"In the past, that long-stick midfield position was kind of a role player," said Kessenich, a former All-American goalie at Johns Hopkins. "You were considered a part-timer because you spent half the game on the bench. But now with the game becoming more of a specialist's game, a player like Ratliff or [senior] C.J. Costabile at Duke, their ability to generate possessions off faceoffs, possessions off of turnovers and then to convert those possessions into goal-scoring opportunities, a guy like Ratliff is worth three, four, five goals a game for Loyola. If he didn't play, they'd have some serious issues."