By Nick Powers | 3/18/13 2:15 PM
This past week, selections from the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft had strong showings, beginning with a record-breaking performance from one of the best lacrosse players in the nation.
As Cornell beat Yale 12-10 on Saturday, it was last year’s first-overall selection Rob Pannell (New York) who once again shined bright for the Big Red. Pannell had five points on the day, with two goals and three assists in addition to three ground balls, continuing his phenomenal season for Cornell (6-0). Additionally, Jason Noble (Hamilton) had for ground balls in a solid defensive showing while Max Von Bourgondien (Charlotte) added one assist. The Bulldogs put up some good performances on the day as well, with defenseman Michael McCormack (Charlotte) scoring a goal to compliment his five ground balls and two caused turnovers in a losing effort for Yale (3-2).
Peter Baum, the first overall selection for the Ohio Machine, helped lift Colgate over Binghamton 12-5 last Tuesday, scoring six goals in the process and breaking Colgate’s all-time scoring record of 200 points set by Derek Laub between 1990 and 1993. The win came at an integral time for the Raiders, as they’d have a tough time losing to both Cornell and Hobart earlier this month, but Baum’s outstanding performance gave them the boost necessary to get back on their feet. The following Saturday, Colgate again was victorious, this time over Michigan 10-7 at Citi Field in New York, N.Y. Baum again had a phenomenal outing, posting a hat trick alongside two assists to neutralize the Wolverines and give Colgate (6-2) its third consecutive win.
The University of Virginia (5-3) came up short against Ohio State this past Saturday, in a 11-10 nail-biter. Attack Matt White (Charlotte) looked good in a losing effort, with two goals and one assist for the Cavaliers, while fellow attackman Logan Schuss (Ohio) helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with two goals of his own. Schuss now leads Ohio State (5-1) with 23 points and 16 goals on the season, extending his point streak to 51 games with multi-point showings in each of his last 27 games. Fellow Machine draftee Dominique Alexander added a goal to the Buckeyes’ total, while Kevin Mack, also an Ohio selection, picked up a ground ball with one caused turnover.
Another tough match-up on Saturday saw Johns Hopkins (5-2) fall to Syracuse, 13-8 on the Orange’s home turf. The Blue Jays turned out a solid performance, with draftee Lee Coppersmith (Boston) picking up a goal while first-round selection Tucker Durkin (Hamilton) nabbed three ground balls and Zach Palmer (Rochester) picked up a ground ball of his own alongside two turnovers. Mike Poppleton (Hamilton) had seven ground balls as well, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Orange onslaught, as JoJo Marasco (New York) picked up three assists and Brian Megill (Denver) scooped up two ground balls in Syracuse’s (4-1) victory.
Maryland (6-0) overcame Villanova (1-5) on the road 10-7 on Saturday, with first-round draftee for the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks Jesse Bernhardt picking up an assist and four ground balls along the way, and John Haus (Hamilton) added another goal for the Terrapins. In addition, Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) picked up five points on a goal and four assists with two caused turnovers while Owen Blye (Charlotte) had two points on one goal and assist, plus two caused turnovers.
Loyola University (5-2) was able to soar over the United States Air Force Academy, 13-7, as Boston selection Scott Ratliff picked up a goal and assist in the Greyhounds victory. Fellow draftee David Butts (Denver) had an assist of his own, and Reid Acton (Hamilton) had three ground balls and a caused turnover.
A close, well-played match-up between Denver and Notre Dame saw the Pioneers lose 13-12 in overtime to the Fighting Irish, though Eric Law looked strong for the Pioneers, netting four goals and two assists on the day. Cameron Flint (Boston) had two goals and an assist as well, but it was not enough as Notre Dame (4-1) was able to force overtime and close the deal. Denver drops to 5-2 on the season with the loss.
In what may be the most well known rivalry in college sports, North Carolina met Duke this past Wednesday, with the Blue Devils (4-4) coming out on top, 11-8. The Tar Heels posted a strong showing from Marcus Holman (Ohio) who tallied four points on a pair of goals and assists in the loss, while Duke’s David Lawson (Rochester) scored twice. In addition, Jake Tripucka (Charlotte) had two assists and one ground ball in the victory over UNC, whose record now stands at 3-3.
In UMass’ conference opener against Penn State the Minutemen fell short, losing 7-5 to the Nittany Lions. Attack Will Manny (Boston) had two assists on the day and Colin Fleming (Ohio) returned to the field for UMass after a four-game absence. Fleming had eight shots on the day, but his return wasn’t enough for the Minutemen to triumph over Penn State, who now stand at 3-3 on the season while the Minutemen drop below .500 to 3-4.