By Nick Powers | 5/6/13 4:20 PM
The collegiate lacrosse playoffs have begun and as seasons come to a close, there will only be a select number of squads left to compete for a National Title in the NCAA Tournament, which starts this Saturday, May 11.
This past week, Colgate fell short to Maryland, 18-6 as the Terrapins clinched a berth in the tournament and the Raiders didn’t make the cut for the second straight year. Peter Baum (Ohio) did, however, become the all-time leading goal scorer for the Patriot League in the loss, as well as cementing his place as Colgate’s leader in goals and points.
For Maryland, Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) tied his career high point total, netting two goals and tallying four assists in the victory. John Haus (Hamilton) had two points with a goal and assist each, while Owen Blye (Charlotte) had one tally on the day for the Terps.
Although Johns Hopkins snuck past Army in a 9-4 victory on Saturday, May 3, it was not enough to earn them an at large bid to the NCAA tournament. Lee Coppersmith (Boston) had one goal and one assist, while Zach Palmer (Rochester) contributed a helper as well.
A late rally by The Ohio State University lifted them past Loyola, 18-11 in the ECAC Lacrosse Semifinals last Thursday, May 2. Logan Schuss (Ohio) excelled for the Buckeyes, picking up five tallies and one helper while Dominique Alexander (Ohio) had six points of his own, except with one tally and five helpers. Meanwhile, Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) contributed four goals for the Greyhounds, and Davis Butts (Denver) had one goal and two assists in the loss. Despite coming up short, Loyola clinched a tournament berth.
Ohio State and the University of Denver then faced off in the ECAC Championships on Saturday, May 4 with the Buckeyes coming out victorious, 11-10 in a close fought contest. Law had two goals and one assist, Flint picked up a goal and assist apiece and Carraro had two tallies plus eight ground balls in the Pioneers loss. Schuss again led the way for Ohio State with two goals and an assist, while Alexander picked up a helper of his own. Both teams were selected for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse captured the Big East Championship against Villanova on Saturday with a 13-9 victory. JoJo Marasco (New York) contributed to the Orange’s win with one tally and one helper. The victory cemented Syracuse’s spot in the NCAA D-I tournament starting this weekend.
Despite an overtime loss to Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals, Cornell clinched a spot in the tournament, as well. Against the Tigers, Rob Pannell (New York) had five points on two goals and three assists, while Max Van Bourgondien (Charlotte) had five points as well, except on three tallies and two helpers.
Starting this weekend, the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament begins with the quarterfinals coming the following weekend, May 18-19 and both the semifinals and championship games taking place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 25 and 27, respectively.
With many top schools competing for the national title, a number of MLL draftees will be featured in the tournament. Listed by school, selections from this year’s MLL draft who are participating in the tournament are:
Brian Megill (D) – Draftee for Denver Outlaws
JoJo Marasco (M) – Draftee for New York Lizards
Mason Poli (D) – Draftee for Charlotte Hounds
Michael McCormack (D) – Draftee for Charlotte Hounds
Peter Johnson (D) – Draftee for Rochester Rattlers
Ohio State University
Logan Schuss (A) – Draftee for Ohio Machine
Dominique Alexander (M) – Draftee for Ohio Machine
Kevin Mack (M) – Draftee for Ohio Machine
Rob Pannell (A) – Draftee for New York Lizards (2012)
Jason Noble (D) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals
Max Van Bourgondien (M) – Draftee for Charlotte Hounds
Jesse Bernhardt (D) – Draftee for Chesapeake Bayhawks
John Haus (M) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals; traded to Charlotte Hounds
Kevin Cooper (M) – Draftee for Chesapeake Bayhawks
Landon Carr (M) – Draftee for Denver Outlaws
Owen Blye (A) – Draftee for Charlotte Hounds
Marcus Holman (A) – Draftee for Ohio Machine
Dante Fantoni (A) – Draftee for Denver Outlaws
Noah Molnar (M) – Draftee for Rochester Rattlers
David DiMaria (A) – Draftee for Boston Cannons
Cameron Flint (M) – Draftee for Boston Cannons
Chase Carraro (M) – Draftee for Ohio Machine
Eric Law (A) – Draftee for Denver Outlaws
Casey Carroll (D) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals; traded to Charlotte Hounds
David Lawson (M) – Draftee for Rochester Rattlers
Jake Tripucka (M) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals; traded to Charlotte Hounds
Josh Hawkins (M) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals
Mike Sawyer (A) – Draftee for Charlotte Hounds
Scott Ratliff (D) – Draftee for Boston Cannons
Davis Butts (M) – Draftee for Denver Outlaws
Reid Acton (D) – Draftee for Hamilton Nationals
John Kemp (G) – Draftee for Rochester Rattlers
Matt Miller (D) – Draftee for Rochester Rattlers
Steve Murphy (M) – Draftee for New York Lizards
Quinn cully (M) – Draftee for Boston Cannons
The 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships return to Philadelphia May 25 - 27 hosted by Drexel University. Watch the nation's best compete at Lincoln Financial Field. 3 days, 3 championships, it's the ultimate lacrosse experience starting at just $70. For tickets and information, visit NCAA.com/lacrosse!