Men's Lacrosse Picked Second In ECAC
Feb. 2, 2005
CAPE COD, Mass. - In a vote by league coaches, the Georgetown Hoyas have been chosen as the favorites to capture the 2005 ECAC Lacrosse League title. The Hoyas have been picked first by league coaches for six straight years and have won the title five of six years.
Massachusetts, the 2002 ECAC League Champions, have been chosen second by the coaches, Rutgers has been chosen third and newcomer to the ECAC Lacrosse League, Loyola, has been chosen fourth. Penn State (15) is ranked fifth followed by Hobart (13) and St. John's (7).
Georgetown returns seven starters including defender Brodie Merrill and midfielder Andy Corno. Merrill is one of the nation's top long stick middies and was a 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and a STX/USILA First Team All-American selection last season. Merrill was also named First Team All-ECAC. Corno has been one of the best face-off men in the game since his freshman season and last year was a 2004 USILA Second Team All-American selection and First Team All-ECAC choice. He finished first in the nation and tops in the ECAC for face-off win percentage (.689) and was third in the nation and first in the conference for groundballs per game (7.62). Georgetown made their eighth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Tournament last season, before losing to eventual champion Syracuse in the Quarterfinals. The team ended the year 11-4 overall.
Earning two first place votes and picked to finish second in the league is Massachusetts. The Minutemen are coming off an overall record of 7-7. Junior defenseman Jack Reid has been named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-American Team. During his sophomore season, he was named a 2004 STX / USILA Division I Honorable Mention All-America and was named second team All-ECAC.
Ranked third in the poll, Rutgers returns six starters in 2005, including junior goalie Greg Havalchak, a second-team preseason All-America selection and two time ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. Rutgers finished last season with an 8-6 overall tally and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.
Loyola is ranked fourth in its first season in the ECAC Lacrosse League. The Greyhounds ended the 2004 with and overall tally of 4-8 with seven losses to ranked opponents. Head Coach Bill Dirrigl begins his fourth season at the helm. Penn State is ranked fifth and will return eight starters for the 2005 season . The squad is rich in senior leadership and experience and features four senior captains returning as starters in the midfield. Captains Will Cutler, Mike Jacober, Will Jones and Marc Young combined for 34 goals and 20 assists in the 2004 campaign. The Nittany Lions will also return junior Nate Whitaker who led the team in points last season with 31 and enters the year with a 27-game scoring streak.
Hobart and St. Johns, entering the ECAC Lacrosse League as first year members, are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively. Hobart returns eight starters from the 2004 squad that made its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament since 1998. Head Coach Matt Kerwick '90 led the Statesmen to a 9-7 record last year-- the most wins by Hobart since moving to Division I in 1995--and a second place finish in the Patriot League.
The Red Storm men's lacrosse program is starting up again after it was discontinued in 1994. St. John's added lacrosse to its intercollegiate program in December 2002 as part of the schools reformulation and will begin play this season.
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic conference with 323 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 110 championships in 35 men's and women's sports. The ECAC assigns more than 5,100 officials in 15 sports, including 412 lacrosse officials totally more than 5,000 assignments. The Conference, located on Cape Cod, administers ten affiliate sports organizations, including the ECAC Lacrosse League. Established in 1999, the ECAC Lacrosse League is a Division I men's lacrosse league. Charter members Georgetown, Massachusetts, Penn State, and Rutgers will welcome expansion members in 2005 to reach seven members strong. The league welcomes Hobart College, Loyola College (Md.) and St. John's University. In 2006, Fairfield University will join the League.
2005 ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll As voted on by league coaches