Loyola - Maryland
- Long-Stick Midfield
- Communications/Advertising & Public Relations
Ratliff has excelled as a student-athlete on the field and in the classroom at Loyola and enters the 2013 season with a grade point average higher than 3.2. He has earned Dean’s List honors at Loyola and had a GPA of 3.67 during the first semester of his senior year.
Ratliff will serve as a team captain at Loyola for the second year in a row this season after being named one of four as a junior on the Greyhounds’ team that won the 2012 NCAA Championship. He was the first junior to be named a captain at Loyola in the last 10 years. As a Junior captain, Ratliff used his vocal and physical leadership to help Loyola win a school-record 18 games and capture the program’s first national championship.
Ratliff has participated in several community service ventures during his three-plus years at Loyola. He was a student leader and the keynote speaker of the school’s sophomore retreat. He also has worked with ‘Homeless Hookups’, a student-led group where he serves as a leader. For this program, he has guided other students from Loyola to Downtown Baltimore where they meet homeless men and women, provide dinner and socialization, as well as friendship. Ratliff has also participated in outreach through lacrosse, leading a clinic for children at the inner-city Baltimore school, St. Ignatius. He has also been a volunteer coach for youth players in Cobb County, Georgia.
Ratliff has continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. This year, he was tabbed a Preseason All-America Second Team member and was on the USILA Third Team last season when he finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors. Ratliff was also a second-round draft pick of the Boston Cannons (9th overall) in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft.