Joe Paoletta ’10 Will Joyce ‘10
Josh Offit ’09 Harrison Archer ‘10
There will be four Landon Bears traveling to Philadelphia for the 2013 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships this coming weekend. This represents the largest number of Landon Alums in the final four since 2009’s total of 6. Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) will face Duke (Josh Offit ’09) in the first semi-final game. This game will be the third Bears vs. Bears game of the NCAA tournament. Saturday’s second game will feature perennial power Syracuse against Denver (Harrison Archer ’10). This will be the first time at the final four for Joe and Will while Harrison gets his second trip and Josh his fourth straight appearance in the final four (including Duke’s 2010 Championship win over Notre Dame).
Here’s how they got there:
Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) faced #3 seed Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schnider ’12) at Byrd Field in College Park in the weekend’s first quarter final game. Cornell continued their surge in the NCAA tournament, downing the Buckeyes 16-6. So far the unseeded Big Red have dispatched the tournament’s #6 and #3 seed by a combined score of 32-14. Charlie Schneider had 3 ground balls for the Buckeyes.
On Sunday, #4 seed Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) faced #5 seed North Carolina in what was widely expected to be a shootout. The game started off as a one-way shoot out with the Tar Heels scoring 6 unanswered goals in the first 9:27 of the game. During the 2013 season, both Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante have seen extensive time in goal, often with each playing half of the game. While this strategy puzzled many, that in-game experience proved valuable as Ryan LaPlante gave up 6 goals (albeit the 6th coming in the midst of the goalie substitution) on seven shots on goal before being pulled. Jamie Faus stepped in to stop the bleeding making 11 saves of Carolina’s next 16 shots on goal. At the same time, Denver’s offense got back on track, closing the gap and overtaking the Tar Heels with a run which culminated with the game tying goal with 1:31 left and the winning goal with a mere 0:13 remaining off of a rebound from a blocked shot.
In the weekend’s final game, #7 seed Duke (Josh Offit ’09) faced #2 seed Notre Dame. Duke came away with its second straight 12-11 victory; games which also saw the Blue Devils beat two of last year’s final four teams. Josh took 5 shots in the game and gathered up 3 ground balls. (bragging rights in the Offit household fell to Josh this year as his sister’s Florida Gators women’s lacrosse team fell to Syracuse in the women’s D-I lacrosse tournament).
Dickinson’s (Marek Laco ’09) run for a perfect season came to an end at the hands of Salisbury and the Red Devils fell to the Seagulls 11-9. Marek took one shot in the game, a game which marks the end of Marek’s collegiate lacrosse career.
These recaps were based almost exclusively on box score data as I was unable to see any of this weekend’s games. Here’s what I was able to see:
Paige (Nichols) Anderson receives her Juris Doctorate degree at UVA’s final exercises