Loyola University Maryland to host Albany in first round of NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament

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May 4, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland will host America East champ Albany at Ridley Athletic Complex in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships at noon on Saturday, it was announced Sunday evening during the tournament selection show on ESPNU.

Patriot League Notebook

Loyola Awarded Three Seed in NCAA Tournament
Loyola University Maryland will host America East champ Albany at Ridley Athletic Complex in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships at noon on Saturday, it was announced Sunday evening during the tournament selection show on ESPNU. The Greyhounds have won every games since opening the season with an overtime loss at Virginia. The Great Danes earned one of ten automatic qualifier spots in the NCAA field with a 20-11 win over UMBC in the America East title game on Saturday.

Greyhounds Cap Perfect Inaugural Patriot League Season
Loyola earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 16-7 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Championship game. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the defending champion Mountain Hawks in the title game as Matt Sawyer scored two of his team-high four goals. Loyola was a perfect 8-0 during the regular season and posted tournament victories over Colgate and Lehigh.

Loyola Senior Joe Fletcher Named Tewaaraton Award Finalist
Senior Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesse H.S.) was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award as the nation's top lacrosse player on Thursday. The award that will be presented on May 29 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian in the Nation's Capital. Fletcher is the only collegiate player on the 30-man United States Men's Lacrosse National Team roster and is also a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

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 Student-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.

2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament

First Round - Saturday - Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.
No. 14/15 Albany Great Danes (11-5) at No. 1 Loyola Greyhounds (15-1), Noon
Series history: Albany leads 1-0 (19-10, Albany, N.Y., 5.13.07)

The NCAA Tournament First Round game between Loyola and Albany will feature three of the five finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation's top lacrosse player. The Great Danes feature brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson, who have each scored more than 100 points on the season. Joe Fletcher, the 2014 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joins the Thompson siblings as a Tewaaraton finalist. In games involving common opponents, both teams own wins over Penn State while Loyola defeated Johns Hopkins a team that defeated Albany 13-8 on April 4. The Blue Jays were the only team to hold high-scoring Albany under 10 goals this season.

Albany The Great Danes are ranked No. 14/15 in the latest Division I polls, but had to rally for a 17-16 overtime win over Stony Brook in the semifinal of the America East postseason to qualify for the NCAA Tounament. Albany trailed 4-0 in the first quarter before the Thompson siblings combined for 12 goals in regulation and force the extra period. Defender Doug Eich scored his first goal of the season 35 second in to overtime to propel Albany into the title game where they were 20-11 winners over UMBC. Albany attackman Miles Thompson ranks first in the nation with 74 goals and is second nationally with 108 points. Brother Lyle Thompson leads the nation with 69 assists and 114 points.

Loyola Maryland In its first year participating as a member of the Patriot League in Men's Lacrosse, Loyola Maryland has raced to a 15-1 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark in League play during the regular season and winning the League tournament title. The Greyhounds ascended to No. 1 in the national rankings on March 24 and have held the top spot ever since. The 2012 national champions, Loyola is the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. The Greyhounds are ranked 2nd in goals allowed at 7.3 per game and fifth in scoring at 13.31 goals per game. As a result, the Greyhounds lead the nation in scoring margin (+6.19), The Loyola offense is sparked by Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Justin Ward (16 goals, 53 assists), Nikko Pontrello (50, 12), Brian Schultz (36, 14) and Kevin Ryan (19, 10). Defensively, the Greyhounds feature both the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year (Joe Fletcher) and Goalkeeper of the Year (Jack Runkel).

Patriot League NCAA Tournament Appearances
6 Navy (2004, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09)
6 Army (1993, 96, 2003, 04, 05, 10)
3 Hobart (2000, 02, 04)
2 Bucknell (2001, 11)
2 Colgate (2008, 12)
2 Lehigh (2012, 13)

Patriot League NCAA Tournament At-Large Berths
4 Army (1993, 96, 2004, 05)
1 Navy (2008)
1 Colgate (2012)
1 Hobart (2004)

Patriot League NCAA Tournament Victories
5 Navy
2 Army
1 Colgate