This week marked the seventh 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.
Colgate vs. Navy (11-3)
Colgate continued its winning streak with a fourth win after an 11-3 victory over Navy at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday. With the help of Peter Baum (1st Overall) and Ryan Walsh hat tricks, the Raiders extended its season to 7-2. To start off the game, Colgate took an early 4-0 lead with goals from Jimmy Ryan, Baum, Brendon McCann and Walsh before Navy got on the board with a goal from T.J. Hanzsche to end the scoring for the first quarter. Navy decreased Colgate’s lead to only two goals after Patrick Keena scored on a man-up opportunity. Colgate quickly answered with two more goals to give the Raiders a 6-2 lead at the half. Colgate dominated the second half with the only three goals of the third and two more in the fourth before Navy scored its third and final goal of the game to end the game 11-3, Colgate. Walsh finished the game leading the Raiders with four goals and three assists followed by Baum who tallied three goals. Baum recorded his 32nd hat trick of his career and leads Colgate this season with 26 goals and 37 points, making his career total 156 goals and 213 points.
#8 Ohio State vs. #3 Notre Dame (4-9) & #8 Ohio State vs. Bellarmine (9-7)
The Buckeyes suffered its second loss of the season after a 9-4 defeat to #3 Notre Dame. Notre Dame started out the game with a goal 45 seconds into the first by Ryan Foley but was quickly answered with Ohio State’s first and only goal of the first half from Reegan Comeault. Notre Dame then took control of the first half with five unanswered goals before going into the half leading 6-1. No goals were scored in the third to start the second half but Ohio State’s Comeault opened up the fourth with another goal for the Buckeyes and his second career goal to make it 6-2. Notre Dame and Ohio State traded goals for the remainder of the fourth and Notre Dame succeeded with a 9-4 win. Even with the loss, Logan Schuss (11th Overall) continued his point streak to 52 games.
After suffering a loss from then #3 Notre Dame, Ohio State came back to finish their week with a 9-7 win over Bellarmine. Schuss opened up the game with an unassisted goal in the first five minutes to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. Ohio State and Bellarmine traded goals before Carter Brown closed out the first with a goal to give a 3-2 Buckeye lead. Brown came back in the second quarter with another goal to give Ohio State a two-goal lead which was quickly erased with two goals from Bellarmine's Karsen Leung and Cameron Gardner to tie it up four-all. Heading into the half, Ohio State's Turner Evans put the Buckeyes ahead 5-4. Bellarmine came back with a goal of its own to tie it up 5-5 at the start of the second half. Ohio State answered with three goals from Comeault, Schuss and Adam Trombley to give the Buckeyes a 8-5 lead. Bellarmine kept fighting in the fourth and scored two more goals but wasn't enough and Schuss ended the game with the final goal and to give the Buckeyes the 9-7 win. Schuss led the Buckeyes with four goals and one assist, making his point streak 52 games. Schuss still leads the Buckeyes this season with 20 goals and 30 points. Both Dominique Alexander (33rd Overall) and Kevin Mack (57th Overall) saw time on the field for both games and have played in every Buckeyes game this season.
#14 UNC vs. Dartmouth (13-5) & #14 UNC vs. #1 Maryland (10-8)
University of North Carolina started the first quarter in their fourth win of the season out strong against Dartmouth. Marcus Holman (12th Overall) and Joey Sankey both had career games and gave the Tar Heels a 3-1 lead into the second quarter with one and two, respectively. UNC and Dartmouth traded goals throughout the second quarter but UNC took the 5-3 lead at the half. Holman opened up the second half with his third goal of the game to complete his 14th career hat trick. Tar Heels Spencer Parks and Jimmy Bitter continued to add to UNC’s lead to make it 8-3 right before the fourth. Dartmouth’s Brendan Rotanz scored his second goal of the game in the final four seconds of the third to reduce UNC’s lead to 8-4. In the final 15 minutes, the Tar Heels dominated Dartmouth with five additional goals. Dartmouth was the last to score to end the game 13-5, UNC. Holman scored his 100th career goal and became only the ninth Tar Heel in history to score 100 goals. Holman finished the game with four goals and one assist for five points.
UNC continued its stellar week by taking down the #1 seed Maryland in a 10-8 win on the road. UNC took a 3-2 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter and never looked back. UNC began to take off at the end of the first with two goals from Holman and Spencer Parks followed by the only goal of the second quarter from Holman. The Tar Heels went into the half with a 6-2 lead and continued to add to it during the first five minutes of the second half. Back-to-back goals from Sankey gave the Tar Heels a six-goal lead. Kevin Cooper gave the Terps their first goal since the first quarter but was followed by a goal from UNC's Bitter to make the game 9-3. Maryland started to chip away at the Tar Heels' six-goal lead with two goals to close out the third and one more to open up the fourth from Jake Berhardt and Mike Chanenchuk. Bitter again slipped in another goal sandwiched by Maryland goals. Maryland closed out the game with two more goals but couldn't make the comeback. UNC walked away with a 10-8 win. Holman ended the game with two goals and one assist. Holman leads the Tar Heels this season in assists (15) and points (59) and is tied for first in goals (20).
#5 Denver vs. Air Force (Postponed)
Denver’s game against Air Force was postponed from Saturday, March 23, to this Tuesday due to weather. Denver senior Chase Carraro (13th Overall) recently returned to play after suffering an injury earlier in the season and will be looking to play in his fourth game of the year with Denver.
#6 Lynchburg vs. Bridgewater (DIII)
In the first ever meeting between the two teams, Lynchburg dominated Bridgewater the entire 60 minutes of play with 23 goals from 15 different players. Lynchburg opened up the first quarter with eight goals, including Austin Stewart’s first three goals of the game. The scoring continued with four more goals in the second quarter to give Lynchburg a 12-0 lead at the half. Lynchburg began the second half with four goals before Bridgewater finally got on the board with a goal from Rob Simmons. Lynchburg closed out the game with an additional seven goals to end the game 23-1. Senior Joe Lisicky (41st Overall) did not see any playing time.
UMass vs. #15 Lehigh (6-4)
University of Massachusetts began its two-game week with a low scoring game, where they tallied one more for their win column after defeating Lehigh on the road, 6-4. Lehigh started out the game with two goals from David DiMaria and Patrick Corbett before Kyle Smith scored the first UMass goal to make it 2-1, Lehigh, at the end of the first. UMass quickly rallied to take the lead going into halftime with four goals to Lehigh’s three. The second half saw little scoring but UMass kept its lead through the second half with two goals from Will Manny, who finished his 17th career hat trick.
UMass continued it winning week with a 13-11 victory over Hartford on Saturday to earn a 5-4 record. Harvard started out strong with four goals to UMass’s three in the first quarter but gave up the lead half way through the second quarter. Goals from Grant Whiteway and Brendan Schroeder tied up the game five-all before Hartford’s Andrew Cacchio took the lead back for Hartford, 6-5. But with only seven minutes left in the first half, the Minutemen turned up the energy with four-straight goals, including Whiteway finishing out his hat trick. The Minutemen led Hartford 9-7 going into halftime and did not fall behind the rest of the game. With 10 seconds left in the third, Hartford tied the game 11-all with back-to-back goals from Kevin O’Shea. The game came down to the final four minutes of the fourth when Kyle Smith put in back-to-back goals to give UMass the 13-11 win. Smith finished the game with six goals to lead the Minutemen with six points. Senior Colin Fleming (49th Overall), who recently returned to action after injury, saw playing time in both Minutemen games and tallied two groundballs.