Ratliff Earns ECAC Defensive Player Of The Week Award

March 28, 2011

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Greyhounds defeat Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.

Ratliff helped the Greyhounds' score four goals in transition, tallying a goal and two assists in Loyola's 14-10 victory over Mount St. Mary's.

The sophomore from Marietta, Ga., brought the ball into Loyola's offensive zone and sent passes to Mike Sawyer and Patrick Fanshaw, and the duo scored the Greyhounds' first two goals of the game.

Ratliff then cleared the ball from one end to the other and beat Mountaineers goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo with a shot to score a man-down goal with 6-minutes, 26-seconds left in the third quarter, giving the Greyhounds a 7-5 advantage.

He also had a career- and game-high six ground balls, helping Loyola win the possession battle in the second half.

The ECAC award is the first of Ratliff's career and third this season for a Loyola player. Sawyer earned Offensive Player of the Week laurels on February 21, and Jake Hagelin was named Defensive Player of the Week seven days later.

Ratliff and the Greyhounds step back into ECAC play on Saturday when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at 1 o'clock.