By Paul Ryan | 3/5/14 11:30 AM
With the calendar flipping over to March, many collegians are hitting their stride after their first several games. Here are some of the top MLL draftees for this past week in the NCAA.
First overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) had another strong showing over the course of the week, scoring four goals and four assists in two games. On Saturday, Schreiber registered his second hat trick of the season in a 15-9 loss to Johns Hopkins. Schreiber now has 13 points in just three games this season.
In a match-up of the top two teams in the nation, No. 2 Maryland knocked off No. 1 Duke, 10-6. Second overall pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) scored twice and added an assist, while third rounder Josh Dionne (Charlotte) was held to just one point. Maryland netminder Niko Amato (Florida) was the difference maker, making 17 saves in a winning effort. Michael Ehrhardt (Boston) also had a big hand in the win, scooping up six ground balls and causing four turnovers. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte) scored five of Maryland’s ten goals.
Joe Fletcher (New York) got a ground ball and caused two turnovers in No. 7 Loyola’s 14-7 victory over No. 14 Lehigh. Justin Ward (Charlotte) tallied four assists and Pat Laconi (Charlotte) scored twice in the win.
Kieran McArdle (Florida) notched his 200th career point with St. John’s, as the Red Storm took down Siena, 14-9. McArdle scored two goals and three assists in the win and now has 17 points on the season in only three games. Teammate Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake) finished the game with a hat trick.
Virginia’s Scott McWilliams (Boston) helped lead the No. 4 Cavaliers to multiple victories over the course of the week, first downing Mount St. Mary’s 14-6, then topping No. 8 Syracuse, 17-12. McWilliams scored his first of the season and third of his career against Syracuse, while Rob Emery (Boston) recorded four points (1 G, 3 A) over the course of the two games.
That also leads into the late round pick of the week. You could pick him pretty much any week the way he’s been playing to start the season, but Virginia’s Mark Cockerton (Rochester) has been unstoppable for the Cavaliers. Cockerton scored seven goals against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, before turning in another seven-point performance (4 G, 3 A) on Saturday against Syracuse. The 56th overall pick now has 31 points in his first six games, the most points of anyone in Division I lacrosse.