Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols for week ending April 21

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Once again, no Bears vs. Bears games this week!

This Week’s Games:

  • The week started off with a big upset as Hobart (David Chakola ’09) beat Syracuse in the Dome.  The Statesmen won the Krauss-Simmons trophy for just the third time in the 25+ year history of this rivalry.  However, Hobart could not sustain the good for fortune and fell to defending NCAA Champs Loyola Saturday.  David was credited with a ground ball in the Loyola game.
  • Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, and Mark Strabo ’12) got a key win over Harvard, ensuring that the Tigers will be in the Ivy League tournament.  Defenders Reilly and M. Strabo got 1 and 4 ground balls respectively while Jack Strabo is still on the mend.  Justin Murphy had another strong day winning 7 of 14 faceoffs and gather up 2 ground balls.  Here’s Justin working some of his faceoff magic (levitation to be precise!):


  • Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) got a big Patriot League win over Colgate.  The Bison overcame a first half deficit and second half snow to secure a 13-8 win.  Sam had one ground ball in the win.
  • Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) kept their Ivy League record perfectly clean with a 13-7 win over Brown.  The win gives the Big Red a 5-0 record heading into their final regular season league game against Princeton and locks them in as the #1 seed and host of the Ivy League tournament.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10), like so many before them, found that the crown does not rest easy on the head.  After taking over the #1 slot in the polls, the Pioneers dropped a tough ECAC conference game to Fairfield.  Harrison scored on goal on two shots.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) beat Towson 14-11.  Hank scored one goal for the Dragons.  These two teams will get a rematch on May 1 when #2 seed Drexel faces #3 seed Towson in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
  • Duke (Josh Offit ’09) traveled up 95 to play Rutgers.  The Blue Devils had another scoring feast, routing the Scarlet Knights 16-7.  Josh had another very productive game, dishing out 2 assists, getting 2 ground balls and causing one turnover.
  • Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) suffered another tough Big East loss, falling to Syracuse 9-8.
  • Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) was merciless, downing Detroit 14-9.  Cullen scored a goal and was 8 for 18 on faceoffs with 4 ground balls.  The goal was Cullen’s first for the Golden Eagles.
  • Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) prepped for the ACC tournament by beating Yale 8-7.  In a game that came down to the very last second when officials ruled no goal on a play that Yale thought was good as time expired.
  • Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) gave Johns Hopkins a tough fight for the first half, but a long run of second half goals gave the Blue Jays the 15-4 win.  Patrick was credited with a ground ball for the Midshipmen.
  • Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) downed the Air Force Academy 10-9.
  • Penn (Will Laco ’11) got back on track with an 11-2 win over Dartmouth.  Will had 2 shots and was credited with one ground ball.
  • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) beat Binghamton 8-7.

This Coming Week’s Games:

  • The ACC Tournament is scheduled for April 26 and 28:
    • #1 Seed Maryland plays #4 seed UVA @ 5PM (ESPNU)
    • #2 Seed North Carolina plays #3 seed Duke @ 7:30PM (ESPNU)
    • Winners play at 1PM on Sunday on ESPNU.
    • Matt Ward (Landon ’02) will be in the broadcast booth for ESPNU for all three games.
  • Cornell and Princeton will play their final regular season Ivy League game as part of the Big City Classic @ 4PM on Saturday (ESPNU).  This is the next to last regularly schedule Bears vs. Bears game for the 2013 season.

USLIA Coaches’ D-I Poll

#3 Maryland

#4 Denver

#5 Duke

#6 Cornell

#12 Princeton

#13-tie, Bucknell and Ohio State

#18 Penn


  • Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) remained undefeated, downing Swarthmore 19-9.  Marek scored once for Dickinson.
  • Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) got a big win over #10 ranked Washington College.
  • Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) made a 4-0 week for the ursine teams of D-III.  Hamilton beat Williams 8-7 and Amherst 10-4.
  • The big news this week is that Tommy Minkler ’11 is back on the field for Ohio Wesleyan, bouncing back from a knee injury suffered in the fall.  In fact Tommy was back playing on April 10 when Ohio Wesleyan pasted DePauw 24-2 (and the game was called with 12 minutes remaining after the second lightening delay!).  Tommy had 3 goals and 3 assists in his return appearance.  After sitting out the Wooster game, Tommy appeared in key match ups against Dennison and Wittenberg.  Tommy picked up another goal and another assist in the Wittenberg game.  Next up for Ohio Wesleyan is a rematch against Wooster in the league tournament.  Here’s Tommy showing off his new wheels:
  • OWU14USLIA Coaches’ D-III Poll

    #2 Dickinson (1 first place vote)

    #19 Gettysburg

thanks, John

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