March 15, 2011

Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Report

from press release

CENTER VALLEY Pa. — Three teams opened Patriot League over the last week, and it was a good start for Colgate, which picked up a 13-3 victory over visiting Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y. The Raiders garnered a measure of revenge after the Crusaders captured a 9-8 win when the teams met last year in Worcester, Mass., giving Holy Cross its first win in the all-time series against the Raiders.

Navy snapped its four-game slide, including two straight losses in League play, with an impressive 15-6 victory over Lafayette on Saturday in Annapolis. Tucker Hull, who was named Rookie of the Week, scored three times and added an assist for the Mids, who avoided falling to 0-3 against League teams for the first time in history. Hull had an impressive all-around week, scoring seven goals and 10 points, including a six-point effort (4g, 2a) last Monday in the 12-11 double-overtime loss at Bucknell.

The Raiders remain the League's hottest team, riding a four-game win streak entering Tuesday night's home contest against Binghamton. Colgate has a second non-League game scheduled this week when it visits Fairfield on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. start.

League play will continue this week with two games on Saturday. Navy hits the road seeking its first victory away from Annapolis with a 12 p.m. game at Holy Cross, while Bucknell, holding steady at No. 19 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20, travels to Lafayette an hour later.

One of the most intriguing matchups of the week features Army, ranked 10th in the Nike/IL poll and 13th by the USILA coaches, visiting Rutgers on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Scarlet Knights boast the nation's stingiest scoring defense at 5.0 goals per game entering the week.

Before the weekend gets here, there's still business to take care of. Three games populate Tuesday's slate, with Holy Cross visiting Harvard at 4 p.m., followed by two 7 p.m. starts. Colgate hosts Binghamton and Navy welcomes Towson. Bucknell entertains Hartford in Wednesday's sole game at 12 p.m.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (3.7-3.13)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEREMY BOLTUS, ARMY Sr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus posted another strong week for the Black Knights, who have won three straight games and are moving up both major national polls. He started the week with his first hat trick of the season and added four assists for a season-best seven-point effort in Friday's 12-7 victory at Bryant. He followed it up on Sunday with another goal and three more dishes as the Black Knights rolled to a 14-1 win over Wagner at Michie Stadium. Boltus collected a total of four goals and eight assists for 12 points in the two games, moving him into seventh on the Academy's all-time career points list with 173. He is three assists shy of 100 for his career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MATT VERNAM, NAVY Jr., D, Shoreham, N.Y.
Vernam came up with a stellar defensive effort in Navy's 15-6 win over Lafayette on Saturday in Annapolis. He held one of the Patriot League's top offensive threats in Leopard Tom Perini to zero even-strength goals (Perini's only tally was on a man-up opportunity). Perini entered the game tied for the League lead with 3.00 goals per game.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JARED MADISON, COLGATE Jr., GK, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Madison came up big when called upon, collecting nine assists and surrendering just two goals in Colgate's 13-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, lifting the Raiders to 1-0 in League play on the early season. The junior keeper from Lawrenceville, N.J. faced 24 shots, 11 of them on goal, posting a .818 save percentage against the Crusaders. Madison has started all six games in net for the Raiders, posting a 4-2 mark for head coach Jim Nagle's crew.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TUCKER HULL, NAVY Fr., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Hull posted the best game of his young career in Monday's 12-11 double-overtime heartbreaker at Bucknell with four goals and two assists for six points. He kept the momentum going on Saturday, helping the Mids collect their first League win of the season with three goals and four points in a 15-6 victory over visiting Lafayette. Hull is the first Mid to post a six-point game since Andy Warner did it last year against Georgetown, and he is the second Navy freshman this season to score four times in a game (Sam Jones). He totaled three ground balls for the week, including two against Bucknell, along with a caused turnover against the Bison. Hull is pacing Navy with a team-high 10 assists and is second on the team with 11 goals and 21 points.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Fr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Heritage collected four goals, including two game-winners, and six points in a pair of Bison wins last week. He tallied the double-overtime winner in Monday's 12-11 win over visiting Navy and recorded the game-deciding goal Saturday in an 11-9 win at Hobart.

DAVE TUCCIARONE, COLGATE Sr., M, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Tucciarone posted a strong game at midfield on Saturday in his team's 13-3 win over Holy Cross. He collected five ground balls and caused four turnovers, helping to limit any offensive flow the Crusaders attempted to generate.

BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Chatham, N.J.
The junior middie scored four goals and collected five assists for nine points in two Bucknell wins last week. He netted a career game with seven points (2g, 5a) in Monday's thrilling 12-11 double-overtime win over Navy.

CAMERON LAO-GOSNEY, LEHIGH Jr., M, Raymond, Maine
Lao-Gosney scored a pair of goals against both No. 16/13 Ohio State on Tuesday and at No. 18/18 Yale on Saturday, as the Mountain Hawks faced nationally-ranked opponents in back-to-back games. He finished the week with four goals and five points, and accounted for just shy of one-third of the team's tallies on the week.

Patriot League Notebook

BLACK KNIGHTS WIN TWO, RISE IN POLLS
Army's victories over the weekend against a pair of Northeast Conference foes helped the Black Knights move up both major national polls for the second straight week. After capturing wins of 12-7 at Bryant on Friday and 14-1 over Wagner at home, the Black Knights found themselves ranked No. 13 in the USILA Coaches Top 20 and 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, both released Monday. The defending Patriot League champions are 4-2 on the season, have won three in a row, and continue their season Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Rutgers.

BUCKNELL'S POSITIONING REMAINS STEADY
While Army's two wins moved it up the major polls on Monday, Bucknell's 11-9 victory at Hobart kept the Bison exactly where they were last week. Bucknell held steady at No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Bison are the top team receiving votes in the USILA Coaches rankings not in the top 20. As a side note, the Bison became the second League team to post a victory over Hobart this season with their win on Saturday. A week earlier, Colgate captured an 11-7 win over the Statesmen, their first victory over its in-state rivals since 1964.

NAVY HITS HALFWAY MARK
The Mids played their third Patriot League contest of the season on Saturday and posted a 15-6 victory over visiting Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. It was a critical victory for Navy, which had dropped its first two League contests and avoided falling to 0-3 since joining the Patriot League for the 2004 season. The Mids head to Worcester, Mass., on Saturday afternoon to visit Holy Cross in their fourth League tilt of the season. As a point of comparison, when the weekend ends Navy will have played two-thirds of its League slate, while defending champion Army still has its entire League schedule coming up.

PATRIOT LEAGUERS AMONG NATION'S BEST SCORERS
As the season continues, severan student-athletes within the Patriot League have distinguished themselves as some of the nation's best at their respective positions. The League features some of the country's most lethal offensive threats, with Army senior Jeremy Boltus sitting second in the country with 2.83 assists and third at 4.67 points per game. Colgate's Peter Baum ranks fifth in the nation averaging 3.00 goals per contest. Navy's Sam Jones is the League's top offensive freshman thus far, as he is second in the League and ninth in the nation at 4.17 points and 13th nationally at 2.67 goals per tilt.

SEVEN NAMED TO 2011 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Fifty-eight men's lacrosse players across all divisions were named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Watch List on March 4, and seven of them are from Patriot League institutions. Five of the seven League representatives on the list are seniors, including Army's Jeremy Boltus (attack) and Bill Henderson (defense), Lafayette's Stefan Bauer (attack) and Tom Perini (attack), and Bucknell defensive midfielder Jake Clarke. Attackman Charlie Streep of Bucknell is a junior and Colgate sophomore middie Peter Baum is a sophomore. The Tewaaraton Award is the pre-eminent award in lacrosse, awarded to the NCAA's top men's and women's players annually by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. The list will be narrowed down three times during the regular season until the 10 finalists are announced in May. The winner will be announced June 2 at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.

