April 4, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loyola University Maryland's Eric Lusby and Scott Ratliff were added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as the top player in college lacrosse, joining fellow Greyhound Mike Sawyer who was named to the list prior to the season.
Lusby, a graduate student on Loyola's attack, is second on the team with 27 goals and 35 points. He returned to the field this season after missing all but two games last year with a knee injury suffered in the 2010 NCAA First Round.
Through nine games this year, Lusby has already established career-highs in goals and points, eclipsing the 20 and 25 he posted in 2010 when he was a member of the All-ECAC First Team. Lusby has scored in every game this year, and he has six games with three or more goals. Twice - at Bellarmine and versus then-No. 18 Georgetown - Lusby has scored five in a game.
Ratliff has established himself as one of the top long-stick midfielders in the game. A junior, he is tied for the team lead with 39 ground balls, and Ratliff paces the Greyhounds with 17 caused turnovers.
He has also scored four goals and has two assists this year. As a member of the Greyhounds' face-off unit, he has helped Loyola win 61.2-percent of restarts this season, the fourth-best mark in Division I. Ratliff's presence on the defense has helped Loyola hold opponents to 7.11 goals per game.
The fourth-ranked Greyhounds (9-0) resume ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday at 1 o'clock when the travel to Connecticut to face No. 14 Fairfield University.