The Patriot League Tournament begins this afternoon with Holy Cross vs. Army & Boston University vs. Bucknell. Chris did a great job with the conference tournament preview post, which you can read here. Details for how to watch the games online, Live Stats, and game times can be found directly below. Additionally, you can find other information about today’s match-ups & attachments below the details section.
Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal Game Day Details
Game Time: 3:00 PM EST
Stream: Patriot League Network
Stats: Live Stats
Game Time: 7:00 PM EST
Stream: Patriot League Network
Stats: Live Stats
The sixth-seeded Boston University men’s lacrosse team will host sixth-seeded Bucknell in a Patriot League quarterfinal contest on Tuesday night at Nickerson Field. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.
BACK IN THE POSTSEASON
The Terriers have made the Patriot League Tournament in each of the last three seasons.
BU advanced to the conference semifinals in 2017 and 2018.
This is the second time the Terriers have hosted a postseason game; third-seeded BU defeated No. 6 Lehigh, 10-4, in the 2017 quarterfinals.
IT’S GREAT TO BE HOME
BU is 7-1 at Nickerson Field this season, including a 4-0 record against Patriot League squads.
The Terriers average 14.38 goals per game at home.
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison enter the postseason with a 6-8 (4-4 Patriot League) record after topping Colgate, 10-8, on April 26. With their victory over the Raiders, they clinched the sixth seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
• Bucknell will ride a conference-best four-game winning streak into its Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game against Boston University. Over that stretch, the Bison have ceded an average of just 7.25 goals per game.
• In 2018, Bucknell finished 11-4 overall and captured a share of the Patriot League regular-season title by going 7-1 in conference action.
• The Bison reached the double digits in victories for the sixth time in Frank Fedorjaka’s tenure as head coach and most notably knocked off eventual national champion Yale (9-8 OT) and then No. 6 Loyola (12-11) on the road. They rose as high as 10th in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches’ Poll and Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing, their best national ranking since the 2013 campaign.
Army or Holy Cross team previews weren’t available this morning by the time this post went up.
All-Patriot League Team
Loyola Maryland junior Pat Spencer was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, as the postseason major awards and all-League honors were announced by the League office Monday morning.
Teammate senior Jacob Stover earned goalkeeper of the year for the second consecutive campaign. In addition, Loyola Maryland freshman midfielder Chase Scanlan received rookie of the year honors while Charley Toomey nabbed Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Army West Point senior Johnny Surdick was named defensive player of the year after receiving the accolade in the preseason. Lehigh junior Conor Gaffney rounded out the yearly awards as he notched the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Faceoff Specialist of the Year.
The 2019 college lacrosse regular season concluded on Saturday. Conference tournament berths, seeds, and tournament hosts were all decided this weekend. For most teams, this is their chance to keep their seasons alive and end up in the NCAA Tournament. For some, it’s a chance to beef up their resumes in preparation for the big dance that starts in about two weeks. Nine conference tournaments get started this week, with all 10 conference champions being crowned on Saturday and Sunday (the ACC started their tournament this past weekend).
Life has a way of throwing curve balls, of taking you places you never expected to go. “Coach Pilat recruited me and I came down here for my visit,” senior goalie Ian Davies said. “I wanted to compete and play good lacrosse so that’s why I decided to come here.” But sometimes what life throws at you, not even a goalie can see coming. “It’s a tough thing to go through,” he said.
A new professional lacrosse league is coming this summer and hoping to make a dent in the U.S. sports mainstream the same way soccer has in the past two decades. The Premier Lacrosse League is launching June 1, backed by big-money investors and created by men’s lacrosse’s top star — Paul Rabil. Imagine if LeBron James decided to create his own basketball league, raising venture capital and striking partnerships aimed at taking his league to the mainstream. That’s essentially what’s happening with the Premier Lacrosse League.
An assistant coach at SLU High School has been fired after school administrators learned of underage drinking involving players on the lacrosse team. While a school official wouldn’t confirm all the specific details of why an assistant lacrosse coach was fired, he said once the matter was brought to head coach Andrew Touissant, the assistant coach was then fired.
With Blue-White weekend in the rearview mirror and with Fall practice still a few months away, the stage is set for one of the Spring sports teams to try and steal the spotlight in Happy Valley: Enter Penn State Men’s Lacrosse.
The number-one ranked Nittany Lions clinched the Big Ten regular season with a dramatic 14-13 win at home against Rutgers, this past weekend. They will face a re-match with the Scarlet Knights in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament this Thursday at 5 PM ET. At 12-1 and 5-0 in conference play, PSU is currently sporting a nine-game winning streak and the recently-dedicated, brand spankin’ new Panzer Stadium has swiftly become a nice home-field advantage for PSU, with its aptly-nicknamed student section Panzemonium leading the charge.
Hey ..... you should join our club. pic.twitter.com/6RgQccxY1r— College Crosse (@College_Crosse) April 30, 2019
H/T my mom.