Patriot League Begins To Reload

It has been the practice of Patriot League schools not to announce their signed recruiting classes until the late spring. Even then, there are additions ( mostly late season recruits from overseas) during the summer. But US Club teams and other online resources have already posted commitments of the high school graduates for 2019. Max Sport, a go to resource has posted division one commitments from across the country.

Most Patriot League schools carry 21-23 players on their roster during the season and as seniors graduate ( as they most ofter do in the League), replenishment is on the mind of every coach. There are however some interesting needs and even at this early date, fans can get in the mind of head coaches to see what they are thinking.

First of all, one must keep in mind the Patriot League does not allow red shirts except for medical reasons. So for the most part the career of a Patriot League player is 4 years. Second the NCAA allows 12 equivalencies, total, for a division one field hockey team. Those 12 scholarships will be divided over 4 classes and can be awarded partially to individuals.

Theresa Delahanty shows her fight competing for the ball

So, in alphabetical order here are the number of graduating seniors, and current roster sizes for each Patriot League team.

American 6/22, Boston University 6/21, Bucknell 7/25, Colgate 0/23, Holy Cross 4/23,  Lafayette 5/23, Lehigh 3/19

According to Max Sports the same schools have received the following number of US commitments as of this date..

American 3, Boston 2, Bucknell 4, Colgate 3, Holy Cross 2, Lafayette 4, Lehigh 5

The numbers suggest several things to me. Colgate will field a veteran team, Bucknell has a heavy lift for the recruiting class replacing some key people, Boston will probably dip into their New Zealand and Australia pool to add to their roster, Lafayette has almost reached their goals but will we see some foreign players later on, and American usually will add foreign players to their roster. Holy Cross has lost key players but must look to replace their very fine goalie.

In the coming weeks, I will try to get a line on each class commitments to date keeping in mind they may have not yet signed an NLI yet. First up, our Leopards who according to Max Sports has 4 commitments.




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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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