Loyola's Season Not Reflected in All-America Results
The Loyola Greyhounds have had an amazing, historic season. As the top seed in the NCAA tournament, the Greyhounds (16-1) have the best record in Division I and are one shot on pipe away -- in overtime against Johns Hopkins -- from being unbeaten. Of course, based on this year's USILA All-America recognition, you would never know it.
Every year, this list provokes its share of chatter over who got dissed or who got too much love from the USILA. This year, Loyola is the most ignored team, hands down.
How else to phrase it, after only two Loyola players -- leading goal-scorer Mike Sawyer and LSM Scott Ratliff -- made something other than the honorable mention category.
I understand why Sawyer (50 goals) got knocked onto the second team, but I will never understand how Eric Lusby, Sawyer's left-handed counterpart with 45 goals and a team-high 61 points, is an honorable mention. When was the last time a 40-goal scorer on a top five team didn't make first, second or third-team All-American.
And how about that Loyola defense, which is ranked seventh in the country (offense is ranked fourth). Reid Acton or Joe Fletcher, the backbone of the close defense, deserved better than honorable mention.