March 19, 2012
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned a weekly honor from the ECAC Lacrosse League for the second time this season, picking up Co-Specialist of the Week honors two days after the fifth-ranked Greyhounds defeated the Air Force Academy, 15-8, in conference action.
Earlier this season, Ratliff was named the Defensive Player of the Week after the first game of the year.
Ratliff was a major factor on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, scoring two goals and assisting on another while picking up seven ground balls. He helped the Greyhounds' defense hold Air Force scoreless for over 31 minutes of action while Loyola ran off 10 unanswered goals.
The junior from Marietta, Ga., scored twice in unsettled situations for Loyola, the first time coming to pull the Greyhounds within a goal, 3-2, with 45 ticks left on the first-quarter clock.
The Falcons scored four in a row to end the half, taking a 7-4 lead into the locker rooms, but Ratliff assisted on a J.P. Dalton goal 16 seconds into the third quarter after Loyola won the opening face-off.
That goal sparked a 10-0 Loyola run that saw the Greyhounds up 14-7 with more than five minutes to play in the game.
After assisting on the first, Ratliff scored the second goal of the run taking a Josh Hawkins pass before ducking-and-weaving around a defender and sending a low shot past Air Force's Austin Fox to make it 7-6.
Ratliff helped Loyola control a 45-29 advantage in ground balls, tying with teammate Reid Acton for game-high honors with seven. He also was critical in the Greyhounds' possession game as Loyola won 18-of-27 face-offs.
The Greyhounds are back in action on short rest this week. They host No. 18 Georgetown University at 7 o'clock on Wednesday, March 21, at Ridley Athletic Complex.