The great thing about this current season of NCAA play is that anything can happen. Lacrosse fans have been experiencing their own form of “March Madness” with this season’s fair share of upsets, amazing game performances, and overtime thrillers. This sport is a game of runs, of peaks and valleys if you will, and that was clearly evident this past weekend with multiple teams storming back from large deficits to force overtime and to win. It’s hard to measure a team’s heart with stat sheets, but major comebacks, fearless play, and upsets are all usually a good indication.
Only lacrosse fans won’t be upset…
This past week of lacrosse action kicked off with Richmond winning the biggest contest in program history as they handed Duke their second consecutive loss. Myles Jones (Atlanta, 1st) and Case Matheis (Atlanta, 53rd) combined for two goals and five assists but the Spiders shut down Deemer Class (Atlanta, 11th) and left Durham with a huge victory under their belt. Richmond will look to continue this momentum against another ACC foe, North Carolina. The Tar Heels experienced their own upset this past week at the hands of UMass. Steve Pontrello (Florida, 25th) tallied five points (3G, 2A) in the loss. The “Cardiac Crimson” were at it again this weekend. Harvard came back from a five-goal deficit against Penn State to force overtime. Despite a game-high six-point (4G, 2A) performance from Devin Dwyer (Florida, 46th), the Crimson dropped their second consecutive game to unranked opponents. They’ll look to bounce back against an offensively-charged Brown team on Saturday.
Spring forward with bonus lacrosse…
UMBC notched their first win of the season against Marist, but it didn’t come easily. The Retrievers found themselves with a five-goal deficit at halftime and used a strong offensive third quarter to bounce back. UMBC secured the win with just six seconds of extra time. Joseph Radin (Charlotte, 45th) tallied a game-high three goals and one assist for Marist. Lacrosse fans were treated to the most highly-anticipated game of the regular season: No. 1 Notre Dame versus No. 2 Denver. The Pioneers rolled into South Bend with strong offensive power and led 7-2 at the break. After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Fighting Irish erupted. Notre Dame found the back of the net six times in the fourth quarter, including four goals in 43 seconds. Regulation wasn’t enough for these teams and Denver needed an extra two minutes of overtime to secure the 9-8 victory. Matt Kavanagh (Denver, 5th) added three assists and four groundballs on the day.
It ain’t over till it’s over…
Notre Dame, Harvard, and UMBC weren’t the only teams for battle back from large deficits. On Tuesday, the Yale Bulldogs found themselves trailing 7-1 to St. John’s. The Bulldogs started seeing some offensive success in the second half, scored 12 goals in the final 30 minutes and won 13-8. Eric DeJohn (Rochester, 60th) tallied five points (1G, 4A) in the victory. High Point jumped to an early 7-0 lead on Providence over the weekend, due in part to three goals from Dan Lomas (Ohio, 38th) in just 90 seconds during the first quarter. The Friars battled back with a chance to tie the game in the final possession before falling 12-13. Matt Thistle (Boston, 58th) led High Point with three goals and two assists.
Brown notched their fifth win of the season with a 22-8 victory over Michigan. Goalie Jack Kelly (Denver, 57th) made eight saves in the pipes in three quarters of play and even added an assist to long stick Max Gustafson. Albany won their third in a row with a 16-4 victory over UMass. Blaze Riorden (Rochester, 51st) made 14 big saves on 16 shots for the day while John Maloney (Chesapeake, 22nd) added a little of everything with one goal, one assist, six groundballs and one caused turnover. The Tufts Jumbos saw big play from their two draftees in the 21-13 victory over Keene St. John Uppgreen (Boston, 49th) tallied eight points (5G, 3A) and Conor Helfrich (Denver, 66th) led the team with 15 groundballs while going 19-30 from the faceoff.
The right kind of “streaky” play
(Rochester, 17th)- point scoring streak is extended to 7 games
Devin Dwyer (Florida, 46th)- point scoring streak is extended to 39 games
Ryan Brown (Charlotte, 4th)- point scoring streak extended to 39 games
Myles Jones (Atlanta, 1st)- point scoring streak extended to 43 games
Dylan Donahue (Charlotte, 2nd)- goal scoring streak extended to 30 games; point streak extended to 44 games
Career-best performances || Record book performances
(Atlanta, 1st)- matched career high 5G and 8 points in win against Loyola; moves into the lead among active players in points with 192
Liam Byrnes (Florida, 21st)- tied program record of 9 groundballs and caused 4 turnovers in Marquette’s victory over Robert Morris
TJ Neubauer (Rochester, 34th)- passed the career 100 point mark with his 5 point performance in Fairfield’s victory over Georgetown; moves into 8th place on the Stags’ all-time goals list with 89
Mike Messenger (Ohio, 42nd)- recorded a game-high 6 goals in Limestone’s victory over Queens
Alex Spring (Florida, 64th)- recorded a game-high 10 groundballs in Bucknell’s victory over Holy Cross
Cameron Bell (Boston, 67th)- stopped a game-high 15 shots in the Endicott loss to Middlebury and made 14 stops in the victory over Salve Regina
Undefeated in the Polls
No. 1 Denver begins their season 6-0. Will play Ohio State on Saturday, 3/19.
No. 3 Syracuse starts their season 5-0. Will play No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, 3/19.
No. 4 Yale starts their season 5-0. Will play Cornell on Saturday, 3/19.
No. 5 Brown begins their season 5-0. Will play No. 14 Harvard on Saturday, 3/19.