By Paul Ryan | 3/20/14 10:00 AM
Another week, another weekly college roundup. This weekend saw overtimes, upsets and all-around great lacrosse, due in large part to the 2014 MLL draft class.
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) has continued to be lights out for No. 16 Princeton, scoring four times and adding an assist in a 15-12 victory over No. 12 Penn. The senior now has 24 points in just five games this season, putting him in the top-10 nationally for points per game.
In a thrilling match-up on Tobacco Road, No. 6 Duke bested No. 4 North Carolina in overtime, 9-8. No. 2 overall pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) scored the game-winner in extra frame, capping a 13-point week (10 G, 3 A) over the span of two games. No. 4 pick Luke Duprey (New York) had a huge game as well, scooping up five ground balls and causing three turnovers.
No. 3 pick Joe Fletcher (New York) and No. 2 Loyola played one of their best defensive games of the season, knocking off Army, 7-6. Fletcher remains an anchor on the back end, notching five ground balls and holding a potent Army offense to just six goals. Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) dished out three helpers and Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) had a two-point game.
Sixth overall pick Jeremy Noble (Denver) did it all for the University of Denver on Saturday, as the No. 9 Pioneers downed the Ohio State Buckeyes, 9-5. Noble scored one goal, assisted on two others, nabbed three ground balls and caused a turnover in the win. Noble’s goal came with two seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 6-4 and eventually became the game-winner.
Charlotte first rounder Michael Ehrhardt (7th) had a monster game for No. 1 Maryland, as he grabbed seven ground balls and caused two turnovers in a 12-10 victory over Villanova. Teammate Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) registered a hat trick, while goaltender Niko Amato improved his record to 6-0 with a seven-save performance.
No. 7 Virginia dropped their second straight game, as No. 11 Notre Dame doubled them up, 18-9. Boston’s top pick Scott McWilliams (8th) had a tough game on defense, but Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) did record another hat trick.
In D-III action, Brent Hiken (Denver, 16th) continued to own the faceoff ‘x,’ going 13-for-17 in a 12-11 win over Roanoke. Hiken is now 80-for-106 on faceoffs for the season, which translates to a .755 winning percentage.
In a midweek match-up, No. 17 Yale dominated No. 14 Lehigh, winning 10-2. Faceoff man Dylan Levings (Chesapeake, 24th) scored once and Brandon Mangan (New York, 34th) finished with four points. The duo was held relatively quiet in a Saturday loss to No. 8 Cornell.
As far as late rounders go, Harvard’s Dan Eipp (Rochester, 32nd) and Air Force’s Erik Smith (Boston, 37th) each recorded hat tricks in victories. Smith also went 9-for-13 on faceoffs in the game, scooping up six ground balls in the process. Colgate’s Bobby Lawrence (Florida, 45th) also had a nice weekend, with three ground balls and three caused turnovers in a 10-9 win over Binghamton.
However, the late rounder of the week goes to Steve O’Hara. The 41st overall pick for Ohio played a large role in Notre Dame’s massive win over Virginia, grabbing four ground balls and causing three turnovers. O’Hara and the Fighting Irish held the dangerous Cavaliers to nearly five goals below their season average for offensive output. Ohio allowed the second most goals per game last season and Lawrence would give them some much needed defensive depth should he join them.