BEAR LAX TRAX FAX by John Nichols 02/24/12

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Bears vs. Bears

  • Duke (Josh Offit ’09) traveled up I-95 to do battle with the Penn Quakers (Will Laco ’11).   In a reprise of these teams’ early 2011 bout, the Quakers got a decisive 14-9 victory in their season opener.  Josh had a very productive game, converting 2 goals from his three shots.  Will Laco started on the first offensive middie line.  Will fired off 2 shots, but didn’t convert.
  • New D-I entry Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) kicked off their inaugural season against Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12).  The Buckeyes bested the Golden Eagles 18-8.  Cullen was back at the X after a year’s layoff.  He won half of his 24 face-offs and gathered up 3 ground balls.  Charlie Schneider got off 2 shots for OSU.
  • Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) took on Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) in Sunday’s first BvB tilt.  In a back and forth contest, the Hoyas prevailed in overtime.  Alex Joyce got his first collegiate win in his second game (both OT contests!) Alex allowed 8 goals and made 9 saves.  He was also credited with 10 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.  Patrick Keena, who played wing on the Middies’ 1st team EMO, picked up an assist for Navy, but his two shots fired at his old teammate, missed the mark.
  • In the weekend’s final BvB tilt, Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10 Will Joyce ’10) and Hobart (David Chakola ’09) renewed their series in the Carrier Dome.  Last year’s battle was snowed out and not rescheduled—snow in upstate New York in February what a shock!  Joe was on Big Red’s first d-middie line for the game.  Joe was credited with a ground ball for scooping up shot that hit the post then running the clear.  Dave Chakola recorded an assist for the Statesmen.

In Other Games

  • Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) started off the week taking on the Fairfield Stags.  The Middies dropped a 10-9 decision, but Patrick contributed a ground ball to Navy’s effort.
  • Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11 and Mark Strabo ’12) opened their 2013 campaign on the road against Hofstra and the Tigers earned a 10-7 win.  Both Strabo’s started for Princeton and all 4 Bears saw action.  Jack had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers, Mark had 2 ground balls and Justin was 3 of 8 at the faceoff X.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) had a pair of games over the weekend, besting Lehigh 18-10 and Canisius 11-4.  Harrison had matching efforts in both games, firing off 2 shots, 1 on goal, in each game.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) and Albany caught the spirit of the new rules which are intended to accelerate the pace of the game as the Dragons beat the Great Danes 20-19.  This game’s 39 goals matched a mark achieved only once last year in all of D-I lax.
  • Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) got a rematch with Loyola.  When these two teams last played, the Greyhounds beat the Terrapins 9-3 to wrap up the NCAA D-I Championship.   Maryland got revenge, winning 12-10 on Saturday.  That’s almost twice as many goals as last year.   Maryland, which last year had a reputation for grinding games to a halt, has fully embraced the intent of the new  rules and have ridden a more offensive approach to the #1 ranking this year.
  • Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) picked up a 10-8 win over Bryant.
  • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) fell to Colgate 13-5.

USLIA D-I Coaches’ Poll

#1 Maryland

#7 Cornell

#10 Denver

#12 Princeton

#14-tie Drexel and Penn

#16 Ohio State

#19-tie Duke

This Coming Week:

  • There will be 3 Bears vs. Bears games next Saturday:
    • Penn @ Denver
    • Navy @ Bucknell
    • Maryland @ Duke
    • Games you can go to:
      • Friday night, Princeton travels to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins.


Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) had two contests last week and picked up a pair of wins in the process.  The Red Devils downed Lycoming 15-6 on Wednesday and St. Mary’s 19-5 on Saturday.  Marek recorded an assist in the St. Mary’s game.

Nearby rival Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) played their first contest of the year, earning an 11-4 win over Messiah.

Dickinson is ranked #7 in this week’s USLIA D-III Coaches’ Poll and Gettysburg checks in at #15.


from, early in the season, but Matt Potolicchio is the #1 scorer in this national club lacrosse league!

  1 Matt Potolicchio #9 richmondRichmond Fr A 3 11 14 11 25 0 – 0 3.667 4.667 8.333

FIND OF THE WEEK—A while back, we posted the initial 2013 Lax on TV schedule.  Lots more games are available on line.  Most of the time, access to live streaming appears to require making payments to each broadcasting school.  Well, most of these schools are part of the systems.  You don’t have to subscribe at each school, you can get comprehensive access at  There are over 130 schools which are part of the program, including many of the top lacrosse schools (no Ivies, though!).

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