Here’s some of the latest player news as we get closer to the regular season.
Virginia’s Phil Poquie Dismissed From Program
Sophomore midfielder Phil Menson Poquie has been dismissed from the Virginia Cavalier program, according to head coach Lars Tiffany. The Haverford School graduate played in six games last season as a reserve midfielder, where he recorded only two goals on seven shots on goal, as well as two ground balls and a caused turnover.
“We have established clear standards for acceptable behavior within our program,” Tiffany said in a statement released by the school. "We will hold our student-athletes accountable to those standards at all times.”
Tiffany has stressed the importance of discipline in his first year in Charlottesville, and has even taken concepts that he started at Brown over to his new job. As Matt Kinnear from Inside Lacrosse wrote in his Fall All-Access piece, Tiffany has formed a “Sabre Committee” that consists of all three team captains, as well as spokesmen from each of the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. The committee also gives the players a say in some decisions made by the team during the season.
This comes a little over two months after Tiffany announced starting goaltender Matt Barrett would be suspended for the 2017 season after an offseason arrest.
Poquie’s role with the team this season was unknown at this time, but based off his very limited play last season, he may have had a chance to contribute at midfield. Both of his goals he scored were against St. Joe’s, which he tied and gave the Wahoos the go-ahead goal early in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers take on Maryland Saturday afternoon in their next scrimmage of the preseason.
Syracuse Attackman Thorpe Out For Season With Injury
Syracuse redshirt sophomore attackman Gale Thorpe is out for the season, according to Orange head coach John Desko via a report by Syracuse.com’s Lindsay Kramer.
Thorpe suffered a lower-body injury during the first week of practices, and hasn’t practiced since.
In seven games last season, Thorpe scored two goals and one assist on five shots on goal and four ground balls. He’s notably known for scoring this gem against St. John’s last season:
Thorpe was seen as reliable depth for an attack unit that lost starters Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber to graduation last season. Jordan Evans is the only returning starter, and it seems like sophomores Bradley Voigt and Nate Solomon are possible candidates to fill in those spots, along with reserves Devin Shewell, Stephen Rehfuss, and Logan Wisnauskas. There’s also a possibility the Orange may move a midfielder like Nick Mariano or Brendan Bomberry to attack, which is what we’ve seen Notre Dame do with Sergio Perkovic against Team USA.
Syracuse hosts Hofstra and Le Moyne this Sunday in their first scrimmages of the preseason.