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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Week 5 Recap

March 19, 2016
This week marked the fifth 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 16 - Vermont 10, #1 Virginia 9 - #3 Cornell 8 (OT)

Steele Stanwick (2nd Overall Pick) netted seven assists against Vermont to lead the Cavaliers to their sixth victory of the year.  Senior attackman Chris Bocklet and sophomore midfielder Rob Emery each had four goals in the win.  The Cavaliers looked to ride their momentum from Tuesday’s game into their matchup against #3 Cornell.  Virginia opened up the second half on a 3-0 run but Cornell closed the gap to send the game into overtime.  Stanwick found senior midfielder Colin Briggs in the extra period to give the Cavaliers the victory. 

#2 Johns Hopkins 11 – Manhattan 0, #2 Johns Hopkins 12 UMBC 5

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays improved to 6-0 after dispatching Manhattan and UMBC.  Against Manhattan, the Blue Jays recorded their first shutout since the 1988 season.  Junior goalie Pierce Basset played 45 minutes and had seven saves.  Senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (50th Overall Pick) continued to lead the defense and recorded one groundball.  Against UMBC, the Blue Jays got off to a slow start before scoring seven straight goals.  Junior attackman Zach Palmer and sophomore attackman Brandon Benn combined for 13 points (6G 7A).  UMBC freshman attackman Scott Jones had a hat-trick in the team’s loss. 

#3 Cornell 19 - Canisius 4, #3 Cornell - #1 Virginia

On Tuesday, the Cornell Big Red easily dispatched the Canisius Golden Griffins.  Cornell was without star attackman Rob Pannell, who is out with a broken foot.  In Pannell’s absence, junior attackmen Steve Mock and Connor English had a combined three goals.  The duo also had a big day on Saturday against the #1 Virginia Cavaliers.  Mock and English had two goals each.  Junior attackman Max Van Bourgondien tied the game up with 28 seconds left but the team fell short in overtime.  Senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd Overall Pick) also contributed a goal and two groundballs. 

#5 UMass 17 – Albany 7, #5 UMass 14 – Hartford 5

UMass continued their early season dominance, defeating Albany and Hartford by a combined score of 31-12.  Senior attackman Art Kell led the way for the Minutemen this weekend netting two hat-tricks.  Junior attackman Will Manny brought his team leading goal total to 18 with four goals on the weekend.  Midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th Overall Pick) also made an impact for the Minutemen, scoring two goals against Albany and having two assists against Hartford.  Red-Shirt senior goalie Tim McCormack had an outstanding weekend only allowing 11 goals and grabbing 22 saves in 111 minutes of action. 

#6 Syracuse 9 – St. Johns 8

The Syracuse Orange and the St. Johns Red Strom battled back and forth all game until the Orange pulled ahead late on a goal by red-shirt senior attackman Tim Desko.  The Red Storm took the lead early in the third, 5-3, until senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th Overall Pick) tied it up with back-to-back goals.  Syracuse scored three straight goals in the fourth to take a two goal lead but St. Johns answered back with two goals of their own before Desko shot the game winner.  Along with Desko and Eilers, sophomore attackman Derek Maltz and senior midfielder Kevin Drew had two goals apiece.  St. Johns was led by senior Terence Leach and sophomore attackman Kevin Cernuto who each tallied hat-tricks. 

#11 Denver 14 - #10 Penn State 6

Denver scored seven goals in the second quarter to surge past Penn State 14-10.  Senior attackman Mark Matthews had five points (4G 1A), while senior attackman Alex Demopoulos (24th Overall Pick) had four points (1G 3A).  The Pioneers were able to get past 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year goalie Austin Kaut.  Kaut allowed all 14 goals and only managed eight saves.  Denver has now won four in a row and will face #7 Notre Dame and #3 Cornell this week. 

#12 Loyola 13 - #9 Duke 8

Junior attackman Mike Sawyer scored a career high six goals and two assists to spur the Greyhounds past the Duke Blue Devils.  With 10 minutes left in the first half, Duke cut Loyola’s lead down to one before Loyola took command of the game.  The Greyhounds largest lead of the contest was eight, when they led the Blue Devils 13-5 in the fourth quarter.  Sophomore goalie Jack Runkle only allowed eight goals while also having 12 saves.  Sawyer and Runkle’s performances earned them ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Duke’s lone bright spot was senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th Overall Pick) who scored two goals and had one assist. 

Bellarmine 12 – Dartmouth 10

Bellarmine handed Dartmouth its’ first loss of the season on Tuesday when it defeated the Dartmouth Big Green 12-10.  The game was tied in the fourth quarter when Bellarmine senior midfielder Keaton O’Hara scored his first goal of the year to put Bellarmine ahead by one and to give the Knights the lead for good.  Junior attackman Michael Ward scored his eighth, ninth and tenth goal of the year for the Knights.  Senior attackman Austin Bright (58th Overall Pick) had three shots on goal in the Knights second victory of the year. 

Bucknell 14 – Hobart 10

Bucknell won its second straight game when it defeated Hobart.  Sophomore attackman Todd Hertiage tied a Bucknell record for goals in a game with eight.  He also added one assist for a total of nine points.  Senior Billy Eisenreich (21st Overall Pick) also had a productive day, scoring one goal and tallying three assists.  Hobart sophomore attackman Cam Stone fell short one of the team’s record for assists in a game with six.  Stone’s herculean effort was aided by freshman midfielder Tyler Vanderbeek who had four goals on the day.

Robert Morris 9 – Ohio State 7

Ohio State scored more goals than they had in the last two games combined but still fell short at home against Robert Morris.  Junior attackman Logan Schuss tried to lead the Buckeyes to victory but fell short.  Schuss had a game high six goals but could not lead the team past the Colonials.  The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Robert Morris was able to overcome the deficit behind the strength of senior midfielder Kiel Matisz (2G) and red-shirt junior goalie Dillon Pope who had 13 saves.