Coaches Corner: March 28th-April 3rd

By: Elle Hvozdovic, April 09, 2016

Coaches Corner: March 28th-April 3rd

There is never a dull moment in the world of NCAA college lacrosse, and our MLL collegiate coaches certainly see the brunt of that action.

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Last week’s action began on Tuesday when Chris Mattes of the Florida Launch and No. 5 Maryland took on the University of Pennsylvania. The Terrapins clinched a 13-8 win over the Quakers. Maryland then went on to beat Michigan 8-7 on Saturday advancing their record to 7-2. The Terrapins solidified their No. 5 spot in the pollswith these two wins.

Tuesday also brought action for Charlotte Hounds midfielder  Kevin Massa and his unranked Lehigh squad. The Mountain Hawks fell 16-6 to No.12 Stony Brook. Massa and the Hawks rallied as they approached their second top 20 team of the week on Saturday against No. 20 Boston University. In a thrilling Patriot League matchup, the Hawks beat the Terriers 8-7 in regulation. Despite this incredible win, Lehigh remained unranked this week.



Boston Cannons midfielder Joe Nardella and Harvard faced off against MLL rival Tim Cox of the Ohio Machine and his No. 10 Albany squad. This MLL collegiate coach matchup brought an hour of intense action. In the end, the Great Danes beat the Crimson 10-9. Harvard remained unranked with this loss and they enter April with a 5-5 record. Cox and the Great Danes went on to beat UMass-Lowell on Saturday 16-9. The combination of these wins allowed Albany to move up three spots in the rankings to No.7. Albany’s current record is 7-2.

On Thursday Jesse Bernhardt of the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rutgers took on Delaware. Scarlet Knights pulled out a solid 15-11 victory over the Blue Hens. On Saturday, Rutgers clinched a solid 16-9 upset win over No. 9 Johns Hopkins University. These victories allowed Rutgers to re-enter the Top 20 rankings and claimed No.19 for this weeks rankings. The Scarlet Knights are now 8-2.

On Friday, Matt Danowski and the No.11 Duke Blue Devils took on No.17 UNC in a highly anticipated ACC matchup. After four quarters of competitive back and forth action, this Tobacco Road Rivalry needed extra time to determine a winner. Duke suffered a 17-16 loss to the Tar Heels in OT. This loss caused Duke to drop to No.13 in this week’s ranking. The Blue Devils are now 7-5.

Saturday brought over a dozen games for our MLL DI collegiate coaches.

John Haus of the Charlotte Hounds and his Furman team saw their second win of the season on Saturday with a 13-7 win over Jacksonville. The Paladins are currently 2-7 on the season.

Wagner, coached by New York Lizards midfielder Matt Poskay and Boston Cannons attackman Will Manny, suffered a 15-6 loss to Saint Joe’s on Saturday. The loss set the Seahawks record at 5-6.

Poskay’s teammate, Andrew Hodgson, and his Manhattan team saw a more successful week last week when the Jaspers beat NJIT 14-5. With this second win Manhattan’s record moved to 2-9. Manny’s teammate, Justin Turri, and his No.15 Army squad suffered a tough 8-7 loss to an unranked Bucknell team. This loss caused Army to drop from the Top 20 and ended up unranked in this weeks ranking. Army’s current record is 7-3.

Cannons defender  Mason Poli and the Quinnipiac Bobcats beat Marist 8-7 on Saturday. The win moved the Bobcats record to 5-3. Cannons goalie  Jack Runkel and his No. 1 Yale team took on an unranked conference rival, UPenn, on Saturday. The Bulldogs needed a strong second half comeback and overtime to beat the Quakers 11-10 in a tight match. Despite Yale’s win, the Bulldogs dropped two spots to No.3 in this week’s ranking. Rochester Rattlers goalie John Galloway and the Providence Friars also saw a win this weekend when the Friars clinched a 15-10 victory over St.Joe’s. This win increased their record to 7-3. 

On Saturday, Lizards midfielder Kevin Unterstein and the Hofstra Pride fell to Fairfield 9-8. The Pride’s current record is 6-4. Rochester Rattler Steven Boyle and the Drexel Dragons also suffered a loss last week as they fell 11-7 to conference rival No.8 Towson. Drexel’s current record is 4-6.

Boston Cannons attackman Tom Compitello and his Bryant team saw success last weekend when they beat Robert Morris 13-12. This hard fought win brought the Bulldog’s record to 5-3. Connor Buczek, Florida launch midfielder, and the Cornell Big Red also picked a “W” on Saturday when they topped conference rival Dartmouth 19-4. The Big Red currently hold a .500 record of 4-4. 

Our last DI matchup of the weekend was between Jeremy Noble’s dominant No.4 Denver squad and the Georgetown Hoyas. The Pioneers snagged a 17-4 win over the Hoyas to maintain their No.4 spot in this week’s ranking.

On the women’s side, Navy coach Josh Dionne of the Atlanta Blaze and the Midshipmen started the week off strong with an 11-5 conference win over Lehigh. Navy continued this momentum into their game against long time conference rival Army on Saturday. The midshipmen emerged victorious, beating the Black Knights 11-5. These back-to-back wins did not earn Navy a place in the Top 20 rankings but they did boost their record to 7-4.

