4/27/12 8:55 AM
On Wednesday, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2012 men’s nominees that consisted of 25 players from different 20 schools. Three of the Ohio Machine’s 2012 Collegiate Draft picks were named to the list – 2011 winner Steele Stanwick (Virginia), Anthony Biscardi (Massachusetts) and Billy Eisenreich (Bucknell). The Machine is the only Major League Lacrosse team to have three of its collegiate draft picks named to the nominees list. The winner will be announced on May 31st at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
On top of being named to the nominees list, Steele Stanwick was also named to the 2012 Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC Team along with fellow Machine collegiate draft pick Robert Rotanz from Duke.
Billy Eisenreich has been honored as well by being named to the 2012 All-Patriot League Team.
#2 UMass 14 – Hofstra 13
UMass midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th Overall Pick) scored with five minutes left in regulation to put the Minutemen up for good and clinch the regular season Colonial Athletic Association Championship. Hofstra trailed UMass by three going into halftime but took the lead early in the fourth quarter. UMass answered Hofstra with goals from senior attackman Art Kell, junior attackman Kyle Smith, and junior midfielder Colin Fleming. UMass is now the #1 seed in the CAA tournament and will host the CAA Semifinals on May 2nd.
#3 Cornell 9 – Brown 10
The Brown Bears fell behind quickly 2-0 but recovered by scoring four straight goals. Cornell junior attackman Max Van Bourgondien tied the game up with 58 seconds left but Brown sophomore attackman and Ivy League Player of the Week, Sam Hurster, netted the game winning goal with four seconds left in regulation. Cornell senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd Overall Pick) scored two goals on the afternoon and also scooped up five groundballs. Cornell will face #13 Princeton next week and will clinch a share of the Ivy League title with a win.
#5 Duke 6 - #8 Maryland 5, #5 Duke 12 - #9 North Carolina 9
With victories over rivals Maryland and North Carolina the Duke Blue Devils won their seventh ACC title and four out of the last six. Duke’s two wins have also increased their win streak to 10 games which is tied for the second longest win streak under head coach John Danowski. Sophomore attackman Christian Walsh was named the ACC Tournament‘s Most Valuable Player after scoring five goals and tallying two assists in two games. Senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th Overall Pick) added a combined three points in the Blue Devil’s victories.
#6 Virginia 9 - #9 North Carolina 11
In his last ACC Tournament game of his collegiate career, senior attackman Steele Stanwick (2nd Overall Pick) broke the Cavaliers all-time point record of 249 which was previously held by Doug Knight. Stanwick had seven points (2G 5A) but the Cavaliers still fell to the Tarheels. Virginia’s defense was unable to stop North Carolina’s starting attackmen who combined for six goals and four assists. Stanwick will play the last regular season game of his career against the University of Pennsylvania in the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic.
#7 Johns Hopkins 2 – Navy 8
In his last career game at Navy’s Marine Corp stadium, Navy senior goalie R.J Wickham tallied 18 saves to lead the Midshipmen over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. With the win Wickham became only the second Navy goalie to defeat the Blue Jays twice in their career. Sophomore Sam Jones outscored Johns Hopkins by himself with three goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (50th Overall Pick) continued to be a force on defense picking up one groundball.
#12 Denver 8 - #17 Fairfield 9 (OT)
Fairfield junior attackman Sam Snow had a career-high five goals, including the game winner, to help the Stags to tie a program record for wins in a season with 11. Fairfield scored four unanswered goals to end the game including the game winner in overtime. Fairfield will now have a chance to secure the #2 seed in the ECAC tournament next week with a win over Ohio State University. Denver’s loss to Fairfield marked the Pioneers third conference loss of the season. Junior midfielder Chase Carraro struggled at faceoff, only winning .333 of his attempts. Senior attackmen Alex Demopoulos (24th Overall Pick) and Mark Matthews continued to add the Pioneer record books, extending their point streaks to 47 and 41 games respectively.
#14 Syracuse 13 – Hobart 12, #14 Syracuse 8 – Georgetown 10
Despite losing to Georgetown the Syracuse Orange clinched the #3 seed in the Big East Tournament. The Orange will play #2 seeded Villanova Wildcats in the semifinals of the inaugural championship on May 3rd. The Orange began the week by narrowly defeating the Hobart Statesmen by one goal. Sophomore attackman Derek Maltz scored six goals in the win and was named to this week’s Big East Honor Roll. On Saturday the Orange snapped their five-game winning streak against the Hoyas and spoiled the team's Senior Day. Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th Overall Pick) had two goals and one assist in his last regular season game in the Carrier Dome.
#18 Bucknell 10 – Colgate 11
Bucknell had a 6-1 lead on Colgate before the Raiders went on a 7-0 run to take a two goal lead. The teams looked poised to head into overtime when Pioneer League Tournament Player of the Week Peter Baum scored with two seconds left in the game. With three goals Baum became the third Colgate player to have more than 50 goals in a season. With the win Colgate clinched the #1 seed and will host a re-match against Bucknell. Bucknell senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st Overall Pick) had one goal and one assist to increase his point total to 63 points. Bucknell has now had seven games decided by one goal.
Ohio State 14 – Air Force 4
The Ohio State Buckeyes won their fourth conference game of the season in front of 19,213 fans as part of the 5thannual Showdown in the Shoe. Junior attackman Logan Schuss had four goals and five points in the win. Schuss now has 53 points which marks his third straight season with 50 or more points. Senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat led the Buckeye defense which held the Air Force Academy to one goal in three quarters. Ochwat now has a team leading 25 caused turnovers. Ochwat’s efforts earned him the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Bellarmine 9 – Detroit Mercy 8
Senior attackman Jordan Wong (2G 1A) stepped up in senior attackman Austin Bright’s (58th Overall Pick) absence by scoring the game winning goal with 12 seconds to go in the game. The Detroit Mercy Titans were up on the Knights 6-4 going into the fourth quarter but the Knights roared back by scoring five in the final period. Detroit sophomore attackman Shayne Adams tallied a hat-trick in the team’s seventh loss of the season.