BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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BEARS vs BEARS

 

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 15

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 9

 

Vermont won the Vermont-New Hampshire lacrosse civil war.

 

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 19

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 4

 

Green versus Red and Red won.  Things got no easier for Dartmouth when they got back in the confines of the Ivy League.  Cornell picked up their first Ivy League over the Green.  Colton had 3 goals and Jack one in the win.

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 8

Army 7

 

The Bison got a huge Patriot League win, dealing Army their first  in-conference loss.  Bucknell scored four straight in the middle of the second half to flip the score board.   Army scored with 14 seconds left to pull within one but the Bison held on for the win.  Jarret was 7 for 12 on faceoff and he and Sean each had one ground ball.  At 3-3 in league play, the Bison sit in the #6 position for the Patriot League’s six-team league tournament.

Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 4

Loyola 12

 

Colgate fell to 1-4 in Patriot League play and are currently ranked 7th in the conference.  The Patriot League’s top six teams play in the League tournament which determines which team will get the PL automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.  The Raiders likely need to win their last three league games and get some help from elsewhere to extend their season.

 

Delaware (Phil Pena) 9

Massachusetts 7

Massachusetts seemed to be building some serious momentum after a rough start to the year.  Consecutive wins over North Carolina and Penn State made the Minutemen look like an up-and-coming team while the Blue Hens have struggled throughout the year.  Delaware got an important CAA win, scoring the first four goals of the fourth quarter to break open a tie game.

 

Drexel (Hank Brown) 7

Towson 11

 

Drexel fell to the one of the top teams in CAA.   Hank had one ground ball for the Dragons.

 

Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 9

Hofstra 8

 

The Stags are off to a good start in the potentially wide open Colonial Athletic Association.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 19

UMBC 7

 

The Blue Jays bounced back from a disappointing loss to UVA, posting a big win in their last non-conference game.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 9

Rutgers 16

 

Rutgers got a huge upset win to get both teams’ start to the Big 10 regular season off to an interesting start.  Johns Hopkins has had to play their last three games without

 

Navy (Patrick Keena) 12

Holy Cross 3

 

Patrick had another big game for the Middies, scoring 3 goals and dishing out 3 assists.  Navy is now one of three Patriot League teams with just one loss in conference.  Navy’s April 16 contest at Army could have import beyond the Academies’ rivalry.

 

Penn (Peter Laco, Garret Fellows) 8

Maryland 13

 

Penn has been putting up some good wins and gaining national recognition, but the #6 ranked Terrapins proved to be too tough.

 

Penn (Peter Laco, Garret Fellows) 10 OT

Yale 11

 

Penn held a five goal lead late in the third quarter, but #1 ranked Yale rallied with five straight to tie the game up.   Quakers then regained the lead only to see the Bulldogs score with 17 seconds left to force overtime.  Penn won the faceoff to start overtime, but Yale got a turnover and off a dodge from X, scored the game winner.

 

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 8

Brown 19

 

Brown has one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA this year and they unleashed in the third quarter.  The Bears jumped out to a big early lead, only to see the Tigers scrap back.  The teams went into the half separated by a single goal.  The final two quarters belonged to Brown—a 12-2 advantage—that put the game on ice.  Brown and Yale are currently at the top of the Ivy League and headed for a showdown in two weeks.

 

Princeton’s head coach, Chris Bates, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of an incident in the Brown game when he appeared to strike Brown player with his right forearm as the player was exiting the field of play.  Princeton’s offensive coordinator, Matt Madalon, will coach the team in the interim.

 

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 19

VMI 4

 

UVA got an easy win in their annual match with the Keydets.  All Bears saw action in the game, Jason was 8-for-8 at the X and had 3 ground balls and Jack took one shot.

 

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 9

Richmond 0

 

UVA posted the first shutout in D-I lacrosse this year.  Jason was 5 for 11 on faceoffs with one ground ball and Jack took one shot for the ‘Hoos.

 

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 10

Stony Brook 13

 

After picking up picking up two straight wins to get to .500 on the season, the Catamounts fell back in a loss to the Seawolves.

Polls

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THIS COMING WEEK:

BEARS vs BEARS

Navy (Patrick Keena) vs. Colgate (Robby Dunigan)

Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) vs. Drexel (Hank Brown)

 

D-III

 

Hamilton (Sellers Garret) 3 

Bates 11

 

Sellers had two ground balls and one caused turnover for the Continentals.

 

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 8

Bowdoin 10

 

Trinity plays in the very tough NESCAC and their tough schedule has led to a 2-6 record that hides how good this team could be.  While the Bantam’s last three losses have come against NESCAC foes, those three teams are a combined 22-3 and Trinity has been very close in the last two games.

 

The Coaches:

The Bears players turned coaches had contrasting outcomes this weekend.  Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler) put up big numbers on Hiram, winning 30-2.  Marymount (Wes Lincoln) took on the #1 ranked team in D-III, Salisbury (a team that beat OWU in overtime at Landon earlier this year) and suffered a 28-5 loss.

 

POLLS: Ohio Wesleyan remains ranked at #10 in the USLIA Coaches Poll for D-III             

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