Bears Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

Delayed due to hacking problems in my computer; John will have another edition, soon. Thanks, John


BLTF 3/18/12



Bears vs. Bears

Duke (Josh Offit) and North Carolina (Will Leighton-Armah) faced-off on Friday evening and the Blue Devils came away with a 13-11 win.  Josh Offit had 2 shots and was credited with 2 ground balls.  On Saturday, Princeton (Mike Grossman, Jack Strabo, Brian Reilly, and Justin Murphy) opened their Ivy League season against Penn (Will Laco) as the Tigers bested the Quakers 11-4.  Mike Grossman scored 1 goal on 2 shots and scooped up 2 ground balls.  Jack Strabo continued his good play as defensive middie as he picked up 1 ground ball and caused a turnover.


Other Games

Duke (Josh Offit) had a three-game week, twice terrorizing Ivy League teams.  On Monday, Duke beat Harvard 11-8 in a game in which Josh had two ground balls.  On Sunday, the Blue Devils dismantled Dartmouth 20-9.  Josh had 3 ground balls in that game.


Bucknell (Sam McDonough) had two matches this week and picked up two wins in the process.  On Tuesday, the Bison beat Drexel 12-11, and then ran away from Lafayette 16-6.  Sam recorded 1 ground ball in the Drexel game.


Princeton (Mike Grossman, Jack Strabo, Brian Reilly, and Justin Murphy) and Maryland (Kellen Miller) made it a miserable week for Villanova.  The Tigers downed ‘Nova 14-8 on Tuesday and then Maryland beat them 11-5 on Saturday.  Mike and Jack both had ground balls in the Tigers’ win.


Georgetown (CT Fisher) picked up a pair of wins in a pair of one goal games.  The Hoyas rallied to beat Mount St. Mary’s 9-8 on Tuesday and then managed a 7-6 win over Providence on Saturday.  CT was in goal for half of the Providence game, making 2 saves while facing 6 shots on goal.


Navy (Matt Morrison) continued their winning ways with two wins this week, posting wins over Towson and Holy Cross.  Denver (Harrison Archer) dropped a triple overtime decision to Notre Dame.


Ohio State (Luke Howard) put a scare in the UVA by racing out to a 6-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.  Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the Wahoos rallied to tie the game at the half, then pushed ahead for the win in the second half.  The game was played in the historic “Horseshoe,” home of Ohio State football and the game was just 100,000 shy of being a sellout.


Cornell (Joe Paoletta and Will Joyce) started their Ivy League schedule with an 8-7 win.  Hobart (Dave Chakola) dropped a 14-12 decision to Robert Morris.


And lastly, we note that Ryan Curtis’ Vermont Catamounts posted their first win of the season by downing Sacred Heart 12-11.


This Coming Week


Bears vs. Bears

Cornell (Joe Paoletta and Will Joyce) has a pair of intraursine battles this week.  Big Red takes on Denver (Harrison Archer) on Tuesday, then battles Penn (Will Laco) on Saturday.  Maryland (Kellen Miller) battles North Carolina (Will Leighton-Armah) and Duke (Josh Offit) visits Georgetown (CT Fisher).


Other Games:

  • Georgetown (CT Fisher) faces undefeated Loyola on Wednesday.
  • Navy (Matt Morrison) face Colgate in a Patriot League battle on Saturday.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer) battles Air Force for Colorado bragging rights.


LaxPower Forum Poll 3/19/12:

#5 Cornell

#6 Maryland

#9t: Denver

#11 Duke

#12 Princeton

#14 North Carolina

#18t Bucknell

#20 Georgetown


USLIA Coaches’ Poll 3/19/12

#4 Cornell

#6 Maryland

#8 Denver

#10 Syracuse

#13 Princeton

#15 North Carolina

#18 Georgetown

#20 Bucknell




There was lots of D-III action this past week.  Front and center was Tuft’s (Nick Rhoads and Mark Findaro) 14-12 win over Stevens.  Mark tallied his first goal of his collegiate experience.  Congrats to Mark!  Nick Rhoads continued to be a dominant force at the X, going 29 for 55 with 23 ground balls in the Jumbos’ two wins.


Tommy Minkler continued to be an offensive force for the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, scoring 6 goals and dishing out 3 assists in two wins this week.


Gettysburg (Austin Dodson and Wes Lincoln) also had a two-win week with significant contributions from Landon alums.  Austin got his first goal of the season and Wes was back at the faceoff X, winning 11 of 14 faceoffs and recording 2 ground balls.


Sewanee (Drew Hayhurst) also notched a pair of wins.  Drew was credited with a total of 8 ground balls in the two games.


Dickinson (Marek Laco) joined the double win club by beating Skidmore 19-3 and Widener 10-6.  Marek had a ground ball in the Skidmore contest.


Washington and Lee (Will Raul) wasn’t as fortunate this week, as the Generals dropped contests to the defending national champ Salisbury and intrastate and ODAC rival Hampden-Sydney.


This Coming Week:

Tufts (Nick Rhoads and Mark Findaro) takes on #10 Stevenson.   Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler) faces North Coast rival Oberlin. 


LaxPower Forum Poll, 3/19/12:

#4 Tufts

#7 Dickinson

#20 Gettysburg


USLIA Coaches’ Poll 3/19/12:

#2 Tufts

#8 Dickinson

(Gettysburg, and Ohio Wesleyan also received votes)

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