BLTF—042714 by John Nichols



Bucknell (Sam McDonough C ’10) faced Colgate (Robby Dunigan ’13) in the week’s first Bears vs. Bears match. This was one of two quarter finals games in the Patriot League tournament. Colgate pulled out 10-9 win in overtime. The Bison led by 3 with just under 4 minutes left in the third quarter, but Colgate rallied to take a one goal lead in the fourth. Bucknell scored a man-up goal late and the game went into extra time. After a scoreless first four minutes, Colgate found the net for the winner early in the second overtime period.

Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) played Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) in a game critical to the Tigers hopes of making the NCAA tournament field. Princeton was eliminated from the Ivy League tournament field last week and now needed a signature win to improve their case for an at-large slot in the NCAA tournament. Cornell went up by 2 with over eight minutes left in the game and held on for the 12-10 win. Justin continued to impresses at the X, winning 14 of 25 faceoffs, scooping up 6 ground balls and taking one shot. Jack Strabo had an assist and Mark Strabo a ground ball. The stunner for the day was long stick Marshall Peters scoring 2 goals for the Big Red. He also contributed 3 ground balls and a caused turnover. Joe also contributed to the scoring with 1 goal on 7 shots.

Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) had little trouble with Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09), downing the Golden Eagles 17-9. Harrison had 1 goal on 2 shots for Denver and Cullen was 3-for-9 on faceoffs for Marquette. With the game very much in the balance early in the second quarter 5-4, Denver went on a run of 9 unanswered goals, with Harrison scoring the first of the nine, to set up the win.

Archer and Cassiday


ACC: Notre Dame wins the ACC tournament and gets the AQ for the NCAA tournament

Both semi-final games in the ACC reinforced the old adage that you play to the last whistle. In game 1, Syracuse downed Duke, scoring two goals in the game’s final 15 seconds, the last virtually at the buzzer to turn a 14-15 loss into a 16-15 win. Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) and Notre Dame had an instant rematch of their regular season meeting which the Terrapins won last week 12-8. This was a very low scoring affair in a steady rain. With the game tied at 5 and time running out Maryland had possession and was working for what they hoped would be the final shot and goal. However, the Irish forced a turnover with 13 seconds remaining, sped down the field and scored in transition with 6.5 seconds left to get the win. That set up Sunday’s final between Syracuse and Notre Dame, teams that were members of the Big East Conference at this time last year.

UVA (Mike Rhoads ’13) picked up a nice win over North Carolina, 13-11, in the ACC’s PRI padding exhibition game on the Saturday.

The outcome of the ACC games in Chester, PA this weekend made it nearly a sure thing that all 6 ACC teams will make the NCAA tournament.

Atlantic Sun: May 1 and 3 site based on seeding

Furman (Connor Lynch ’13) needed a win over Jacksonville and a loss by Richmond to VMI to make the Atlantic Sun tournament field. The Spiders and Keydets did their part; Furman didn’t, losing to Jacksonville 13-10. That loss brings the Paladin’s first season to a close.

Big East: May 1 and 3 at Villanova

Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) downed Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09), as covered in Bears vs. Bears above. The Pioneers’ win locks up the #1 seed in the Big East tournament. Denver will face Rutgers in the Big East tournament semi-finals. Marquette will face Villanova in the other semi-final.

Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) closed out their regular season Saturday, losing to Providence 12-8.

Colonial Athletic Conference: April 30 and May 3 at the higher seed’s field

Hofstra is the #1 seed for the CAA tournament on the strength of their regular season win over Drexel (Hank Brown ’12). Hofstra will play Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) and Drexel (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) will play Towson in the semi-finals.

Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) downed UMass 15-7 in a game that decided which of these two teams would get the final slot for the CAA tournament.

Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed High Point 11-8 to wrap up their regular season. Hank had 2 shots in the game.

ECAC—May 1 and 3 at Ohio State

The NCAA granted the ECAC an AQ slot despite having only 5 teams. For the past several years the conference has fielded the requisite six teams. The field is set for the ECAC tournament, but not the seeds. With Fairfield’s win over Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11) this weekend, there is a three way tie for the regular season title between Ohio State, Fairfield, and Air Force. In the regular season, Air Force lost to Ohio State, Ohio State lost to Fairfield, and Fairfield lost to Air Force. Fairfield is the #1 seed and will play Michigan while Ohio State and Air Force will play in the other semi-final.

Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11) lost to Fairfield 5-7 this weekend.

Ivy League—May 2 and 4 at Harvard

With Cornell’s win over Princeton and Harvard’s win over Yale, Cornell and Harvard are the regular season co-champions of the Ivy League and Harvard takes the #1 seed and hosting honors for the upcoming Ivy League tournament which will determine which team gets the Ivy AQ. Harvard will face Yale again and Cornell with play Penn in the league tournament semi-finals on Friday.

Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) downed Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 12-10, as covered in Bears vs. Bears, above.

Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) picked up a pair of non-conference wins, downing Towson 15-9 and St. John’s 17-10. Will Laco had one goal on three shots in the St. John’s game.

Patriot League: Loyola wins the conference tournament and earns the AQ to the NCAA tournament.

With three of the four teams playing in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament having Bears on the roster, we were assured of at least one team moving on. Unfortunately, that is all we got. In the first game, Bucknell (Sam McDonough C ’10) fell to Colgate (Robby Dunigan ’13) 10-9 in overtime.

In game #2, Navy (Matt Morrison C ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) faced Lehigh, with the Midshipmen seeking revenging for the 13-2 drubbing Lehigh had put on them earlier this season. The game was more closely contested this time, but the outcome the same as Lehigh won 10-6 to advance. Patrick had one shot and a ground ball for Navy.

These two games market the conclusions of the collegiate lacrosse careers for Matt Morrison, Landon ’09 and Sam McDonough, Landon ‘10. Both of these Bears had the honor serving as captains for their respective teams this year.

Colgate’s (Robby Dunigan ’13) win over Bucknell put the Raiders into the semi-finals against Patriot League regular season champ Loyola, Friday. Loyola continued their winning ways, downing Colgate 12-6. Robby got off one shot for Colgate in the semi-final game.

American East Conference

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) closed out their 2014 season with 17-14 loss to the UMBC Retrievers.














April 28 D-I Polls

USLIA Coaches Poll Warrior Media Poll Quint’s Top 20 Lax Power Forum Poll
Denver 2 2 7 4
Maryland 8 7 9 6
Virginia 7 8 5 8
Penn 10 10 11 10
Cornell 11 11 10 11
Drexel 16 14 14 15
Princeton V V NR 19
Delaware NR NR NR V
Ohio State NR V 20 V




We are heading into the final days of the 2014 for D-III as well and these teams are also looking to the post-season tournaments for conferences and the NCAA.

Centennial Conference: April 30 and May 3 @ Higher seed

Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) and Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) play in the tough and highly regarded Centennial Conference. The top 4 teams make the tournament. Washington College is the #1 seed and will play Gettysburg while Dickinson is the #2 seed and will face Franklin & Marshall.

This week, Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) beat Franklin & Marshall 9-6, giving the Red Devils the #2 seed. They’ll face Franklin & Marshall again in the tournament semi-finals. Austin had two ground balls and a caused turnover for the Red Devils. Dickinson also downed Muhlenberg 17-4 earlier in the week. In that game, Austin had 2 shots and one ground ball.

Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) fell to Franklin & Marshall 14-12, then bounced back to beat McDaniel 16-15. Against McDaniel, Wes had a goal, was 3-for-5 on faceoffs and 2 ground balls.

NESCAC: April 26, May 3 and May 4 at higher seed

Colby College (Sam Lamson ’12) closed out their regular season schedule with a 12-9 win over Bates. Sam was 1 for 3 on faceoffs in the game.


Colby then played Tufts in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament. Tufts prevailed 24-9, effectively ending Colby’s 2014 campaign. Sam was 1-for-1 on faceoffs with one ground ball against Tufts.



North Coast Athletic Conference: Dennison wins the conference AQ for the NCAA D-III tournament.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) plays in the tough NCAC where #4 ranked Denison is the top seed. Ohio Wesleyan garnered the #2 seed for the conference tournament, their only conference loss coming to Dennison.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) won their semi-final game against Kenyon 12-4. Tommy had one goal, one assist, two ground balls and caused turnover. The win moved the Battlin’ Bishops into the conference championship game, where they faced Denison. Two weeks ago OWU and Denison played their regular season match with prevailing in a one goal match. This time, Denison getting the matchup between these two rivals, Denison got the win. This time, Denison had a bit easier time of it, winning 14-5. Tommy had 2 goals and an assist in the title game.  Now OWU must wait to see if they will be awarded an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.

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