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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Week 3 Recap

March 19, 2016


This week marked the third 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 19 – VMI 5, #1 Virginia 12 – Stony Brook 5

Tewaaraton Trophy winner and senior Steele Stanwick (2nd overall pick) had a combined 12 points (4G 8A) this past week to become the seventh player in ACC history to tally 100 career goals and 100 career assists.  The Cavaliers faced the VMI Keydets in their home opener on Tuesday, 2/20, and outscored the Keydets 14-3 in the first half.  On Saturday, 2/25, the Cavaliers hosted the Stony Brook Seawolves.  The defending champions were only up on Stony Brook by one entering the second quarter but pulled away with four goals in the second. 

#2 Johns Hopkins 8 – Delaware 6, #2 Johns Hopkins 9 – Siena 5

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays improved to 3-0 this weekend after defeating the Blue Hens and the Saints.  The Blue Jays struggled late against the Blue Hens but a John Ranagan goal with 31 seconds left sealed the victory.  Last year’s MAAC Champion Siena hung in with the second ranked team in the nation for three quarters before JHU went on a 3-0 run to end the game.  Junior attackman Zach Palmer and freshman attackman Wells Stanwick led the team with two goals apiece.  Senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (40th overall pick) had a combined three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the team’s two victories. 

#3 Cornell – Hobart

Postponed due to weather.

#6 Syracuse 10 – Army 9

The Syracuse Orange took the lead with 7:36 to go in the game, on a goal from junior midfielder Luke Cometti.  The Orange held the Army Black Knights scoreless for the rest of the game.  Senior attackmen Tommy Palasek and Tim Desko combined for five points in the team’s second win of the year.  Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th   overall pick ) contributed three groundballs in the win.  Army junior attackman Garret Thul’s three goals led the Black Knights in the loss. 

#8 Duke 12 – #17 Penn 8, #8 Duke 16 – Jacksonville 7

The Duke Blue Devils came out of the gate strong against the Penn Quakers, scoring eight goals in the first half to race out to an 8-4 lead.  Sophomore attackmen Josh Dionne and Jordan Wolf combined for seven goals and freshman goalie Kyle Turri tallied seven saves in his first collegiate win.  On Sunday, 2/26, the Blue Devils hosted the Jacksonville Dolphins.  The teams remained tied after the first quarter but the #8 Blue Devils held the Dolphins to only two goals in the second half.  Wolf led the way with five goals and senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th overall pick) added three of his own. 

#9 Villanova 13 – Bucknell 12 (OT)

The Villanova Wildcats were up by one with 1:22 to go in the contest when Bucknell sophomore attackman, Todd Heritage, tied the game up at 11 with his third goal of the game.  2012 Preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Cunningham, scored 1:34 into overtime to win the game for the Wildcats.  Junior attackman Jack Rice had six goals in the Wildcats overtime win.  Senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st  overall pick  ) tallied two points (1G 1A) in the Bison’s second overtime loss of the season.  It also marks the Bison’s third straight loss to a ranked opponent.  The Bison have lost their three games by a total of four goals. 

#10 UMass 9 - #12 Ohio State 3

The UMass Minutemen handed the Ohio State Buckeyes their first loss of the season after outscoring the Buckeyes 4-0 in the fourth quarter.  UMass junior attackmen Will Manny and Kyle Smith combined for five goals and now have 22 of the teams 32 goals on the season.  Senior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th   overall pick ) also added one goal and two assists.  In the loss, junior attackman Logan Schuss netted two goals and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had 10 saves for the Buckeyes. 

#11 Denver 17 – Michigan 5, #11 Denver 21 – Robert Morris 8

After suffering a loss to #12 Ohio State, the Denver Pioneers bounced back this weekend by scoring a combined 38 goals against Michigan and Robert Morris.  Denver jumped out to a five goal lead against the Wolverines and didn’t look back.  Junior attackmen Eric Law and Mark Matthews and senior attackman Alex Demopoulos (24th overall pick) tallied five points each.  In Saturday’s win against Robert Morris, the trio combined for nine of the teams 21 goals.  Robert Morris senior midfielder Kiel Matisz had six points (3G 3A) in the Colonials first loss of the season.