BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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None this week, but three intra-ursine matches this coming week




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 12

Fairfield 13


The Bison suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a close one to the Fairfield Stags.  Sean continued to be a scoring threat at attack, scoring four goals and contributing one assists.  Sean’s fourth goal tied the contest at 11 with just under 7 minutes remaining.  However, the Stags scored twice more in regulation and Bucknell drew closer with a goal at the 0:11 mark in the game, but could draw no closer.  The usually dominant Jarett had a tough day at the X, winning just 7 of 21 faceoffs.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 9

Baldwin Wallace 2


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 15

John Carroll 8


Cleveland State, the newest D-I men’s lacrosse program, faced off against a pair of D-III teams this weekend and the program was rewarded with their first two wins.  Justin was credited with one ground ball in the game against Carroll.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 8

Binghamton 11


Both Griffin and Robby made contributions to Colgate’s effort this Saturday.  For Griffin, this will be a memorable game as it marks his first 2 goals scored in D-I action.  Robby added an assist and got off one shot as well.


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

Penn State 20


The Big Red traveled down to University Park to take on the Nittany Lions and former Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni.  Penn State was not a kind host.  The game was tied at 3 midway through the second period, then PSU went on a 9-1 run.  Following a single goal by Cornell, PSU tacked on another 5 straight.  Things evened out a bit after that, but the accumulated deficit was far too large to overcome.  Colton took two shots for Cornell.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 8

Canisius 13


Despite posting advantages in groundballs and shots, Dartmouth dropped their season opener to Canisius.  Big Green is coming off a one win season and hoping for better things in 2017, Coach Brendan Callahan’s third year at the helm.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 16

Siena 15


Hobart picked up their first win of the 2017 with an offensive avalanche.  The Statesmen jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first half then withstood Siena’s furious second half comeback in which Siena scored 7 goals in the fourth quarter.  Two Siena shots went wide in the closing seconds of the game, allowing Hobart to walk away with the win.


Jacksonville (Andrew Miller, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 1

Marquette 17


What can you learn from a 17-1 loss?  Learn to forget.  Marquette won the shot and ground ball battles by a 2:1 margin, but things were close in other aspects of the game.  With only 19 shots (13 of which were on-goal) the Dolphins would have had to been perfect to stay in the game.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 14-OT

Loyola 13


The Blue Jays are making their case for the being the top team in Maryland with all of their 3 season starting wins coming over other teams from the state.  Down three goals twice, the Blue Jays were able to hold off Loyola over the last few minutes of regulation.  A great save by the Hopkins goalie led to the winning goal off a fake flip play.  Their last game of the regular season may well be for the state honors when the take on the Maryland Terrapins.


Navy (Tom Evans) 11

Delaware 5


Navy’s challenging start to the 2017—successive games against Hopkins and Maryland—put them in the unfamiliar position of starting the year 0-2.  The Middies got healthy again when they faced the Delaware Blue Hens.  The Middies scored seven goals over the first two periods to distance themselves from Delaware which scored no more than 2 in any of the game’s four periods.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 10

St. Joseph’s 5


Penn scored the game’s first five goals and led 7-1 at the half.  The second half was a low-scoring war of attrition, allowing the Quakers to open the 2017 season with a win.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 22



The Tiger’s 22 goals rank 4th best in school history and are one better than they did against NJIT last year (although NJIT scored more this year).


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 18

Drexel 14


The phrase “embrace the pace” has diametrically opposed meanings depending on whether you are east of the intersection of Massie and Copeley Roads in Charlottesville or west.  The deliberate possession control character of UVA men’s hoops is in stark contrast to the aggressive pace at which Lars Tiffany’s ‘Hoos play lacrosse.


Jason Murphy was 11 for 21 on face-off’s, trading time with Paul VI’s Luke Brugel.  Jason continues to bring a high degree of intensity to the position, grinding at the whistle, going to goal on clean wins and aggressively riding when the opponent gets the ball.  Michael Rhoads saw time on defense for UVA again this week.


D-I Polls














This Coming Week, Bears vs. Bears

  • Colgate @ Bucknell
  • Cornell @ Hobart
  • Virginia @ Penn




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 14

Southern Virginia 16


Marymount scored six goals in the fourth period to tighten up this season and conference opener for the Saints.  Southern Virginia’s equally productive third quarter proved too much to overcome.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 11

RIT 12


Ohio Wesleyan plays a tough schedule early in the year, taking on 2 of the top 3 D-III teams in their first six games.  Down 5-0 early in the second period, the Battlin’ Bishops rallied back and pulled within 1 with just over two minutes remaining.  Despite 3 possession in the closing minutes of regulation, OWU was unable to extend the game.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 9

Montclair State 7


After a blow-out win to start the season, Salisbury has found themselves in a couple of dog fights.  Montclair State scored first, but then the Gulls reeled off four straight goals.  Montclair State came within one on four separate occasions, only to have Salisbury score and extend their lead.


D-III Polls


Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USLIA D-III poll this week, garnering 18 of the 19 first place votes (RIT received on first place vote).  Ohio Wesleyan checks in at #12.  This is the first weekly USLIA poll for 2017.

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