This week marked the second 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. #13 UMass (11-12)
In its second game of the season, North Carolina fell to #13-ranked University of Massachusetts 11-12 on Saturday in the third annual Southern Showdown. A four-goal scoring spree in the fourth quarter gave UMass the one-up goal in final five minutes of the game to make its season 2-0 and UNC 1-1. UNC started out strong with the help of senior attack Marcus Holman (12th Overall), Jimmy Bitter and Spencer Parks. UNC went into the half leading 7-4 and outshooting the Minutemen 43-38 but with the surge from UMass after the half helped the Minutemen outscore 22-15. UMass senior attack Kyle Smith and junior midfield Connor Mooney both tallied hat tricks and two goals each from Andrew Sokol and Grant Whiteway helped UMass to the win and remain undefeated in regular season since 2011. Marcus Holman scored two goals, tallied one assist and retrieved one groundball during his second game of the season. UMass’ Colin Fleming (49th Overall) saw playing time in his first game of the season where he had one caused turnover.
#8 Denver vs. #15 Penn State (12-15)
The University of Denver was handed its first loss of the season by Penn State falling 15-12 to the #15-ranked team at the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic. Denver Pioneers’ senior Eric Law and sophomore Wes Berg both tallied a hat trick followed by senior Cameron Flint and junior Jeremy Noble with two goals each. With help from Jack Forester and Shane Sturgis, the Nitany Lions extended its season to 2-0. Going into the half, Penn State had the lead of 7-5 and looked to continue being ahead into the second half. Penn State opened up the second half with a goal from Shane Sturgis but was answered by a goal from Denver’s Wes Berg and Colin Woolford. Two more goals from the Nitany Lions put them up 10-7 followed by another three straight goals from Penn State but answered by a goal from Denver’s Wes Berg to make it 13-8. In the fourth quarter, Denver made a final push to get the win with three straight goals, including a man-up goal, but it wasn’t enough to take over Penn State, who won 15-12. Chase Carraro (13th Overall) started the game for Denver but was injured early on and sat out the rest of the game.
#11 Colgate vs. Vermont (13-7)
Colgate has started off its season strong with a 2-0 record winning 13-7 over Vermont with the help of junior attack Brendon McCann and senior attack Peter Baum (1st Overall). Brendon McCann led the Raiders in goals with five followed by Peter Baum with three, including the final goal of the game. Colgate never trailed Vermont but had a few ties early on but the Raiders pulled out in front during the second half with all of Brendon McCann’s goals being scored then. Peter Baum’s two-man advantage goal that finished the scoring in the game marked his 28th career hat trick to extend his active Division I lead and is just four goals shy of breaking the Patriot League record for career goals held by Bucknell’s Justin Zackey at 138. Colgate outshot Vermont 41-30 but Vermont claimed a 27-25 edge in groundballs.
#20 Ohio State vs. Jacksonville (9-6)
Ohio State extended its record to 2-0 during the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic beating Jacksonville 9-6. The Buckeyes led 4-2 going into the second quarter after a three-goal run, including goals from seniors Logan Schuss (11th Overall) and Dominique Alexander (33rd Overall). At the end of the first half, Ohio State led Jacksonville by only one goal but did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. Going into the fourth quarter Ohio State quickly changed its one-goal lead to a three-goal lead with goals from Dominique Alexander and Jesse King but was answered by a man-up goal from Jacksonville’s David Goldman. Ohio State senior Dan Wertz gave the Buckeyes a three-goal cushion to help solidify the 9-6 win in final minutes of the game. Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander tallied two goals each and Schuss ended the game as well with an assist for three-point game. Schuss extended his point streak to 47 games (each game of his college career) and senior Kevin Mack (57th Overall) tallied three groundballs during the game.
#9 Lynchburg vs. #1 Salisbury (13-12)
In its first game of the season, Lynchburg College caused an upset with a 13-12 win over #1 Salisbury. Lynchburg started out of the gate strong with a 5-1 advantage but Salisbury answered back with three-straight goals to make it 5-4 Lynchburg early in the second quarter. Lynchburg made it 7-6 heading into the second half where again they opened up strong to make a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. After trading goals, Salisbury came back to score four-straight goals to tie the game at 11 all going into the fourth quarter and was eventually tied 12 all with seven minutes left. Lynchburg senior midfielder Vin Curran scored the game-winning goal with only 15 seconds remaining to give the Hornets its first win of the season. Lynchburg senior Max Voumard posted a game-high four goals and added an assist, while Vin Curran finished with two goals and won 12 of his 20 face-off opportunities. Senior defenseman Joe Lisicky (41st Overall) did not see any action due to a lower body injury.