BAUER, STUMPF NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS CANDIDATES
A year after Army's Andrew Maisano was named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner for 2010, two more Patriot Leaguers are up for the award in men's lacrosse in 2011. Lafayette's Stefan Bauer and Lehigh's Jonathan Stumpf were named to the list of 20 candidates in February. Bauer is coming off a strong season for the Leopards, as his 15 goals and 30 assists helped the team qualify for its first ever Patriot League Tournament. Stumpf has had a strong 2011 campaign so far, ranking near the team leads in goals, assists and points for Lehigh. Both Bauer and Stumpf have participated in several volunteer endeavors off the field, and each excels academically as well. Bauer carries a 3.61 grade-point average at Lafayette majoring in economics with a focus on finance, while Stumpf has a 3.88 GPA in the Integrative Business and Engineering Honors Program at Lehigh.

PERINI TIES LEAGUE RECORD IN WAGNER ROMP
If Lafayette is to return to the Patriot League Tournament for a second straight year, it will need senior attackman Tom Perini to produce. That's exactly what he did on March 1, as he scored a League record-tying eight goals in the Leopards' 16-8 win at Wagner on March 1. One of the most explosive offensive players in the Patriot League, Perini is once again posting impressive numbers. He's tied for the League lead averaging 3.00 goals per game, which places him tied for fifth nationally. On March 4 he was named one of seven Patriot Leaguers to the 2011 Tewaaraton Watch List.

ARMY VOTED PRESEASON FAVORITE
Fresh off an 11-6 campaign, a perfect 6-0 Patriot League record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Army was voted the 2011 preseason favorite by head coaches and sports information directors around the League who could not vote for their own teams. The Black Knights secured the maximum 78 points and 12 first-place votes, ahead of 2010 runner-up Navy, which garnered 58 points and one first-place vote. Bucknell took third with 51 points and the lone remaining first-place vote, while Colgate secured fourth with 39 points. Lehigh (31 points), Lafayette (30) and Holy Cross (13) rounded out the poll.

PATRIOT LEAGUE HITS NATIONAL TELEVISION IN 2011
A total of eight Patriot League men's lacrosse games will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports Network in 2011, including all three games of the League Tournament on April 29 and May 1. The Patriot League Tournament is the only conference tournament in the country that is nationally televised in its entirety. Navy's game hosting Maryland Friday, April 8 is the first Patriot League game to hit the national television airwaves, as the teams will battle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. at 7 p.m. Eight days later, CBS College Sports Network returns to Annapolis to televise the annual Army-Navy matchup Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. In addition to the eight games on CBSC, the Navy-Johns Hopkins matchup in Baltimore, Md. April 23 will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO LATE APRIL
The 2011 Patriot League Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1, at the site of the regular-season champion and highest seed. All three games will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports Network, with the semifinals taking place Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The championship contest is slated for Sunday at 3 p.m. The Patriot League Tournament is the only conference tournament that is scheduled to be nationally televised in its entirety. Last season, Army posted a perfect 6-0 record to earn the regular-season title and hosting responsibilities. After defeating Lafayette in the semifinals, the Black Knights posted a victory over archrival Navy in the championship game to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Team Notebooks

ARMY Jeremy Boltus posted a season-high seven points and Garrett Thul scored four times in Friday's 12-7 win over Bryant ... Conor Hayes posted two goals on four shots ... Tom Palesky played over 58 minutes and recorded the win with eight saves ... The Black Knights went a combined 16 of 19 at the X in their 14-1 win over Wagner on Sunday ... The 13-goal difference was the second-largest margin of victory this season by a League team, behind Bucknell's win over Canisius by 15 ... Palesky made three saves in the game's first 30 minutes, and the Black Knights used four keepers in all ... Thul scored three times on seven shots, while Boltus scored another five points (1g, 4a) for Army ... The Black Knights resume action Saturday at Rutgers.

