Loyola picked to finish fifth in Patriot League preseason poll

October 24, 2013 | WNST Staff

Cormier Named To Preseason All-Patriot League Team; ‘Hounds Picked 5th

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons High School) was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, the conference announced Thursday at its annual men’s basketball media day event at the ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks.

Cormier, who was a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, and the Greyhounds were picked to finish fifth in their inaugural Patriot League season, just six points out of third place by the League’s coaches and sports information directors.

He was joined by four other seniors on the preseason team: Bucknell University guard Cameron Ayers, Lehigh University guard Mackey McKnight, College of the Holy Cross forward Dave Dudzinski and Boston University guard D.J. Irving, the Preseason Player of the Year.

Boston University was picked to win the League title, garnering all 18 of the possible first-place votes, as voters cannot rank the team they represent. The Terriers totaled 162 points to outdistance second-place Lafayette College, which had 130 points and the other two first-place nods.

The United States Military Academy was slotted third (115), followed by Bucknell (113) and the Greyhounds (109).

Lehigh (93), Holy Cross (70), Colgate University (49), American University (36) and the United States Naval Acadmey (23) rounded out the poll.

Cormier returns as the Greyhounds’ senior leader after leading the team in scoring a year ago. He helped Loyola to a 23-12 record and first back-to-back postseason appearances in school Division I history (since 1982), scoring 558 points, an average of 16.4 per game.

The Baltimore native scored 20 or more points seven times last year and has hit or exceeded that plateau 15 times in his three years at Loyola. He was also a solid rebounder and defender for the Greyhounds, pulling down an average of 4.6 boards per game while leading the MAAC in total steals with 62. He dished out 84 assists, as well.

Cormier was one of three Loyola players to reach the 1,000-point mark last season, eclipsing the milestone in a January game at Fairfield University. He enters the 2013-2014 campaign with 1,213 points, good for 22nd all-time at Loyola; meanwhile, his 139 career steals are seventh in school history.

Loyola hosts an exhibition game on Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. against Shippensburg University before commencing the regular-season Friday, November 8, with an 8 p.m. contest at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y.