Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols for week ending April 15, 2013

BLTF 041513 by John Nichols


For the first time this year, there were no Bears vs. Bears games in D-I.

Game Recaps

  • Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) lost a key Patriot League contest to Lehigh.  The Bison and the Mountain Eagles were both undefeated in league games coming into this contest.  The loss drops Bucknell in into second place for league play and secures Lehigh the #1 seed and hosting privileges for the PL tournament.  Bucknell’s game next against Colgate will determine which team will be the #2 seed and which will be the #3 seed in the PL tournament.
  • Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Joe Paoletta ’10) had a single game this week, facing Syracuse on Wednesday.    The Big Red became the second straight Ivy team to fall to the Orange by one goal.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) picked up big ECAC win over defending NCAA champs Loyola, 13-12 in overtime.  Last year, Denver gave Loyola some of their toughest games, as the Pioneers lost two one goal games, one in overtime.   Denver has two remaining ECAC games, both at home, so the Pioneers are in good shape to get the #1 seed for the ECAC tournament.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed UMass to hold on to second place in the Colonial Athletic Association.  With just one regular season league game left for the Dragons, Drexel is set for the tournament, but it remains to be seen whether they will be a 1,2 or 3 seed.
  • Duke (Josh Offit ’09) picked up their 8th straight win, downing UVA 19-16.  Josh had a very productive night, netting 3 goals and dishing out 2 assists.  Duke is one of the three ACC teams that finished in a first place tie with 2-1 league records.  The ACC tournament will take place in Chapel Hill in 2 weeks with the Blue Devils facing the Tar Heels in the 2/3 game.
  • Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) put a scare into Notre Dame.  The Hoyas were up 5-4 at the half, but were our scored 6-3 over the balance of the game, resulting in a 10-8 loss.
  • Hobart (David Chakola ’09) picked up a 9-8 double overtime win over Bellarmine.  Hobart still has a shot at making the ECAC tournament, but need wins over Loyola and Air Force and a pair of losses by either Ohio State or Fairfield.
  • Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) downed High Point 14-9.  Cullen was 6-for-10 on faceoffs and was credited with 2 ground balls.
  • Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) lost to Johns Hopkins in the 110th meeting between the teams.   The Blue Jay defense frustrated Maryland, leading to a 7-4 final score that was more reminiscent of the slowed down games of the past few years.
  • Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) fell to their #1 rival, Army, 14-7.  Patrick had one assist for the Midshipmen and also put two shot on goal.
  • Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) downed Michigan 17-8.  This game doesn’t quite have the cachet of the teams’ football rivalry.  There were just over 1,000 spectators, not 100,000.  Charlie got off one shot for the Buckeyes.
  • Penn (Will Laco ‘11) fell to Harvard 8-7.  Will put one shot on goal for the Quakers.
  • Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, and Mark Strabo ’12) split games this week.  The Tigers won the battle of New Jersey, downing Rutgers 13-8.  Justin was 7 of 16 on faceoffs and had 2 ground balls.  On Saturday, Princeton fell to Ivy League foe Dartmouth 10-9.  Justin was 13-for-20 at the X with 3 ground balls.  Brian and Mark were each credited with a caused turnover.
    • For the Ivy League, Cornell is still undefeated in league play and all other teams have at least 2 losses.  Yale, Harvard, Penn and Princeton are battling for the last three spots in the Ivy tournament.
    • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) lost to the high flying Albany Great Danes 21-11.

USLIA Coaches’ D-I Poll

This week’s results led to big changes in the national rankings.

#1 Denver (with 3 of 10 first place votes)

#4 Maryland

#6 Duke

#7 Cornell

#12 tie, Princeton, Ohio State

#15 Bucknell

#17 Drexel

#18 Penn


This Coming Week


Again! No Bears vs. Bears games this week.

Games You Can Go See—all on Saturday

  • Georgetown host Syracuse
  • Hobart is in Baltimore to take on Loyola
  • Maryland hosts Yale
  • Navy is also in Baltimore, taking on Johns Hopkins

Games You Can Watch

  • Princeton vs. Harvard, Friday on ESPNU (DVR it and go to the Landon-Prep game, the game will be blacked out on ESPN3)
  • Navy vs. Johns Hopkins, Saturday on ESPNU
  • Maryland vs. Yale, Saturday on ULive
  • Georgetown vs. Syracuse on ULive




This week featured the only scheduled Bears vs. Bears game in D-III.  Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) downed Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10).  Wes was 12 for 22 at the X with 5 ground balls for the Bullets while Marek was credited with one ground ball for Dickinson.

Both of these teams posted wins on Saturday.  Gettysburg downed Ursinus 10-9 with Wes winning 7 of 17 faceoffs and gobbling up 2 ground balls.  Dickinson got a big win over Washington College 15-10.

Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ‘12) picked up a pair of wins, beating Skidmore 13-11 and Connecticut College 5-4.  Sellers had one ground ball in the Connecticut College game.

USLIA Coaches’ D-III Poll

#2 Dickinson College (receiving one first place vote)


                     bear paw   GO Landon—Beat Prep  bear paw

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  1. Bucknell v. Colgate on CBS College Sports at noon on Saturday!

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