BUCKNELL Freshman Todd Heritage kept up his strong play with two goals and four points in Saturday's 11-9 win over Hobart ... The Bison led 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Statesmen exploded for five tallies in the second, as Bucknell had a 6-5 lead at halftime ... The Bison went 18 of 19 on clears ... Billy Eisenreich, Charlie Streep and Mike Danylyshyn record multiple-goal games along with Heritage ... Mike Huffner led the defensive effort with three ground balls and three caused turnovers ... Josh Briskman picked up the win in relief of Kyle Feeney, allowing two goals in the game's final 21:53 ... Streep's second of the game came late in the third quarter, pulling Bucknell even at 8-8 ... The Bison welcome Hartford to Lewisburg, Pa., on Wednesday at 12 p.m.

COLGATE The Raiders jumped out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead and were up 8-0 at halftime en route to a 13-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. ... Colgate moved to 1-0 in League play with the win and into a three-way tie for first place with Bucknell and Lehigh ... Peter Baum scored three times and added a pair of assists for a five-point afternoon ... The team's scoring was balanced, as nine players accounted for the 13 goals ... Jared Madison made nine saves and allowed just two goals in just under 52 minutes of action before being spelled in the fourth quarter ... Colgate won despite going just 6 of 19 at the X ... The Raiders return to action Tuesday hosting Binghamton.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders trailed just 4-3 after the first quarter, but yielded four goals in the second en route to a 16-7 loss to Dartmouth last week ... James Kennedy had a six-point day with a pair of goals and four assists ... Holy Cross had a tough day at the X, going 11 of 27 on faceoffs ... John Hannan scored twice and Colin Flood tallied a goal as the Crusaders fell 13-3 at Colgate in both teams' League opener on Saturday ... Holy Cross held a 30-28 edge in shots and 21-19 in ground balls, while going 13 of 19 at the faceoff X ... The Crusaders are on the road visiting Harvard Tuesday afternoon.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards fell 15-6 at Navy on Saturday in their first League tilt of the season ... Senior Tom Perini, who entered the game tied for the League lead in goals per game, was held to just a single tally with the extra man ... Lafayette has dropped 12 of its last 13 games against the Mids and fell behind 8-0 before clawing their way back into the game at 9-5 ... Franklin Floyd recorded 10 of the team's 34 shots ... Will Heffernan scored both his goals after Perini put Lafayette on the board, and Doug Prusoff and Floyd brought the Leopards within four before Navy closed the game on a 6-1 run ... Lafayette is home for Bucknell on Saturday.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks wrapped up a very difficult road trip with a 10-6 loss at No. 18/18 Yale on Saturday afternoon ... Cameron Lao-Gosney scored twice for Lehigh, and four other players combined for the rest of the Mountain Hawks' goals ... Lehigh trailed 2-0 after the first quarter and 3-2 at the half before Yale scored three straight to open the third quarter to fall behind 6-2 ... Lehigh fell behind 9-3 early in the fourth quarter before rattling off three straight to make it a 9-6 contest with 3:02 remaining ... The Mountain Hawks return home to host Presbyterian on Saturday at noon.

NAVY The Mids rebounded from last week's 12-11 double-overtime loss at Bucknell with an impressive all-around effort in a 15-6 win over Lafayette on Saturday ... Sam Jones, Tucker Hull and Andy Warner each posted hat tricks for the Mids, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the 14:08 mark of the second quarter ... Warner's second of th game put Navy up 9-2 after the Leopards had tallied two in a row ... After Lafayette cut the deficit to 9-5 3:10 into the third, Tom Mansfield scored his first of the season and Jay Mann tallied a goal on an extra-man opportunity to start Navy's game-closing 6-1 run ... The Mids look for their first winning streak of the season when they host Towson Tuesday night ... Navy returns to the road Saturday at Holy Cross.


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