By Nick Powers | 3/25/13 5:00 PM
The collegiate lacrosse season continued rolling this past week with a number of key match-ups between powerhouse teams looking to cement their sports in the NCAA rankings.
Colgate’s Peter Baum, the first overall selection for the Ohio Machine in the 2013 draft, scored a hat trick for the 32nd time in his career in this weekend’s victory over Navy. The victory came at M&T Bank Stadium, the home of NFL Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, in front of well over 10,000 fans. Baum’s stellar performance added to an even better season as he now leads the Raiders with 26 goals and 37 points, with his career total at Colgate now standing at 156 goals and 213 points. Colgate now has a brief respite before facing Army, a fellow Patriot League squad, on Easter Sunday.
In what may have been their most impressive win all season, Johns Hopkins bested the University of Virginia 15-8 this past Saturday in the second game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The 10th-ranked Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for more than 31 minutes, as the 14th-ranked Cavaliers could not answer back with the same intensity. Face-off specialist Mike Poppleton (Hamilton) scored a goal and nabbed four ground balls in the victory, with wins in four-of-six face-offs while midfielder Lee Coppersmith (Boston) added a goal and two ground balls of his own.
With the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament seeing a number of upsets this weekend, it only seemed fitting that there be similar circumstances in collegiate lacrosse as well. The 14th-ranked University of North Carolina toppled top-ranked Maryland, 10-8 on the Terrapins’ home turf of College Park, Md. Despite solid performances from Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) and Owen Blye (Charlotte), both of whom had three points on two goals and an assist, and an additional score by John Haus (Charlotte), the Terps couldn’t overcome the early onslaught by the Tar Heels. Attack Marcus Holman (Ohio) had two goals and an assist in the victory that saw UNC up 9-3 midway through the third quarter and hold on despite Maryland scoring five of the last six goals.
Loyola defeated Georgetown 13-8 this past Wednesday in their first game of the week, which saw midfielder Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) pick up a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds. The defense was key in Loyola’s victory over the Hoyas, as Scott Ratliff (Boston) scored a goal to compliment his four ground balls and two caused turnovers. The following Saturday, Loyola’s squad shined even brighter in a 10-3 win over Michigan on the heels of Mike Sawyer’s (Charlotte) hat trick performance. Hawkins added another goal to his week with an additional three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Ratliff led in ground balls for the day with eight and Davis Butts (Denver) picked up a ground ball of his own. Loyola’s next task following their week off will be against The Ohio State University on Saturday, March 30.
Another two-game stint had Syracuse facing off in two Big East match-ups, the first of which saw them best Providence 18-9 on Tuesday, March 19. JoJo Marasco (New York) picked up two assists on the day, while Brian Megill (Denver) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the victory. Their next contest would not end favorably, however, as the Orange fell to Villanova, 11-10 in another pivotal Big East match-up. Marasco picked up a goal and two assists in the loss while Megill again had two caused turnovers, this time complimented by five ground balls. Meanwhile Nick Doherty (Hamilton) scored three points on two goals and an assist for the Wildcats in their triumph over Syracuse.
Cornell began their two-game home stand on a down note, being upset by Bucknell 9-8 on Tuesday. Last year’s first overall selection Rob Pannell had a pair of goals and assists, while defenseman Jason Noble (Hamilton) scooped up three ground balls and four caused turnovers on the day. In addition, Max Von Bourgondien (Charlotte) had a goal and a ground ball for the Big Red in the defeat. The following Saturday Cornell’s luck turned around as they put down the University of Pennsylvania 10-5, with Pannell adding two goals and an assist to become the Cornell men’s lacrosse all-time leading scorer. Von Bourgondien had a goal and assist, while Noble had three ground balls and three caused turnovers on the day.
Number eight-ranked Ohio State also had a two-game week ahead of them, and in similar fashion to Cornell began with a loss, 9-4 to Notre Dame on Wednesday. Logan Schuss (Ohio) had two assists and two ground balls in the loss, midfielders Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack (both also Ohio draftees) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers & two ground balls, respectively. For Notre Dame, goalkeeper John Kemp (Rochester) had five ground balls, defenseman Matt Miller (Rochester) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers and midfielder Quinn Cully (Boston) had a ground ball of his own for the Irish.
The following Saturday Ohio State was back in action, this time on the road against Bellarmine where the Buckeyes came out on top, 9-7. Schuss had a sensational performance, nabbing five points on four goals and an assist, extending his point streak to 53 consecutive games. With this performance, Schuss is now third in program history in both goals and points. Alexander again helped the defense with a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers.
The University of Massachusetts began their week in outstanding fashion besting number 16-ranked Lehigh, 6-4 on Wednesday. Attack Will Manny (Boston) picked up a hat trick in the Minutemen’s victory, which included the game-winning goal, and defenseman Jake Smith (Boston) picked up four ground balls and four caused turnovers. The tide continued to roll in UMass’ favor heading into the weekend as they bested Hartford, 13-11 on Saturday, where Manny added a goal and pair of assists to help lift the Minutemen to victory. Both Smith and midfielder Colin Fleming (Ohio) scooped up a ground ball as well.