By Nick Powers | 2/19/13 4:20 PM
The collegiate lacrosse season is underway, and the past two weeks have brought great excitement across the board. We take a look at how some of the 2013 MLL draftees fared so far.
The Colgate Raiders opened their season at 2-0 after an intense 14-13 overtime victory against Bryant in week one, followed by a 13-7 victory over Vermont this past weekend. Peter Baum, the first overall pick for the Ohio Machine in the 2013 MLL draft, has scored five goals in his first two games, including his 28th career hat trick against Vermont. Baum’s performance, which brought his career goal total to 135, has put the Colgate senior captain in position to break the Patriot League record for goals held by Justin Zackey, who played at Bucknell from 1991-94.
The University of Virginia, led by captain and second overall draftee for the Hamilton Nationals Chris LaPierre, bested Drexel 13-12 in a dramatic overtime victory this past Saturday to put the Cavaliers at 1-0 to start the season. Attackman Matt White, who was selected 28th overall in the fourth round by the Charlotte Hounds, scored just 11 seconds into overtime to lift Virginia over the Dragons for the sixth consecutive time in a season opener. The game winner was White’s fourth of the game and his second career overtime goal.
Jesse Bernhardt, the fourth overall pick of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, picked up his first goal of the season in Maryland’s 16-4 victory over Hartford this past weekend. The Terrapins are now undefeated, following a 23-6 season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s. In addition, Kevin Cooper and Josh Haus, second round draftees of Chesapeake and Hamilton respectively, picked up a combined eight points with Cooper netting three goals and two assists while Haus picked up one goal and two assists. The rights to Haus have since been traded from Hamilton to the Charlotte Hounds for the rights to first-round draftee Tucker Durkin of Johns Hopkins.
After picking up a 14-12 victory over Duke in their season opener, the University of Denver Pioneers fell to Penn State 12-15 this past weekend putting their record at 1-1. Senior Cameron Flint, the sixth overall pick of the Boston Cannons, scored three goals across the two games, while second round draftee Chase Carraro picked up an assist. Elsewhere, the Syracuse Orange, home to seventh overall pick for Denver Brian Megill, fell to the University of Albany in a heartbreaking double-overtime loss in their season opener.
Loyola rose to 1-0 following their season-opening 9-8 win against the University of Delaware. Mike Sawyer and Scott Ratliff, the eighth-and-ninth overall selections of the MLL draft, both picked up an assist and a goal, respectively, in the Greyhounds’ victory. Meanwhile, Cornell defenseman Jason Noble is preparing for the start of the men’s lacrosse season against Binghamton University on February 26th. Noble was named First-Team All-Ivy in 2012 in addition to being a Second-Team All-American.
Eleventh overall pick Logan Schuss of Ohio State has recorded nine goals and four assists for a total of 11 points so far to help lead the Buckeyes to a 2-0 start. The co-captain scored seven times in Ohio State’s 14-8 victory over Detroit in their season opener, with an additional two goals in a 9-6 victory over Jacksonville.
Marcus Holman of North Carolina, the twelfth overall selection, scored four goals and recorded seven assists for the Tarheels (1-1) this season, with a two goal six assist performance in North Carolina’s 16-8 victory over Air Force in their season opener. Holman scored an additional two goals and picked up an assist in UNC’s loss to the University of Massachusetts, which saw UMass play without attack Will Manny due to a hand injury. Manny contributed a goal in UMass’ victory over Army in their season opener on February 10th.