Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/23/19 From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, has been predicted to finish second in the Patriot League, in a vote of the league’s head coaches and Sports Information Directors, as announced on Wednesday. In addition, the Mountain Hawks feature a league-high five preseason All-League honorees: seniors Craig Chick, Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill, DE) and Eddie Bouhall, junior Conor Gaffney (Lenape, NJ) and sophomore Teddy Leggett.
The Mountain Hawks finished with 109 points and two first-place votes, only trailing Loyola, who garnered the other 18 first-place votes to finish with 128 points. Lehigh is coming off a run to the Patriot League Championship Game last season, its fourth title-game appearance in seven years and first since 2004.
After Lehigh in the preseason poll was Navy in third (96 points), Boston University (89), Army West Point (62), Bucknell (57), Colgate (56), Holy Cross (24) and Lafayette (20).
The Mountain Hawks’ five All-League honorees were most in the league, two more than anyone else (Loyola had five). Chick, Pettit and Gaffney were all named first team All-League after last season while Bouhall and Leggett were named to the second team.
Chick continues to rack in the honors, as he was named a preseason first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse and was a postseason All-American after both his sophomore and junior campaigns. Chick enters the season with 118 career turnovers, already the Lehigh and Patriot League career records and good for eighth in NCAA history. With a strong senior season, he has a chance to break the NCAA all-time record of 158 held by Detroit’s Jordan Houtby.
Pettit led the Mountain Hawks in goals (46) and points (66) last season, and was third nationally with 10 extra-man goals. In the Patriot League, Pettit stood first and fourth in goals and points, respectively. Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last season, Pettit shattered the Patriot League record for goals in a Patriot League Tournament, scoring 12 (the previous record was eight). Pettit finished 2018 with 14 multi-goal games and nine hat tricks.
Gaffney continued his strong play by leading the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (59.4), good for 14th nationally last season. He also corralled 101 groundballs, second in school history. His faceoff percentage was fourth in program history, while his 214 faceoff wins shattered the previous record of 173 held by Ryan Snyder. Gaffney was a four-time Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week, was named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned third team Academic All-America recognition by CoSIDA. Through two seasons, Gaffney has 353 faceoff wins, good for a 60.0 percentage, with 197 groundballs.
Bouhall earned his second straight All-League honor following last season, finishing with 41 groundballs and a career-high 24 caused turnovers. Starting every game for a second straight year, he was part of a defense that allowed single-digit goals in 10-of-17 contests. Individually, he posted multiple groundballs in 11 games and multiple caused turnovers on seven occasions.
Also a key part of Lehigh’s defense was Leggett, who recorded 61 groundballs (second on the team) and 20 caused turnovers in an impressive rookie campaign. A second team All-League honoree, Leggett was named Lehigh Athletics’ J. Daniel Nolan Award presented to the department’s top first-year male student-athlete.
Lehigh will open the season on Saturday, Feb. 2 at NJIT before opening the home schedule on Feb. 9 against Hofstra.
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Patriot League Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – Pat Spencer, Loyola Maryland, Sr., A
Defensive Player of the Year – John Surdick, Army West Point, Sr., D
All-Patriot League Team
Attack: Chris Gray, Boston University, So.
Attack: Mike Hawkins, Colgate, So.
Attack: Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill), Lehigh, Sr.
Attack: Pat Spencer, Loyola Maryland, Sr.
Midfielder: Reed Malas, Bucknell, Sr.
Midfielder: John Duffy, Loyola Maryland, Sr.
Midfielder: Greyson Torain, Navy, Sr.
Midfielder: Ryan Wade, Navy, Sr.
Defense: John Surdick, Army West Point, Sr.
Defense: Matt Farrell, Holy Cross, Sr.
Defense: Eddie Bouhall, Lehigh, Sr.
Defense: Craig Chick, Lehigh, Sr.
Goalie: Jacob Stover, Loyola Maryland, Sr.
FaceOff Specialist: Conor Gaffney (Lenape), Lehigh, Jr.
Long-Stick Midfielder: Teddy Leggett, Lehigh, So.
Short-Stick Defensive Midfielder: Will Blumenberg, Colgate, Sr.
Student-athletes are listed by position; then alphabetically by school
Loyola Maryland – 128 (16 first-place votes)
Lehigh – 109 (2 first-place votes)
Navy – 96
Boston University – 89
Army West Point – 62
Bucknell – 57
Colgate – 56
Holy Cross – 24
Lafayette – 20