BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

• There was only one Bears vs. Bears contest this week as Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11) headed east to face Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13). The Buckeyes got a 15-9 win over the Blue Hens.
Other games:
• Bucknell (Sam McDonough C ’10) won one and lost one this week, first losing 10-6 to the hot Fairfield Stags, and then beating Mount Saint Mary’s 16-6. Sam had a ground ball and two caused turnovers in the game against the Mount. He was also awarded the Bucknell Men’s Lacrosse “Leadership” Award.

• Colgate (Robby Dunigan ’13) fell to Lehigh 11-7. After Colgate tied the game at 4 late in the second period, Lehigh scored 6 of the next 7 goals to blow the game open.
• Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week. Big Red dropped a 14-9 decision to the Harvard Crimson. Joe had 2 goals and an assist for Cornell and Marshall had 3 ground balls.
• Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) downed Manhattan 10-5 this week.
• Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) beat Villanova 9-8 in overtime to remain unbeaten in the Big East Conference. Denver maintained possession throughout all but 10 seconds of overtime, finally cashing in with 39 seconds left in overtime. Harrison had one ground ball for the Pioneers.
• Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed Penn State 13-12 in triple overtime. Drexel tied the game with 1:29 remaining in regulation. Having hit three posts in overtime, two in the third overtime, Drexel must have wondered if they could catch a break. Twelve seconds after the third hard clank, the winning shot found the back of the goal for the Dragons. Hank had a ground ball for and a caused turnover for the Dragons.
• Furman (Connor Lynch ’13) fell to Richmond 13-10 in a meeting between two teams in their first D-I seasons.
• Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) picked up a Big East conference will, downing Providence 10-8. Seemingly up comfortably by 7 at the end of the third period, the Hoyas saw the Friars scored 6 straight to put a scare into Georgetown.
• Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) had split results this week. The Golden Eagles fell to Bellarmine 10-7 but bounced back to beat St. John’s 11-10 in double overtime. St John’s scored the last three goals in regulation to force overtime, but Marquette dominated possession in both overtime periods, finally getting the winner 1:14 into the second overtime period.
• Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) had a mid-week romp, downing Robert Morris 19-6 before getting the weekend off.
• Navy (Matt Morrison C ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) suffered a tough loss to Loyola, falling 7-6 in double overtime. Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first overtime period, including one shot by Patrick that went wide. Loyola scored off of the second OT period face-off to end the drama.
• Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) downed Brown this week 10-8. Brown put together a 3 goal run over the 3rd and 4th periods to tie the game at 7, then the Quakers produced their own three goal run to cement the victory.
• Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) faced in-state foe Rutgers in the battle for the Harland Meistrell trophy. The trophy is named for a US Lacrosse hall of famer who attended both schools. The two teams have played every year since 1921 (except for 2 years during WWII) with the trophy being awarded annually since 1958. Princeton has a better than 2:1 edge in the series. Jack had an assist, a ground ball and two caused turnovers. Mark contributed a shot (on goal!) three ground balls and a caused turnover. For those who have been wondering about the Tigers recent losses, here is a recent, partial explanation of their problems:

Princeton’s Justin Murphy won 68 of 122 face-offs (55.7%) in the first six games and has now missed the last three with an injury. In those three games, Princeton is 30 for 88 on face-offs, with 10 face-off wins in each of the three games.

• UVA (Mike Rhoads ’13) suffered a close loss to North Carolina as scored two goals in quick succession with just over 2 minutes left in the contest and held on to stick the ‘Hoos with the loss.
• Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) lost to Stony Brook 10-7.


April 7 D-I Polls USLIA Coaches Poll Warrior Media Poll Quint’s Top 20 Lax Power Forum Poll
Maryland 3 3 1 3
Denver 5 5 5 6
Cornell 6 6 7 5
Virginia 8 10 9 8
Penn 11t 11 11 11
Princeton 15 17 15 17
Drexel V V 17 V
Colgate V 19 C V
Ohio State V NR NR V
Marquette NR NR NR NR
Bucknell NR NR C NR
Delaware NR NR NR NR
V: received votes
C: considered
NR: not ranked
This coming week:
• There are no Bears vs. Bears games this coming week.
• There are some great rivalry games this coming week:
o Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) faces Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field
o UVA (Mike Rhoads ’13) hosts Duke
o Navy (Matt Morrison C ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) travels to Army
o Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11) battles Michigan

• Colby College (Sam Lamson ’12)
• Won 23-12 over New England. Sam was 5-for-6 at the faceoff X and gathered up 3 ground balls.
• Lost 14-7 to Amherst.
• Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10)
• Beat Haverford 14-6. Austin had one ground ball for the Red Devils.
• Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10)
• Downed Swarthmore 14-5.
• The Bullets are ranked 16th in the USLIA D-III Coaches’ poll this week.
• Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12)
• Lost to Middlebury 12-6 and Tufts 18-3. Sellers had a ground ball and two caused turnovers vs. Middlebury and 5 ground balls and a caused turnover in the Tufts game.
• Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11)
• Downed NCAC rival Kenyon 9-8 in overtime. Tommy had a hat trick for the Battling Bishops plus 2 ground balls and a caused turnover.

• This week: D-III Bears vs. Bears game #2 for 2014 as Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) hosts Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) on Wednesday.

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