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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Week 6 Recap

March 19, 2016
This week marked the sixth 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 11 – Ohio State 9
The Virginia Cavaliers found themselves down five goals to the Ohio State Buckeyes after the first quarter.  But the Cavaliers roared back in the second half, scoring five straight goals in the fourth quarter to take an 11-8 lead.  Senior attackmen Chris Bocklet (4G) and Steele Stanwick (2nd Overall Pick) (1G 3A) combined for eight points.  Ohio State freshman midfielder Turner Evans was named ECAC Rookie of the week after netting three points in the team’s loss. 

#2 Johns Hopkins 11 – #5 Syracuse 7

Syracuse was unable to overcome a six-goal deficit in the fourth quarter as Johns Hopkins was able to come away with the victory in the two team’s historic 50th all-time meeting.  Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn led the Blue Jays offense with four goals and one assist while senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (50th Overall Pick)led the defense with two groundballs.  The Blue Jays handed the Orange their second loss on the season.  Syracuse sophomore Derek Maltz continued his outstanding year, scoring his team leading 10th, 11th, and 12th goals of the year.  Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th Overall Pick) had a goal and a groundball for the Orange. 

#3 Cornell 8 – Yale 7

Playing without Tewaaraton candidate Rob Panell, the Cornell Big Red narrowly defeated the Yale Bulldogs 8-7.  The game was tied going into the final quarter but a late goal from Cornell senior midfielder Roy Lang gave the Big Red the lead.  Senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd Overall Pick) has stepped up in Pannell’s absence, scoring twice and adding an assist.  Yale sophomore goalie Jack Meyer played well in goal, tallying six saves, but gave up eight goals. 

#4 UMass 9 – #16 Penn State 8 (OT)

UMass faced their toughest test of the season but managed to win in overtime to improve to 7-0 on the season.  The two teams traded leads throughout the game.  Penn State senior attackman Matthew Mackrides sent the game into overtime with his goal late in the fourth quarter.  UMass senior attackman Mike Fettertly earned CAA player of the week honors by netting the winning goal 68 seconds into overtime.  Senior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th Overall Pick) had one caused turnover in the Minutemen’s victory. 

#9 Denver 9 - #7 Notre Dame 10 (3OT)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to outlast the Denver Pioneers and score in the third overtime period to notch their fourth victory of the season.  Senior attackman Sean Rogers scored his second straight game winning goal while junior goalie John Kemp made seven saves in almost 70 minutes of action.  Denver sophomore goalie Jamie Faus made 11 saves before being injured in overtime.  Senior goalie Troy Orzeh filled in for Faus and allowed the game-winning goal.  Denver attackmen Mark Matthews and Alex Demopoulos (24th Overall Pick) combined for four goals and four assists. 

#14 Duke 11 – Harvard 8, #14 Duke 13 – #12 North Carolina 11, #14 Duke 20 – Dartmouth 9

The Duke Blue Devils went 3-0 this week by posting wins over Harvard, Dartmouth and arch-rival North Carolina.  The Blue Devils started the week defeating Harvard 11-8.  Duke scored seven straight goals in the third quarter to take an 11-4 lead.  Sophomore attackman Josh Dionne began his stellar week by netting a hat trick against the Crimson Tide.  The Blue Devils continued their win streak by defeating ACC opponent North Carolina 13-11.  Duke built up an insurmountable 9-3 lead entering half time.  Four Duke players netted hat-tricks including Dionne’s second of the week.   The Blue Devils finished the week by demolishing Dartmouth 20-9.  Senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th Overall Pick) scored four goals and finished the week with six goals and one assist. 

Bellarmine 13 – Michigan 9

The Bellarmine Knights defeated the Michigan Wolverines 13-9 in front of 900 fans in the Big House.  Senior attackman and Ohio native Austin Bright (58th Overall Pick) scored two goals and had three assists.  Junior goalkeeper Dillion Ward scored his first collegiate goal on his first shot attempt.  Ward also made 10 saves and scooped up five groundballs.  Ward’s effort earned him ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Michigan red-shirt senior attackman Trevor Yearly had two goals and one assist.  

Bucknell 12 – Drexel 11, Bucknell 17 – Lafayette 6

The Bucknell Bison have extended their win streak to four games after defeating both Drexel and Lafayette.  On Tuesday, the Bison were able to squeak by Drexel and senior goalie Mark Manos, 12-11.  Senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st Overall Pick) had five points (3G 2A), including two in the second half.  The Bison continued their stellar play when they defeated Lafayette 17-6.  Eisenreich added another four goals and sophomore attackman Todd Heritage had six points (3G 3A) in the team’s fourth win of the season.