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Loyola to take exhibition trip to Canada ahead of basketball season

Posted on 18 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball To Play Five Games In Canada 

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will take a seven-day trip to Montreal, Quebec, and play five exhibition games against Canadian universities and club teams this month, an opportunity that has been funded through externally raised sources.

“We are very fortunate to have supporters of our program who have externally-funded this trip that will be a tremendous cultural and basketball opportunity for our team,” Smith said. “Because of their dedication to being student-athletes, most of our players do not experience study-abroad trips like over half of Loyola students do, but this trip will give them that opportunity in world-renowned cities.”

The Greyhounds will compete against four Canadian Interuniveristy Sport teams – University du Quebec a Montreal, Universite Laval, McGill University and Concordia University – and a club team, Brookwood Elite, during their trek north.

“This trip has afforded us the opportunity to bring our players in early for practices, and with five newcomers to the program, it is a great opportunity to get players in-sync with each other on and off the court,” Smith said. “We also will be playing some top Canadian teams, so both of these things will be great as we grow together and learn about ourselves as a team.”

While in Montreal, the team will experience the most European-like city in North America while learning about the Franco-Canadian culture.

The Greyhounds will tour two of the world’s most visited shrines, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and Notre Dame Basilica, in Montreal early in the trip before departing for Quebec City on the Saint Lawrence River. This former fortified city that was founded in the early 17th century boasts a beautiful Old City where the team will spend part of its day.

Back in Montreal, the Greyhounds will also tour Parc Olympique, site of the 1976 Olympic Games, Old Montreal, Saint Joseph’s Oratory and Mount Royal Park and Champs de Mars.

“We know that other NCAA teams who have toured this area have been thrilled with the experiences their players have in Montreal and Quebec City,” said Smith. “The cities have a great mix of European styles and North American conveniences that we think our guys are going to enjoy.”

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Loyola adds former Terps assistant Moran to lacrosse staff

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Ryan Moran Named Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

BALTIMORE – Ryan Moran, an assistant at the University of Maryland for the last six seasons, has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, announced Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach.

The Long Island native comes to the Evergreen campus where he will work with the Greyhounds’ offensive unit. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, and he was the Terrapins’ associate head coach the last two years.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan and his family to Loyola and our men’s lacrosse program,” Toomey said. “Ryan has an outstanding track record of developing offensive players and leaders, and we are looking forward to him starting work with us on the field and in recruiting.”

He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 since 2009.

“I am very excited to work with Coach Toomey and Coach (Matt) Dwan,” Moran said. “Being at Maryland for 11 of last 16 years was a great experience with many people who helped me build a strong foundation, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Now, I am looking forward to being at another great school with a great tradition and successes that places lacrosse in such high regard and puts an emphasis on the sport.”

Moran’s offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons at Maryland while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins’ faceoff unit that was ranked in the nation’s top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.

During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.

Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was a assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).

He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy’s junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.

Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan’s great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, the younger Moran was a standout on the Terrapins’ midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.

Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.

He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.

As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers’ as a junior and senior.

Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.

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Former Loyola star Fletcher named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of Year

Posted on 09 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete Of Year

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse All-American Joe Fletcher was named the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award voted on by conference member schools that honors the top performer in the classroom and competition.

The award is presented annually to one male and one female Patriot League student-athlete. Those who are named Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports – as Fletcher was in men’s lacrosse – are eligible for the honor. Boston University outdoor track and field standout Allison Barwise received this year’s female award.

“Joe is the definition of a true student-athlete, and we are so proud of him for this honor and the many other he has received throughout his distinguished career,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Joe was a leader in every facet of his life at Loyola – in the classroom, locker room, community and on the field – and he will be the same in the business world as he starts his career.”

Fletcher, who received the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender, was a two-time First Team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He also earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors this season and was the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The defender wrapped up his tenure at Loyola last month by graduating with a bachelor of business administration in accounting degree, posting a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his final semester to finish with a 3.835 mark in his college classwork. This summer, he started his full-time job as a risk analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In May, Fletcher was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player, in the process becoming just the second close defender in the award’s 14-year history to be a finalist. Last month, he was the first Greyhounds men’s lacrosse player in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® presented by CoSIDA honors when he was named to the At-Large second team.

On the field, he was a three-time USILA All-American, earning honorable mention in 2012 in addition to first team laurels each of the last two seasons, the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year, a USILA Scholar All-American and a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

He was the consensus top defender throughout the season and was equally good as a lockdown cover defender and groundball player. He led all NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80). He also caused a career-high 31 turnovers. In 17 games this season, the players Fletcher had primary marking responsibilities for scored just 19 goals, several coming when he was already out of the game late in contests.

