Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

BLTF 04/22/12


Bears vs. Bears

The ACC tournament featured two Bears vs. Bears contests.  In Friday’ evening’s semi-final Duke (Josh Offit) downed Maryland (Kellen Miller) 6-5.  Josh Offit had two ground balls in the Blue Devils’ win.  In the second semi-final, UNC (Will Leighton-Armah) upset UVA 11-9(BSN was there). That set up Sunday’s championship game between Duke and North Carolina.  Duke proved to be a team that would not be denied.  After falling behind early, Duke rallied to take and hold the lead, coming away with a hard fought 12-9 win. with Josh getting a KEY GB late in the game.

Other Games

It was a week of some stunning upsets.  Navy (Matt Morrison) downed Johns Hopkins 8-2.  The game was the 86th meeting of the two teams and Hopkins holds a decided advantage in the series.  Despite the year-to-date struggles of Navy and year-to-date success of the Blue Jays, the Middies found way to win through outstanding goal tending as RJ Wickham save 18 of 20 shots on goal.  The game marks the end of the season for Navy.

The Ivy League had a bit of a shock as Cornell (Joe Paoletta and Will Joyce) fell to Brown 10-9. Joe was credited with a ground ball in the game.   The game’s outcome didn’t alter that much of the calculus in the Ivy League.  Cornell still needs to beat Princeton to get the #1 seed and hosting rights for the upcoming tournament which will determine the League’s AQ for the NCAA tournament. 

Georgetown (CT Fisher) got a spirit-lifting upset win over Syracuse in the dome Saturday.  The Hoyas ran out to a 4 goal lead late and managed to hold on for the 10-8 win.  Unfortunately for the Hoyas, the field for the Big East tournament is set and their season ends after their concluding regular season game against Rutgers this coming weekend.

Princeton (Mike Grossman, Jack Strabo, Brian Reilly, Justin Murphy) got a big win over Harvard.   Mike Grossman got off a pair of shots in the game and Justin Murphy was 3 for 8 on faceoffs.  The win by the Tigers ensures that they will have at least a share of the regular season title for the Ivy League.  Next weeks’ game against Cornell (with a BSN reporter there) will decide which team gets the #1 seed and hosting rights for the Ivy League tournament.

Bucknell (Sam McDonough) dropped an 11-10 overtime decision to Patriot league leader Colgate.  Sam got two ground balls in the game.  Bucknell has the #4 seed in the Patriot League tournament and will face Colgate again on Friday.  If they win that game, they then face the winner of the Lehigh-Army game on Sunday.

Denver (Harrison Archer) fell to Fairfield in an ECAC game that was actually played on the east coast.  The Pioneers had a 3 goal lead midway through the fourth period, but the Stags rallied to win in overtime.  Denver will face the undefeated Loyola Greyhounds in semi-finals of the ECAC tournament.

Ohio State (Luke Howard) locked up the #3 seed in the ECAC tournament by downing Air Force 14-4.  Luke had 3 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers in the game.  Ohio State will face Fairfield with the winner getting the #2 seed in the ECAC tournament and the loser the #3 seed.  Regardless of the outcome, these two teams will meet again in the semi-final round of the ECAC tournament on May 4.

Hobart (David Chakola) dropped a pair of contests for the week, dropping a tough 13-12 decision to Syracuse then falling to the undefeated Loyola Greyhounds on Saturday, 17-6.

Penn (Will Laco) had split results on the week.  The Quakers got a 9-5 win over St Joseph’s on Tuesday then fell 7-6 to Dartmouth.  The loss to Dartmouth ended Penn’s hopes of qualifying for the Ivy League tournament.



Tufts (Nick Rhoads and Mark Findaro) picked up a pair of wins this week, downing Bates 16-11 and Wesleyan 10-6.  Nick was 28 of 49 at the X for the two games, gathered up a total of 17 ground balls and scored one goal.  Mark Findaro got his second goal of the season in the Wesleyan game and had a total of 3 caused turnovers for the week.  The Jumbos have locked up the #1 seed in the NESCAC tournament. 

Gettysburg (Austin Dodson and Wes Lincoln) had one win and one loss on the week.  Wednesday, the Bullets beat Franklin & Marshall 7-5.  Austin had a goal in that game.   On Saturday, Austin picked up an assist in the Gettysburg’s loss to McDaniel. 

Dickinson (Marek Laco) also had a 1 and 1 week, beating Muhlenberg 15-6 then falling 11-10 in overtime to Franklin & Marshall.  Marek got an assist and a ground ball in the win over Muhlenberg.

This Saturday, Gettysburg and Dickinson will face each other in the only regular season Bear vs. Bear D-III contest this year.  Both teams are in the Centennial Conference and both have qualified for the conference’s season ending tournament which will determine the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA D-III tournament. 

Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler) got a win over St. Vincent, 25-9.  Tommy scored 4 goals in the game.  The North Coast conference does not have a season ending tournament.  OWU has one league game remaining and then will take on D-III power Stevenson on May 5 to wrap up their regular season.{Any votes for Tommy as League Rookie of the Year; he’s the #5 scorer on the Battling Bishops and #8 in the NCAC?)

Sewanee (Drew Hayhurst) won pair of games this week, downing Oglethorpe 13-6 and Birmingham Southern 11-10.  Drew recorded an assist in the Oglethorpe game and had a total of 4 ground balls for the week.   The Tigers had to battle back from a 7-1 deficit late in the second quarter of the Birmingham Southern game to pull out the win.  While three teams have tied for second through fourth place in the SCAC conference with 7-2 conference records.  Based tie breakers, Sewanee appears to have been awarded the 4th seed and will face league leader Colorado College on Friday.

Washington and Lee (Will Raul) picked up a pair of wins on the week, downing Greensboro 14-4 and Randolph Macon 14-13.

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