Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Patriot League Preview


The Patriot League featured a decent race for the regular-season title last season, but it ended much the same way most people projected, with American winning the championship. The Eagles lost just one conference game all season, in late-January to Holy Cross. The Crusaders, who lost two of their last five games, finished in second, two games back of American. Only one other team, Navy, was above .500 in conference play, with four teams finishing 5-9 or worse. This season, American loses five starters, leaving an opening for someone to take over the top spot.

1. Holy Cross: New head coach Sean Kearney will continue the Crusaders' winning ways behind four returning starters and transfer Mike Cavataio.
2. Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks might have the most talent in the league, led by inside-outside combo Marquis Hall and Zahir Carrington.
3. Colgate: Look out for the Red Raiders this season; they return three double-figure scorers and star Kyle Roemer, who is back from injury.
4. Bucknell: The Bison finished last in the conference a year ago, but the return of forward Patrick Behan and a healthy team will help.
5. Army: The Black Knights are coming off of their best Patriot League finish ever, and return four starters from that successful group.
6. Navy: The Midshipmen lose all-league Kaleo Kina, but stud shooter Chris Harris will try to carry them back to third place in the league.
7. American: The Eagles lose five starters from an NCAA Tournament team, and face an enormous rebuilding project in order to get back to the top.
8. Lafayette: The Leopards have two potential all-league players in Jeff Kari and Ryan Willen, but they need to improve on their eight wins.

Player of the Year:
 Zahir Carrington, F/C, Lehigh

All-Conference Team:
G- Marquis Hall, Lehigh
G- R.J. Evans, Holy Cross
G- Chris Harris, Navy
F/C- Zahir Carrington, Lehigh
C- Andrew Keister, Holy Cross 

Second Team:
G- Cleveland Richard, Army
G- Bryan Cohen, Bucknell
G/F- Kyle Roemer, Colgate 
F- Ryan Willen, Lafayette
F/C- Patrick Behan, Bucknell

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