Fletcher was also a member of the 30-man U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team that trained for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships that will take place next week in Denver. He was the lone collegian to be a member of the 52-man training squad and the 30-man team.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Fletcher was the third overall draft pick in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft – the highest a Loyola player had ever been selected – by the New York Lizards. In seven games with the Lizards, Fletcher has 18 ground balls, and he was selected as the MLL Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his first game.

In April, Fletcher received Loyola’s John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male senior student-athlete. He was 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.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that had never been done in conference history.

Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. His caused turnover total is third-most all-time at Loyola and the most by a close defender.

This is the third-straight year, and fourth time in five years, a men’s lacrosse student-athlete has won the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. The U.S. Military Academy’s Brendan Buckley earned the award in 2012 and 2013, and fellow cadet Andrew Masisano was honored in 2010. Prior to 2010, a men’s lacrosse player had never won the honor.

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Loyola/Johns Hopkins to resume lacrosse series in 2016

Posted on 17 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola-Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Series To Resume in 2016

BALTIMORE – The head men’s lacrosse coaches Loyola University Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, Charley Toomey and Dave Pietramala, announced that the two schools will not play a regular-season game during 2015, but the series will resume in 2016.

With both programs joining new conferences over the past year – Loyola began play in the Patriot League in 2014, and Johns Hopkins will be a member of the Big Ten starting next year – the traditional late-season date on which the teams have played was not an option.

The teams will play a scrimmage at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and will then meet in the 2016 season in a game to be played at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

“We are disappointed that we will not be playing during the regular-season in 2015, but we are certainly looking forward to picking back up in 2016,” said Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. “Playing this game on a Saturday was something that was very important to both programs, and I am pleased that we have been able to do that going forward. Our scrimmage against Johns Hopkins in 2015 is going to be a great way for our team to prepare for tough early-season games against Virginia and Penn State.”

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Loyola defender Fletcher named Academic All-American

Posted on 05 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team

BALTIMORE – Joe Fletcher added another Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse first to his resume today, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® presented by CoSIDA honors when he was named to the At-Large second team.

The defender wrapped up his tenure at Loyola last month by graduating with a bachelor of business administration in accounting degree, posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average in his final semester to finish with a 3.835 mark in his college classwork.

Fletcher was one of 15 student-athletes selected to the At-Large second team and one of four lacrosse players overall selected to the three teams. Syracuse University’s Kevin Rice joined him on the second team, while Villanova University’s John LoCascio and Duke University’s Jordan Wolf were members of the third team.

The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Last month, Fletcher became he first player in school history to earn a positional player of the year award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association; he was named the 2014 recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender.

A three-time USILA All-American and two-time member of the first team, Fletcher was also one of five finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player. He was just the second close defenseman to be among the five finalists in the 14-year history of the honor.

He was the consensus top defender throughout the season and was equally good as a lockdown cover defender and groundball player. He led all NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80). He also caused a career-high 31 turnovers. In 17 games this season, the players Fletcher had primary marking responsibilities for scored just 19 goals, several coming when he was already out of the game late in contests.

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.

As good as he has been on the field for the Greyhounds, Fletcher has been equally outstanding in the classroom and community. He was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Scholar All-American, and he will start a job this summer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

In April, Fletcher received Loyola’s John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male senior student-athlete. He was 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.In addition to his academic and All-America honors, Fletcher was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Patriot League First Team, and he was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as well.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that has never been done in conference history.

Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. His caused turnover total is third-most all-time at Loyola and the most by a close defender.

Prior to the season, he was the third-overall draft pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards. He made his professional debut in May and promptly won Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors after his first game.

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Loyola’s Fletcher named nation’s top defender

Posted on 23 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named Nation’s Most Outstanding Defender

BALTIMORE – Friday morning brought another first for Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse courtesy of Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesse H.S.). The senior defender became the first player in program history to win one of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s major awards, as he was earned the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player.

Fletcher, who on Thursday was named to the USILA All-America First Team for the second year in a row, is also a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award. He is the second defender in the 14-year history of that honor to be named one of the five finalists.

He was the consensus top defender throughout the season and was equally good as a lockdown cover defender and groundball player. He led all NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80). He also caused a career-high 31 turnovers. In 17 games this season, the players Fletcher had primary marking responsibilities for scored just 19 goals, several coming when he was already out of the game late in contests.

