Several Former Players Succeeding in Major League Lacrosse

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's RJ Wickham was one of three Patriot Leaguers picked up by MLL teams via waivers this spring.
Navy's RJ Wickham was one of three Patriot Leaguers picked up by MLL teams via waivers this spring.

June 28, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Patriot League men's lacrosse history, and in anticipation of Saturday's Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star game in Palm Beach County, Fla., the Patriot League is taking the opportunity to highlight its former student-athletes who are among the ranks of players in the professional outdoor league.

Chris Eck, Boston Cannons
Alma mater: Colgate University
Regarded as perhaps the best face-off specialist to ever play in the Patriot League, Eck has carved out a tremendous professional career since graduating in 2008. Keeping with his reputation, he has won nearly 60 percent of his face-offs this season and leads the Cannons with 59 ground balls. Eck left Colgate as the school record holder with 658 face-off victories, which places him third all-time in the NCAA standings. A four-time All-Patriot League honoree, Eck earned All-Patriot League Tournament Team honors his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of the first Colgate squad to make the NCAA Tournament in 2008, when the Raiders challenged Notre Dame before falling in overtime in the first round. He is succeeding off the field as well, as he started his own company called Ecks Factor Lacrosse.

Jeremy Boltus, Charlotte Hounds
Alma mater: United States Military Academy
While Eck is generally viewed as perhaps the best face-off specialist in Patriot League history, Boltus carved out a tremendous four-year career for himself as an offensive force at Army. He capped off his career with a 69-point effort as a senior in 2011, which was the highest output of any League student-athlete since 2005 before Peter Baum's record-setting 2012 campaign. His senior campaign was so strong that he became the first Patriot League player in either men's or women's lacrosse named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award. He ended his career ranked third in the League with 124 assists and 214 points, and tied for the League's single-season assist record with 45 in his senior campaign. Boltus has played in all eight of Hounds' games this season with 24 points on 15 goals and nine assists.

Tim Henderson, Long Island Lizards
Alma mater: United States Military Academy
Henderson was one of the most respected long-stick midfielder in the Patriot League in his four years at West Point, culminating in his selection as the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year by the League's head coaches as a senior. A four-time All-Patriot League selection, Henderson comes from an incredible pedigree as his older brother Bill was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and '11. Tim contributed six points on three goals and three assists during his senior season, while finishing second on the team with 57 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. He's played in four games with the Lizards, picking up 11 ground balls.

Billy Eisenreich, Ohio Machine
Alma mater: Bucknell University
Eisenreich was one of three student-athletes named a candidate for the Tewaaraton Award during his senior season in 2012, and he was the first player in the nation with 30 goals and 30 assists this past spring. He earned first-team All-League laurels at attack in 2012, made the squad twice in his career, and was a very significant contributor to Bucknell's Patriot League title in 2011. Eisenreich has played in one game this year for the Machine.

Roman Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals
Alma mater: Lehigh University
The Lao-Gosney twins have been attached for most of their lives, including their four years at Lehigh which culminated in the program's first Patriot League Tournament title in 2012 and subsequent trip to the NCAA Tournament. Roman earned his first All-League honor as a senior this spring with a spot on the first team, and finished the season third on the Mountain Hawks with 26 points (20g, 6a). He has played in one game this season for the Nationals, logging one shot and picking up one ground ball.

Cameron Lao-Gosney, Charlotte Hounds
Alma mater: Lehigh University
Not to be outdone, the second half of the Lao-Gosney tandem is also playing professionally in the MLL, thought it might seem odd to see Cameron playing in a different uniform than his brother. Cameron, who earned second-team All-League laurels in 2012 to become a two-time selection, was also instrumental in Lehigh's unprecedented success this spring. One of eight Mountain Hawks to reach double-digit goals this spring, Cameron finished with 22 points (13g, 9a). He has played in two games with the Hounds.

Jim Carroll, Charlotte Hounds
Alma mater: Colgate University
Joining Cameron Lao-Gosney and Boltus in Charlotte is former Colgate standout Jim Carroll, who graduated in 2011. He won 57 percent of his face-offs in his senior campaign, helping lead the Raiders to the title game of the Patriot League Tournament where they fell to Bucknell. He earned second-team All-League honors that season and earned a place on the League's All-Tournament Team. Carroll has appeared in a pair of Hounds contests with five ground balls.

Adam Fullerton, Denver Outlaws
Alma mater: United States Military Academy
Fullerton is a member of the Outlaws roster but has not seen any game time this season. There's good reason for that, as he's spent the last year overseas serving his country in Afghanistan. He was just recently activated by the Outlaws and is expected to see his first game action July 4. Fullerton was the 2008 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the League in goals-against average (7.29), while his 620 career saves are fourth all-time in League history.

RJ Wickham, Rochester Rattlers
Alma mater: United States Naval Academy
Wickham had a bounce-back senior campaign for Navy, which finished 2012 with a 6-6 mark but with significant upward momentum. That came in large part to Wickham's final effort in a Midshipmen uniform, an 18-save masterpiece in Navy's 8-2 drubbing of Johns Hopkins April 21. Wickham earned first-team All-League honors as a senior, and was the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year. A native of Penn Yan, N.Y., Wickham has not yet seen game action for his hometown Rattlers, but is currently wearing a more prominent uniform serving in the United States Navy after graduating from the Academy in May.