By Nick Powers | 4/16/13 2:30 PM
This week in collegiate lacrosse, match-ups with huge implications featuring multiple MLL draftees took place as the season winds down, and the tournament near, a new squad has taken the number one-ranked position in the NCAA.
Colgate, with their star player and first overall selection for Ohio Peter Baum, clinched a berth in the Patriot League playoffs late on Saturday night with a comeback win over Lafayette, 14-10. Baum, who has been a stalwart for the Raiders this season, scored the 34th hat trick of his career in the victory, and added an assist and two ground balls on the day. Following the victory, Baum now has team-high 33 goals and 45 points on the season.
The University of Virginia did not fare as well as Colgate this weekend, as they fell to Duke 19-16 following a fourth quarter rally by the Blue Devils. Attack Matt White (Charlotte) had four tallies on the day, as well as one assist, but Duke’s near-perfect fourth quarter that gave them a 7-0 run was too much for the Cavaliers to overcome. Much of Duke’s success can be attributed to middie Jake Tripucka (Charlotte), who had seven points on three goals and four assists in the Duke victory.
In what has been called “lacrosse’s greatest rivalry”, Johns Hopkins faced off against Maryland on Saturday and a hard-fought battle ended in favor of the Blue Jays, 7-4. Middie John Ranagan (Rochester) had two tallies and an assist on the day, and Lee Coppersmith (Boston) contributed a goal himself, while Tucker Durkin (Hamilton) had a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers. For the Terrapins, who fell out of their top-ranked slot in the rankings in the loss, Jesse Bernhardt (Chesapeake) had two ground balls and three caused turnovers while Owen Blye (Charlotte) and Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) had a goal and an assist, respectively, and Blye became the 39th Terp in history to score 100 career points.
As Maryland fell from the top, Denver claimed the throne as their overtime victory at Loyola on Saturday put the Pioneers at No. 1 in the rankings in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll. The win was Denver’s fifth straight, as well as their third overtime win of the season and came on the heels of Cameron Flint (Boston) scoring just 16 seconds into the extra frame, giving him a total of four goals on the day to compliment his three ground balls. In addition, Eric Law (Denver) had two tallies and Chase Carraro (Ohio) nabbed 16 ground balls of his own, as well as 18-of-26 face-off victories. For the Greyhounds, Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) had a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) had a pair of tallies of his own, and David Butts (Denver) contributed one goal and two ground balls.
Syracuse picked up a pair of close wins three days apart last week, with the first coming against Cornell on Wednesday as the Orange bested the Big Red, 13-12. JoJo Marasco (New York) had a standout performance for Syracuse, garnering four points on a pair of goals and assists to lift his squad to victory. Meanwhile, Cornell’s Jason Noble (Hamilton) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Rob Pannel (first overall selection for New York in last year’s draft) had four points on a goal and three assists. Max Von Bourgondien (Charlotte) also contributed greatly for the Big Red, putting up four points in the opposite way of Pannel, with three goals and an assist, but in the end it wasn’t good enough.
In their second match-up of the weekend, Syracuse again came away with a close-fought victory over Rutgers, 12-11. Marasco again had an outstanding performance, with six points on a tally and five assists, while Brian Megill (Denver) had an assist for the Orange. Tomorrow, Syracuse will play its last home game of the season against Hobart.
Ohio State came away with a big victory over Michigan, 17-8 on Saturday, winning the Creator’s Trophy in the process, which is awarded to the team with wins against other Big Ten Conference lacrosse. The feat was accomplished thanks to a record-setting day by Logan Schuss (Ohio), who tied his career-high 10 points with five goals and five assists to become the top goal scorer in Ohio State history; he now sits third in program history for the Buckeyes with 211 career points. Dominique Alexander (Ohio) also contributed an assist on the day.
As the University of North Carolina bested Hofstra, 14-5 on the road on Saturday following an explosive second half, much of the credit can be given to attack Marcus Holman (Ohio). Holman tallied seven points on the day, scoring three goals and contributing four assists, moving into second place all-time for UNC in both career goals and points as the Tar Heels picked up their sixth straight win. For the Pride, Adrian Sorichetti (Chesapeake) put up two points on a goal and an assist.
Despite a close-fought scoring battle, UMass fell to Drexel, 15-14 on Saturday. Attack Will Manny (Boston) had six points in the loss on a pair of goals and four assists, while Jake Smith (Boston) contributed what he could on defense by scooping up five ground balls and forcing four turnovers. This Saturday, UMass will face-off against Hofstra on the road, with both teams looking to rebound from losses over the weekend.