BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

a two week summary


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 7

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 3

Princeton picked up their first Ivy League win while Dartmouth remains winless in league play.  Dartmouth pitched a 3-0 shutout in the first half, but Princeton returned the favor in the second half posting a 7-0 shutout.  Mark had one ground ball for the Tigers.


Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 11

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 4

Dartmouth put up another good first half only to have the Quakers pull away in the second half.  Penn’s win secures their slot in the Ivy League’s tournament May 6 & 8 in Providence.


Drexel (Hank Brown) 6

Delaware (Philip Pena) 5

Delaware and Drexel are battling out for the last slot in the CAA tournament and Drexel’s one goal win gives them a tie breaker edge, if needed.  Delaware has yet to play Fairfield (Bears vs. Bears) and Drexel faces UMass in their final CAA regular season game.  Drexel needs to win and Delaware lose for the Dragons to take advantage of the win.  Any other outcome puts the Blue Hens into the tournament.



Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 14

Lafayette 7

Sean scored once and Jarret was 11-for-17 on faceoffs with 6 ground balls for the Bison.

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 15

Lehigh 7

Jarret dominated the X in this game, winning 22 of 24 faceoffs, further contributing a goal and 12 ground balls.  Sean also scored once for the Bison.  Bucknell next plays Holy Cross in the PLL tournament quarter finals.

Jarret’s face off win percentage is 63.8%, placing him 6th in D-I lacrosse.


Bucknell’s Jarett Witzal Named Epoch/LM Player of Week


Freshman faceoff specialist Jarett Witzal’s near-perfect performance in Bucknell’s 15-7 win Saturday over Patriot League men’s lacrosse foe Lehigh has earned him Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week honors.


The Bison, ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Top 20, have enjoyed a late-season resurgence. Since a lopsided loss at Loyola on March 26, after which they sat at 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League, they have reeled off four straight victories, including three conference wins heading into the postseason. Bucknell hosts Holy Cross in the Patriot League quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Witzal has fueled the Bison’s rebirth. He went 22-for-24 against Lehigh and added a goal, preventing the Mountain Hawks from ever establishing a rhythm. In Bucknell’s nine wins, Witzal is 131-for-189 (70.9 percent). In four losses, he is 24-for-54 (44.4 percent).


Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 6

Holy Cross 12

Holy Cross had a 6 goal third quarter to pull away with three of those goals scored in a 45 second span.  Robby Dunigan took 2 shots and scooped up one ground ball for Red Raiders.


Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 14

Lafayette 9

Colgate’s 6 goal first quarter led to a 10-4 halftime lead.  Robby had a solid game with 2 goals, 3 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers.   Those impressive numbers led Coach Murphy to exclaim, “…the young man I’m probably the most proud of is Robby Dunigan. I’ve always been a firm believer that if you can have an effective ride, you can win a lot of ballgames. He was a one-man wrecking crew down there and I’m really proud of the effort that 24 gave us.”

Colgate wraps up their 2016 season on May 7 when they travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 10 OT

Syracuse 9

It’s been a tough year for Cornell in the Ivy League but they’ve done well against the ACC.  The Big Red scored a win over the Syracuse Orange to tag on to their earlier win over UVA.  Colton Rupp had one assist for Cornell, that one tying the game at 9 and allowing for the shot at an overtime win.  Jack contributed one ground ball as well.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 13

Lehigh 12

Cornell picked up another good out of conference win.  Colton scored 2 goals on 8 shots and gathered up one ground ball.  Marshall Peters scored his first goal of the season, converting on a fast break clear after a save at the opposite end of the field.  Jack also had one ground ball.  Colton scored the game winner with a mere one second left on the clock.

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 5

Brown 22

The Big Red ran up against an irresistible force, falling to the #1 team in the Ivy League.  Colton had one goal and one assist in the loss while Marshall had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.  Jack had two ground balls as well.

Colton is Cornell’s top goal scorer with 22 goals and number #2 on the team for points with 23.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 10

UMass-Lowell 11


Delaware (Philip Pena) 10

Towson 7

The Blue Hens have had a tough time of it this season.  On the other hand, Towson is one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association which was ranked #7 nationally going into the game.  Delaware’s upset of Towson puts the Blue Hens in contention for a slot in the CAA tournament.


Drexel (Hank Brown) 4

Hofstra 10

Hank had one ground ball for the Dragons.  Drexel finishes out their 2016 campaign against UMass this coming week, hoping for a win and the right combination of tie breakers to make the CAA tournament.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 8

UMass 6

Charlie had a goal and 3 assists for the Stags in a key Colonial Athletic Association win over UMass.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 11

Towson 18

Charlie contributed one assist in the Stags game against one of the top CAA team.  Charlie is averaging 2 assists per game this year, ranking him 17th D-I lacrosse.


Hobart (Koko Avedisain, Riley McTague) 12

Mount St. Mary’s 6

Hobart is in a battle for a slot in the Northeast Conference tournament and this win gives them against a team that is battling for that last slot.

