Bear Lax Trax Fax—050414 by John Nichols


Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) played Navy (Matt Morrison C ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) in both team’s regular season finale. This was the 89th meeting of these teams, a series which Maryland led 54-33 coming into Saturday’s contest. The Terrapins had won the last 4 times these two teams met but Navy had won 5 of the 6 times the teams met prior to that. Maryland jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked. Patrick had two shots for the Midshipman and Matt Morrison saw playing time in his final game for Navy.


Big East: Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) gets the AQ for the Big East

The Denver Pioneers (Harrison Archer ’10) won the Big East regular season and tournament title. Denver has played in the NCAAs each of the 4 years of Harrison’s career there, making the Final Four twice, so far.



  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) dispatched Rutgers 14-7 in the Big East tournament semi-finals. Harrison had one goal on four shots.
  • Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) lost to Villanova 9-6. Cullen was 2 for 3 on faceoffs in his final NCAA lacrosse game.


  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) downed Villanova 14-7 in the Big East Championship game, assuring the Pioneers of a slot in the NCAA tournament. Harrison scored one goal on two shots.


Colonial Athletic Conference: Drexel gets the AQ for the CAA

Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) cut it as close as they could, winning two overtime games in the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament to lock up and AQ slot for NCAA tournament.


  • Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) lost to Hofstra in the semis, 8-6.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed Towson 11-10 in overtime, punching their ticket to the CAA finals. Drexel was down by 3 heading into the fourth quarter, but got the lead back with a string of 4 straight goals. Towson scored with 1:20 remaining in regulation to force the overtime. Drexel won the overtime faceoff and scored quickly, enabling their advance to the finals.


  • With five minutes left in the CAA championship game it looked like Drexel’s (Hank Brown ’12) tournament fate would rest in the hands of the committee. Hofstra led by 3 and had outscored Drexel 7-2 in the second half. Drexel then scored 3 goals in span of 2:15 to tie things up. Neither team scored in the last 2:45, forcing overtime. Both teams were scoreless over the first two overtime periods. Hofstra got multiple shots each of the first two overtime periods and Drexel just one in each. One was enough in the third overtime period.


ECAC—Air Force gets the AQ for the ECAC

Hosting the ECAC tournament didn’t provide Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11) any advantage in their semi-final game against Air Force as the Buckeyes lost 14-7. The loss ends the Buckeyes season.

Ivy League—Penn gets the AQ for the Ivy League

Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) downed Cornell and Harvard to take the Ivy League tournament and secure the league’s AQ slot for the NCAA tournament.


  • Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) nipped Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) 11-10 in the first semi-final game. Penn paced the early action, leading 7-5 at half time. Cornell found their groove in the third quarter and, with 5 unanswered goals, appeared to have all the momentum going into the fourth quarter. Penn was not ready to surrender. The Quakers owned the fourth quarter, with Penn senior Zack Lasco outscoring the Big Red 4-0 in the fourth quarter. The winning goal came with a mere 49 seconds left.
  • In the other semi-final, Harvard downed Yale to earn a trip to title game. While there were no Bears on the field for this contest, the ending of this game was bizarre and memorable and bears reporting. With Harvard up 2 with 51 seconds remaining and attempting to run out the clock in a very routine manner, a football suddenly landed in the middle of play. Referee Hans Wittelsberger was not amused. He slapped a one minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike penalty on Harvard and then a second one minute non-releasable on the Harvard coach for his protests of the call. Yale had the opportunity to play 6-on-4 over the balance of the game and maintain that advantage regardless of how many goals they scored. The Bulldogs could only muster one goal; that coming with just 8 seconds left. Harvard stymied the final faceoff and Yale had no chance to even the match.


  • In the final, Harvard got out of the box fast scoring four before Penn got on the board. Harvard’s first four turned out to be their only four until there was but 4:41 left in the game-a scoreless span equivalent to three full quarters of play. By then, Penn had scored 7 and were on their way to the winners circle and the NCAA tournament.


(Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12)

Other Games:

Colgate (Robby Dunigan ’13) closed out their 2014 season with a 19-6 loss to Syracuse.

NCAA Tournament Bracket

  • 6 Bears Teams in the field

o   Penn # 4 seed

o   Denver #5 seed

o   Maryland #7 seed

o   Virginia #8 seed

o   Cornell

o   Drexel

  • Two Bears vs. Bears games in the first round

o   Maryland vs. Cornell

o   Penn vs. Drexel

  • Possible to have 3 Bears teams in Baltimore Memorial Day Weekend













Centennial Conference: Washington College gets the AQ for the Centennial Conference

Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) and Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) lost in the semi-finals of the Centennial Conference. With the losses, the season came to an end for both teams.

  • Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) again faced Franklin & Marshall, which they beat 9-6 last week. Despite getting the home field advantage that came with the #2 seeding, Dickinson could not get a second straight win over F&M, losing 9-11. Austin had 2 ground balls in the game.
  • Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) traveled to #1 seed Washington College and the Shoremen were not good hosts, downing the Bullets 20-7. Gettysburg got their first goal at the 8:22 mark of the third quarter, but Washington had already scored 17 by that point. Wes was 3-for-12 on faceoffs and had 1 ground ball.

With the loss to Washington College, Wes’ collegiate lacrosse career comes to an end. During his time at Gettysburg, Wes won 54% of his faceoffs, recorded 76 ground balls and contributed 2 goals (both this year) and an assist.


Mike, Wendy and Wes, Senior Day 2014







wesWes vs. Franklin & Marshall in 2013







prepWes on the move to a great goal against Prep in 2010







austinAustin has one year left and will back on the

field for the Red Devils next year!





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


Tommy Minkler, C ’11 of Ohio Wesleyan was named Honorable Mention All-North Coast Athletic Conference.


D-III NCAA Tournament-no Bears team in the field this year.

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