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Fletcher '14, Ratliff '13 Named to Team USA Training Roster

SPARKS, Md. – Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse alumni Joe Fletcher '14 and Scott Ratliff '16 were two of 49 professional and collegiate players selected to join the U.S. Men's National Team Training Roster, U.S. Lacrosse announced today after the conclusion of a three-day tryout event at the organization's headquarters.
Fletcher and Ratliff were named to the roster that was pared from more than 70 men who were vying for a spot on the training roster. The selected group will train this fall and winter in preparation for the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. Team USA will be trimmed to the competition roster prior to heading to Netanya, Israel, for the event in July 2018.
The Loyola duo were both four-year standouts for the Greyhounds who have continued their excellence at the professional level. Last weekend, they were teammates at the 2017 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game for the third year in a row.
Fletcher, who recently completed a stint as Loyola's director of men's lacrosse operations, 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 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, Fletcher 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.
The Syracuse, New York, native 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.
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. He is second in school history with 88 caused turnovers, and he also picked up 217 ground balls, good for eighth in Greyhounds' recorded history.
A 2013 USILA Scholar All-American at Loyola, Ratliff has been a standout MLL player for the Boston Cannons and currently the Atlanta Blaze. He has been named to the MLL All-Star Team each of the last three seasons and in 2015, he was runner-up to Fletcher for MLL Warrior Defensive Player of the Year honors.
With 56 career points, Ratliff is the highest scoring defender in Major League Lacrosse history. Last year with the Blaze, he logged career-highs of nine goals, with four coming from 2-point range, and seven assists. He also picked up 73 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers. Through 10 games this year, Ratliff has four goals, including a two-pointer, four assists, 48 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.





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