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 2

Bryant 15

Koko took three shots for the Statesmen who lost to one of the top teams in Northeast Conference.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 12 OT

Penn State 11

Coach Pietramala was back on the sidelines for the Blue Jays after missing several games with a back infection.  Big Ten games have been quite competitive this year and this game was no exception.  Penn State rallied to force overtime with 29 seconds left in the game.  The Blue Jays were able to secure the win in overtime.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 19

Michigan 13

Johns Hopkins improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten with Maryland up next.  The outcome of that game, and the Rutgers-Ohio State game will determine the order of the top three seeds in the Big Ten tournament.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 11 OT

Army 10

Even if no league issues are on the line, any time that Army and Navy play pride and honor are on the line.  This match was no different, plus it was also for first place in the Patriot League.  The game did not disappoint.  Patrick scored 3 goals and dished out 2 assists, taking 11 shots (Keep Shooting!).  His third goal created the final tie score of regulation.  The win assures the Midshipmen of the #1 seed and hosting honors for the Patriot League tournament.  The semi-finals and finals of the tournament will take place on Friday, April 29 and Sunday May 1 in Annapolis.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 5

Maryland 10

This game, originally schedule for February, came on the heels of Navy’s triumphant and draining victory over Army.  Patrick had one goal for Navy.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 7

Sacred Heart 1

Navy scored 4 goals in the first quarter and rode their defense to the win.  Patrick has one assist for the Middies.  Patrick is now ranked 15th for assists per game in D-I.  Patrick also earned first team all Patriot League honors this week.


Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 14

Harvard 13

Penn picked up a key Ivy win over the Crimson, as they, Yale and Harvard battle it out for 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds in the Ivy League tournament.  Penn’s Ivy League season is completed while Harvard and Yale face off this coming weekend.  A win by Yale makes Penn the #3 seed while a Crimson win creates a three way tie among these teams.

Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 8



Princeton (Mark Strabo) 13

Lehigh 6

The Tigers picked up their first win for new head coach Matt Matalon and Mark picked up two ground balls in the win.

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 12

Harvard 16

Princeton and Harvard fought to a 7-7 draw in the first half, but the Crimson scored five straight after the break to build a lead they would not surrender.  Mark had one ground ball for the Tigers.


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 14


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 13

Hartford 4

Vermont gave themselves a big leg up on getting a slot in the America East tournament with the win over Hartford.  The Catamounts finish out their regular season against Binghamton this weekend.  If Binghamton wins, there is a chance that there will be a three way tie for the last two seeds in the league tournament.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 8

Duke 14

Virginia closed out a winless ACC regular season after having no answer for the Blue Devils in the second half.  Jason was part of a brutal battle at the faceoff dot, winning 11 of 17 but sustaining an injury that was to keep him out of the lineup at the Georgetown game.  Jack had one ground ball for UVA.  UVA will miss the ACC tournament and will instead finish their regular season against Brown, one of the top teams in the country on Saturday, April 30.

This year Jason has won 62.4% of his faceoffs, ranking him 10th nationally.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 8

Georgetown 7

Jason missed the game, suffering from the effects of an injury suffered against Duke.  The win gets the ‘Hoos back to .500 and sets up the possibility (albeit remote possibility) of making the NCAA tournament if they can upset Brown this coming Saturday in Kennesaw, GA between Friday’s ACC semis and Sunday’s ACC finals.


Div. III


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 17

Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 8


The Bantams won the lone BvB game in D-III this year.  Trinity scored 5 straight goals to close out the second period, then after allowing the first goal of the second half, scored another 6 straight.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.





Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 9

Williams 10


Sellers had one ground ball in a back-and-forth contest.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 7

Connecticut College 9

Connecticut College outscored Hamilton 3-0 in the fourth quarter to gain the come from behind win.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 10

Rensellear 13

Hamilton made a furious late rally, scoring 4 goals over a span of 2:45 in the fourth period, but it was not enough to overcome Rensellear’s lead.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Wesleyan 15

Wesleyan scored 5 straight goals over the third and into the fourth quarter to open up a close game.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 10 OT

Middlebury 11

Middlebury rallied to take the lead after scoring five straight goals in the second half.  The Bantams tied the game up late, but Middlebury found the goal first in overtime.

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 11

Skidmore 7

After falling behind 4-2 after one quarter, the Bantam defense limited Skidmore to one goal in each of the subsequent periods and the Trinity offense the last three goals of the game to ensure the win.

Marymount (Ass’t Coach Wes Lincoln) 9

Wesley 11

Marymount (Ass’t Coach Wes Lincoln) 4

Mary Washington 11

The Saints concluded their season with a pair of losses, dropping their record to 5-9.

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 28

Wabash 2

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 5

Denison 7

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 21

Depauw 5

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 22

Wooster 6


Ohio Wesleyan has 3 losses this year to team ranked 1, 6 and 17 in the current D-III USLIA Coaches’ Poll.


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