Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Notebook - 4.28.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Patriot League Tournament MVP Jack Runkel, of Loyola
Patriot League Tournament MVP Jack Runkel, of Loyola
April 28, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five games are scheduled this weekend for Patriot League teams and each one features a Top 10 opponent.

Patriot League Notebook

Loyola Unanimous No. 1 in Coaches, Media Polls
Loyola has been ranked No. 1 in both the coaches and media polls since Monday, March 24, but for the first time the Greyhounds were the unanimous choice of each voting group during the same week following a dominant performance in the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championships. The Greyhounds rolled to a 12-6 win over Colgate on Friday and followed that up with a 16-7 victory over two-time defending champion Lehigh in the final on Sunday.

Four Patriot League Players still in the Hunt for Tewaaraton Award
The 2014 Tewaaraton Award watch list was trimmed to 28 semifinalists on Friday and four Patriot League players are still in the running for the award this is given annually, since 2001, to the nation's top college lacrosse player. Loyola's Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward are on the list along with John Glesener, of Army. Ten finalists (five men, five women) will be honored and winners announced at the 14th Annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 29 in Washington, D.C.

Ranked Opponents on the Horizon for Patriot League Teams
Five games are scheduled this weekend for Patriot League teams and each one features a Top 10 opponent. At noon on Saturday, Army will travel to Indiana to take on No. 5 Notre Dame while Loyola hosts No. 6 Johns Hopkins. The Army-Notre Dame contest will be carried on ESPNU and Johns Hopkins-Loyola will be on CBS Sports Network. At 1 p.m., Navy plays at No. 7/8 Maryland followed by Colgate at No. 3/4 Syracuse, at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Boston University entertains No. 3/4 Duke in a game that can be seen on the Patriot League Network.

2014 Men's Lacrosse Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Ward, Loyola, Sr., A

Defensive Player of the Year: Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr., D

Goalkeeper of the Year: Jack Runkel, Loyola, Sr., GK

Rookie of the Year: Brandon Burke, Colgate, Fr., GK

Coach of the Year: Joe Alberici, Army

Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete: Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr., D

First-Team All-Patriot League
Alex Daly, Army, So., FOS; John Glesener, Army, Jr., A; Thomas Flibotte, Bucknell, So., M; Jackson Place, Bucknell, Sr., D; Matt Clarkson, Colgate, Jr. M; Bobby Lawrence, Colgate, Jr., D; Dan Taylor, Lehigh, Jr., A; Tripp Telesco, Lehigh, So., D; Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr., D; Pat Laconi, Loyola, Sr., SSDM; Nikko Pontrello, Loyola, Sr., A; Jack Runkel, Loyola, Sr., GK; Brian Sherlock, Loyola, Fr., M; Justin Ward, Loyola, Sr., A; Gabe Voumard, Navy, Jr., M.

Second-Team All-Patriot League
Pat Hart, Army, Sr., D; Sam Somers, Army, Jr., GK; David Dickson, Bucknell, Jr., A; Eric Foote, Colgate, So., M; Alex Kinnealey, Colgate, Jr., FOS; Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Jr., A; Terry McKenna, Holy Cross, Jr., M; Kurtis Kaunus, Lehigh, Jr., M; Matt Poillon, Lehigh, Jr., GK; Ty Souders, Lehigh, Sr., D; Kevin Ryan, Loyola, Sr., M; Brady Dove, Navy, Fr., FOS; Sam Jones, Navy, Sr., A; Pat Kiernan, Navy, Sr., LSM; Nik Mullen, Navy, Sr., D.

Academic All-Patriot League
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.

2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament

Championship - Sunday - Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

No. 1 Loyola Greyhounds 16, No. 3 Lehigh Mountain Hawks 7

Top-ranked Loyola University Maryland completed a perfect debut season in the Patriot League with a convincing 16-7 victory over No. 18 Lehigh in the Men's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Loyola took control with a six-goal run in the first half and used two separate four-goal runs in the second half as it cruised to the largest margin of victory in the 11 years of the Patriot League Championship game and tied for the most goals.

The Greyhounds (14-1) win their 14th straight game, 10 of which have come against Patriot League opponents after they went 8-0 in League action and beat Colgate 12-6 in the semifinals of the Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday. Loyola earns the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, with the Division I Selection Show set to air on Sunday, May 4 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Lehigh (13-5) was trying to win a third straight Patriot League title. The Mountain Hawks, who were the third-seed in the League Tournament, beat Army 12-11 in the semifinals on Friday.

Loyola Maryland Brian Schultz led the Greyhounds with five points in the game on three goals and two assists, while Matt Sawyer had four goals, Nikko Pontrello had two goals and two assists and Justin Ward notched a goal and three assists. Brian Sherlock added two goals and an assist and Ryan had two goals to give the Greyhounds six players with multiple points. Defensively, Jack Runkel made 15 saves in the game after stopping 11 against Colgate on Friday, and was named Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player for his performance in goal. He was joined on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team from Loyola by Ward, Schultz and senior defenseman Joe Fletcher.

Lehigh The Mountain Hawks came out with the first goal of the contest as Patrick Corbett scored unassisted at 13:49, but the host Greyhounds led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter on goals by Tyler Albrecht and Nikko Pontrello. Loyola stretched the advantage to 6-1 in the second quarter before goals by the Mountain Hawks' Dan Taylor and Dylan O'Shaughnessy cut the lead to 6-3. A Kurtis Kaunus goal early in the third quarter got the margin to 7-4 for Lehigh, but the Greyhounds scored eight of the next nine goals to pull away. Corbett had three goals for Lehigh, while Taylor put up two goals and two assists. Poillon had 14 saves in the contest, and made the All-Tournament Team along with Taylor and senior defenseman Ty Souders.

Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Jack Runkel, Loyola (MVP)
Justin Ward, Loyola
Brian Schultz, Loyola
Joe Fletcher, Loyola
Matt Poillon, Lehigh
Dan Taylor, Lehigh
Ty Souders, Lehigh
Ryan Walsh, Colgate
Alex Kinnealey, Colgate
John Glesener, Army
Jimbo Moore, Army