BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland director of men’s lacrosse operations Joe Fletcher ’14 and his collegiate teammate Scott Ratliff ’13 will be on the same sideline this weekend as a part of the U.S. Men’s National Team roster that will take part in this weekend’s Team USA Spring Premiere.
Fletcher and Ratliff were members of the 2012 NCAA Championship Team at Loyola and played with each other as Greyhounds form 2011-2013.
More recently, they have become Major League Lacrosse stars, finishing one-two in MLL Defensive Player of the Year voting last summer. Fletcher, who joined the Loyola men’s lacrosse staff last month, edged Ratliff while leading his New York Lizards to the MLL Championship.
Both players -- Ratliff has been a member of the Boston Cannons since being drafted prior to his senior year at Loyola -- were members of the MLL All-Star Team in 2015.
At Loyola, Fletcher was a three-time All-American, picking up first team honors as a junior in 2013 and senior in 2014. He was a two-time conference player of the year, earning defensive honors from the ECAC Lacrosse League in 2013, the Patriot League in 2014. Following his senior season, Fletcher was named the nation’s top defender as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s William C. Schmeisser Award winner. He was also recognized as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and with the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award.
Ratliff was a two-time All-American with the Greyhounds, earning third team recognition in 2012 and second team the following season. He garnered ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 and was then named the league’s Specialist of the Year in 2013. One of the top transition players to ever play long-stick midfielder, Ratliff finished his Loyola career with 30 goals, 14 assists and 44 points, school records for a long-pole.
Loyola is one of seven schools to have two or more players named to the 24-man roster that will practice and compete this weekend at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.