Alumnus Joe Fletcher ’14 Named To Team USA For World Championships
BRADENTON, Fla. - Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse alumnus Joe Fletcher earned a spot on the 23-player travel roster that will represent the United States at the Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championships this summer.
The 2014 graduate of Loyola and his U.S. National Team peers will compete at the games in Netanya, Israel, from July 12-21.
Fletcher, who was a two-time First Team All-American at Loyola is one of three close defenders named to the national team. The team of 23 was pared down from 48 after the Team USA Spring Premiere concluded at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
As a Loyola senior in 2014, Fletcher was a member of the 30-player training roster for the World Championships, but he did not compete in the games.
Fletcher, who recently completed a stint as Loyola’s director of men’s lacrosse operations from 2015-2017, was a three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American and 2014 USILA Defensive Player of the Year for Loyola. As a collegian, Fletcher capped his career at Loyola that included the 2012 NCAA Championship with a spectacular senior season. He led all close defenders nationally with 80 ground balls and also caused 31 turnovers while the Greyhounds spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 nationally.
Fletcher was the just the second defender to be a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player; he was also the 2014 Patriot League and 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning a slew of academic honors for his work in the classroom. He was the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the League’s overall Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Following his graduation, the Syracuse, New York native was the recipient of the prestigious NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award, an honor that recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. He was just the second Patriot League student-athlete and sixth men’s lacrosse player to be recognized with the award that began in 1972.
Now a financial analyst for Corporate Office Properties Trust in Columbia, Maryland was the lone collegian to be a member of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team 30-player roster for the World Championships. As a professional player for Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards, Fletcher has been a three-time MLL All-Star (2015-17) and was the 2015 MLL Warrior Defensive Player of the Year as the Lizards won the league title.
This year’s team will have a final training weekend in late June before heading to Israel in early July for the world championship. Since 1967, the U.S. has won the gold or silver medal at every men’s international world championship in field lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.