage as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 10-5.

JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Fletcher picked up seven groundballs for Greyhounds in a double-overtime victory over Navy.

JUSTIN WARD, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ward scored one goal and added three assists as Greyhounds rallied to defeat Navy 7-6 in two overtimes. Ward's final point was an assist for the game-winning goal.

NIK MULLEN, NAVY Sr., D, Wading River, N.Y.
Mullen led defense that held Loyola to their lowest goal total of the season and also held Greyhounds Nikko Pontrello (3.7 gpg) without a point.