By Paul Ryan | 4/24/14 12:10 PM
There are just two days left until the start of the Major League Lacrosse season, but college is still very much in session. It’s crunch time for most squads, with many possible future MLLers taking charge.
No. 1 overall selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) failed to register a point for only the second time in his career, as No. 14 Princeton fell to No. 20 Harvard, 9-8. The last time a team held Schreiber off the scoresheet was Villanova his freshman year. The Tigers next face conference foe and No. 11 Cornell on Saturday.
No. 2 pick Jordan Wolf (Rochester) scored a career-high six times and chipped in two assists in No. 2 Duke’s 17-8 dismantling of Rutgers. Wolf now has a 55-game point streak and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Teammate Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) scored four goals and Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) went 15-for-28 on faceoffs, scooping up 11 ground balls in the process.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and No. 1 Loyola won their 12th straight game, dispatching Bucknell by the score of 13-5. Fletcher assisted on a goal and grabbed seven ground balls while Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) had four more points and Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) scored as well. Fletcher was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Ward the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. All three of the Loyola draftees made the All-Conference First Team.
Kieran McArdle (Florida, 5th) scored the overtime winner, capping off a hat trick on Senior Day, to give St. John’s an 11-10 win over Villanova. McArdle also had four assists in the game, which earned him his third Big East Offensive Player of the Week award. Teammate Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) scored a hat trick, while Kevin O’Neil (Charlotte, 63rd) scored four goals and an assist for Villanova in the loss.
Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) recorded a game-high four assists for the University of Denver, as the No. 3 Pioneers knocked off Providence, 14-6. Jamie Faus (Denver, 38th) allowed just one goal in 30 minutes of play, while Florida selection Andrew Barton (53rd) was the only Friar to record a multi-point game.
In a heated top-10 battle, No. 5 Maryland downed No. 8 Notre Dame, 12-8. Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) had six ground balls with the long pole, while Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) registered four points (3G, 1A). Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) won another game for the Terps, making nine stops in the win. The two teams will battle again tomorrow in the ACC semifinals. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Rounding out the first round, eighth pick Scott McWilliams (Boston) had four ground balls and three caused turnovers for No. 9 Virginia in their 12-8 win over Bellarmine. Rob Emery (Boston, 17th) scored once and Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) scored four, bringing his season total to 41.
The Thompson’s were at it again, combining for 26 points in two games over the last week (and that doesn’t include Lyle Thompson, who had 15 points himself and would be draft eligible next year). Miles (Rochester, 20th) had 10 points (6G, 4A) while Ty (Rochester, 28th) had only five (2G, 3A) in an 18-14 win over UMBC. Then, Miles scored six and assisted on two, while Ty had a hat trick, in Albany’s 19-11 win over Siena.
Offensively, Bryant’s Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) notched five goals and two assists in two games. In goal, Austin Kaut (Boston, 19th) made 14 of 20 saves in a 10-6 win over Delaware. And in D-III action, Brent Hiken (Denver, 16th) won 16-of-18 faceoffs for Stevenson in their 9-7 win over Widener.
Finally, the late rounder of the week goes to Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th). The Orangeville, Ont., native scored four goals for No. 6 Johns Hopkins in a tightly-contested 6-5 win over Navy. Benn provided nearly all the offense for Hopkins in a must-win game, scoring the eventual game-winner with 8:04 left to go in the third quarter. Benn is a Bayhawks draftee, meaning all eight teams have now had a late rounder of the week.
Narrowly missing the cut this week was Yale’s Brandon Mangan (New York, 34th). Mangan recorded two six-point games, registering a goal and five assists against Michigan before a three-goal, three-assist game vs. Quinnipiac.
It’s playoff time and plenty of draftees are in their conference championships. Who’s going to come out on top? Come back next week to find out.