Mids Picked to Finish Third in Patriot League Preseason Men’s Lax Poll
The Navy men’s lacrosse team has been picked to finish third in the 2018 Patriot League Preseason Poll in a vote by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, midfielders Casey Rees (Sr / Baltimore, Md.) and Greyson Torain (Jr / Glen Burnie) were named to the preseason all-league team. The Mids are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League a year ago where they posted a 4-4 record.
Breaking Down the Poll
Loyola, the reigning Patriot League Tournament Champion, secured 14 of the 18 first-place votes (eligible for only 16 due to not being able to vote for your own team) and amassed 126 points to top the poll for a fifth consecutive year, which coincidentally is also its fifth season as a member of the league.
Army, meanwhile, accounted for the remaining four first-place votes and totaled 115 points to finish second in the balloting. Navy was third with 92 points, followed by Bucknell (78), Boston University (77), Lehigh (65), Colgate (45), Holy Cross (34) and Lafayette (16).
Navy in the Patriot League
The Mids have won at least a share of the regular-season Patriot League title in seven of the 14 seasons (2004-05-06-07-08-15-16) they have been a member of the conference, while compiling an 11-6 record in the Patriot League Tournament to earn five conference tournament crowns (2004-05-06-07-09). Navy has amassed a 62-31 (.667) regular-season record in the Patriot League since 2004 in joining what is now a nine-member lacrosse conference (Hobart left following the ‘04 campaign; Loyola and Boston U. joined in 2014), and includes two undefeated seasons (2004, ‘07).
The Cream of the Crop
In addition to the preseason poll, the 2018 Preseason All-Patriot League Team was also unveiled and headlining the 13-man team were members from the league’s top two programs - All-American attackman Pat Spencer from Loyola and All-American defenseman John Surdick from Army. Spencer has been the league’s offensive player of the year in each of the last two seasons, while Surdick is the top returning defensive player after Navy three-time All-American and three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) graduated in May.
The 2018 Preseason All-Patriot League Team includes seven players that garnered First-Team All-Patriot League honors last season and four that were named to the second team. Six of the nine teams placed players on the preseason team, including Bucknell who has a league-best four selections. Lehigh has three representatives, while Army and Navy each have two and Boston U. and Loyola have one.
Rees and Torain, both All-Americans and previous All-Patriot League selections, represent Navy on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Rees returns to the field after missing the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL, while Torain garnered All-America recognition a year ago as the Mids’ co-leading scorer with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.
More on the Mids
Navy returns eight starters off a team that finished the 2017 season with a 6-8 record and a 4-4 Patriot League mark. The Mids return four of their top five scorers from a year ago, including Torain (23-15) and classmate Ryan Wade (Jr / Coronado, Calif.) (13-25) who each posted 38 points. Navy was without the services of Rees last season after he suffered a knee injury during fall ball, while attackman Jack Ray (Sr / Wyckoff, N.J.) missed seven games after breaking his foot against Maryland in what was just the second game of the year. Both players are back on the field for 2018.
Defensively, Navy will need to replace three-time All-American defenseman Chris Fennell, two-time All-American long pole Matt Rees and starting short-stick defensive midfielder John Trainor. Fortunately for the Mids, they have veteran defensemen Michael Strack (Sr / North Babylon, N.Y.) and Hiram Carter (Sr / Apopka, Fla.) back in the lineup, as well as veteran short-stick defensive midfielder D.J. Plumer (Sr / Stevensville, Md.) who will wear jersey #40 this season. Meanwhile sophomore Ryan Kern (So / Middletown, Del.) returns to goal with a year under his belt and healthy.
Season Opener Fast Approaching
Having played a pair of preseason scrimmages against Penn State and Richmond the last two weekends, Navy will officially kick off its 111th year of varsity men’s lacrosse on Sunday when it travels to Florida to battle Jacksonville. ESPN3 will carry the game live beginning at 12:00 pm.
The Mids open their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 17 when they rekindle their series against UMBC. The two teams, who have met on 26 previous occasions, last met in 2003. The game (1:30 pm) will be streamed live via PatriotLeague.TV and will be carried on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller on the call.
Single-game tickets for home Navy men’s lacrosse games are on sale now and may be purchased by stopping by the Navy Ticket Office at Ricketts Hall, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, via the internet at www.navysports.com or at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on game day. Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, while groups of 20 or more will be offered a discounted $5 ticket (in advance only, contact Jordan Albright at 410-293-8791 or Kristin Toler at 410-293-8743 / e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org).
2018 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Loyola, 126 points (14 first-place votes)
2. Army, 115 (4)
3. Navy, 92
4. Bucknell, 78
5. Boston U., 77
6. Lehigh, 65
7. Colgate, 45
8. Holy Cross, 34
9. Lafayette, 16
2018 Preseason All-Patriot League Team
A - Jack Wilson, Boston U. (Sr.)
A - Will Sands, Bucknell (Sr.)
A - Pat Spencer, Loyola (Jr.)
M - David Symmes, Army (Sr.)
M - Sean O’Brien, Bucknell (Jr.)
M - Greyson Torain, Navy (Jr.)
M - Casey Rees, Navy (Sr.
D - John Surdick, Army (Jr.)
D - Matt Gilray, Bucknell (Sr.)
D - Eddie Bouhall, Lehigh (Jr.)
FO - Conor Gaffney, Lehigh (So.)
DM - Craig Chick, Lehigh (Jr.)
GK - Christian Klipstein, Bucknell (Jr.)
Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Pat Spencer, Loyola (Jr., A)
Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: John Surdick, Army (Jr., D)
### Go Navy ###