It’s been several months since my last article on Patriot League recruits for next fall, so I thought I might backtrack to see what has been happening. In past years, the names, numbers and details of recruits in the Patriot League has been top secret for many schools, but the advent of hockey clubs who publish their seniors who have signed an NLI has pushed that tradition to the background for the most part. There are several schools who have probably not announced their full new freshmen roster ( American, Lafayette and Boston, all who may be adding foreign names to rosters before the fall), but we are getting a picture of what rosters will look like.
In summary, since my last article on new faces, Lafayette has five announced ( with possibly 2 others to come),. Holy Cross has added three to the original three I wrote about. Lehigh has added two to bring their total to a league leading class of 10. Colgate has added 2 to bring their class to five adding to their 17 veterans. Bucknell has added two and will have a class of six, American is tight lipped on their 3 but if past is prologue they will add a foreign player or two by the fall. Boston has added added one to an already strong class. The one is a transfer from Albany, Liz Ryan, who is on the US under 21 team. She will arrive as a junior. A surprise indeed!!
Holy Cross’s addition for the most part come from a distance including California and South Africa.
Lehigh is adding almost a whole second team with the addition of two. Their most impressive get is the goalkeeper Kahn who playing with the US under 19 team. There is also a new Dutch player arriving this fall as well.
Colgate adds two to the three announced, but their biggest asset is their returning vets.
Bucknell has added two to make a class of six. One intriguing recruit is Alina Arko who is rumored to have speed to burn. The other addition is Noor Kaus whose father played in India.
No additions to American doesn’t mean there will not be more.
Boston has an excellent class and the addition of transfer Liz Ryan means they will be tough again.
However, my interest is Lafayette. This class and what I know of the eventual additions tells me, we are at least in the top three in incoming talent. Combined with a strong returning class I predict the Leopards, with hard work and a little attitude, will be in the hunt at the end of the year.
Although there is no schedule published, I see key games in the Patriot League with the familiar American, Boston and maybe a dark horse in the way. Holy Cross always gives us a hard time and for some reason Lehigh, with their new players and playing them at the end of season ,at their place gives me pause. Holy Cross, Colgate and Bucknell will be at our place.