Loyola defender Fletcher named Academic All-American

June 05, 2014 | 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.