Loyola Debuts as Patriot League Lacrosse Preseason Favorite

Lehigh has some holes to fill to three-peat as Patriot League champion after losing four All-League selections to graduation. The cupboard is far from bare, however, especially with Poillon back in goal after a dominant season where he led the League with a .596 save percentage and was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. Souders (35 ground balls) and Patrick Corbett (23 goals) were second-team All-Patriot League picks last year, while the Mountain Hawks also return second-leading scorer Dan Taylor (29 G, 21 A) and a handful of key defensive players to the lineup.

Army had the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League last season, and will bring one of those student-athletes back in 2014. While Brendan Buckley graduated after a distinguished career on defense, Glesener is back to provide scoring punch after notching 31 goals and 30 assists last season. He led the League in points per game at 4.36. Daly was one of Army's four first-team All-League selections last season after winning 99 of 140 face-offs, while defensive midfield specialist Jimbo D'Aprile (21 ground balls) and goalkeeper Sam Somers (7.18 GAA, .587 SV PCT) enter their junior campaigns after earning second-team All-Patriot League honors last year.

Colgate suffers perhaps the biggest loss as 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum has departed, but the Raiders still have a pair of returnees who earned first-team All-Patriot League status last year in Ryan (15 G, 8 A) and junior defender Bobby Lawrence (62 ground balls), who was named a third-team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Ryan Walsh earned second-team All-Patriot League honors on attack last season while scoring 37 goals and notching 11 assists for the year, and enters 2014 with honorable mention for the preseason All-America Team.

Navy's quest to get back to the Patriot League Tournament will be led by Kiernan, who was a first-team All-Patriot League pick last year while racking up 68 ground balls to finish third in the League with 5.23 per game. The Mids also bring back their top three scorers from last season, with senior Sam Jones returning after leading the team in both goals (21) and assists (12) in 2013.

McKenna is the lone preseason All-League selection that did not make the postseason squad last year, but he got the attention of the voters by finishing with 24 goals and 28 ground balls for the Crusaders. Clay Haarmann is the top returning scorer for Holy Cross after racking up 27 goals and eight assists a year ago.

Lafayette boasts a pair of solid juniors on attack in Sonny Round (27 G, 13 A) and Brian Bock (24 G, 15 A), who finished as the top two scorers on the team last season. Morgan Westby and John Floyd are key midfielders back for Lafayette, while Matt Evans returns to the defense.

Boston University is the unknown quantity in Patriot League men's lacrosse in 2014 as the Terriers compete in their inaugural collegiate season. The Terriers have an eye on the future with a roster composed primarily of freshmen.

Lehigh is the first Patriot League team to step on the field in 2014 as the Mountain Hawks visit Furman on Saturday, while six more squads open up the following weekend. Patriot League play, which now features an eight-game schedule for all teams, gets started on Feb. 22. The Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament features six teams, with quarterfinal games at home sites on April 22 followed by the semifinals and League championship at the site of the No. 1 seed on April 25 and 27.

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