By Paul Ryan | 5/8/14 10:30 AM
The NCAA tournament field has been named, with 18 teams vying for a national championship. There will be plenty of MLL draftees in action this weekend, but here’s a recap of their most recent games and/or seasons thus far.
Tom Schreiber (Ohio, 1st) finished his career with 106 goals and 94 assists, amassing exactly 200 points with the Princeton Tigers. He was also named to the All-Ivy League Team for the fourth straight year, only the fourth player ever to earn that distinction (MLLers Chad Wiedmaier, Rob Pannell and Max Seibald were the others). Schreiber and the Tigers finished their season off at 7-6.
Jordan Wolf (Rochester, 2nd) and the Duke Blue Devils will enter the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after defeating Boston University 16-11 on Sunday. Wolf notched four goals and four assists in the win, with Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) getting a game-high five goals. Of note, former MLL intern Kyle Lange earned some time in net for the Terriers on Senior Day and completes his DI career with a 1.000 save percentage.
Loyola earned the No. 3 seed after downing Johns Hopkins, 13-10. Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) had four ground balls and caused a turnover against Johns Hopkins, while Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) had four more assists. Rob Guida (Ohio, 13th) led the Blue Jays with three goals and an assist.
This weekend, the Greyhounds will face off against Albany in the first round on Saturday, May 10 at noon. The Great Danes won the America East tournament 20-11 on Saturday, with the Thompson’s taking over once again. Ty (Rochester, 28th) scored four goals while Miles (Rochester, 20th) had a game-high nine points (7 G, 2 A). Lyle – who is draft eligible in 2015 – earned eight more points and tied the all-time NCAA points record with 114.
No. 6 selection Jeremy Noble (Denver) and the University of Denver won the Big East tournament over the weekend, winning both their games by the score of 14-7. Noble dished out three assists throughout the tournament and Jamie Faus (Denver, 38th) stopped 11 of 17 shots. The Pioneers have not lost in over two months, winning 11 straight in that stretch.
Denver will take on the University of North Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30. Ryan Creighton (Florida, 12th) has been one of the best SSDM’s in the country and has contributed five goals and an assist in 12 games. R.G. Keenan (Ohio, 49th) and Mark McNeill (Chesapeake, 50th) are the two other draftees from the Tar Heels to look out for.
Maryland got the No. 7 seed after defeating Navy on Saturday, 12-6. Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) earned an assist with his four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Goaltender Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) stopped 10 of 16 shots in the victory. The Terps will take on Tom Freshour (Rochester, 44th) and Cornell in the opening round.
No. 8 pick Scott McWilliams and Virginia earned the No. 8 seed, as they will take on Hopkins in the first round. The Cavaliers enter the tournament with a record of 10-5 while Hopkins sits at 10-4. McWilliams has three goals on the year to go along with his 27 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers. Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) led the team with 45 goals and 15 assists. The winner of that game will likely play Duke in the second round.
Other teams to make the tournament included both Penn and Harvard, who battled in the Ivy League Championship Game on Sunday. Penn came out victorious, winning 7-5 on the shoulders of Zack Losco (Charlotte, 47th) who scored a hat trick.
Syracuse is the No. 2 seed, thanks to draftees Scott Loy (Ohio, 27th), Derek Maltz (Ohio, 39th) and Matt Harris (Chesapeake, 21st – rights belong to Florida). They will face the winner of Bryant/Siena and could face Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) and Alex Zomerfeld (New York, 58th).
Finally, the late rounder of the week goes to none other than Ben McIntosh. The 62nd pick of the Denver Outlaws led the Drexel Dragons to the CAA Title and an automated berth in the NCAA Tournament. Drexel won both the semifinals and finals of the CAA tournament by the score of 11-10 in overtime, with McIntosh earning five goals and five assists in the two games. They will face Penn in the NCAA first round and have serious upset potential.
This year seems like the best year for upsets, as parity has become very apparent in college lacrosse. Make sure you tune in to these games on ESPNU and ESPN2 to catch your team’s draftees in action!