By Nick Powers | 4/29/13 5:20 PM
As tournament play begins in collegiate lacrosse, top teams are picking up the pace with aspirations of playoff victory in their minds.
Unfortunately for Colgate, their hopes of victory in the Patriot League tournament was dashed this past weekend, as they fell to Lehigh 15-7 in semi-final play. Peter Baum (Ohio) was limited in his performance, securing just two assists and three ground balls in the Raiders loss, which saw Lehigh mount incredible offense in the second half that saw them add onto their five goal lead at halftime. Baum, however, was named one of the top 25 finalists for Tewaaraton Award, which honors the nations top player; he received the award in 2012.
The University of Virginia advanced to the ACC finals over the weekend with a 13-6 victory over Maryland, but could not find similar success in the championship game. Against the Terrapins, Matt White (Charlotte) found his form with six points on thee goals and three assists to lift the Cavaliers to victory. For Maryland, Owen Blye (Charlotte) stood out, registering three tallies on the day while John Haus (Hamilton) scored a goal of his own, but the offense could not get enough momentum to capitalize on Virginia.
Two days after their victory over the Terrapins, UVa faced off with the University of North Carolina in the ACC finals, which saw the Tar Heels pull out a 16-13 victory to be crowned champions. White again went off for the Cavaliers in tallying seven goals on the day, but Marcus Holman (Ohio) had five assists on the day as well for UNC, helping bring his team the trophy. Two days prior, Holman scored the game-winning goal in an 18-17 UNC victory over Duke to bring his total to four on the day, in addition to two assists against the Blue Devils.
On Saturday, April 27, Loyola broke a 13-game losing streak to Johns Hopkins in an 8-4 win to close out the regular season. Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) led the way for the Greyhounds with three tallies while Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) had one goal and assist apiece and Davis Butts (Denver) registered one goal as well. For Johns Hopkins, Mike Poppleton (Hamilton) and John Ranagan (Rochester) had a goal and an assist, respectively, in the Blue Jays loss.
Denver was crowned ECAC regular season champions this past weekend as well, with a 12-4 victory over Michigan at home. Cameron Flint (Boston) picked up three goals and an assist on the day, while Eric Law (Denver) had a tally and four assists with Chase Carraro (Ohio) contributing a helper of his own for the Pioneers. With this victory, Denver clinched the top seed in the ECAC postseason tournament, while Law tied his career-high for assists.
Syracuse were able to topple Notre Dame, 10-4 on Saturday night following a big second half performance. JoJo Marasco (New York) had one goal and two ground balls on the day, with Brian Megill scooping up two GB’s of his own for the Orange. It’s worth noting that in the loss, the Irish registered no assists on four goals.
Cornell capped their 17th undefeated Ivy League season in program history with a 17-11 victory over Princeton on Saturday, with last year’s number one overall selection Rob Pannell (New York) tallying nine points on five goals and four assists for the Big Red. Jason Noble (Hamilton) had eight ground balls on the day as well, propelling Cornell to the number-one spot in the Ivy League tournament, in which they will face-off with the fourth ranked Tigers yet again on Friday, May 3 at home.
The Ohio State University saw their ECAC regular season close with a victory as well, coming out on top, 14-8 against Fairfield. Logan Schuss (Ohio) had two goals and a helper, while Dominique Alexander (Ohio) registered the same number on the day. The next obstacle for the Buckeyes will come in the form of the Loyola Greyhounds in the semi-finals of the ECAC Tournament on Thursday in Geneva, NY.
In Amherst, MA the University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team was able to double-up the score on Delaware, 16-8 on Senior Night thanks in large part to Will Manny (Boston). Manny had four goals and three assists on the day, in addition to three ground balls and a caused turnover, while Colin Fleming (Ohio) had a tally and a helper with one ground ball peppered into his final numbers. UMass earned the fourth and final seed in the CAA Tournament with the victory, but also with the help of Penn State defeating Hofstra and Towson besting Saint Joseph’s on Saturday as well.