By Nick Powers | 3/4/13 4:00 PM
The beginning of this week’s collegiate match-ups saw draftees, both past and present, working together in unison to lift their squad to victory. Twice.
Last Tuesday, Feb. 26 saw Cornell pick up an 11-6 victory in their home opener against Binghamton. The first overall draft selection of 2012 Rob Pannell (New York Lizards), who following an injury redshirted for his senior year, put up four points on three goals and an assist for the Big Red, continuing his torrid start to the season. Cornell’s selections from the 2013 MLL draft, defenseman Jason Noble (Hamilton Nationals) and midfielder Max Van Bourgondien (Charlotte Hounds) picked up three goals altogether in a strong showing for the Big Red.
The following Saturday, March 3, saw outstanding play from Noble, coupled with a four point showing from Van Bourgondien, lift the No. 5 Big Red over Colgate 19-3. In addition, Pannell continued his fast-paced start to the season with a seven-point showing on two goals and five assists, bringing his point total to 20 after three games. Peter Baum, the first overall selection by the Ohio Machine in the 2013 draft, added an assist for Colgate but saw his 21 consecutive game streak of scoring at least one goal snapped. Credit goes to Noble for limiting Baum to just three shots on goal.
The University of Virginia started their week on a high note, triumphing over Mount Saint Mary’s 18-11 on Tuesday. Matt White, fourth round selection for the Charlotte Hounds, netted a goal for Virginia while Mt. St. Mary’s Brett Schmidt, fifth round selection for Rochester, put up a strong performance in a losing effort. Schmidt had three goals on the day, and was the lead scorer for the Mount.
On Friday, however, Virginia would fall short in an overtime loss to Syracuse, 9-8. White added two points on a goal and assist for the Cavaliers, but it was not enough to overcome the Orange onslaught, led by New York draftee JoJo Marasco who had two goals. With this performance, Marasco reached 100 points for his career, with 49 goals and 51 assists. Virginia returns to action Tuesday against Vermont, while Syracuse opens Big East play on Saturday, March 9 against Saint John’s.
Despite Johns Hopkins suffering an 11-8 loss to Princeton, an array of Blue Jays draftees stood out this past weekend. Lee Coppersmith (Boston), Zach Palmer and John Ranagan (Rochester) looked strong against the Tigers, netting six goals total with Palmer also picking up an assist. Meanwhile, Mike Poppleton (Hamilton) won 15-of-22 face-offs against four different Princeton players and also added a game-high eight ground balls. The Blue Jays will return to action on Tuesday, March 5 when they host Mt. St. Mary’s.
University of Maryland put up a big second half to trounce Duke 16-7 last Saturday, with first round selection for the Chesapeake Bayhawks Jesse Bernhardt grabbing four ground balls. Kevin Cooper, also a Chesapeake draftee, had three points on two goals and an assist, bringing him to six multi-point and five multi-goal games in his career. Meanwhile, Landon Carr (Denver) and Owen Blye (Charlotte) combined for three points on two goals (one apiece) and an assist by Blye while Duke draftee David Lawson (Rochester) added a goal for the Blue Devils in a losing effort.
The Loyola Greyhounds picked up two straight wins this week, the first coming against UMBC on Tuesday where the 8th and 9th overall selections Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) and Scott Ratliff (Boston) combined for five total points. Sawyer picked up three goals and an assist while Ratliff scored a goal of his own to complement eight ground balls and a career-high five forced turnovers. Then this past Saturday, Loyola secured an 8-6 victory over Bellarmine where Rochester selection David Butts helped lead Loyola to a 26-25 advantage in ground balls, picking up five as well as one assist. In addition, Sawyer scored another three goals alongside two caused turnovers to silence the Knights.
Denver topped Penn 15-12 on Saturday for their third straight win of the season on the heels of a six point performance from Denver Outlaws draftee Eric Young, who tied his career-high four assists and added two goals. Also, first round selection for the Boston Cannons, Cameron Flint picked up a goal of his own to help cement the Pioneers’ victory over the Quakers. Denver’s next game will see them travel to face Ohio State this Saturday.
Speaking of Ohio State, the Buckeyes rallied to an overtime win against Penn State to improve to 4-0 on the season. Logan Schuss, who was drafted by the Ohio Machine, became the first member of his team with 12 goals and 18 points this season after scoring twice and picking up an assist. Schuss extended his point streak to 49 games, spanning each game of his collegiate career, and ranks third in school history with 183 points and 114 goals. He also ranks eighth in school history with 69 assists.
North Carolina fell to Notre Dame after a furious comeback by the Irish led to a triple-overtime victory. Marcus Holman (Ohio) fared well, picking up two goals though it was not enough to stop a late rally that saw Notre Dame score twice in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. The Tar Heels fell to 2-2 and will have a chance to rise above .500 when they take on Princeton this Saturday.