By Paul Ryan | 2/20/14 3:00 PM
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) and the Princeton Tigers have yet to play a game this season, but will begin their campaign this Saturday when they play host to Hofstra University. Princeton and the rest of the Ivy League schools may have to wait until the 22nd, but there was still plenty of action this past weekend.
In a game with nine 2014 Collegiate Draft picks, 3rd-ranked Duke knocked off 4th-ranked Denver, 14-10. Second overall choice Jordan Wolf (Rochester) scored a goal and two assists while fourth overall Luke Duprey (New York) scored a goal and added some strong defense. For the University of Denver, Jeremy Noble (Denver) registered three points and Jamie Faus (Denver) made six stops in a losing effort.
Third overall pick Joe Fletcher (New York) played another solid game defensively, causing two turnovers in a 12-11 overtime victory for Loyola over Penn State. Justin Ward had a game-high four assists, while teammate Pat Laconi (Charlotte) caused a turnover. Third-rounder Austin Kaut struggled a bit in net for the Nittany Lions, stopping just six of 18 shots he faced.
In his opening game, Kieran McArdle, the first-ever draft pick of the Florida Launch, scored three goals and dished out four assists in a 15-13 victory over Holy Cross. McArdle earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts, while teammate Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake) notched six points himself (3G, 3A).
In College Park, Maryland, the University of Maryland cruised past UMBC, winning 14-3. Hounds first rounder Michael Ehrhardt scooped up six ground balls and caused three turnovers, while Niko Amato (Florida) continued his stellar play in net, turning away eight of 11 shots. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte) provided a large chunk of the offense for the Terps, scoring twice and notching three assists.
To round out the first round, Scott McWilliams (Boston) nabbed four ground balls and caused two turnovers for Virginia in an 11-10 victory over Drexel. Seventh-round pick Mark Cockerton has proven to be a steal so far for Rochester, scoring twice in the final three minutes for the Cavaliers, including the game-winner with 15 seconds left to play. 62nd-overall Ben McIntosh (Denver) scored a goal and an assist for Drexel.
In D-III action, Brent Hiken (Denver) absolutely dominated the face-off ‘x,’ winning 17 of his 20 draws in a 9-8 overtime victory over York. Hiken, the final pick of the second round, also got 11 ground balls in the game.
The late round pick of the week goes to Erik Smith (Boston), who led Air Force to their first win of the year over Furman, 15-6. Smith scored four times for the Falcons on just five shots. He now has five goals on the year, to go along with four ground balls, a caused turnover and is also 7-for-11 in the face-off ‘x.’