Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 4.15.14

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April 15, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell and Colgate will enter the final week of the Patriot League regular season with home field in the quarterfinal round of the postseason hanging in the balance.

Patriot League Notebook

THE TOP 5 @PL_MLAX NOTES
*The latest USILA/Warrior men's lacrosse rankings have Loyola No. 1, Army at 16 and Lehigh at 17/18.
*Lehigh defeated Georgetown 12-3 in the 2nd annual Relentless Cup to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation.
*Army's 14-7 win over Navy was its 4th straight; Loyola has won 11 in a row since open-day loss at Virginia.
*Lehigh will host Navy in the quarterfinal round of the PL postseason, the Hawks beat the Mids 13-2 on 3/15.
*Bucknell has won two straight contests to get back over .500 overall and in league play.

SIX PARTICIPANTS DETERMINED FOR PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Week eight of the Patriot League men's lacrosse regular season schedule sorted out almost all of the permutations for the postseason. Loyola University Maryland, the top-ranked team in the nation since March 24, earned the number one seed and right to host the Patriot League Tournament at Ridley Athletic Complex following a 15-6 win over Boston University on Saturday. Army defeated rival Navy 14-7 in a game broadcast on CBS Sports Network and nailed down the two seed and a bye in to the semifinals. Lehigh and Navy are locked in at the three and six seeds, respectively, and the Mountain Hawks will host the Mids at 7 p.m. on April 22 in a quarterfinal round matchup. The other quarterfinal game will involve Bucknell and Colgate with the host institution being determined following games this week (see below).

BUCKNELL, COLGATE STILL BATTLING FOR A HOME PLAYOFF GAME
Bucknell and Colgate will enter the final week of the Patriot League regular season with home field in the quarterfinal round of the postseason hanging in the balance. The Bison and Raiders are tied at 4-3 in the Patriot League standings. Should Bucknell win at No. 1 Loyola Maryland on Thursday AND Colgate lose at home to No. 16 Army on Thursday then Bucknell would host Colgate on Tuesday, April 22 in a quarterfinal round game. If the two teams remain tied at the end of the regular season, then Colgate would host Bucknell due to the Raiders 9-8 win in their head-to-head meeting back on March 1.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Five games involving Patriot League teams will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network in the next two weeks. Bucknell at Loyola gets things started at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Bison still in the hunt for a quarterfinal round home game in the postseason. On Friday, Navy tries to win a third straight home win against in-state rival Johns Hopkins at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. CBS Sports Network will then air both Patriot League semifinal contests at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and the Championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

WEEK NINE SCHEDULE
In addition to the two games with playoff implications, four other teams will be wrapping up the Patriot League portion of the regular season schedule this week. On Friday, Lafayette hosts rival Lehigh at 7 p.m. at Fisher Stadium while Holy Cross wraps up its spring season at 6 p.m. on Saturday against Boston University in Worcester, Mass. While this is the final game for both the Leopards and Crusaders, Boston University is scheduled to play Duke, the No. 2 team in the country, on Sunday, May 4.

PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the semifinal and championship of the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse tournament to be played April 25-27 at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md. are on sale now at loyolagreyhounds.com/tickets. A two-day ticket package is available along with individual tickets for the semifinal and championship round. Lehigh University also has tickets for its quarterfinal round game with Navy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Ulrich Sports Complex available for purchase at lehighsports.com.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (Apr. 7-13)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor scored nine goals and added four assists in helping Lehigh to a 1-1 week against a pair of non-league opponents. The junior scored five goals during the Mountain Hawks 10-9 double overtime loss at #15/17 Princeton on Tuesday and followed that up with eight points (4G, 4A) in a 12-3 win over Georgetown on Saturday. The five goals against the Tigers and eight points against the Hoyas tied Taylor's career-high in both categories.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JACKSON PLACE, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Wayne, Pa.
Place led a suffocating defensive effort in Bucknell's 13-1 win over Lafayette on Friday. The senior defenseman recorded four caused turnovers and four ground balls as Bucknell held an opponent to one goal or less for the 11th time in program history. The Bison held Lafayette to 8-for-22 on clears, forced 25 turnovers and limited the Leopards to just 19 total shots in the game.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK

MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Jr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon made 13 saves while allowing just 10 goals against a high-powered Princeton offense on Tuesday and then recorded eight saves against Georgetown on Saturday, allowing just three goals. The junior keeper finished the week with a .618 save percentage and 6.5 goals against average. Poillon stopped six Princeton shots in the first quarter as the Mountain Hawks took a 1-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

GRAHAM SAVIO, LOYOLA MARYLAND Fr., FO, Greenwich, Conn.
Savio won a career-high 17 faceoffs on Saturday against Boston University, the majority of which came against the Terriers' Sam Talkow who was second in the League in faceoff percentage entering the game. In addition to winning 17-of-25 restarts, Savio also picked up a career-best six ground balls.

HONORABLE MENTION

CONNOR COOK, ARMY So., A, California, Md.
Cook registered a career-high six points (3G, 3A) to help Army to a 14-7 win over rival Navy.

DAVID DICKSON, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Greenwich, Conn.
Dickson set new career highs for assists (6) and points (9) and matched his personal best for goals (3) in a game in Bucknell's 13-1 win over Lafayette.

SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, New York, N.Y.
Grinberg made eight saves and allowed only one goal before departing with about 6:00 left in Bucknell's 13-1 win over Lafayette.

LUKAS MIKELINICH, LEHIGH Sr., D, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Mikelinich picked up eight groundballs and forced four turnovers in Lehigh's 1-1 week.