By Paul Ryan | 4/10/14 10:30 AM
The MLL season is less than three weeks away, but the 2014 draftees are entering their third month of play. It’s been the usual suspects leading the way in the NCAA.
First overall Tom Schreiber (Ohio) had yet another outstanding week for No. 17 Princeton, first registering seven points (four goals, three assists) in a 15-11 win over Rutgers. Then on Tuesday, the Tigers middie scored four, including the double-overtime winner, in a thrilling 10-9 victory over Lehigh.
Schreiber reached three milestones in the two games, hitting the 100-goal and 90-assist mark against Rutgers. Only four other players in Ivy League history have 100-90 for their careers, including former No. 1 MLL draft pick Rob Pannell (Schreiber is the first midfielder to hit the plateau). Schreiber also passed former MLLer Josh Sims (103 goals) for most career goals by a Princeton midfielder and now has 105.
No. 2 pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) also tallied four goals and three assists, doing so for No. 3 Duke in a 15-7 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame. The Wynnewood, Pa., native now has 56 points on the year, giving him four straight seasons with 50+ points. Teammate and No. 4 selection Luke Duprey (New York) caused two turnovers and nabbed a ground ball in the win.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and No. 1 Loyola survived an overtime scare, defeating Navy in double OT, 7-6. Fletcher grabbed seven ground balls and caused a turnover while holding the opponent to fewer than 10 goals for the ninth straight game. Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) had a typical one goal, three-assist game, while Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) had an assist to go along with his three caused turnovers.
Florida top pick Kieran McArdle (5th overall) scored three goals and contributed six assists in two contests last week, but St. John’s lost both games they played. McArdle was also held goalless for the first time this season on Sunday in an 11-10 double overtime loss to Marquette. Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) scored five for the Red Storm and took 21 shots in the two games.
Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) scored just once on Friday night, but his goal was the game-winner for the No. 6 Pioneers in their 9-8 overtime win over Villanova. Noble finished the game with a goal, assist, seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Teammate and fellow Outlaws draftee Jamie Faus made eight saves on 14 shots, earning the win in relief.
Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) and the No. 4 Maryland Terps manhandled Robert Morris on Wednesday, 19-6. Ehrhardt scored his second goal of the season with the long pole, also grabbing two ground balls and causing two turnovers. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) scored two goals and an assist, while Niko Amato made seven of 10 stops in 30 minutes of play.
In a game with six MLL draft picks, No. 5 North Carolina knocked off No. 9 Virginia, 11-10. Boston draftee Scott McWilliams (8th overall) had a ground ball and caused turnover for Virginia, while teammate Mark Cockerton scored four goals and added an assist. On the other side, Ryan Creighton (Florida, 12th) grabbed two ground balls and caused two turnovers while R.G. Keenan (Ohio, 49th) scored the game-winner off a faceoff with 2:28 left in the game.
In the biggest upset of the weekend, Harvard knocked off undefeated No. 2 Cornell, 14-9. Rochester selection Dan Eipp (32nd overall) scored a goal and had a ground ball in the win for the Crimson. Cornell was the final undefeated team standing this year before their loss on Saturday, as Harvard ended a 16-game losing streak vs. the Big Red.
In D-III play, Ohio Wesleyan’s Spencer Schnell scored twice and added an assist in a 9-8 OT win against Kenyon. The Battling Bishops have won three straight, with Schnell recording 10 goals and 11 assists in his eight games this year. At 8-2, the team is still looking to enter the D-III top-20 poll.
Other key performers this week included Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th), who scored a hat trick for No. 10 Johns Hopkins in a 13-8 win over No. 16 Albany. Yale faceoff man Dylan Levings (Chesapeake, 24th) went 21-for-28 in a 16-10 Saturday win over Dartmouth. Providence’s Andrew Barton scored four in a 10-8 loss to Georgetown. And Bryant’s Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) scored five goals and an assist as the Bulldogs went 1-1 last week, losing their first game since March 1.
However, the late rounder of the week goes to Drexel’s Ben McIntosh (Denver, 62nd). The Outlaws draftee played a massive role in the Dragons 13-12 upset of Penn State. McIntosh finished with eight points in the game, registering five goals and three assists, including the game-tying goal with 1:21 left. The antepenultimate selection has 42 points on the year and is the first player this season to be named late rounder of the week twice.
Narrowly missing out on late rounder of the week was Fairfield netminder Jack Murphy (Boston, 59th). Since transferring from Mass-Maritime in 2011, Murphy has been a wall for Fairfield the past three seasons and is largely the reason they’re on a seven-game win streak. The senior made 19 stops in the Stags two games last week, as they beat both Michigan and Bucknell.
There are plenty of great games this weekend, with Maryland traveling to Johns Hopkins, Syracuse hosting North Carolina and Army facing Navy. Come back next week to see how your favorite team’s draftees fared.