This week marked the eighth 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 Johns Hopkins 9 - #12 North Carolina 13
John Hopkins suffered their first loss of the season when they fell to North Carolina 13-9. The Blue Jays trailed the Tarheels by four going into the half but scored three straight goals in the third quarter to bring the lead down to one. The Tarheels responded with a goal by sophomore attackman Nicky Galasso. Galasso’s goal began a 4-1 Tarheel run to end the game. Junior attackman Marcus Holman led the Tarheels with two goals and four assists. The Blue Jays will look to rebound from their first loss against Albany. Despite allowing 13 goals, the defense led by senior midfielder Marshall Burkhardt (50th Overall Pick), began the game as the second ranked defense in terms of defensive efficiency.
#2 Virginia 12 - #9 Maryland 8
The Virginia Cavaliers bounced back from a loss against Johns Hopkins with a road win against Maryland. Senior attackman Steele Stanwick (2nd Overall Pick) continued his sensational season, increasing his NCAA leading assist total to 33. Stanwick now averages 3.30 assists per game and 4.70 points per game. Stanwick is now fourth in overall points with 47 (14G 33A). Virginia trailed the Terrapins 7-5 early in the third quarter but scored seven out of the next eight goals to take a commanding lead. Senior midfielder Joe Cummings had two goals and one assist for the Terrapins.
#3 UMass 16 – Harvard 8, #3 UMass 15 – St. Joseph’s 3
Last week UMass attackman Will Manny was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. This week Manny proved he belonged on the list by scoring eight goals and seven assists in two games. Manny’s herculean effort earned him the CAA Conference Player of the Week award for the second time this season. Manny helped the Minutemen steamroll over both opponents, defeating them by a combined score of 31-11. UMass led Harvard the entire game and shutout St. Josephs for three quarters. Senior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (16th Overall Pick) also had a big week, scoring three goals against Harvard and three goals and one assist against St. Joes.
#4 Cornell 7 – Dartmouth 5
Cornell scored six straight goals in the first half to take a 6-1 lead. Dartmouth was unable to make a comeback and Cornell improved to 3-0 in the Ivy League and 7-1 on the season. Senior midfielder Chris Langton (42nd Overall Pick) continued to provide offensive support in senior attackman Rob Pannell’s absence. Langton scored two goals and picked up two groundballs. Sophomore goalie Andrew West played 52 minutes in goal, only allowing four goals while junior goalie AJ Fiore finished the game and only allowed one goal while making three saves.
#8 Duke 9 – Brown, #8 Duke 12 - #14 Syracuse 10
After starting out the season 3-3 the Duke Blue Devils have now won six straight games. The Blue Devils began the week by narrowly defeating Brown 9-8. Brown scored three straight goals in the fourth quarter to pull within one but junior goalie Dan Wigrizer stood fast in the net tallying 10 saves on the afternoon. Senior midfielder Robert Rotanz (8th Overall Pick) matched his career high with four goals to give the Syracuse Orange their fourth loss of the year. Syracuse senior attackman Tommy Palasek’s five points (4G 1A) were not enough to lead the Orange to victory at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Senior midfielder Bobby Eilers (34th Overall Pick) had one assist and one groundball in the loss.
#10 Denver 15 – Hobart 8
Denver junior midfielder Chase Carraro won 22 out of 23 face-offs to spur the Pioneers to their sixth victory on the year. Senior attackman Mark Matthews scored four goals and now has 25 on the year. Senior attackman Alex Demopoulos (24th Overall Pick) added one goal and two assists. Hobart was without senior midfielder Bobby Datillo for most of the game. Datillo is the NCAA leader in faceoff percentage at .678.
#16 Bucknell 9 - #18 Penn State 6, #16 Bucknell 10 – Holy Cross 9
Bucknell might be known for their explosive offense but it was their defense that helped extend their win streak to eight games. Junior goalie Kyle Feeney had a combined 26 saves in the Bison’s two wins. Senior attackman Billy Eisenreich (21st Overall Pick) continued his career year, tallying eight points between the two games (3G 5A). Eisenreich now has career highs in both goals (24) and assists (28). He is also third in the country in points per game with 4.73, only trailing Colgate junior attackman Peter Baum (5.50) and UMass junior attackman Will Manny (5.33).
Bellarmine 8 - #15 Fairfield 9
The Bellarmine Knights fell short of their upset bid, falling to the Fairfield Stags 8-9. The Knights fell behind early 5-1 but senior attackman Austin Bright (58th Overall Pick) helped fuel the comeback by scoring two goals and scooping up three groundballs. The Knights completed their comeback by tying the game up in the fourth quarter on a goal by junior attackman Michael Ward. Fairfield scored again but Ward scored with 41 seconds left to tie the game up at eight. Fairfield avoided the upset when sophomore attackman Sam Snow scored the go ahead goal with 17 seconds left.
Ohio State University 7 - #5 Loyola University 8
The Ohio State Buckeyes scored two goals in the final ten seconds but fell short against the #5 team in the nation. The Buckeyes have now lost to five ranked teams by a combined total of 13 goals. The lone bright spot for the Buckeyes was their defense. Ohio State became the first team to hold the Greyhounds to under 11 goals on the season. Junior attackman Logan Schuss scored his team leading 28th and 29th goal. With the win Loyola moves to 9-0 on the season. Junior attackman Mike Sawyer scored two goals and ranks third in the nation in goals per game with 31 goals in nine games (3.44).