“Joe Fletcher has been a tremendous representative of our men’s lacrosse program and Loyola University Maryland, “ said Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach. “As a player, a student and a person, Joe is a role model for younger players, and this is a great honor to recognize his play.”

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.

As good as he has been on the field for the Greyhounds, Fletcher has been equally outstanding in the classroom and community. He was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Scholar All-American. He also earned Capital One Academic All-District I At-Large honors and graduated last weekend with a 3.81 grade point average to earn his bachelor of business administration in accounting; he will start a job this summer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

In addition to his academic and All-America honors, Fletcher was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Patriot League First Team. He is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as well.

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.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that has never been done in conference history.

Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. His caused turnover total is third-most all-time at Loyola and the most by a close defender.

Prior to the season, he was the third-overall draft pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards. He made his professional debut last weekend and promptly won Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors after his first game.

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Five Loyola lacrosse players earn USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Five Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Players Earn USILA All-America Honors

BALTIMORE – Joe Fletcher became Loyola University Maryland’s first men’s lacrosse player to earn U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America First Team honors in back-to-back years since 1998-99 on Thursday, and the senior close defender was joined on the All-America teams by four of his Greyhounds teammates.

Senior short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi, senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel and senior attacker Justin Ward all were named to the Second Team, and junior attacker Nikko Pontrello earned Honorable Mention.

Fletcher is the first player to be a repeat First Team All-American at Loyola since midfielder Mark Frye accomplished the honor in 1998 and 1999. It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) that the Greyhounds have placed four players on the first and second teams. The only other time in program history that happened was in 1981 when four were named to the First Team.

Fletcher is also one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player; with that recognition, he became just the second player in the 14-year history of the award to be named a finalist as a close defender. He leads all close defensemen nationally in ground balls (80) and ground balls per game (4.71), and he also set a career-high with 31 caused turnovers.

The All-America honors add to an already crowded shelf of awards Fletcher has earned this year. He was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, to the Capital One Academic All-District I At Large Team and to the USILA Scholar All-America Team.

He played in all 65 games that Loyola has played the last four years, starting 53. In those contests, he picked up 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers, the third-most in school history and most by a Greyhounds close defenseman. Additionally, Fletcher was whistled for just five penalties and only two of the one-minute variety over his time on the field.

Laconi solidified his reputation as one of the top cover short-stick defensive midfielders and transition players this year, posting career-highs in goals (11), ground balls (31) and caused turnovers (34). The only short-stick defensive midfielder to be named to the First or Second Team this season, he 34 caused turnovers and 2.0 per game mark rank eighth nationally and tops amongst all non-pole defenders in Division I.

He also more than doubled his goal-scoring total from his first three seasons at Loyola (five) this year. An All-Patriot League First Team performer and USILA Scholar All-American, Laconi played in all 65 games for Loyola over the last four seasons and finished with 89 ground balls, 75 caused turnovers, 16 goals and 12 assists. His caused turnover total is the most by a Loyola short-stick player and fourth-most in school history.

Runkel saved his best collegiate season for his senior year, as he posted excellent performances between the pipes. The Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year is third in NCAA Division I in goals against average (7.20) and saves percentage (.611) while making a career-high 181 saves in the cage.

The first Loyola goalkeeper to earn First or Second Team All-America honors since Tim McGeeney was recognized on the Second Team in 1995, Runkel posted 10 or more saves on 10 occasions this year and had a season-high of 19 against the U.S. Military Academy. Runkel was named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player after stopping 27 shots in the two games, 15 in the title game against Lehigh University. Over his four years at Loyola, three as a starter, Runkel compiled a 42-7 record as the goalkeeper of record for the Greyhounds. He had a goals against average of 7.71 and a .569 career save percentage.

Ward was a three-year starter on attack as the Greyhounds’ offensive quarterback, and he has his most statistically productive season in 2014. He shattered Loyola’s Division I single-season and career records for assists this year, passing out 53 assists to better the 1994 mark of 38 by Sean Heffernan. An Honorable Mention All-American in 2013, Ward also tied Eric Lusby’s 2012 record for points in a season, totaling 71 this year. His 3.12 assists per game this year rank second in Division I.

His career assist total finished at 120, breaking the school Division I mark by 36. He eclipsed the total of 84 that Jim Blanding recorded from 1989-92. This year, Ward was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and USILA Scholar All-American after recording two or more assists in 16 of Loyola’s 17 games. He tallied three or more for a 12-game stretch, as well during the year.

