By Paul Ryan | 2/25/14 1:10 PM
The college season is now in full swing, as each team has commenced their 2014 season. We finally got to see some of the most notable draftees in action, but how did they fare? Let’s take a look.
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) finally took the field this past Saturday and he did not disappoint. The midfielder recorded a hat trick and added two assists, leading Princeton to a 12-10 victory over Hofstra. Schreiber broke a 9-9 deadlock midway through the fourth quarter with his third goal of the game and the Tigers never looked back. Princeton will be back in action tonight against Manhattan College.
Duke had two games over the weekend, winning 9-6 against Penn on Friday and 14-6 over Stony Brook on Sunday. No. 2 pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) racked up ten points in the two games (7 G, 3 A), Josh Dionne (Charlotte) found the back of the net five times and No. 4 selection Luke Duprey (New York) recorded six ground balls.
No. 3 overall Joe Fletcher (New York) was studly on the back end for Loyola, as he and the Greyhounds allowed just eight goals combined over two games this past week. Justin Ward (Charlotte) doled out seven assists, upping his season point total to 15.
Florida’s first selection Kieran McArdle (5th overall) provided nearly all of the offense for St. John’s on Saturday, as the Red Storm fell to Yale, 10-6. McArdle had two goals and three assists in the loss. On the other side of the field, Dylan Levings (Chesapeake) was 13-for-19 on faceoffs for Yale and Brandon Mangan (New York) scored twice.
All four drafted goalies were fantastic over the weekend, posting a combined record of 5-0. Austin Kaut (Boston, 19th overall) stopped 13 of 20 shots, as Penn State bested Notre Dame, 8-7. Niko Amato (Florida) continued his stellar year, shutting down Syracuse as Maryland won 16-8. Jamie Faus (Denver) allowed just 12 goals in two games for the University of Denver, nabbing BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors, and Jack Murphy (Boston) allowed just four in an 18-4 victory for Fairfield.
This past weekend was huge for sleeper picks as plenty of late rounders made their presence felt. Mark Cockerton (Rochester) is trying to prove himself as the biggest steal of the draft, as he scored four goals and three assists in a 19-12 win over Rutgers. Cockerton, the 56th overall draft pick, now has 17 points on the season, second only to fellow Rattlers pick Jordan Wolf (19).
Other late picks playing well include Hobart’s Alex Love (Chesapeake), Air Force’s Erik Smith (Boston) and Penn’s Zack Losco (Charlotte). All three scored two goals and an assist over the weekend, with Smith doing so over the course of two games. Providence’s Andrew Barton (Florida) scored twice, UMBC’s Phil Poe (Boston) nabbed nine ground balls and Ohio Wesleyan’s Spencer Schnell (Ohio) registered five points.
However, the late round pick of the week goes to Drexel’s Ben McIntosh (Denver). The third-from-last pick of the draft (62nd overall) scored four goals in a huge 14-13 win over No. 11 Albany. McIntosh scored twice in the last five minutes of the contest, propelling the Dragons to their first win of the season. McIntosh and Drexel play again tonight against Villanova.