CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned the first ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week honor of the 2012 season Monday, the conference office announced.
Ratliff led the Loyola possession effort on Saturday afternoon as the Greyhounds defeated No. 19 Delaware, 13-8, to open the 2012 season. The native of Marietta, Ga., finished with game-highs of seven ground balls and two caused turnovers, and he also scored a transition goal for the Greyhounds.
His seven ground balls set a new career-high.
Ratliff helped Loyola overcome a 3-0 first-quarter deficit that the preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite had built. The Greyhounds went 0-of-4 on face-offs, and the Blue Hens picked up nine ground balls to Loyola’s four, during that first quarter.
For the rest of the game, Loyola was 14-of-21 on restarts, and the Greyhounds led 30-19 in ground balls, thanks in large part to Ratliff’s efforts on the ground. Nearly three-quarters of the way through the third quarter, Loyola goalkeeper Michael Bonitatibus made a clean save on a point-blank Delaware shot, and he found Ratliff running to the top of the box to start a clear.
Ratliff executed a one-man clear, faked a pass at the top of the Loyola box to freeze an onrushing defender, and he then shot a low, hard shot for his fifth career goal.
The award is the second of Ratliff’s career after he earned the same honor from the ECAC on March 28, 2011.
Loyola is back in action against Towson University on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. Face-off is scheduled for 1 o’clock.