By Paul Ryan | 3/27/14 3:00 PM
March Madness may have just started, but the college lacrosse season is at the midway point, with MLL draftees dominating the game. Here are just some of the top players from this past week of action.
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) has been money for No. 13 Princeton, notching nine points over the past two games. First, Schreiber scored three goals and added two assists in a 14-6 win over Villanova on Tuesday, then racked up a goal and three assists in a 16-15 loss to No. 16 Yale on Saturday. The Tigers star already has 33 points in just seven games this season.
Duke may have lost in the first round of the NCAA basketball tourney, but the lacrosse team owned their opponents this past week. The Blue Devils first downed Furman 19-4 on Tuesday before thrashing No. 6 Syracuse 21-7 on Sunday. Jordan Wolf (Rochester, 2nd) put up eight points (5 G, 3 A) on Syracuse alone, upping his season point total to 47. Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) scored ten goals over the two game span and Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) won 24-of-31 faceoffs against the Orange.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and the Loyola Greyhounds keep on winning, going 2-0 in their two games this week. Fletcher scored his first goal of his career and had four ground balls in a 21-4 spanking of Lafayette. Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) scored a goal with four ground balls and four caused turnovers in the two games, while dish master Justin Ward had eight assists, giving him an NCAA-leading 30 helpers.
No. 5 pick Kieran McArdle (Florida) recorded two six-goal games, recording eight points in both contests. McArdle scored the overtime winner on Tuesday in an 11-10 thriller against in-state rival Hofstra before scoring three of the last four in a 13-11 win over Stony Brook on Saturday. Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) scored the game-winner against Stony Brook, finishing the game with a hat trick.
Denver’s top pick, Jeremy Noble (6th overall), scored a goal and three assists for the No. 5 University of Denver in a 17-11 win over Rutgers. Noble also has 26 ground balls on the year to go along with his team-high 15 assists.
In the biggest upset of the weekend, No. 6 North Carolina knocked off undefeated No. 1 Maryland, 11-8. Charlotte’s top pick Michael Ehrhardt (7th overall) scored his first collegiate goal for the Terps, while also registering five ground balls and a caused turnover. Goaltender Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) had his first sub-par performance of the year, allowing 11 goals on 19 shots.
Boston’s top selection Scott McWilliams (8th overall) scored his second of the season as No. 10 Virginia defeated No. 9 Johns Hopkins in overtime, 11-10. The defender grabbed five ground balls and caused four turnovers in the victory. Fellow Cannons draftee Rob Emery (17th) scored once and Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) only scored twice, now with 30 on the year. For Johns Hopkins, Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th) registered a hat trick, while Rob Guida (Ohio, 13th) doled out four helpers.
The Thompson’s bossed around another opponent, recording a combined 18 points for No. 18 Albany in a 17-10 win over No. 12 Penn State. Miles Thompson (Rochester, 20th) scored four goals and had two assists in the win, while Ty (Rochester, 28th) had two goals and two assists.
Other players to perform well this week included Bucknell’s Jackson Place (Ohio, 25th), who scooped up five ground balls and caused five turnovers in a 13-8 win over Brown. Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) recorded a hat trick and Alex Zomerfeld (New York, 58th) had four points for No. 15 Bryant in a 15-8 win over Hobart. And No. 19 Fairfield’s Jack Murphy (Boston, 59th) held No. 11 UMass to just five goals on Tuesday, making 10 saves in the process.
But the late rounder of the week goes to Yale’s Brandon Mangan. The 5th round pick of the New York Lizards (34th overall) scored five goals and had two assists in the 16-15 victory for Yale over Princeton. Mangan nearly doubled his goal total for the year on Saturday, as the Bulldogs won an all-important Ivy League match-up against the Tigers. Mangan marks the sixth late rounder of the week, all of whom have come from different MLL teams.