Patriot League Announces Academic Awards in Men's Lacrosse

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Loyola's Joe Fletcher
Loyola's Joe Fletcher

April 23, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland senior defenseman Joe Fletcher was named Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was one of a dozen student-athletes named to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Wednesday by the Patriot League.

Fletcher was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. Army's Brendan Buckley also won the Scholar-Athlete and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in 2013.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-League team are nominated and voted on by the League's men's lacrosse sports information directors who cannot cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.

Eight different Patriot League institutions landed student-athletes on the Men's Lacrosse Academic All-League team. Lafayette senior Jake Hyatt and Lehigh senior Ty Souders were each recognized for the third time. Holy Cross junior Terry McKenna, Bucknell senior Todd Heritage and Navy senior Erik Hoffstadt are two-time Academic All-Patriot League team recipients.

Rounding out the 2014 Academic All-Patriot League team are Army's Austin Schultz and Sam Somers, Bucknell's Sam Grinberg, Colgate's Justin Kirchner, and Loyola's Kyle Duffy and Justin Ward.

Fletcher has a 3.812 grade point average majoring in Accounting while pursuing a minor in Information Systems. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, Fletcher was named Loyola's Sellinger School of Business' top junior student in 2013 and is a six-time member of the school's Dean's List. He also is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (business honor society) and Beta Alpha Psi (accounting, finance and information systems honor society) at Loyola.

A native of Syracuse N.Y., Fletcher has helped the Greyhounds to a 12-1 record and a No. 1 ranking in the polls while leading all close defenders nationally in ground balls per game. The third overall selection by the New York Lizards in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft, Fletcher is the only collegiate player on the 30-man U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team roster.



Hyatt and Souders each made the Academic All-Patriot League in every year of eligibility. Souders is the lone team captain for defensing Patriot League champion Lehigh. Also a Senior CLASS Award finalist, the Macungie, Pa. native maintains a 3.54 GPA in finance and was named to the 2014 All-Patriot League second team as a defenseman. Hyatt started all 12 games in goal for Lafayette and averaged 10 saves per game and a .482 save percentage. An Engineering and Economics major, Hyatt has a 3.57 GPA.

Bucknell's Todd Heritage, Terry McKenna, of Holy Cross, and Navy's Erik Hoffstadt all made the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second straight season. Heritage has scored 120 goals for the Bison, the second most in program history. An Environmental Studies major from Greenwich, Conn., Heritage holds down a 3.48 GPA. McKenna, a junior, led the Crusaders with 24 goals this season and was second on the squad with nine assists. The Summit, N.J. native has a 3.56 GPA in Economics. Hoffstadt ranks 22nd in academic order of merit out of 1,087 students in his graduating class (top 2 percent) with a 3.98 GPA in Systems Engineering and is 45th in military order of merit (top 4 percent).

Loyola led all institutions with three players on the Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Patriot League team. Joining Fletcher are seniors Kyle Duffy and Justin Ward. Duffy was a three-time Academic All-ECAC prior to the Greyhounds becoming a member of the Patriot League and has a 3.617 GPA majoring in Finance with a minor in Mathematics. Ward was named the 2014 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and is second nationally with 43 assists. A Senior CLASS Award finalist, Ward has a 3.216 GPA as a Business Finance Major.

Army had a pair of underclassmen receive academic recognition for men's lacrosse as junior Sam Somers and sophomore Austin Schultz made the team for the first time. Somers leads all goalkeepers in NCAA Div. I with a 5.43 GAA and .642 save percentage. The Wilton, Conn. native has a 3.369 GPA as a Philosophy major (Nuclear Engineering Track) with a minor in Persian. Schultz started all 12 games a close defender nd marked some of the league's top scorers for the Black Knights. An Economics major, Schultz maintains a 3.783 GPA.

Bucknell's Sam Grinberg and Justin Kirchner, of Colgate, round out the 12-man Academic All-Patriot League men's lacrosse team. Grinberg was named Patriot League Goalie of the Week twice this season while playing all but 45 minutes in net for the Bison. The New York, N.Y. native boasts a 3.82 GPA majoring in Economics and Philosophy. Kirchner played in all 13 games at attack for Colgate scoring four goals over final seven games. An Economics major from Cambridge, Mass., Kirchner has a 3.90 GPA.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.

2014 Patriot League Academic Awards in Men's Lacrosse

Scholar Athlete - Sr. Joe Fletcher, Loyola

Academic All-Patriot League team

So. Austin Schultz, Army
Jr. Sam Somers, Army
Jr. Sam Grinberg, Bucknell
Sr. Todd Heritage, Bucknell
Sr. Justin Kirchner, Colgate
Jr. Terry McKenna, Holy Cross
Sr. Jake Hyatt, Lafayette
Sr. Ty Souders, Lehigh
Sr. Kyle Duffy, Loyola
Sr. Joe Fletcher, Loyola
Sr. Justin Ward, Loyola
Sr. Erik Hoffstadt, Navy