By Brandon Rosin | 2/12/14 10:00 AM
This past weekend marked the first full week of the 2014 NCAA lacrosse season. Several of the top programs were in action, including many of the Machine’s 2014 collegiate draftees.
Johns Hopkins University started its season off with a 10-9 win over Ohio State, but it took triple overtime to down the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes led 2-1 early in the first quarter, but Hopkins’ Connor Reed scored the only second quarter goal to tie the game. An early third quarter goal by Machine draftee Rob Guida gave Hopkins momentum they would maintain until late into the second half. Hopkins entered the fourth quarter with an 8-5 lead, but the Buckeyes outscored the Blue Jays 4-1, including three goals from Jesse King, to tie the game at nine at the end of regulation. After two scoreless overtime sessions, Hopkins’ Brandon Benn scored the game winning goal.
The third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels earned a decisive 19-3 victory over Furman to open its 2014 season. Fourteen players scored Carolina’s 19 goals. The Tar Heels outshot the Paladins 48-20. The loss was the first of the season for Furman, its first season in Division I. UNC senior R.G. Keenan led all players with five ground balls and 11 faceoff wins. Keenan, a 2014 Machine draftee, passed 600 career faceoff wins in the game.
The Bucknell Bison held off the Delaware Blue Hens to earn a 6-4 win. It is the second consecutive season that Bucknell opened its season with a win over Delaware. Seven of the game’s 10 goals came in the first half, as Bucknell led 3-1 after the first quarter and 5-2 at halftime. The teams traded goals in the third quarter and Delaware added a goal in the final seconds to close the game. Bison senior defenseman, and Machine draftee, Jackson Place’s 2 groundballs contributed to the team’s 25 for the game.
The second-ranked Syracuse Orange defeated the Siena Saints in the earliest season opener in Syracuse history. The Orange jumped out to an early lead as Dylan Donahue, Randy Staats and Derek Maltz scored back-to-back-to-back goals within the first four minutes of play. The Saints answered with back-to-back goals, but the 3-2 score didn’t last long as the Orange quickly responded with a four goal outburst from Nick Weston, Billy Ward, Donahue and Scott Loy. The Machine drafted both Loy and Maltz in the 2014 collegiate draft.
Virginia Head Coach Dom Starsia earned his 350th career win with a 13-12 victory over Richmond. The Cavaliers held a 6-3 lead after the first quarter but the Spiders outscored the Cavs 6-2 in the second quarter and held a one-goal lead at halftime. Richmond’s Mitchell Goldberg scored the first goal of the second half, but Cavaliers outscored the Spiders 3-1 in the third quarter to take the lead. Both teams added a pair of goals in the final frame as Virginia held on for a one-goal win. Virginia defenseman, and Machine draftee, Joseph Lisicky collected four groundballs and caused four turnovers against Richmond.
NOTE: All Machine draftees will be eligible to join the Machine following the conclusion of the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse season.