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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournaments Recap

March 19, 2016
This week marked the tournaments of NCAA lacrosse games with several of our 2013 Collegiate Draftees taking the field with their respective teams. The Ohio Machine currently holds the rights to the players named in bold below. No NCAA player has made any commitment (express or implied) to play in Major League Lacrosse following graduation.

Colgate vs. Lehigh (7-15) Patriot League Tournament

The Raiders’ tournament run ended this weekend after a loss and elimination from the Patriot League Tournament against Lehigh. Halfway through the first quarter, Lehigh gained a 2-1 lead in the first quarter, but it was the Mountain Hawks that dominated the second quarter scoring four goals from five shots on goal. The Raiders were not able to score once in the second quarter giving Lehigh a 6-1 lead going into halftime. Throughout the third quarter, Lehigh held onto their first half momentum and scored six goals. Even though Colgate fought back hard during the last quarter, it was not enough to catch up to the Mountain Hawks’ lead. Lehigh kept their lead for the remainder of the game and eliminated Colgate from the conference tournament from a 15-7 win. Peter Baum (1st Overall) had two assists and collected three groundballs.

2013 Season: Baum recently made the All-Patriot League First Team and Patriot League All-Academic Team and won Colgate’s Male Athlete of the Year. Baum was the second-leading goal scorer with 33 goals. He was first on his team in assists (15) and points (48).

#10 Ohio State vs. #4 Loyola-Maryland (18-11) and #3 Denver (11-10) ECAC Tournament

Ohio State competed in the ECAC Tournament this weekend and defeated Loyola-Maryland and Denver to become the ECAC Champions. The Buckeyes attained the third seed in the NCAA tournament and are hosting the first NCAA tournament game in OSU history.

Ohio State first faced Loyola-Maryland on Thursday and won with the help of five goals from the game’s leading scorer, Logan Schuss (11th Overall). OSU took the first quarter lead scoring three goals over Loyola’s two goals. Loyola picked up the pace in the second quarter and scored five goals, taking the lead over the Buckeyes by one goal. Loyola had a 7-6 lead going into halftime. Loyola held onto their lead for the third quarter, but OSU kept close behind, making sure they did not trail too far away. The Buckeyes were behind 11-10 going into the final quarter. OSU dominated in the final quarter scoring eight goals and taking the lead away from Loyola. The Buckeyes stopped Loyola from every shot, disabling them from getting any goals in the fourth quarter. Ohio State took home an 18-11 victory and moved forward in the ECAC Tournament to face Denver. Schuss ended the game with five goals, one assist and one groundball, Dominique Alexander (33rd Overall) had one goal, five assists and four groundballs and Kevin Mack (57th Overall) had three groundballs.

The Buckeyes defeated Denver to win the ECAC Championship on Saturday. The game began slowly with the first goal coming from OSU’s Turner Evans with five minutes left of the first quarter. OSU took a 4-2 lead to end the first quarter. Denver responded in the second quarter and scored four goals to tie up the score 6-6 going into halftime. Both teams fought hard to take the lead coming out of halftime, but neither could break free. The third quarter ended with a 9-9 tie. Ohio State scored the first goal of the fourth quarter giving them the lead. Tensions were high as Denver came back with a goal minutes later to tie the score again. With 24 seconds left of the game, OSU’s Turner Evans scored, giving the lead and the ECAC Championship to the Buckeyes. Schuss ended the game with two goals and one assist, Alexander had one assist and one groundball and Mack saw some playing time. Denver’s Chase Carraro (13th Overall) scored two goals and collected eight groundballs. Carraro also won 13 of 24 face-offs.

2013 Season:Schuss is the number one all-time leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes with 142 goals and ranked first in OSU history for points with 228. He was also recently nominated as one of the top 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy. This season, Schuss scored 40 goals and had 23 assists for 63 points. Alexander scored seven goals and had nine assists this season for 16 points. Alexander also collected 19 groundballs. Mack scored one goal and collected 23 groundballs.

Carraro had the team’s highest face-off percentage this season with .560 percent after winning 116 of 207 face-offs. Carraro also scored five goals and had two assists for seven points and collected 56 groundballs.

#3 UNC vs. #6 Duke (18-17) and Virginia (16-13) ACC Tournament

The Tar Heels defeated both of their opponents in the ACC Tournament to win the ACC Championship for the first time since 1996. Marcus Holman (12th Overall) was awarded as the tournament MVP and was one of the leading goal scorers with four goals against Duke. The Tar Heels had the first lead against Duke with a score of 4-2 in the first quarter. UNC took control during the second quarter scoring seven goals and giving themselves a large lead of 13-6 going into halftime. Come third quarter, Duke fought hard to catch up and was able to close the gap, only giving the Tar Heels a 15-12 lead for the final quarter. Duke tied the game at 17-17, minutes before the end of the game. Holman scored the game winning goal that advanced the Tar Heels to the championship game.

UNC and Virginia fought for the lead in the first quarter, but it was Virginia that ended on top, ending the quarter with a 5-4 lead. The score remained close in the second quarter, with the lead bouncing between the two teams. UNC pulled through the last four minutes of the quarter and scored three goals to bring their lead to 10-7 for halftime. The Tar Heels kept their lead coming out of halftime throughout the third quarter. Both teams scored four goals, bringing the score to 14-11 for the final quarter. The game ended with two more goals from each team, which gave UNC the lead and the conference victory.

2013 Season: Holman won the 2013 ACC Player of the Year Award and was recently nominated as one of the top 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Holman led the team this season with 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points.

UMass vs. #9 Penn State (7-10) CAA Tournament

The Minutemen suffered a loss this weekend in University Park against the Nittany Lions. Penn State took an early lead in the first quarter after scoring two goals. UMass only scored one goal, trailing PSU 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. UMass gained momentum in the second quarter and scored three goals, gaining a 4-3 lead going into halftime. Penn State came out of halftime determined to gain back their lead and scored three goals during the third quarter. UMass was only able to put two more goals on the scoreboard, ending the quarter in a 6-6 tie. Penn State dominated in the final quarter, scoring four straight goals for a 10-6 lead. The Minutemen could only score one more goal in the fourth quarter and suffered a three goal deficit. Penn State won 10-7 and advanced to the next game to play in the CAA Championship Game. Colin Fleming (49th Overall) had one groundball.

2013 Season:Fleming ended the season with four goals and one assist for five points. He also collected five groundballs.