This week marked the second full slate of NCAA lacrosse games. Here is a quick recap of some of the key NCAA Division I games this past week. The Machine currently holds the rights to the players named in bold, but no NCAA player has made any commitment, express or implied, to play in Major League Lacrosse following graduation.
#1 Virginia 9 – #20 Drexel 8
The number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers faced their first test of the season as they held off the #20 Drexel Dragons 9-8. The Cavaliers were down 8-7 with 10 minutes to go in the 4th quarter when sophomore midfielder Bobby Hill scored two minutes later to tie the game at eight goals apiece. Cavaliers’ sophomore midfielder Rob Emery gave the team the lead, 9-8 late in the fourth, on senior attackman Colin Briggs’ assist. Senior attackman and 2011 Tewaaraton winner Steele Stanwick (2nd overall Collegiate Draft pick) contributed to the team’s win with four groundballs. Drexel’s Pre-Season All-American senior goalie Mark Manos tallied five saves in Drexel’s failed upset attempt.
#9 Notre Dame 7 – #2 Duke 3
Notre Dame’s defense stifled Duke’s offense for four quarters forcing 22 turnovers and only allowing three goals on 37 shots. The Irish’s junior goalie John Kemp was stellar in goal making 14 saves. Senior midfielder Max Pfeifer led the Irish with two goals and two assists. Duke’s junior goalie Dan Wigrizer was the lone bright spot for the Blue Devils. The junior had 16 saves in 58 minutes of action. Senior midfielder Rob Rotanz (8th overall Collegiate Draft pick) had two shots and one groundball in the loss.
#3 Johns Hopkins 12 – Towson 6
The third ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays easily disposed of the Towson Tigers on Friday 12-6. Towson led the Blue Jays early in the second quarter, 3-2 before Johns Hopkins went on a 9-0 run. Senior attackman Chris Boland had four goals to lead the Blue Jays. Senior Marshall Burkhart (40th overall Collegiate Draft pick) also had a goal in the Blue Jays victory. Towson red-shirt freshman Robby Zoppo had two goals in his second career game.
Ohio State 10 – #5 Denver 9
In the teams’ first ECAC matchup of the year, the Ohio State Buckeyes upset the heavily-favored Denver Pioneers. The Buckeyes were down by two goals late in the third when senior defenseman Brock Sorensen scored his eighth goal of the season to bring the Buckeyes within one. The team took the lead early in the fourth on junior attackman Logan Schuss’ fifth goal of the day. Denver’s Alex Demopoulos (24th overall Collegiate Draft pick) scored with two minutes left to bring the Pioneers within one but the Buckeyes were able to hang on for their third win. Demopoulos finished the day with three points (1G 2A).
#7 Syracuse 12 – Albany 7
The University of Albany began the game with two quick goals to take the early lead on the Orange, but Syracuse scored 10 straight goals to hand the Great Danes their first loss of the season. Junior midfielder JoJo Marasco had a hat trick while senior attackman Tim Desko notched three assists. Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th overall Collegiate Draft pick) scooped up one groundball in the victory. Albany’s freshman Lyle Thompson had one goal and one assist in his collegiate debut.
#13 UMass 11 – #14 Bucknell 9
One week after tallying nine points (7G 2A), UMass junior attackman Will Manny had seven points (4G 3A) to lead UMass to their second victory on the year. Junior Kyle Smith added to the Minutemen’s point total scoring three goals. Over two games Manny and Smith have combined for 17 of the team’s 23 goals. Senior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th overall Collegiate Draft pick) added a groundball and a caused turnover. The Bucknell Bison were led by senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st overall Collegiate Draft pick) who had six points (3G 3A) and two groundballs.
Bellarmine 13 – Mercer 5
Bellarmine senior midfielder Colton Clark had four goals to lead the Knights to their first victory on the season. Senior attackman Austin Bright (58th overall Collegiate Draft pick) also had two goals and two groundballs in the Knights win. The Mercer Bears fall to 0-3 on the season despite three points (2G 1A) from sophomore Eoin Collins. The Bears will look to notch their first win of the season next week against the Detroit Mercy Titans from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.