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Six from @LehighLacrosse named All-Patriot

Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/25/18
From Press Release

Following a strong regular season which includes a top-four seed for the first time since 2014, six members of the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team were named All-Patriot League honorees on Monday.

Juniors Craig Chick and Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill-DE), and sophomore Conor Gaffney (Lenape-NJ) garnered first team All-League while juniors Eddie Bouhall and Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco), and freshman Teddy Leggettwere named second team honorees. Lehigh’s six All-Patriot League performers mark its most since 2013, when the Mountain Hawks had seven.

Chick was named first team All-League for a second straight season after posting 37 groundballs and 35 caused turnovers (second nationally) through 14 regular-season games. Chick was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Mar. 12 following Lehigh’s 9-7 win at No. 12 Army West Point, a game which saw him post seven groundballs and three caused turnovers, holding the Black Knights to a then-season low seven goals. An anchor of Lehigh’s defense, which has been ranked as high as sixth nationally, Chick has broken the Lehigh and Patriot League career records for caused turnovers – breaking the school record on Mar. 20 at No. 18/19 Hofstra and breaking the league mark two games later at Boston University. Chick is up to 112 career caused turnovers, tied for ninth in NCAA history. He has at least one caused turnover in every game this season, including multiple in 10-of-14 contests.

Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List in March, Pettit leads Lehigh in goals (34) and points (53), standing fourth in the league in both categories. The Wilmington, Delaware native has at least one point in every game this season, with multiple points in 13-of-14 contests. Earlier this season, Pettit tied a career-high seven points vs. Holy Cross (two goals, five assists) while adding seven points at Hofstra (three goals, four assists) as well. Hofstra stood as the nation’s No. 1 defense and Pettit went on to have more points himself (7) than it was allowing opponent teams on average (6.33) entering the day. Pettit also scored five goals at Army, including the first three goals of the fourth quarter, to turn a 6-5 Lehigh deficit into an 8-6 lead. That effort earned Pettit Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Pettit is up to 76 goals and 107 points in his career.

Gaffney garnered All-League recognition for the first time in his career, sharing first team faceoff specialist honors with Navy’s Joe Varello (Varello was named Faceoff Specialist of the Year due to receiving more first-place votes). Gaffney leads the Patriot League in faceoff percentage, winning 60.3 percent of his draws (178-of-295). He has impressed against some of the league’s top faceoff specialists, including winning 13-of-21 against Varello (who has won 59.6 percent on the year), 11-of-20 vs. Colgate’s Colin Orr (who has won 60.1 percent) and 12-of-20 against Army’s John Ragno (who has won 55.5 percent). Gaffney also won 17-of-20 at Lafayette, 16-of-23 against Cornell and most recently, 14-20 at Bucknell. Gaffney has been named Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week four times this season, including a stretch of three straight weeks in March. He has won 10 weekly awards over the first two years of his career.

Spence earned his first-career All-League recognition after quietly putting together a very impressive season. The Springfield, Pa. native has multiple points in every game of 2018, standing second on the team in goals (29) and points (49) while his 20 assists are tied for the team lead. Spence is tied for fifth in the Patriot League in points, stands eighth in goals and tied for seventh in assists. He enjoyed a breakout performance in the league opener vs. Holy Cross, tallying career highs in goals (6) and points (7) while adding six points (four goals, two assists) at Lafayette. Included in that effort was a personal 3-0 run in the span of 35 seconds. Spence recorded five points (two goals, three assists) at Hofstra while posting four points in each of the last two games entering the postseason, vs. No. 9/11 Cornell and at No. 11/12 Bucknell.

Bouhall was named second team All-Patriot League for a second straight season as a key part of Lehigh’s defense. Bouhall is tied for fourth in the league with 20 caused turnovers while adding 37 groundballs. Among his strong performances was six groundballs and four caused turnovers against Navy to tie a career high in both categories. Bouhall recorded three groundballs and three caused turnovers at No. 13/14 North Carolina while following with five groundballs and two caused turnovers vs. Holy Cross. Bouhall has at least one groundball in 13-of-14 games this season and a caused turnover in all but two contests, helping the Mountain Hawks hold their opponent to single-digit goals in eight of the first 11 games in 2018.

Leggett has enjoyed a tremendous rookie campaign, earning second team All-League at long-stick midfielder after a regular season which saw him record 55 groundballs (second on the team) and 20 caused turnovers (tied for second). Chick is second in the Patriot League in caused turnovers (35) while Bouhall and Leggett are each tied for fourth with 20 apiece. In addition, Leggett, Chick and Casey Eidenshink (La Salle) are the only three non-faceoff specialists to eclipse 50 groundballs in a season in Kevin Cassese’s 11 seasons as Lehigh head coach. The Vaughan, Ontario native has multiple groundballs in 13-of-14 games this season, including seven at Army, to go with a caused turnover. Leggett tallied a career-high four caused turnovers vs. Holy Cross while causing two turnovers on six different occasions. Leggett recorded five groundballs and two caused turnovers in Lehigh’s big win at Hofstra while following with the same stat line vs. Navy and posting five groundballs and a caused turnover in Lehigh’s last-second win at Boston University.

The Mountain Hawks are set to host a Patriot League Quarterfinal game for the first time since 2014 when it welcomesColgate on Tuesday (Apr. 24) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, Lehigh faculty/staff, seniors (65+) and children (2-18). Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. The first 50 Lehigh students on Tuesday night are admitted for FREE.

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2018 Men’s Lacrosse All-Patriot League and Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – Pat Spencer, Loyola Maryland, Jr., A
Defensive Player of the Year – Foster Huggins, Loyola Maryland, Sr., D
Faceoff Specialist of the Year – Joe Varello, Navy, Sr., FO
Goalkeeper of the Year – Jacob Stover, Loyola Maryland, Jr., GK
Rookie of the Year – Chris Gray, Boston University, Fr., A
The William Lawson Coach of the Year – Frank Fedorjaka, Bucknell

First Team*
Chris Gray, Boston U., Fr., A
Will Sands, Bucknell, Sr., A
Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill), Lehigh, Jr., A
Pat Spencer, Loyola Maryland, Jr., A
David Symmes, Army West Point, Sr., M
Sean O’Brien, Bucknell, Sr., M
Jay Drapeau, Loyola Maryland, Sr., M
Greyson Torrain, Navy, Jr., M
John Surdick, Army West Point, Jr., D
Craig Chick, Lehigh, Jr., D
Foster Huggins, Loyola Maryland, Sr., D
Mike Strack, Loyola Maryland, Sr., D
Joe Varello, Navy, Sr., FO
Conor Gaffney (Lenape), Lehigh, So., FO
Jon Lamonica, Army West Point, Sr., LSM
Brian Begley, Loyola Maryland, Sr., SSDM
Jacob Stover, Loyola Maryland, Jr., GK

Second Team^
Jack Wilson, Boston U., Sr., A
Connor O’Hara, Bucknell, Sr., A
Mike Hawkins, Colgate, Fr., A
Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco), Lehigh, Jr., A
Reed Malas, Bucknell, Jr., M
Sam Cleveland, Colgate, So., M
Griffin Brown, Colgate, So., M
Jon Duffy, Loyola Maryland, Jr., M
Ryan Wade, Navy, Jr., M
Matt Gilray, Bucknell, Sr., D
Benny Borgognone, Bucknell, Sr., D
Matt Farrell, Holy Cross, Jr., D
Eddie Bouhall, Lehigh, Jr., D
Ryan Kern (Salesianum School), Navy, So., GK
Teddy Leggett, Lehigh, Fr., LSM
DJ Plumer, Navy, Sr., SSDM

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