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NCAA Lacrosse Weekend Update - Week 8

March 19, 2016
The Eighth full week of NCAA lacrosse has come to pass. Several of the top teams were in action, including many of the Machine’s 2014 collegiate draftees.

The North Carolina Tar Heels used a 5-0 third quarter to pull away from Johns Hopkins en route to a 13-9 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. Down 7-4 towards the end of the second quarter, North Carolina scored nine of the game’s next 10 goals to take the lead. Ohio Machine draftee R.G. Keenan scored a goal to give the Tar Heels a three-goal lead.  Johns Hopkins managed two goals in the fourth, including the final goal by Holden Cattoni off of a Rob Guida assist, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Tar Heels. Guida was drafted by the Ohio Machine in the 2014 collegiate draft.

Machine draftee Derek Maltz scored a hat trick in an 11-10 win for Syracuse over Notre Dame on Saturday. Fellow attackmen Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue scored four and three goals, respectively. The Notre Dame defense performed well in the close game with 31 groundballs. Machine draftee Stephen O’Hara picked up 3 groundballs and caused two turnovers in the defensive effort. A three-goal run in the fourth quarter tied the game up for Notre Dame, but a 2:05 shot by Syracuse’s Kevin Rice secured the victory. Machine draftee Scott Loy had two shots on goal in the Syracuse victory.

Princeton outscored Brown 5-2 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Tigers fell a goal short on Saturday. Princeton’s Tom Schreiber scored a hat trick for the team, including the final goal of the game. Down 9-5 at the end of the third, Princeton scored five times in three minutes in the fourth to salvage what seemed like a lost cause. Two late fourth quarter saves by Brown goalie Jack Kelly kept Princeton from the equalizer and sealed an 11-10 victory. Schreiber was a Tewaaraton Award finalist last season and was drafted by the Machine with the first overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft.

Five goals from John Glesener lifted Army to an 11-6 win over Bucknell on Saturday. Army’s top-ranked defense kept Bucknell at bay by picking up 36 groundballs and 9 saves. Bucknell’s defense managed 23 groundballs, including 2 from Machine draftee Jackson Place. Earlier this week, Bucknell suffered a 10-6 loss to Fairfield on Tuesday. A five-goal run for Fairfield in the second half secured their win. Jackson Place grabbed two groundballs against Fairfield.

Maryland outscored Virginia 6-1 in the second half to earn a 9-6 victory on Tuesday.  Virginia ended the first half in a 5-3 lead, but Maryland rallied in the second. Maryland scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter as they closed out the hard-fought win. Virginia’s Joseph Lisicky helped keep the high-powered Maryland offense at bay. Lisicky is an Ohio Machine draftee.

Mario Vezza scored five goals and added two assists to lead Ohio Wesleyan to a 25-1 win over Hiram on Saturday. The Battling Bishops’ Kyle Foster opened a 12-goal run for Ohio Wesleyan that culminated in a spree of three goals in 35 seconds in the second quarter. Hiram’s Chris Lekan ended the run with an unassisted goal midway through the second quarter. Ohio Wesleyan answered with a 13-goal run to end the game.  Ohio Wesleyan midfielder and Machine draftee Spencer Schnell did not play in the game.