By Nick Powers | 4/1/13 4:20 PM
Leading up to, and during, the Easter Holiday, the collegiate lacrosse season continued with a number of exciting games and meaningful match-ups.
On Sunday afternoon, Colgate fell to Army, 10-4, as the number one overall draftee for the Ohio Machine Peter Baum was held scoreless. Despite a stellar season that has seen him break records, Baum contributed just two ground balls and a caused turnover in the Raiders’ loss, which saw him held scoreless for the first time in 54 games. On the other side, Army’s Garrett Thul (Hamilton) netted a goal and a CT, while Brendan Buckley (Boston) mirrored Baum’s performance, with two ground balls and a caused turnover for the Black Knights. It was Buckley’s tight defense on Baum that largely contributed to Army’s victory on Easter Sunday.
The University of Maryland was able to pull out a huge road win on Saturday, as the number one-ranked Terrapins bested Virginia, 9-7, bringing them to 46-43 all-time vs. the Cavaliers. Maryland’s John Haus (Hamilton) had three points on two goals and an assist, while Kevin Cooper had two points on one goal and an assist. Jesse Bernhardt (Chesapeake) had two goals on the day while Landon Carr (Denver) had an assist. For the Cavaliers, Matt White (Charlotte) had two assists on the day and looked solid, though his efforts were not enough to lift UVA over the Terps.
Another phenomenal game on Saturday saw the University of North Carolina triumph over Johns Hopkins, 11-10 in overtime. Marcus Holman (Ohio) had a standout performance for the Tar Heels, garnering four points on two goals and two assists to help UNC beat their third nationally ranked team in a week. The Blue Jays did some chirping of their own, however, as Zach Palmer (Rochester) had one of his best games on the season, with four points on three goals and an assist. Lee Coppersmith (Boston) also performed well with a pair of tallies and an assist of his own, while John Ranagan (Rochester) picked up a goal as well.
The win over Johns Hopkins was the fourth straight and second of the week for UNC, who also bested Brown, 18-12 at home this past Wednesday. Holman matched his career-high six assists against the bears, picking up a pair of goals in the process. In addition, Holman had a career-best seven ground balls in the victory that put the Tar Heels at 3-0 against Ivy League teams in the regular season.
Loyola’s defense gave up just four goals in their victory at Ohio State, 9-4. A number of draftees rose to the occasion for the Greyhounds, as Davis Butts (Denver), Scott Ratliff (Boston), Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) and Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) all had a goal, while Ratliff and Butts added an assist each. For the Buckeyes, Logan Schuss (Ohio) had a goal along with two ground balls and a caused turnover, extending his point streak to 54 games, while Dominique Alexander (Ohio) picked up a ground ball as well.
In a game postponed from 3/23, the University of Denver outlasted Air Force, 11-10, with this game also extending into overtime. Eric Law (Denver) tallied four points on one goal and three assists for the Pioneers, while Cameron Flint (Boston) had two points on a goal and an assist. Chase Carraro (Ohio) went six-for-eight on face-offs, helping Denver overcome the Air Force onslaught.
The following Saturday was a much easier task for the Pioneers, as they defeated Hobart 14-5 on the road. Flint was again a standout, as he tallied three goals for his 10th career hat trick. Carraro added a goal, and Law an assist as the Statesmen could not answer back and Denver improved to 7-2 on the season (3-0 ECAC).
Syracuse looked impressive this past week as well, trouncing Canisius 17-5 at home in the Carrier Dome on Friday, 3/29. Brian Megill (Denver) helped lead the Orange’s defense and picked up two ground balls in the process, as well as two caused turnovers. On the offensive side, JoJo Marasco (New York) had two points on a goal and an assist to help Syracuse improve to 2-0 all-time against Canisius, who finished the contest with more turnovers than shots.
Continuing the trend of doubling-up on big wins, Cornell had a pair of victories last week as well, with the first coming over Siena, 17-9 on Tuesday, 3/26. Last year’s number one selection Rob Pannell set a milestone, becoming just the eighth Division I Lacrosse player to reach 300 career points, finishing the day with five on two goals and three assists. Max Von Bourgondien (Charlotte) had two points for the day on a goal and assist each, while also tallying a ground ball and caused turnover, and Jason Noble (Hamilton) had three ground balls and a caused turnover in the Big Red victory.
On Saturday, Cornell continued their winning ways big time, trouncing Dartmouth, 21-5. Pannell picked up three points on a goal and two assists, while Von Bourgondien had three tallies on the day; he was one of five Big Red players to score a hat trick. Noble again helped the Cornell defense limit the Big Green’s performance, scooping up three ground balls in the process.
The University of Massachusetts did not fare as well as Cornell, however, as they dropped a decision to Saint Joseph’s, 7-6 on Saturday. The Minutemen’s Will Manny (Boston) had two points on the day, with one goal (his 99th overall during his career with UMass) and one assist.