Loyola Goalie Runkel Honored by ECAC

April 09, 2012 | WNST Staff

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, the conference office announced this afternoon.

Runkel made 12 saves on 18 shots on goal Saturday as the fourth-ranked Greyhounds rallied to defeat No. 14 Fairfield University, 8-6, on the road in league action. Playing in his hometown of Fairfield, Conn., Runkel posted a .667 save percentage, allowing just six goals in the game.

He made several tough stops, highlighted by a save on a John Snellman shot from inside five yards when Snellman came off a screen and was open with the Stags trailing by just one goal with less than five minutes left in regulation.

Runkel made the save and helped clear the ball, setting up Loyola’s eighth goal, an insurance tally that came from Sean O’Sullivan.

The Loyola goalkeeper has won three of the seven ECAC Defensive Player of the Week awards this season and is the only player to be honored multiple times. Two other Loyola players – Scott Ratliff and Reid Acton – have won the award, making Loyola 5-of-7 in the category this year.

In nine games this season, seven starts, Runkel has posted a 7.10 goals against average and .565 saves percentage.

As a unit, the Loyola defense is ranked fifth in Division I with a 7.00 goals allowed per game. The Greyhounds are the only team in thecountry who have not allowed more than eight goals in a game this season and one of just three that have held all of their opponents to 10 or fewer.

Loyola (10-0 overall, 4-0 ECAC) continues its three-game road trip on Saturday, April 14, when it travels to Denver University for a 7 o’clock (Mountain Time) game.