Bear Lax Trax Fax– the Conferences and NCAA tournament edition– by John Nichols


Keena, Rees Garner Patriot League Recognition

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Senior co-captain Patrick Keena scored 3 goals and dealt out 3 assists in Navy's second-half comeback.
Senior co-captain Patrick Keena scored 3 goals and dealt out 3 assists in Navy’s second-half comeback.

Feb. 8, 2016CENTER VALLEY, Pa. —  Senior attackman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) and junior long pole Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.) have been named the Corvias Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after helping the Mids overcome a 5-2 halftime deficit to defeat service academy rival Air Force in Saturday’s season opener. In addition to Keena and Rees, Bucknell’s Christian Klipstein (goalkeeper), Lehigh’s Tristan Rai (rookie) and Boston U.’s Sam Talkow (faceoff specialist) were among those players recognized by the league office as players of the week at their respective positions.

Keena received his first career Patriot League weekly citation after pacing the Midshipmen with six points on three goals and three assists.  With the Mids trailing by three at the half, Keena went on to score five of his six points (3G, 2A) in the second half as Navy outscored Air Force 8-1 over the final 30 minutes.  Known throughout his career as the Mids’ primary distributor, the three-goal performance marked Keena’s first collegiate hat trick.

After Navy gave up five goals in the opening half, Rees helped spearhead a defensive effort that surrendered just one goal over the final 30-plus minutes of play and held Air Force to just five shots in the second half.  The Mids’ defense held the Falcons scoreless for nearly 22 minutes between the end of the first half and the fourth quarter.  Rees, a 2015 Second-Team All-Patriot League selection, turned in a career-best seven ground balls and tied his personal mark with six caused turnovers (vs. Boston U., 2-28-15).  Meanwhile, he jumped from eighth to fourth on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 35 over two-plus seasons.


Colonial Athletic Association

Charlie Schnider was named 2nd Team All CAA (2nd year for that honor)






Drexel (Hank Brown) 6

Towson 10

On the strength of a five goal first quarter, Towson built a 6-2 first half lead and held on to advance to the championship game of the CAA tournament.  Hank had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers for the Dragons in his final collegiate lacrosse game.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 11

Hofstra 8

Charlie continued to be an assist machine, contributing 3 in this semi-final contest.  The win put the Stags into the championship game against #1 seed Towson.

Fairfield (Charlie Schnider)  2

Towson 4

Fairfield scored the first two and Towson scored the last four as the Stags fell to the Tigers in a very low score championship game.  Charlie opened the scoring in the game and accounted for 50% of Fairfield’s offensive output.  This game marked Charlie’s final appearance in an NCAA lacrosse game.


America East Conference





Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 10

Stony Brook 9

Vermont scored the last two goals to earn the upset over the #2 seed in the upset-rich semi-finals round of the America East tournament.

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 16

Hartford 17

Vermont was down 4 late in the game and rallied to pull within one with 51 seconds left.  The loss closes out the season for the Catamounts, but making it to the AE tournament finals marks another step forward for Coach Curtis’ program.


Northeast Conference





Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 7

Bryant 6

Hobart outscored #1 seed Bryant 6-3 in the first half and held on to advance to the championship game.  Earlier this season, the Statesmen lost to Bryant 15-2.


Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 11

St. Joseph’s 7

Having knocked off #1, Hobart earned the right to play St. Joe’s in the championship game.  Much like the Bryant game, Hobart jumped out to lead in the first half and keep that lead until the final horn sounded.


Big Ten





Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 12

Rutgers 14

This game was close throughout and tied at 12 early in the fourth quarter.  Rutgers scored the last two goals of the game to hold on and win.  The Blue Jays got the last laugh, however, garnering an at-large slot in the NCAA tournament while Rutgers was left of the outside looking in.

Ivy League





Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 6

Yale 7

Penn had one lead early in the game, but more often was down one then tying things up only to go down a goal again.  Penn tied it up at 6 and Yale got the game winner with just under four minutes remaining.  The game was played in a heavy rain storm which contributed to the low scoring.



Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 3

Syracuse 18

Both the Patriot League (Colgate) and ACC (Syracuse) hold their conference tournaments a week earlier than the other conferences, affording teams in those conferences the opportunity to schedule in one more game before the NCAA tournament starts.  For Colgate, this was the last game of the year and for Syracuse, a way to stay warm before the NCAAs start next week.

The Orange scored the first five, and then the next 11 after Colgate scored their first of the game.  Robby took 2 shots and recorded one ground ball for the Raiders.


NCAA Tournament Bracket










Luke Kurtz and the Jumbos of Tufts qualified for the NCAA Div. III championships. (thanks to Will Lincoln for the correction)



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  1. Luke Kurtz on Tufts qualified for the DIII tournament

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