By Paul Ryan | 4/2/14 11:10 AM
March has turned into April, which means we’re officially one month closer to the end of the NCAA season. MLL prospects remain some of the best players in the game and here are the top performers from this past week.
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber notched another hat trick, this time in a tough loss for No. 15 Princeton as they fell to Brown, 11-10. The Machine draftee now has 37 points in eight contests this season, giving him more than 4.5 points per game.
Rochester pick Jordan Wolf (2nd overall) scored twice in a 17-11 win for Duke over Harvard. Fourth overall Luke Duprey (New York) grabbed seven ground balls and caused two turnovers, while faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) won 21-of-31 and nabbed 14 ground balls.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and the No. 1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds won yet again on Saturday, this time defeating No. 17 Colgate, 10-8. Fletcher picked up seven ground balls and caused one turnover in the win, while Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) continued his strong season, with two goals and three assists.
Kieran McArdle (Florida, 5th) remains red-hot, as his seven-point performance (3 G, 4 A) led St. John’s to a 14-7 win over Providence. Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) scored a hat trick and added two helpers, while Andrew Barton scored a hat trick of his own for Providence.
Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) posted yet another impressive stat line for the University of Denver, getting two goals, two ground balls and caused two turnovers in a 17-9 victory over Georgetown. Noble has 24 points in 10 games from the midfield, with 28 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
In a battle of two top tier ACC teams, No. 4 Maryland came out victorious against No. 8 Virginia, 9-6. Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) was a stalwart defensively for Maryland, coming away with two ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to shutting down the potent Cavaliers attack. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) finished with another three-point game (1 G, 2 A) and Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) finished with ten saves and is now 8-1 this year.
For Virginia, Scott McWilliams (Boston, 8th) had a solid game with a ground ball and three caused turnovers. Rob Emery (Boston, 17th) scored a goal and Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) was held without a point for the first time this season. Cockerton had scored at least two goals in the first 10 games he played this year.
Some of the top late rounders this week included Albany’s Miles Thompson (Rochester, 20th), who registered 13 points as the Great Danes went 1-1 last week. John LoCascio (Rochester, 26th) racked up 12 ground balls and caused four turnovers for Villanova as they went 2-0. And Drexel’s Ben McIntosh (Denver, 62nd) scored five goals in two games, improving his season total to 27, as the Dragons won both their contests.
Syracuse’s Derek Maltz (Ohio, 39th) scored a hat trick in a big 11-10 win for the No. 10 Orange over No. 7 Notre Dame. Bryant’s Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) and Alex Zomerfeld (New York, 58th) each had six points between their two games, as the Bulldogs have won six straight. And in goal, Fairfield’s Jack Murphy (Boston, 59th) turned in another stellar performance, stopping 12 of the 15 shots he faced in a 9-3 win over Bellarmine.
With all these great performances, it was tough to pick just one late rounder of the week. However, this time it goes to 63rd overall selection Kevin O’Neil. The Hounds eighth rounder had two points Wednesday in a 13-8 win over Georgetown, then scored a hat trick on Saturday in a 9-7 upset over No. 17 Penn State.
O’Neil makes Charlotte the seventh team to have a late rounder of the week, with Chesapeake being the only squad not to have one. Maybe Cernuto or Hopkins’ Brandon Benn will change that next week? Come back next Tuesday and find out.