Blue Jay Men's Lacrosse Summer Notebook
Watch the US U-19 Team in the FIL Semifinals • July 14, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Watch Scott Rodgers' One-Handed Save from the 2016 MLL All-Star Game
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team is still more than seven weeks away from gathering to begin preparation for the 2017 season, but current, former and future Blue Jays have been busy representing the Hopkins Blue and Black in venues in the United States and Canada this summer. Below are several notes of interest as summer nears the midway point:
Foley Excelling for United States U-19 Team
Rising sophomore defenseman Patrick Foley is playing for the United States in the FIL U-19 World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia and has helped the red, white and blue to a perfect 4-0 record thus far. The United States finished pool play with wins over Canada (12-5), Australia (13-4), the Iroquois Nationals (17-3) and England (19-6). With the perfect mark in pool play, the United States wrapped up the number one seed in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
Foley has played in all four games thus far and has five ground balls to his credit, the most of any non-faceoff specialist on the team. He has anchored a defense that is allowing an average of just 4.5 goals per game and has yet to allow more than six goals in any game.
The United States earned a bye into the semifinals and will play on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. The game, against an opponent to be determined by results of today’s games, can be watched live via SportsCanada.tv.
Former Jays, JHU Strength Coach Enjoy Strong Showing at MLL All-Star Game
Three former members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team were on the winning side in the 2016 MLL All-Star game on Saturday, July 9 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, California as Team Riptide slipped past Team Rolling Thunder, 21-20.
Paul Rabil, Matt Bocklet and Tucker Durkin all suited up for Team Riptide and were joined on the winning team by current Johns Hopkins Strength Coach Scott Rodgers; all four played key roles in the victory. Rabil scored a pair of goals and added two ground balls, while Bocklet collected six ground balls in the win. Rabil’s third-quarter goal ignited a 6-1 Riptide run that turned a 16-12 deficit into an 18-17 lead.
Durkin added a ground ball from his spot on defense and Rodgers, who played collegiately at Notre Dame but has been working with Blue Jay athletes in recent years, played the second half in goal and registered 10 saves while allowing seven goals to claim game MVP honors. His incredible one-handed save with just over five minutes remaining kept the Riptide within one and he didn’t allow a goal in the final 6:33 to preserve the victory.
Future Jays On Display at Under Armour All-America Game
The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team was well represented at the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday, July 2 as five future Blue Jays were on display. The five Hopkins representatives were tied for the most by any school and four of the five played on the victorious South team, which claimed a 23-16 victory.
Attackman Cole Williams from nearby Loyola Blakefield took home MVP honors as he netted four goals and added an assist, while he played extensively with Forry Smith, who added three goals of his own. Rounding out the future Blue Jay offensive players was Matt Stagnitta, who also found his name onto the stat sheet with one goal and two assists.
Defenseman Jack Rapine joined Williams, Smith and Stagnitta on the South team and collected five ground balls, while goalie Jacob Giacalone played for the North, got the start in the cage and posted eight saves.
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