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Weekly College Roundup

February 25, 2013
The Ohio Machine’s first overall selection in the 2013 Collegiate draft, Colgate’s Peter Baum, became the Patriot League’s all-time goal scorer this past weekend as Colgate triumphed over Dartmouth 13-10. Braum posted his second consecutive hat trick in the Raiders victory, with two goals in the second and fourth quarters for a total of four on the day. The hat trick, which lifted Colgate to an undefeated 3-0 on the season, was the 29 th of Braum’s career and helped maintain his Division I active lead in that category.

This past week also saw Virginia’s Chris LaPierre, the first round selection of the Hamilton Nationals, honored for his accomplishments both on-and-off the field. Between an 18-4 thrashing of the VMI Keydets on Tuesday and a strong second half that lifted the Cavaliers over the Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday, LaPierre was recognized as a candidate for the NCAA men’s lacrosse Senior CLASS award.

Short for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS award recognizes NCAA Division I seniors for notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition. Among the 20 candidates, LaPierre is one-of-three from the ACC, alongside fellow MLL draftees Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland - Chesapeake) and Marcus Holman (North Carolina - Ohio), in the running for the award, which will be presented during the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia May 25-27.

In a first-ever meeting in men’s lacrosse Johns Hopkins toppled Michigan 17-8 this past Saturday, lifting the Blue Jays to 3-0 on the season while the Wolverines fell to 0-3. Strong defensive play led by the draft’s third overall selection Tucker Durkin, in addition to fellow draftee Mike Poppleton (Hamilton) winning an impressive 17-of-18 face-offs, helped elevate Johns Hopkins from an early 1-0 deficit. In addition to his second-highest total of career faceoff wins, Poppleton added a remarkable 12 ground balls to his performance.

The University of Maryland also improved their record to 3-0 this past weekend, besting No. 1 ranked Loyola 12-10. The victory came on the heels of outstanding defense by fourth-overall draft selection Bernhardt, who coupled 10 ground balls with four caused turnovers, becoming the first Terp since 2010 to accomplish such a feat. Second round draftee John Haus (Hamilton) also posted an impressive showing, notching five points on four goals and an assist lifting him to four hat tricks, 23 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games for his career. The final selection of the second round, Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake), also picked up a goal for the Terrapins in their first victory over a number one team since 2011.

Despite the loss, Loyola’s draftees Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) and Scott Ratliff (Boston)  posted strong showings against Maryland, with Sawyer picking up his first career goal. Ratliff added a team-best six goals for the Greyhounds, while third round selection David Butts (Denver) netted an additional five. Loyola’s record drops to 2-1 on the season and continues Tuesday evening against visiting UMBC.

Led by a seven-point performance from Outlaws draftee Eric Law, the University of Denver bested Lehigh 18-10 this past Saturday. Law’s three goals and four assists were complimented by Boston’s first round draftee Cameron Flint’s four points on a pair of goals and assists for the Pioneers. Law also tallied four points on one goal and three assists during the following day’s victory over Canisius, 11-4, improving the Pioneers to 3-1 on the season.

Seventh overall selection of the draft, defenseman Brian Megill, helped lead the effort to lift Syracuse (1-1) over Army (2-2) and give the Orange their first victory of the season. Megill ended Army leading scorer Garrett Thul’s 42-game goal scoring streak, leaving him without a point and stopping the longest-running streak in the nation. In addition, Megill registered four caused turnovers, a team-high for the day.

Draftees Jason Noble (Hamilton) and Max Van Bourgondien (Charlotte) had strong performances in Cornell’s season-opener that saw the Big Red best Hobart 19-11. Noble’s five ground balls and three caused turnovers helped Cornell’s defense stifle the Statesmen, while midfield Van Bourgondien picked up a goal and three ground balls in the victory.

Ohio State welcomed Marquette to Division I in their first-ever meeting as the Buckeyes trounced the Golden Eagles 18-8. Second round Ohio Machine draftee Logan Schuss picked up a goal and an assist, putting his goal total at 10 on the season with a total of 15 points; both team-leading stats. Schuss’ point streak now sits at 48 games, accounting for every game of his college career, and he also ranks third in Ohio State history in both goals (112) and points (179).

Marcus Holman, the lone draftee of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Ohio), picked up five goals and one assist in UNC’s victory over Fairfield this past weekend. Holman’s six points helped rally the Tar Heels (2-1) from a 7-3 second-half deficit to defeat the Stags (2-1). North Carolina is now looking ahead to a match-up against Notre Dame this coming weekend in South Bend, IN.

Just before his University of Massachusetts Minutemen picked up an 8-6 victory at Harvard ,Boston Cannons second round selection Will Manny was named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which annually honors the top male and female lacrosse players in the nation. Manny earned the nomination at the end of last season after his 77 points helped lead UMass to a 15-0 regular season and No. 1 national ranking. The five men and women’s finalists will be announced in mid-May and invited to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian on May 30 for the award ceremony.