Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols for the week ending 3/17/2013


Bears vs. Bears

This past week featured two BvB contests.  On Tuesday, Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) faced Drexel (Hank Brown ’12).  Bucknell continued their strong 2013 performance, downing the Dragons 17-8.  Sam was credited with a ground ball and a caused turnover while Hank put a shot on goal.   Tim McDonough supplied this picture of Sam not committing a pushing foul on Hank.

Hank and Sam                                                                                                                             [BSN’s readers love pictures; please send more]

On Saturday, Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, and Mark Strabo ’12) opened their Ivy League season against Penn (Will Laco ’11).  Penn eked out an 11-10 win over the Tigers.   Brian, Jack and Mark each had one ground ball while Justin had a good day at the X, winning 15 of 22 face-offs and gathering up 4 ground balls.  Will got a shot on goal for the Quakers.

Other Games

  • Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, and Mark Strabo ’12) ran by Manhattan 15-2.  Justin was 12 for 16 at the face-off X and got to 7 ground balls.  Jack recorded a shot, a ground ball and a caused turnover while his brother had 3 ground balls and a caused turnover.  Brian Reilly had a pair of ground balls in the win. Justin was named player of the game by Coach Bates, coincidentally on the same day as Jason was awarded the Khari Baten “That’s a Bear” award for his X performance against Good Counsel.
  • Duke (Josh Offit ’09) had a big ACC clash with neighbor and rival, North Carolina on Wednesday.  Josh scored 2 goals on 4 shots, helping Duke to an 11-8 victory.  Saturday, Duke downed Towson 12-4 and Josh scored one goal on three shots.
  • Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) downed Lafayette 13-6 and Sam was credited with one ground ball.
  • Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) won one and lost one this week.  The Golden Eagles downed Mercer 14-11 on Tuesday, but lost 12-7 to St. Joseph’s on Saturday.  For the week, Cullen was 11 for 36 on face-offs and had 3 ground balls.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer ‘10) kicked off its 2013 ECAC season with a tough first opponent—Notre Dame.  The Pioneers fell 13-12 in overtime to the Irish.  Could it have been any other way on St. Patrick’s Day weekend?  Harrison fired off a pair of shots for Denver.
  • Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) started their Ivy League season against defending Ivy tournament champ Yale, with a hard fought 12-10 win.  Joe was credited with one ground ball.
  • Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) dropped a 14-6 decision to Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, but bounced back with a 16-8 win over Big East rival Providence.
  • Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) got a bit of a scare from Villanova on Saturday, but managed to stay unbeaten with a 10-7 win in pretty wretched weather conditions.
  • Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) got a huge win over UVA 11-10.  Charlie contributed an assist for the Buckeyes.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed Mount St. Mary’s 14-11.
  • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) picked up their second win of the season, downing Wagner 15-6.
  • The week was capped off on Sunday with a pair of ursine games—Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) fell to Holy Cross 7-5 and Hobart (David Chakola ’09) lost to Robert Morris16-12.

This Coming Week:

  • Bears vs. Bears contest for this coming week include Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) hosting Penn (Will Laco ’11) and Duke (Josh Offit ’09) hosting Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12).
  • Games you can go see this week are:
    • Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12)  hosting defending NCAA Champs Loyola on Wednesday
    • Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11)  “entertains” North Carolina on Saturday in College Park
    • Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) faces Colgate in at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday in the first game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. (Hopkins vs. UVA is game #2)

This week’s USLIA D-I Coaches’ Poll

#1 Maryland

#2 Cornell

#5 Denver

#8 Ohio State

#9 Penn

#11 Princeton

#13 Duke

#15 Bucknell

#19 Drexel




Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) split their games this week, losing 12-11 to Cabrini, and then beating Eastern by the same score.  Wes won his lone face-off opportunity in both games.


Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) nipped Widener 8-7 to remain undefeated.  Marek got off 2 shots and covered 2 ground balls.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) doubled up Colby, 10-5.


This week’s USLIA D-III Coaches’ Poll

#3 Dickinson

#12 Gettysburg

THANKS, JOHN for all of the great coverage!

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