By Brandon Rosin | 2/20/14 6:00 PM
The second full week of NCAA lacrosse has come to pass. Several of the top programs were in action, including many of the Machine’s 2014 collegiate draftees.
Mark Cockerton’s goal with under 15 seconds left in regulation lifted Virginia past Drexel by a score of 11-10. The two schools kept the game close throughout, with five ties and three lead changes before the final whistle sounded. The Virginia defense grabbed 29 groundballs against Drexel, with Ohio Machine draftee Joseph Lisicky contributing three. Cockerton bookended the game, scoring his team’s first and last goals.
Bryant surged out to a 4-1 lead early in the first quarter and held on to beat Bucknell 12-9 on Sunday. The early run by the Bryant offense created a game-long gap that Bucknell struggled to close. Bucknell pulled within two goals on a few occasions, but each time Bryant had an answer. Bucknell’s defense collected 23 groundballs throughout the game. Senior defenseman and Machine draftee Jackson Place grabbed 2 groundballs for Bucknell.
North Carolina rolled to an easy 21-5 win over Manhattan on Sunday. Twelve different players scored for the Tar Heels. With four straight goals at the start of the game, UNC took an early lead they would carry through the game. A trio of hat tricks from Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton and Shane Simpson secured the North Carolina victory. UNC midfielder and Ohio Machine draftee R.G. Keenan missed the game with an injury.
A strong second half offense led Johns Hopkins to a 15-8 win over Towson on Saturday. Brandon Benn, Ryan Brown and John Crawley contributed four goals each in the win. Three straight goals by Towson midfielder Greg Cuccinello at the beginning of the second quarter gave Towson a 5-3 lead, but the Blue Jays rallied back in the third, scoring seven consecutive goals to pulled away from Towson. Johns Hopkins' midfielder, and Machine draftee, Rob Guida fired seven shots in the Blue Jays win.
Syracuse and Albany traded scoring streaks throughout the game, finally ending in a 17-16 overtime win for Syracuse. The game started with four straight goals by the Orange, answered by an Albany run in the second. Syracuse used a third quarter run to build an advantage, but Albany closed the game on a five goal streak to force overtime. It was an overtime goal by midfielder Henry Schoonmaker that won the game for the Orange. Syracuse Midfielder Scott Loy contributed 2 goals and attacker Derek Maltz added one assist to the Syracuse offense. The Machine drafted Loy and Maltz in the 2014 collegiate draft.
For the 12th consecutive year, Notre Dame earned a win in its first game of the season. The Fighting Irish cruised to a 19-7 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday night as thirteen different players scored goals for the Fighting Irish. Matt Kavanagh and Conor Doyle delivering hat tricks for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame scored 17 goals, and eight goals in a quarter, for the first time since the 2009 season. Ohio Machine draftee Stephen O’Hara started the game for Notre Dame and caused a team-high two turnovers.
Massachusetts scored in overtime to beat Ohio State 12-11 on Sunday night. UMass started the game with back-to-back goals from Matt Whippen and Nick Mariano to secure an early lead. Ohio State trailed three times in the game, but two late fourth quarter goals by Adam Trombley and Reegan Comeault tied the game and led the Buckeyes to overtime for the second game in a row. It was an overtime goal by Mariano that won the game for the Minutemen.