This week marked the first full slate 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.
#7 UNC vs. Air Force (16-8)
University of North Carolina got its first tally for the win column on Friday night with a 16-8 win over Air Force. The game started out close to even throughout the first half but UNC put distance between it and the Falcons with the help of senior Marcus Holman (12th Overall) and sophomores Jimmy Bitterand Joey Sankey and junior Ryan Creighton. In the second half, the Tar Heels outscored the Air Force 8-2 and had freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke make 10 second-half saves. Marcus Holman had eight points overall, just two points short of his career high, and tallied six assists. Those six assists were the most by a Tar Heel since 1997. Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey and Ryan Creighton all had career-high games with five goals, three goals and three goals, respectively.
#8 Denver vs. #4 Duke (14-12)
With a strong seven-goal third quarter, University of Denver passed Duke University to win 14-12 in both teams’ season opener. The win by Denver also broke Duke’s nine-game home-winning streak, which was the longest active in the nation. Duke was the first to get ahead, 3-0, in the first quarter before Denver got on the board with help from Denver junior Jeremy Noble. The Blue Devils came back to make its lead 6-2 in the first. Going into halftime, the Pioneers had come back from the four-goal deficit to net three more goals to make it 8-5. Denver opened up the second half with a nine-goal scoring streak that lasted until the fourth quarter, including five goals from sophomore Eric Adamson and the rest from seniors Cameron Flint and Eric Law and freshman Gordie Koerber. Duke was down by six in the later part of the fourth but came back with four straight-goals but key saves by sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante helped get the Pioneers to the win. Chase Carraro (13th Overall)won six of his 14 face-offs, tallied one assist and collected two groundballs in his first game of the 2013 season.
#11 Colgate vs. Bryant (14-13)
Currently ranked #10 Colgate University opened up its season with a nail-biting game where it won 14-13 in overtime against Bryant. Colgate opened the game with a goal-scoring tangent with sophomore Matt Clarkson for a 1-0 lead followed by goals from juniors Kevin Boyle and Jimmy Ryan. Bryant trailed 13-11 in the 4th quarter but tied the game up in the final three minutes, including the last goal by Brian Schlansker in the last eight seconds of regulation. The Raiders kept the game even once in overtime but Colgate’s Jimmy Ryan tallied the game-winner halfway through overtime and gave the Raiders their first win of the season. Jimmy Ryan and fellow midfielder Matt Clarkson accounted for nine of Colgate's 14 goals, with Clarkson scoring five. Senior attackman and 2012 Tewaaraton winner Peter Baum (1st Overall) contributed to the team’s win with two goals and two assists for the Raiders. Colgate as a team fired 59 shots to 37 for Bryant. Groundballs were 33-31 in favor of the Bulldogs, who also won face-offs 20-11. Bryant committed 21 turnovers to 14 for the Raiders, and Bryant was one-of-five in extra-man opportunities while Colgate was zero of one.
#13 UMass vs. Army (16-9)
In its first game of the season, University of Massachusetts tallied a 16-9 win over Army at Garber Field this past weekend. The Minutemen and Black Knights went back and forth with goals in the first quarter making it 4-4 at the end of the first. But UMass came out hard in the second quarter to lead Army 7-5 at the half with goals from freshman Dan Muller, sophomore Andrew Sokol and the nation’s active leader in goals, Garret Thul. UMass returned to the field for the second half where they continued on its goal spree with four goals in the third to make it 11-5. Army returned fire with two goals to make it 11-7 in the third followed by two more UMass goals and one more Army goal by Alex Newsome to end the third 13-8. The Army added one more goal by Alex Van Krevel before the Minutemen closed out the game with three more goals by juniors Matt Whippen and Connor Mooney and senior Kyle Smith. UMass outshot Army, 47-30, including a 27-16 margin in on-target attempts. The Minutemen caused 17 Army turnovers while only committing 12 and won 15-of-28 face-offs as junior Joe Calvello was victorious in 14 of the 27 he took. Colin Fleming (49th Overall) did not see action in this game.
#20 Ohio State vs. Detroit (14-8)
The Ohio State University opened up its season at home taking on Detroit and winning its first game of the season, 14-8. The Buckeyes trailed Detroit at the end of the first quarter, 3-2, with the first two goals for the Buckeyes by senior co-captain Logan Schuss (11th Overall) with one assisted by co-captain and senior Dominique Alexander (33rd Overall). Ohio State tied it up 6-6 at halftime and came back to begin its scoring spree during the third quarter, where Ohio State outscored the Titans 5-1. In total, Ohio State outshot Detroit, 47-20. Logan Schuss scored 50% of the goals (seven) for Ohio State and tallied 10 points total, a personal best, in his first game of the regular season. Schuss also extended his point streak to 46 games and is tied third in program history with 175 points. Ohio State goalie and junior Greg Dutton played all 60 minutes with nine saves and four groundballs. Senior Trey Wilkes was 14-8 on face-offs and had six groundballs, while senior Kevin Mack (57th Overall) tied his career best with seven groundballs and junior Darius Bowling picked up six loose balls while causing three turnovers. Dominique Alexander finished with one assist and three caused turnovers for his first start of the 2013 season.
#3 Lynchburg College (DIII)
Lynchburg College and senior defenseman Joe Lisicky (41st Overall) did not play this past week but look to open up its 2013 season on Saturday, February 16 against #1 Salisbury at home. Lynchburg recently earnedthe number one position atop the 2013 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Joe Lisicky, who had five goals, 89 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers last season, enters the 2013 season as the 2012 ODAC Player of the Year, Lacrosse Magazine’s 2013 Preseason Player of the Year and Inside Lacrosse First Team Preseason All-American.