By Nick Powers | 4/8/13 4:15 PM
A jam-packed week of NCAA collegiate lacrosse saw milestones accomplished, multi-point performances and close match-ups throughout.
Colgate’s Peter Baum, the first overall selection of the 2013 MLL Draft for the Ohio Machine, was named one of ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award; the only attack position player still in the running. His standout year for Colgate, which has seen him break career records for goals both at Colgate and in the Patriot League, was enhanced this past weekend when he registered four goals for the Raiders in a 13-10 loss to Lehigh on Saturday, April 6. Despite Baum’s game-high goal total, Colgate’s issues with turnovers and penalties ultimately led to their downfall against the Mountain Hawks, who were pegged as preseason favorites in the Patriot League.
The University of Virginia also found themselves on the losing end this past Saturday, falling to North Carolina 10-7 at home. The charge was led by Marcus Holman (Ohio), who registered six points on three goals and three assists for the Tar Heels and in the process, extended his scoring streak to 26 consecutive games. Holman’s career goal total now stands at 111, moving him into a three-way tie for third on Carolina’s all-time goal scoring list and just two away from tying Jed Prossner (2002-05) for second all-time. Virginia’s Matt White (Charlotte) had two assists for the Cavaliers in the loss (Virginia’s fifth consecutive), marking the first time since 1966 that UVA has lost that many games in a row.
Unable to capitalize on an extra-man advantage late in the game, Johns Hopkins was bested by Albany, 10-9 on Friday, April 5 in Baltimore. Despite coming back from a two goal deficit late in the fourth quarter, Albany’s defense stifled the Blue Jays in the final seconds, giving the Great Danes their third straight win. For Johns Hopkins, Zach Palmer (Rochester) notched one goal for the day while Lee Coppersmith (Boston) had an assist, though neither was enough to give the Blue Jays an edge, or a victory.
Number one ranked Maryland fared better on Friday, toppling Navy 11-8 and moving to 8-1 overall; the first time since 2004 that the Terrapins have achieved such a feat. The victory was also Maryland’s fourth straight over Navy, as John Haus (Hamilton) and Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) both earned three points on two goals and one assist. Owen Blye (Charlotte) had a three-point performance for the Terps as well, scoring once with two assists to bring his career-total number of multi-point games to 29. To round out the day, Jesse Bernhardt (Chesapeake) who was also named a finalist for the 2013 CLASS Award, scooped up six ground balls with one caused turnover for Maryland.
Loyola continued the state of Maryland’s impressive winning ways on Saturday, beating Fairfield 13-7 at home thanks to contributions from multiple draftees. Scott Ratliff (Boston) scored four goals for the Greyhounds on the heels of also becoming a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, while Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) and Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) each had two tallies. Meanwhile, Reid Acton (Hamilton) contributed to the Loyola defense with a ground ball and two caused turnovers.
The University of Denver began and ended their weekend with a victory, though the first came much easier than the second. On Friday, the Pioneers routed Marquette, 15-4 at home following great performances from all three MLL draftees as Eric Law (Denver) led the way with four goals on the day. Cameron Flint (Boston) added two more tallies for Denver while Chase Carraro (Ohio) added one, along with a ground ball and 4-of-10 face-off victories. The following Sunday, April 7, the Pioneers would not be so impressive, and battled to an 11-10 double-OT win against Bellarmine. Both Law and Flint again had game-changing performances, scoring five points each for Denver with Flint’s coming on four goals and an assist and Law’s on three goals (one of which was the game winner) and two assists in the victory.
Despite entering the fourth quarter down by two, Syracuse was able to inch past Princeton, 13-12 on Saturday after tallying six scores in the final frame. JoJo Marasco (New York) had four points on two goals (including the game winner) and two assists for the Orange while Brian Megill (Denver) added a ground ball in the victory over the Tigers, which was Syracuse’s third against a top-10 ranked opponent so far this season.
Selections from both this year’s and last year’s draft shined for Cornell on Saturday, as they managed to best Harvard 14-12 on their home turf in Cambridge, MA. Midfielder Max Van Bourgondien (Charlotte) registered a natural hat trick in the final 3:29 of the game, boosting the number-two ranked Big Red’s comeback that saw them score the final five goals of the contest. In addition, Rob Pannell (first overall selection for New York last year) continued his outstanding season with five points on two goals and three assists, while Jason Noble (Hamilton) contributed on the defensive side with six caused turnovers and five ground balls.
The Ohio State University added another notch to their belt at home on Saturday, defeating Hobart 10-6 thanks to phenomenal play from attackman Logan Schuss (Ohio). Schuss’ five points on a goal and four assists helped lift the Buckeyes over the Statesmen, and extended his point streak to 55 games while tying his career-high for assists. Midfielder Dominique Alexander (Ohio) had an assist, a caused turnover and four ground balls for Ohio State, while Kevin Mack (Ohio) added a tally to the mix as well; his first both of the season and since nearly a year ago at Michigan on April 14, 2012.
Yet another milestone was reached over the weekend, this time for the University of Massachusetts, as Will Manny (Boston) became the tenth UMass lacrosse player in history to register 100 career goals. In a 9-5 loss to Towson on the road, Manny’s one tally on the day was all he needed to make Minutemen history, while Colin Fleming (Ohio) matched his total with a goal of his own in the defeat.