This week marked the seventh 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 10 - #2 Johns Hopkins 11 (OT)
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays senior midfielder John Ranagan scored with five seconds left in overtime to lift the Blue Jays over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers scored the first goal of the game and did not give up their lead until halfway into the third quarter. Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Wells Stanwick assisted on two straight goals to give the Blue Jays the lead. Stanwick’s older brother Steele Stanwick (2nd Overall Pick) of Virginia, answered by assisting on two goals of his own and scoring one to tie the game at nine. The two teams traded goals to send the game into overtime.
This win marked John Hopkins first win against Virginia in Charlottesville since 1998. The Blue Jays are now 8-0 on the season and will face #14 North Carolina next week. Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn finished the game with three goals and six assists and senior midfielder Marshall Burkhart (50th Overall Pick) had two groundballs and one caused turnover.
Virginia was led by Stanwick who scored two goals and had three assists. Stanwick leads the nation in assists per game with 3.11 and has a total of 28 on the season.
#3 Cornell 9 - #9 Denver 8 (OT), #3 Cornell 16 – Penn 11
Cornell senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd Overall Pick) found junior attackman Steve Mock with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Langton then scored the game winning goal in overtime to give the Big Red their sixth win on the year. Langton carried his hot streak into Saturday when he scored three goals against Penn. The team’s three starting attackmen, Mock, freshman Matt Donovan and sophomore Connor English also netted hat-tricks. Penn senior midfielders Dan Savage and Anthony Adler each had four points in the team’s second conference defeat.
#8 Syracuse 10 – Providence 6, #8 Syracuse 10 - #15 Villanova 11
The Syracuse Orange outshot the Providence Friars 40-16 en route to its’ fourth win of the year. Sophomore goalie Dominic Lamolinara only allowed four goals and tallied six saves in his first career start and senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th Overall Pick) tacked on one goal. On Sunday, the Villanova Wildcats ended Syracuse’s 14 game conference win streak, defeating the Orange 11-10. The Wildcats scored two goals in the fourth quarter to take an 11-9 lead. Senior goalie Dan Gutierrez made three saves in the final quarter to secure the victory for Villanova.
#9 Denver 8 - #3 Cornell 9, Denver 11 – AirForce 8
The Denver Pioneers suffered their second consecutive overtime loss when they fell to Cornell 9-8. Senior attackmen Mark Matthews (3G) and Alex Demopoulos (24th Overall Pick) (1A) combined for four points. The Pioneers were without standout sophomore goalie Jamie Faus who is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. Denver rebounded from their loss with a win against Air Force. Freshman goalie Ryan LaPlante had 12 saves in his first career win. Demopoulos added another assist in the team’s win. Demopoulos has recorded a point in 43 consecutive games.
#11 Duke 13 – Georgetown 11
The Duke Blue Devils scored five straight goals in the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead going into half time. The Blue Devils withstood Georgetown’s five straight goals in the fourth quarter to win 12-11. The win gives the Blue Devils their first road win and their seventh overall win on the season. Senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th Overall Pick) led Duke with four goals. Sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf contributed two point and two assists. Georgetown’s junior attackman Travis Comeau had a hat-trick while senior midfielder Francis McDonough had four points (2G 2A).
#20 Bucknell 17 – Robert Morris 11, #20 Bucknell 15 – Albany 7
The Bucknell Bison continued their hot streak last week winning their fifth and sixth consecutive games. On Tuesday, senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st Overall Pick)tied Bucknell’s record for most points in a game with 11 (5G 6A). Eisenreich is now third in the country in points per game with 4.89. On Saturday, senior Nick Gantsoudes had five goals to help hand Albany their seventh loss on the season.
Ohio State 7 – #6 Notre Dame 8, Ohio State 13 – Bellarmine 2
The Ohio State Buckeyes lost to their second consecutive ranked opponent on Wednesday, falling short against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7-8. The Buckeyes pulled within one with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter but Notre Dame sophomore midfielder Liam O’Connor scored seven seconds later to secure the win for the Fighting Irish. The Buckeyes were able to end their losing streak on Saturday with a win on Senior Night against ECAC rival Bellarmine. Junior attackman Logan Schuss recorded his second five goal game on the season and now has 27 goals on the year. Bellarmine’s senior attackman Austin Bright (58th Overall Pick) scooped up three groundballs for the Knights.