Fletcher Earns Capital One Academic All-District Honors
BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland senior defender Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesse H.S.) added another honor to his resume on Thursday when he was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large Team.
The 13 members of the All-District II team were voted on by members of CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Director of America, and were culled from nominees in the men’s sports of fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. District II is comprised of NCAA Division I schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The top defender in the nation this year, Fletcher has excelled on the field and in the classroom. He entered his senior year with a 3.81 grade point average and will graduate on Saturday with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He will start a full-time job this summer with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Last week, Fletcher was named one of five finalists for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top lacrosse player. In the process, he became just the second close defender to be tabbed a finalist in the honor’s 14-year history.
Fletcher is a member of the 30-man United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team from which the roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships will be chosen. He was the only collegiate player on that list, and he was the lone current collegian in the 52-man training pool.
This season, he was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, to the All-Patriot League First Team, the Patriot League All-Tournament Team and as a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. Before the season started, he was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft, and he will soon begin play for the New York Lizards.
Fletcher leads all close defensemen nationally in ground balls (80) and ground balls per game (4.71) while causing 31 turnovers. During the year, he was a five-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, something that had never been done by a player in conference history.
Last month, Fletcher received Loyola’s John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male senior student-athlete. He is also a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who meet regularly and serve as liaisons to the University’s president, administration and board of trustees. Fletcher served as the co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well, in 2013-2014.
Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. He is a two-time USILA All-American (first team in 2013, honorable mention in 2012), the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and three-time all-conference honoree.
Fletcher will now be on the ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.