Steele Stanwick of the Ohio Machine and the No.20 John’s Hopkins women’s team struggled last week as they lost their only game of the week to No.20 Towson 9-4. JHU was unranked in this week’s polls and their current record stands at 8-5.
 

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Ohio Machine attacker Kevin Kelly and the Rockhurst Hawks began their week with a tough 11-8 loss against Colorado Mesa on Friday. The team rallied again on Sunday in an attempt to beat Westminster but fell to the Mavericks 12-11 in overtime. Rockhurst currently holds a record of 7-5.

Florida Launch midfielder John Ortolani and his Saint Leo team struggled last week as they lost to Florida Tech 13-11 on Friday. This loss brought their current record to 7-3.

Charlotte Hounds middie Mike Chanenchuk and NYIT struggled last week as well as the team lost their only game of the week to Limestone, 13-11, on Saturday. NYIT is now 8-2.

 

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The DIII action was off to a roaring start last week when No.12 Cabrini, coached by Florida Launch defender P.T. Ricci, beat Neumann by a staggering score of 27-1. The Cavaliers then continued this momentum through Saturday when Cabrini beat Keystone 25-3. Despite these wins, Cabrini dropped two spots to No.14 in this week’s ranking. The Cavaliers are now 7-3.

Donny Moss of the Rochester Rattlers and his Elmira team also saw success last week. The soaring eagles beat Houghton 8-6 on Wednesday to clinch their first win of the week. The team brought this momentum into their game against Alfred St. of Saturday and pulled out a 15-4 victory. Elmira is currently 4-3 on the season.

Eric Hagarty of the Boston Cannons and the Endicott Power Gulls continued this winning trend on Wednesday when they beat Gordon 19-5. The Power Gulls are now 3-6.

Owen Blye of the Florida Launch and his Manhattanville squad struggled last week as the team suffered a 10-6 loss against SUNY Maritime. The Valient’s current record is 3-5.

No.11 Nazareth, led by Jason Lashomb, continued their win streak last week with a crushing 22-4 win over St. John’s Fisher. This win allowed The Golden Flyers to maintain their No.11 rank going into this week’s match-ups.

 

Make sure to follow this week’s action as our MLL collegiate coach match-ups continue to heat up!

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4/5 Yale vs. Sacred Heart -  (Jack Runkel-Yale)

4/5 Brown vs. Bryant - (Tom Compitello-Bryant)

4/9 Drexel vs. Fairfield -  (Steven Boyle-Drexel)

4/9 Denver vs. Villanova - (Jeremy Noble-Denver)

4/9 Albany vs. Vermont - (Albany-Tim Cox)

4/9 Furman vs. Richmond – (John Haus-Furman)

4/9 Cornell vs. Harvard – (Connor Buczek-Cornell, Joe Nardella-Harvard)

4/9 Delaware vs. Hofstra – (Kevin Unterstein-Hofstra)

4/9 Manhattan vs. Canisius – (Andrew Hodgson-Manhattan)

4/9 Providence vs. Georgetown – (Providence-John Galloway)

4/9 Wagner vs. Bryant – (Wagner-Matt Posay/Will Manny, Bryant-Tom Compitello)

4/9 Army vs. Boston U (Army-Justin Turri)

4/9 Yale vs. Dartmouth (Yale-Jack Runkel)

4/10 Quinnipiac vs. Detroit – (Quinnipiac-Mason Poli)

4/10 Duke vs. Notre Dame – (Duke-Matt Danowski)

4/10 Rutgers vs. Michigan - (Rutgers-Jesse Bernhardt)

4/10 Maryland vs. Penn State – (Maryland-Chris Mattes)

 

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4/9 NYIT vs. LIU Post (NYIT-Mike Chanench)

4/9 Saint Leo Vs. Lynn – (Saint Leo-John Ortolani)

4/9 Ottawa vs. Rockhurst – (Rockhurst-Kevin Kelly)

 

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4/6 Manhattanville vs. Bard - (Manhattanville-Owen Blye)

4/6 Alfred vs. Nazareth – (Nazareth-Jason LaShomb)

4/6 Endicott vs. Curry – (Endicott-Eric Hagarty)

4/6 Brockport vs Elmira – (Elmira-Donny Moss)

4/6 Cabrini vs Gwynedd Mercy – (Cabrini-P.T. Ricci)

4/9 Nazareth vs Ithaca - (Nazareth-Jason LaShomb)

4/9 Elmira vs. Hartwick - (Elmira-Donny Moss)

4/9 Endicott vs. Western New Eng. - (Endicott-Eric Hagarty)

4/9 Cabrini vs. Marywood – (Cabrini-P.T. Ricci)

4/9 Manhattanville vs Misericordia - (Manhattanville-Owen Blye)

 

Check back in to the Coaches Corner next week to read about the outcomes of these games and to stay up to date on the exciting action that surrounds our MLL collegiate coaches.