By Paul Ryan | 4/17/14 2:30 PM
It’s getting down to crunch time in the NCAA, with most teams heading into the final week before their conference tournaments. Who’s hot? Who’s not? More MLL draftees are the former as they ramp up in anticipation for the postseason.
It’s time to panic Machine fans; No. 1 selection Tom Schreiber had only two assists in a 13-10 Princeton victory over Dartmouth. Schreiber’s consecutive game streak with three points or more ends at 26, although he does still have a 43-game point streak. He’s also got 50 points on the year in just 11 games. This guy is a franchise player if he decides to play professional lacrosse.
In what turned into a shootout, No. 2 Duke knocked off No. 10 Virginia, 17-15. Both Jordan Wolf (Rochester, 2nd) and Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) registered hat tricks for the Blue Devils in the victory. Luke Duprey (New York, 4th) had a caused turnover in the game, but also held Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) to just one goal. Boston draftees Scott McWilliams (8th) and Rob Emery (17th) scored a goal each for the Cavaliers, while Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) won 22-of-35 faceoffs and picked up 14 ground balls.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and No. 1 Loyola clinched the Patriot League regular season crown with a 15-6 victory over Boston University. Fletcher collected three ground balls and caused three turnovers in the win, while Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) dished out three assists, adding to his ridiculous total of 39 on the year. Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) had one of his best performances of the year, scoring a goal, assisting on another, nabbing five ground balls and causing two turnovers.
In a battle of the No. 5 and 6 picks, it was Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) and No. 5 Denver defeating Kieran McArdle (Florida, 5th) and St. John’s, 16-9. Both players notched five points, with Noble scoring twice with three assists and McArdle scoring once with four assists. Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) scored twice for the Red Storm and now has 107 goals for his career, tying him for second all-time in program history.
In the 111th meeting between the two teams, No. 8 Johns Hopkins beat No. 3 Maryland, 11-6. Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th) scored twice for Hopkins, with Rob Guida (Ohio, 13th) assisting on both. Charlotte’s top pick Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) grabbed three ground balls and caused a turnover for Maryland in the loss. Mike Chanenchuk racked up three assists in the game, helping him become the 47th Terp to 100 points in a career.
In another top-10 match-up, No. 7 Syracuse defeated No. 4 North Carolina in a double-overtime thriller, 11-10. Scott Loy (Ohio, 27th) was the only draftee to score from either team, despite six MLL selections playing in the game. Ryan Creighton had three ground balls and two caused turnovers at SSDM for the Tar Heels.
Shutout isn’t a word you hear too often in lacrosse, but Austin Kaut (Boston, 19th) narrowly missed one on Saturday. The senior stopped 11 shots from No. 19 Towson before giving up a goal in the final 1:11 of the game. The Nittany Lions won the contest 8-1, but Kaut just missed out on being the first netminder to record a shutout for Penn State since 1967.
It was truly the defenders time to shine this weekend, as Joe Meurer (Florida, 10th) grabbed two ground balls and held Michigan scoreless for the final 35 minutes in Ohio State’s 15-6 win over the Wolverines. Ty Souders (Denver, 22nd) had three ground balls, two caused turnovers and held Georgetown to three goals in a 12-3 victory for No. 19 Lehigh. Jackson Place (Ohio, 25th) had four ground balls and four caused turnovers, helping Bucknell to a 13-1 drubbing of Lafayette.
Offensively, the Thompsons combined for 11 points – Miles (Rochester, 20th) with five goals, two assists and Ty (Rochester, 28th) with four goals – as Albany downed Stony Brook 17-7. Erik Smith scored two goals and had three helpers in a 16-8 upset of No. 12 Fairfield. And in D-III action, Brent Hiken (Denver, 16th) won 20-of-31 faceoffs for Stevenson, as they went 2-0 this week and run their win streak to 11.
However, this week’s late rounder of the week goes to Penn’s Zack Losco (Charlotte, 47th). The Hounds sixth rounder scored twice and added an assist in the No. 11 Quakers comeback win over Harvard. Penn scored to tie the game with 13 seconds left in regulation, then Losco dished out the game-winner midway through the first OT. The goal capped off Senior Day for the Quakers, as Losco and eight others played their final regular season game at Franklin Field. Not a bad way to close out their careers.
Only a few weeks remain in the college lacrosse season, but the action is far from over. MLL draftees continue to make headlines and you can bet that at least one will be there hoisting the National Championship trophy when the season is done.