By Paul Ryan | 3/12/14 2:00 PM
Another week in the books equaled more strong performances by MLL draftees in the collegiate ranks. What college players stepped up the most?
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) notched six points (3 G, 3 A) Saturday, as No. 16 Princeton fell to No. 5 North Carolina, 13-11. Schreiber now has 19 points in just four games this season, proving the Machine made no mistake taking him with the first pick.
In a contest between the top two Lizards draftees, Joe Fletcher (3rd overall) and No. 5 Loyola dominated No. 3 Duke, 14-7. Fletcher finished the game with seven ground balls and a caused turnover, holding No. 2 pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) to just one goal. No. 4 overall Luke Duprey scooped only one ground ball in the game for Duke. Meanwhile, 23rd overall selection Justin Ward (Charlotte) scored a goal and dished out four assists in the victory for Loyola.
No. 5 selection Kieran McArdle (Florida) scored four goals and two assists over a two-game span, but St. John’s lost in both games, first falling to Drexel 16-11, then to No. 10 Syracuse 14-8. Bayhawks selection Kevin Cernuto also had six points for St. John’s, as it fell to 2-3 on the year.
In a surprisingly close game, No. 1 Maryland survived a scare against unranked Stony Brook, winning 11-8. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) scored four goals for the Terps, while Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) caused two turnovers, one of which led to his first assist of the season. Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) was up to standard once again, stopping nine of 17 shots, upping his record to 5-0, with a 6.00 goals against and a .650 save percentage.
In a match-up between two undefeated squads, No. 9 Cornell came out victorious against No. 6 Virginia, 12-9. Cornell’s Tom Freshour (Rochester, 44th) caused a game-high four turnovers, helping slow down a potent Virginia offense. On the other side of the ball, Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) continued his unreal season, scoring a hat trick and upping his season total to an NCAA-leading 34 points. Boston draftee Rob Emery (17th) scored twice and fellow Cannons pick Scott McWilliams (8th) had two ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers.
Other top performers this week included defender Ty Souders (Denver, 22nd), as his No. 14 Lehigh Mountain Hawks held Bucknell to just three goals in a 9-3 victory. Drexel’s Ben McIntosh (Denver, 62nd) added ten points over two games, raising his season total to 22. And Johns Hopkins Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th) scored five goals and an assist in a 15-8 win over UMBC.
However, the late rounder of the week is none other than Providence’s Andrew Barton (Florida, 53rd). The Timonium, Md., native registered 11 points over the span of two games, starting with a two goal, three-assist performance in a 14-11 win over Fairfield. As if that wasn’t enough, Barton scored four goals and added two helpers in an 11-10 loss against Sacred Heart.