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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Week #5 Recap

March 12, 2013
This week marked the fifth 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.

#15 Colgate vs. Hobart (8-9) & #15 Colgate vs. Holy Cross (14-6)

Colgate started out its two-game week on Tuesday against Hobart where it suffered its second loss of the season, 9-8. Colgate had a quick start out of the gate with two goals in the first two minutes from Peter Baum (1st Overall) and Ryan Walsh followed by Hobart and Colgate trading goals until the half. Colgate entered the half leading 5-3 with goals from Derek Katchis and Walsh, finishing out his first hat trick. Throughout the third quarter, the teams traded goals again to give Colgate only a one-goal lead heading into the fourth, 7-6. Five minutes into the fourth Hobart’s Alex Love tied it up 7-7 but was later answered by a goal from Baum to give Colgate back the lead, 8-7. With only two minutes left in the game, Hobart tied it up with a goal from Cam Stone to force overtime and with less than two minutes left in overtime, Taylor Vanderbeek scored his first goal of the game and Hobart’s winner to give them the 9-8 victory.

Colgate continued with its first home game of the season on Saturday by taking on Holy Cross, where they secured a 14-6 win with the help of Baum, Walsh and Matt Baker who all had hat tricks.  Holy Cross was the first on the board but was quickly answered with three goals from Colgate to give them a 3-1 lead. The Crusaders closed the lead to 3-2 at the end of the first. Colgate dominated the second quarter with three-unanswered goals from Jimmy Ryan, Baum and Robert Grabher to take a 6-2 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. Colgate continued its scoring spree well into the third quarter with five goals, including three from Walsh and Baum, before Hobart ended the quarter with a goal from Jack Curran at make the score 11-3.  Holy Cross scored three goals in the fourth but Colgate also answered with three goals of its own to end the game 14-6. Baum ended the game with three goals and three assists giving him six points to lead the game. Baum had a total of five goals and three assists for eight points for the week and now has 199 career points, just one shy of the school record held by Derek Laub. Walsh ended the week with seven goals, including a season high of four goals against Holy Cross.

#8 Ohio State vs. #7 Denver (9-10)

Ohio State received its first loss of the season from Denver this past Saturday, 10-9, in its ECAC opener. At the end of the first quarter, the Buckeyes and Pioneers were tied 2-2 and traded goals early in the second beforeLogan Schuss (11th Overall) and Michael Italiano gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead.  Denver quickly came back to take over with three goals of its own to make it 6-5 at the half and didn’t vacate the lead for the rest of the game. Denver came out of the half with two more goals before Ohio State’s Charlie Schnider cut Denver’s lead to 8-6 at the end of the third. The Buckeyes tried to tie it up in the fourth with three goals from David Planning, Italiano and Jesse King but was unable to overcome Denver’s two additional goals to put the final tally at 10-9.  Schuss led the Buckeyes with three points from two goals and one assist followed by Italiano with two goals and Dominique Alexander (33rd Overall) with two assists. Senior Kevin Mack (57th Overall) also saw playing time and tallied one groundball.  This game marked Schuss and Alexander’s 50th career game with the Buckeyes. Schuss extended his point streak to all of those 50 games and multiple-points streak to 26, as well as ranks second in program history in goals and points with 116 and 186, respectively. Denver’s Chase Carraro (13th Overall) still has not seen action since being injured earlier in the season.

#11 UNC vs. #5 Princeton (16-15)

University of North Carolina saw two goals in the last 37 seconds of the game that would give them a 16-15 win over Princeton and its third win of the season. Princeton open up the field with three goals to take an early 3-0 lead over UNC with only seven minutes left in the first quarter. But Princeton was met with four Tar Heels goals to give UNC a 4-3 lead into the second where the scoring continued to add up. In the first four minutes of the quarter, five goals were scored with three by Princeton and two by UNC to tie the game 6-6. The Tar Heels put a four-goal cushion from T.J. Kemp, Chad Tutton, R.G. Keenan and Davey Emala between them and Princeton before Princeton cut UNC’s lead to 10-7 heading into the half. Princeton started the half with two goals of its own before Marcus Holman (12th Overall) scored his first and only goal of the game to give UNC an 11-9 lead. At the start of fourth quarter, Princeton’s Jeff Froccaro tied the game at 11-all, which was followed by goals traded to keep the game tied 12-12. UNC pulled ahead again with goals from Tutton and Joey Sankey but couldn’t hold onto the lead. Princeton took its second lead of the game with three-consecutive goals from Mike MacDonald and Tom Schreiber with less than six minutes left in the fourth. With only 37 seconds left, Emala scored the game tying goal that could have forced overtime but was helped by Tutton who scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left. Sankey and Jimmy Bitter led UNC with six points apiece followed by Holman with four points from one goal and three assists and Emala and Tutton with three goals each.

#3 Lynchburg vs. Marywood (15-4) & #3 Lynchburg vs.  # Gettysburg (11-12)

Lynchburg started its two-game week strong with a 15-4 win over Marywood on Thursday. Lynchburg took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up with eight goals to Marywood’s three heading into the half. Lynchburg then scored the only three goals in the third quarter from Austin Stewart, who finished his hat trick, Aaron Murphy and Max Voumard, followed by another three goals in the fourth. Marywood put up its only goal of the second half and final goal of the game before being closed out 15-4 with a goal from Lynchburg’s Max Kelly in the final 13 seconds of the game.

Lynchburg rode off its first win of the week into a close game with Gettysburg where they couldn’t rally all the way to overcome a five-goal deficit at the half and suffered its first loss of the season to Gettysburg, 12-11. Gettysburg took a 9-4 lead at the half and didn’t release control of the game after that. Lynchburg rallied in the second half and scored five-consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 10-9 in the fourth. Lynchburg couldn’t tie the game up to force overtime even with two goals in the final five minutes of the game. Joe Lisicky (41st Overall) did not see any action in either game.

#13 UMass vs. Bucknell (4-8)

Even with a hat trick from senior attackman Kyle Smith, University of Massachusetts couldn’t secure a win over Bucknell, losing 8-4, in its sixth game of the season. Two goals from Minutemen Andrew Sokol and Kyle Smith were the only of the first half when UMass led 2-0 into the half. Bucknell answered a slow first half with three goals of its own from Thomas Flibotte and Chase Bailey to take a 3-2 lead. UMass’s Smith scored his second goal of the game to tie the game 3-3 heading into the fourth. Bucknell took over the lead with two goals from Sean Doyle followed by Smith’s final goal of his hat trick and last UMass goal of the game. Bucknell finished out the game with two-unanswered goals to secure an 8-4 win. Senior Colin Fleming (49th Overall) did not see any action.