By Nick Powers | 3/11/13 5:30 PM
As the collegiate lacrosse season progresses, several key players are upping their intensity on the field in hopes of setting themselves apart from the rest in the race for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, the most prestigious honor in college lacrosse.
Peter Baum, the first overall selection for the Ohio Machine in the 2013 MLL draft, picked up two goals and two ground balls in Colgate’s 9-8 overtime loss to Hobart on March 5. Despite scoring four goals in the first eight minutes, the Raiders could not maintain their lead largely due to strong goaltending by Hobart’s Peter Zonino, who stifled Baum’s excellent look at goal in OT after Colgate’s faceoff win. The following Saturday, however, Colgate was able to trounce fellow Patriot League team Holy Cross 14-6 in their home opener, as Baum scored six points on three goals and three assists, with an additional three ground balls.
The University of Virginia came out on top 12-10 against Vermont this past Tuesday, March 5, thanks to a pair of goals by fourth round selection of the Charlotte Hounds, Matt White. The following Saturday, March 9, the Cavaliers would not find the same spark despite another goal by White, as Rob Pannell scored with 13 seconds left to lift Cornell over UVa, 12-11. Charlotte Hounds 2013 draftee Max Von Bourgondien, who picked up three points on two goals and an assist, complemented the first overall selection of last year’s MLL draft. In addition, second round selection of the Hamilton Nationals, Jason Noble, scooped up three ground balls and a turnover in the Big Red’s victory.
Earlier in the week, Cornell toppled Canisius College 18-7 with Tewaaraton Award nominee Pannell matching his career assist record, picking up four along with four goals. Noble picked up one ground ball and a caused turnover in the victory over Canisius, while Von Bourgondien picked up three points on two goals and an assist with one ground ball and turnover of his own.
Johns Hopkins picked up a pair of victories last week, beating Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday 19-9 and UMBC 13-7 on Friday. Across the two contests, Hamilton draftee, Tucker Durkin, nabbed three ground balls, two turnovers and one caused turnover while Rochester Rattlers draftee John Ranagan picked up four goals and two assists, as did fellow Rochester selection Zach Palmer in the squad’s win over UMBC. Lee Coppersmith and Mike Poppleton, selections of the Boston Cannons and Hamilton Nationals respectively, both also tallied a goal in the Blue Jays’ victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
As the University of Maryland triumphed over Stony Brook 13-7 on Saturday, Tewaaraton nominee and first round selection of the Chesapeake Bayhawks Jesse Bernhardt made his case for the award, leading the Terrapins defense with four ground balls and four turnovers. Meanwhile, fellow Chesapeake draftee Kevin Cooper scored three points on two goals and an assist, bringing him to 15 multi-point games for his career while Charlotte selection Owen Blye picked up a pair of goals and assists, bringing his multi-point game total to 25 on his career. John Haus (Hamilton) and Landon Carr (Denver) both netted goals of their own, as well.
In a close contest with Duke, Loyola came up short 9-8 this past Friday. Both Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) and Scott Ratliff (Boston) picked up a goal apiece, but it was not enough for the Greyhounds to overcome the Blue Devils. Duke’s Jake Tripucka (Hamilton) grabbed two assists in the contest, helping his team notch a win putting them one away from a .500 record on the season so far.
Denver University upped their winning streak to four, last Saturday, with a 10-9 victory over the Ohio State. Eric Law, draftee of the Denver Outlaws, led the way with three goals and an assist, making his presence in the Tewaaraton race known. Law is now also only two assists away from being ranked 18th in the nation among active NCAA players. In addition to Law’s standout performance, Cameron Flint (first round selection of Boston) scored two goals of his own in the Pioneers’ victory. Meanwhile, Logan Schuss (Ohio) looked strong for the Buckeyes despite the loss, scoring two goals and an assist, while Dominique Alexander (Ohio) had two assists on the day. Both Schuss and Alexander played in their 50th game for Ohio State against Denver, with Schuss extending his point streak to 50 games and his multi-point streak to 26 games.
Brian Megill (Denver) and JoJo Marasco (New York) tallied one goal each in Syracuse’s 13-11 victory over St. John’s on Saturday. Marasco, however, was the standout as he also picked up four assists, bringing his point total to five on the day as he combined for 10 total with the rest of the Orange’s midfield line. Elsewhere, North Carolina bested Princeton 16-15 behind strong play from captain Marcus Holman (Ohio) who tallied four points on a goal and three assists for the Tar Heels.
The University of Massachusetts could not find their groove this past week, dropping a pair of games to Albany and Bucknell on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively. Jake Smith (Boston) had two caused turnovers in the loss to Albany, tied for the team lead, but it was not enough for the Minutemen who will look to get out of their slump at home in Amherst, MA against Penn State this Saturday, March 16.
The race for collegiate lacrosse’s most prestigious award is on, and right now it seems to be neck-and-neck. Let’s see how close it stays down the home stretch.