Per the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse website, standout sophomore defenseman Patrick Foley will miss the 2017 season. “Foley will not be enrolled at Johns Hopkins for the spring semester, but may return in the fall if he is in compliance with academic requirements.” Coach Petro provided a statement about the news as well.
“We look forward to Patrick’s return for the 2018 season and know that he will dedicate his complete efforts to doing everything he can to rejoin us in the fall,” Pietramala noted.
“I have been encouraged by the effort and performance of the individuals who will now play an increased role in Patrick’s absence,” Pietramala added. “We have always expressed to our players that you never know when the call for the “next man up” will be and several players have quickly demonstrated that they are ready for the challenge and have prepared accordingly.”
This is a big loss for the Jays. Hopkins had a suspect defense last year as they gave up 11.60 Goals/Game. 2016 was the first time Hopkins had given up 11+ goals in the Petro-era and only the 3rd time under Petro that Hop gave up double digit Goals/Game (2015 with 10.50 Goals/Game and 2009 with 10.33 Goals/Game).
Despite the dip last year, Foley (alongside star senior defenseman and 2016 Honorable Mention USILA All-American, Nick Fields) was one of the few bright spots on the defensive end. Foley started all 15 games last year (the only freshman to do so in 2016), led the team in caused turnovers (11), and was tied for 8th in ground balls (23). He was expected to help anchor the defense alongside Fields this year and was coming off a great summer as a member of the United States' U19 World Championship Team.
Petro will have to find a replacement for Foley quickly as Hopkins has a scrimmage versus High Point on Tuesday and opens up its season versus Navy in less than 2 weeks. (Ed. Note: I think I’m going to be sick.)