This week marked the fourth 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 17 – Mount St. Mary’s 5, #1 Virginia 14 - #6 Syracuse 10
Virginia began the week with an easy victory over Mount St. Mary’s. The Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-2 lead at the half and piled on six more goals in the second half to earn the victory. Senior attackman Chris Bocklet had six goals and one assist in the triumph. Virginia carried their momentum into Sunday’s matchup against future ACC rival Syracuse. Virginia began the game up 3-1 on the Orange but Syracuse answered with a 5-0 run to put them up 6-3. Virginia scored six goals in the third to pull away from Syracuse for the Cavaliers fourth win of the season. Redshirt senior midfielder Colin Briggs led the way with seven points (4G 3A) and senior attackman Steele Stanwick (2nd overall pick) had two goals and two assists. Syracuse redshirt senior Tim Desko and sophomore Derek Maltz each recorded a hat-trick in the teams loss. Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th overall pick) also had a goal and two groundballs.
#2 Johns Hopkins 10 - #11 Princeton 8
On Friday night, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays defeated the Princeton Tigers in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. The Blue Jays were in control right from the start, taking a three goal lead into halftime. The Tigers tried to mount a comeback but fell two goals short. ESPN and MLL analyst Quint Kessenich credited the Blue Jays early success to senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (50th overall pick). “I could argue that (Burkhart) is their MVP right now…he is doing so much: transition offense, excellent one-on-one defense, groundballs. He is the glue of that defense right now.” On the offensive end junior Zach Palmer tallied one goal and three assists. Princeton Preseason First Team All-American Thomas Schreiber was held to one goal on five shots.
#3 Cornell 17 – Binghamton 12, #3 Cornell 18 – Army 7
Cornell opened up the weekend last Tuesday, Feb. 28th, against the upstart Binghamton Bearcats. The Bearcats kept the game close going into the final quarter, only trailing the Big Red by one. Cornell was able to pull away in the fourth quarter outscoring Binghamton 6-2. Senior attackman and 2011 Tewaarton Finalist Rob Panell had 10 points (6G 4A) in the team’s victory. The Big Red secured their second win of the season after defeating the Black Knights by 11. Pannell added another six points (1G 5A) to bring his season point total to 16 (7G 9A). Junior attackman Steve Mock had a career high five goals in the win. Senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd overall pick) had a combined one goal and one groundball during Cornell’s two victories. Army’s senior goalie Zach Palmieri had 12 saves in the loss. Army is now 2-3 on the season.
#5 Maryland 10 - #8 Duke 7
Maryland had a fast start right out of the gate on Saturday, beginning the game on a 4-0 run. Duke was not able to recover from the early deficit, eventually falling 10-7. Senior midfielder Dew Snider recorded a hat-trick for the Terapins. Sophomore goalie Niko Amato had 14 saves and only allowed seven goals on 40 shots. Duke’s senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th overall pick) assisted redshirt senior midfielder Justin Turri on both of his goals.
#7 UMass 12 – Brown 7
Tewaaraton Watch List senior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th overall pick) had a hat trick in the Minutemen’s fourth victory of the year. Junior attackman Will Manny now ranks third in the nation in points per game (5.50) after scoring two times on two shots. Redshirt senior goalie Tim McCormack had eight saves in the fourth quarter to hold off Brown. Senior attackman Parker Brown had four goals and two groundballs in the team’s loss.
#12 Denver 11 – Hartford 10
The Denver Pioneers withstood a 5-0 run by Hartford in the fourth quarter to defeat the Hawks by one goal. Denver started the game off strong and led the Hawks 10-5 going into the final quarter. Senior attackman Mark Matthews had four points (3G 1A) and senior attackman Alex Demopolous (24th overall pick) had three points (1G 2A). Hartford junior midfielder Rory Nunamacher spurred the Hawks attempted comeback with two goals and one assist in the fourth quarter.
#13 Penn State 5 - #16 Ohio State 2
The Ohio State Buckeyes only managed to score two goals against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Satruday. The Buckeyes have scored a combined five goals over their last two games. Junior attackman Logan Schuss scored one goal and assisted on the other for the Buckeyes. Penn State sophomore Austin Kaut had an outstanding day in the net tallying 14 saves and only allowing two goals in 60 minutes of action. Kaut is now second in the nation in save percentage at .679%. Senior attackman Matthew Mackrides and sophomore attackman Shane Sturgis combined for three goals to squeak past the Buckeyes.
Bucknell 14 – Navy 9
Senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st overall pick) had two goals and five assists in the Bison’s Patriot League opener. Eisenreich’s five assists brought him to sixth in the nation in assists per game with 2.50. Junior attackman Chase Baily added a hat-trick and sophomore midfielder Perter Burker had four points (2G 2A). 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Tucker Hall had three goals and two assists in the Midshipmen’s loss. Three year starter R.J. Wickham struggled in goal for Navy, allowing 14 goals and only tallying seven saves.