Pontrello burst into the nation’s lacrosse consciousness with one of the top goal-scoring seasons in school history. After scoring 20 goals in his first two seasons at Loyola, he finished with 51 this year, the third-most in school single-season history. He also had 12 assists for a total of 63 points, the sixth-most in school single-season history, and his 3.0 goals per game this season rank fifth nationally.

After scoring a combined five goals in the Greyhounds’ first two games of the season at the University of Virginia and Penn State University, Pontrello combined for 19 in a four-game stretch that included five in a 14-7 win over Duke University. An All-Patriot League First Team honoree, he scored two or more goals in Loyola’s first 10 games of the year, had multiple goals in 15-of-17 outings and at least one goal in 16 contests.

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Loyola’s Ryan, Runkel to play in North-South All-Star Game

Posted on 20 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Ryan, Runkel To Play In North-South All-Star Game

BALTIMORE – A pair of Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players earned who their bachelor’s degrees last Saturday will play in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All-Star Game.

Midfielder Kevin Ryan and goalkeeper Jack Runkel will play for the South team in the game that will be played at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m.

Ryan and Runkel both earned All-Patriot League honors this year, the former picking up second team recognition, while the latter was named to the first. Runkel was also named the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year and the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player.

The 2014 season saw Ryan post career-high numbers as a member of the Greyhounds’ midfield. The senior from Mountain Lakes, N.J., was third on the team with 24 goals and fifth with 28 points. He also was tied for team-high honors with six extra-man goals.

Ryan had three hat trick and seven multi-goal games during the season with a career-best five goals coming on March 1 at Lehigh University.

Runkel was one of the top goalkeepers in the nation this season and won a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors during the season. The native of Fairfield, Conn., is third in Division I in save percentage (.611) and goals against average (7.20) this year.

He had a season-high 19 saves on March 15 against the U.S. Military Academy, and later in the year, he posted 27 saves in the Greyhounds two wins to claim the Patriot League Championship. He made 12 stops against Colgate University in the semifinals and 15 versus Lehigh in the title contest.

Runkel finished his career with 479 saves, fourth-most in school Division I history, and he posted  a career-record of 42-7 in three seasons as the Greyhounds’ starter between the pipes.

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Loyola captains Fletcher, Laconi, Ward pick up scholar All-America honors

Posted on 20 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Captains Trio Earns USILA Scholar All-America Honors

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s three men’s lacrosse co-captains – defender Joe Fletcher, short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi and attacker Justin Ward – were today named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-America Team.

Loyola and Duke University were the only two NCAA Division I programs to have three or more players honored as Scholar All-Americans. The Blue Devils led the nation with three honorees.

The three seniors were all All-Patriot League First Team players and led the Greyhounds to a 15-2 record and six-week stay at No. 1 in the nation this season.

Each of the student-athletes is in the top two of a major statistical category this season, and all graduated with bachelor of business administration degrees last Saturday. Laconi tops all non-pole players nationally in caused turnovers per game, while Fletcher leads all close defenders in ground balls per game. Ward is second in the nation in assists per game.

Laconi has been one of the top cover short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation since coming to Loyola. This year, he led the team with 34 caused turnovers, and his 2.0 per game are eighth overall in Division I, tops amongst short-sticks.

He also scored a career-best 11 goals this year and finished his career with 16 goals and 12 assists. His 75 career caused turnovers rank fourth all-time at Loyola.

Ward, the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, led the Greyhounds in points for the second year in a row and during the season, he shattered Loyola’s Division I career and season records for assists. He finished his senior campaign with 18 goals and 53 assists for 71 points; his points total tied Eric Lusby’s 2012 mark for most points by a Loyola Division I player in a season.

Ward’s 53 assists in 2014 broke the previous record by 15, and his 3.12 per game rank second in Division I this year. He completed his Loyola career with 57 goals and 120 assists, shattering Loyola’s Division I career assists record by 36, and his 177 points rank sixth in school Division I history.

Fletcher is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and is the second defender in the honor’s 14-year history to be named one of the final five. This year, he set career-highs with 80 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers with his 4.71 ground balls per game ranking first among close defenders.

Last week, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-District I Team, and he was also honored as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The three, who were housemates off the field, will soon begin their professional lacrosse careers. Fletcher was the No. 3 overall pick by the New York Lizards in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft, while Laconi and Ward were selected ninth and 23rd overall, both by the Charlotte Hounds.

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Loyola defenseman Fletcher picks up Academic All-District honor

Posted on 15 May 2014 by WNST Staff

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.

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