Albany's Oakes Cleared to Play for 2016; Hopkins' Reed Out for Season
Albany attackman Seth Oakes, who scored 54 goals a year ago but was not with the team in the fall, has been cleared to play by the NCAA, according to the university.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins announced Friday that senior midfielder Connor Reed, a projected starter for the Blue Jays' suffered an injury in a non-contact drill and will miss the season. The injury is believed to be a torn ACL.
The presence of Oakes, a former Onondaga Commmunity College transfer who will be a redshirt junior, helps Albany's cause as it enters the post-Lyle Thompson era. Albany is ranked 17th in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20.
Reed's loss is another setback for Johns Hopkins, which is already missing sophomore midfielder Joel Tinney for the season for violating NCAA rules. The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20. Reed started all 18 games last season and totaled 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points. He has played in 40 career games with 34 starts, amassing 19 goals and 31 assists.
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