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Loyola’s Hawkins, Ratliff honored by ECAC

Posted on 08 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Hawkins, Ratliff Garner ECAC Weekly Honors

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland defensive midfielders Josh Hawkins and Scott Ratliff were named the ECAC Lacrosse League’s Specialist and Co-Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday, the conference office announced.

The duo combined for six goals, five caused turnovers and five ground balls on Saturday, while helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Fairfield University to just seven goals in a 13-7 league win that clinched a spot in the upcoming ECAC Championships.

Ratliff, who earned the defensive honor for the second time this season and fourth time in his career, set a new offensive standard for long-stick players, scoring four goals against the Stags. It is believed he is the first player in the modern era of college lacrosse to score four goals in a game with a pole.

The senior long-stick midfielder also was highly disruptive on the defensive end, causing four turnovers while picking up three groundballs.

His first goal came after Brendan Donovan won a faceoff and got a pass to Ratliff who ran into the box and hit a stepdown shot from 12 yards out. He then scored again in the first quarter, this time in settled offense. Ratliff set a screen for Nikko Pontrello and then rolled to the right side of the crease where Pontrello hit him with a pass for a one-on-one opportunity with the Fairfield goalie.

Minutes later, he tallied a second-quarter goal off a set piece, flicking in a Justin Ward pass for his third goal of the game. His final goal of the game came in the first three minutes of the third quarter, as he and short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi played give-and-go in transition, and Ratliff nailed a shot, keeping his shot percentage at 1.000 for the day, scoring four goals on four attempts.

Hawkins also was perfect on both of his shot attempts against Fairfield. The short-stick midfielder scored his first of the game after running a slow clear before ripping a shot from seven yards out to put Loyola up 9-4 with 56 seconds left before halftime.

He added to his tally with a goal late in the third quarter. After Ratliff caused a turnover, Hawkins brought the ball into the offensive box, and he used a fake pass to draw space on the top left side before dodging down the alley and finishing with a hard overhand shot with 18 seconds left in the frame.

This season, Ratliff has scored 11 goals while assisting on three, and he has 27 goals and 13 assists in 53 career games. He also moved within eight caused turnovers of tying former Loyola All-American P.T. Ricci for the school record (90).

Hawkins, who has played in just four games this year, has scored five goals and has an assist. In 44 career games, he has tallied 20 goals and eight assists.

The duo and the Greyhounds (9-2 overall, 5-0 ECAC) are back in action on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. from Ridley Athletic Complex where they will host the University of Denver.

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Loyola’s Acton honored by ECAC

Posted on 01 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Acton Earns ECAC Weekly Defensive Honor

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Ohio State University just four goals and 23 shots in a 9-4 conference win on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Acton, who shared this week’s award with the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Kyle O’Brien, took on primary marking responsibilities for the Buckeyes’ Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s leading scorer with 20 goals entering Saturday’s contest.

The Loyola co-captain held Schuss without a goal during the time that he was covering him; the reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Year’s only goal came 55 seconds into the contest when he pushed up to the midfield and scored against a Loyola defensive midfielder.

Acton held Schuss to only five shots, just two that were on goal. Additionally, Acton was part of a Loyola defense that had a 29-20 advantage in credited ground balls, and he helped force 16 Ohio State turnovers, three by Schuss.

Over the past two games, Acton and the Greyhounds have allowed just seven total goals by opponents.

The award is the third of Acton’s career after he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors three times last season. It is also the fifth-straight week a Loyola player has won the award this season.

Loyola (8-2 overall, 4-0 ECAC) returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Fairfield University.

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Loyola’s Fletcher, Herreweyeres honored by ECAC

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Herreweyers Earn ECAC Weekly Awards

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players Zach Herreweyers and Joe Fletcher were named the ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping the Greyhounds to a pair of road victories last week.

 

It marked the second week in a row that Fletcher received the defensive honor and the second week in a row a Loyola attacker has earned offensive laurels. Herreweyers follows Justin Ward who was the Co-Offensive Player of the Week last Monday.

 

Herreweyers continued to make an impact in the starting lineup for the Greyhounds, scoring seven goals in wins at Georgetown and Michigan.

 

The freshman from Canada had hat tricks in both of the games, scoring a career-high four goals in a midweek contest at Georgetown and following that with three goals on Saturday at Michigan.

 

In his three starts – including the March 16 game against Air Force – Herreweyers has scored at least three goals in each game and has 10 this season. This past week, he tallied his seven goals on just 13 shots, an outstanding .538 shot percentage.

 

Fletcher continued his standout play on the Loyola defense, helping Loyola allow just a 11 goals in two victories this week, an average of 5.5 per game. The Greyhounds yielded just two combined first-half goals thanks to Fletcher and his teammates, one each at Georgetown and Michigan.

 

In Wednesday’s win at Georgetown, Fletcher had a team-high six ground balls while causing three turnovers, and he held his marking responsibility (Zach Guy) without a point. He then turned in a four ground ball, three caused turnover performance at Michigan.

 

The Preseason First Team All-American also helped Loyola clear the ball at a 95-percent success rate this week. Through nine games this season, Fletcher has picked up 37 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.

 

Loyola is back in action with an ECAC game on Saturday, March 30, in Columbus, Ohio, against The Ohio State Unviersity.

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Loyola’s Ward, Fletcher honored by ECAC

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Ward, Fletcher Earn ECAC Weekly Honors

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – A pair of Loyola University Maryland juniors – attacker Justin Ward (co-offensive) and defender Joe Fletcher (defensive) – earned weekly honors from the ECAC Lacrosse League on Monday following the Greyhounds’ 13-7 victory over the United States Air Force Academy in the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic on Saturday.

Ward, who was named the Mile High Classic game Most Valuable Player, tallied his second game with seven or more points this season, scoring two goals and matching his career-high with five assists, contributing to more than half of the Greyhounds’ goals. Three of his five assists were to players within two yards of the crease, giving his teammates one-on-one opportunities with the goalkeeper. He scored the Greyhounds’ third goal of the game, wrapping up a 3-0 run that put Loyola on top, 3-1, with 3:47 to play in the first quarter.

Ward also had two assists during a 4-0 third-quarter run that pushed Loyola’s lead to six. He also caused a turnover and picked up two ground balls. Ward continues to lead the team in scoring this season with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points in seven games.

Fletcher had an outstanding performance on close defense when he took the assignment of covering Air Force’s offensive quarterback, Preseason All-American Keith Dryer, and he held the attacker without a point. Dryer had four goals and a team-leading 10 assists entering the game.

Fletcher, a Preseason First Team All-American had three ground balls and a caused turnover in the game, and he did the little things that did not show up in the box score. He twice outraced Air Force players after a Falcons’ shot that went out of bounds, garnering possession for the Greyhounds.

The weekly awards are the third and fourth of the season for Loyola players and the first of both Ward and Fletcher’s careers. Goalkeeper Jack Runkel and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Defensive Player of the Week honors each of the two preceding weeks.

Ward, Fletcher and the Greyhounds return to the field on Wednesday, March 20, for their final midweek game of the 2013 regular-season when they play at Georgetown University in a 7 p.m. contest.

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Loyola’s Ratliff honored by ECAC

Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Ratliff Picks Up ECAC Weekly Honor

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday marking the second week in a row a Greyhounds’ player has claimed the honor.

 

Ratliff was the leader of the Greyhounds’ defensive and possession teams on Friday night against Duke. He scored Loyola’s first goal of the game in the first quarter after causing a turnover, picking up the ground ball and clearing it himself into the offensive end before firing a shot for a goal.

 

Ratliff finished the game with a game-high seven ground balls, helping Loyola to a 35-25 advantage in the category, and he also led all players with four caused turnovers.

 

Last week, Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. This week’s award is the fifth of Ratliff’s career. He won a Defensive Player of the Week award in each of the last two seasons and two Specialist of the Week honors last year.

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Loyola G Runkel honored by ECAC

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ECAC LACROSSE WEEKLY AWARDS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jesse King, Ohio State University, So., Midfield, Voictoria, B.C./Claremont

King paced the Buckeyes to their come-from-behind, overtime win at No. 8-ranked Penn State, scoring three goals and adding two assists for a five-point game. He tied the game at 1 in the first quarter and then had a point on three of the Buckeyes’ six third-quarter tallies as the squad rallied to tie the game at 8. King scored 59 seconds into the third quarter to end PSU’s six-goal run and then set up goals at 6:38 to cut the deficit to one (8-7) and 5:00 to tie the game (8-8) for the first time since the first quarter. With just :00.2 left in overtime, he netted the gamewinner in the 10-9 victory. He also had a caused turnover in the win.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jack Runkel, Loyola, Jr., Goalie, Fairfield, Conn./Avon Old Farms School

Runkel was at his best in the Greyhounds’ win over Bellarmine and finished with week with a 7.52 goals against average and 18 saves in a pair of Loyola wins. The junior goalkeeper made 11 saves and allowed just six goals in the ECAC-opening win over the Knights. He also had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the victory. Runkel also played well on Tuesday against UMBC with seven saves against the Retrievers.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Gerry Logan, University of Michigan, Fr., Goalie, Sachem, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River

Logan tallied 24 saves vs. Army, stopping 67% of the hsots he faced. Logan is third in NCAA Divison I with 73 stves and his 18.25 saves/game leads all Division I Goal keepers.

SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK

Darius Bowling, Ohio State, Long Stick Midfielder, Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School

Against No. 8 Penn State in the Buckeyes’ come-from-behind 10-9 OT win at Penn State, Bowling had a career-high eight faceoff wins (his first game with multiple FOWs and the first faceoffs he took this season) and career-best six groundballs. He won 5 of 8 faceoffs in the second half and overtime as Ohio State rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit. He was 4-2 in the third quarter, as the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions, 6-0, to tie the game at 8-all. He won 1-of-2 faceoffs in the fourth quar- ter and then won the faceoff to open overtime. Bowling’s second caused turnover of the game came with just 56 seconds remaining in regulation with Penn State in the offensive zone (and the game tied at 9). His six groundballs were a career high, topping the five he had vs. Detroit to open the year. Bowling and the Buckeye defense held Penn State to just nine tallies, with just one allowed in the second half.

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Coppin’s Cole, Murray honored by MEAC

Posted on 26 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, while junior teammate Michael Murray was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Cole earned his second MEAC Rookie of the Week honor after scoring 21 points in the Eagles 98-78 victory over Cheyney on Saturday. He was 6-of-10 from the floor, which included making 2-of-3 three-point attempts, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also added three assists and a steal.

Murray earned his first Defensive Player of the Week award after posting 14 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds against Cheyney. He also had two assists and a steal and reached double figures in rebounding for the fourth consecutive game.

Adrien Coleman of Bethune-Cookman was named the MEAC Player of the Week.

Coppin State returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Loyola at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

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