Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

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Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 10

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 15

Colgate scored 4 goals in the final five minutes of the first quarter, three of them in man-up situations, to build a lead they would not relinquish.  Sean O’Brien halted the run with the first of his three goals on the day for the Bison early in the second period.  Jarret was 6-for-15 on faceoffs with 2 ground balls.  Griffin Brown had two goals and an assist for the Red Raiders, both coming with Colgate a man up.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 8

Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 16

The Statesmen had lost 12 straight contests to Cornell coming into this game.  The teams exchanged three goal runs to start the game, but Hobart blew the contest open with an 8-1 run that lasted in the later moments of the third quarter.  All three Bears at Cornell saw action in this game as Colton took 3 shots, Jack one shot and 2 ground balls and Marshall one ground ball.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 11

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 10

Penn jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and survived UVA’s multiple comeback attempts.  UVA tied the game at 4 and there were 3 more ties and 4 instances of Penn being up 2 after that, but the Quakers never surrendered the lead in this tightly played contest.  Penn was able to control the pace of the game and benefited from solid defensive play and steady play in goal.  Justin Murphy had another good game at the X, winning 9 of 14 faceoffs.




Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 6

Denver 19

Last weekend, Cleveland State picked up wins against two D-III opponents.  This week they took a huge leap back into D-I play, taking on Denver, on the top teams in D-I.  Justin got some playing time in this one-sided contest.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 2

Air Force 16

Back-to-back games against highly rated teams at high altitude took a toll on the Vikings’ young squad.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 8

Sacred Heart 15



Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 11

Detroit Mercy 12

Detroit Mercy jumped out to an early lead, but the Dolphins battled back to take their first lead early in the third quarter.  The lead shifted back and forth after that on successive two-goal runs, first by Mercy, then Jacksonville, then Mercy to close out the contest.  Andrew had one ground ball and one turnover for the Dolphins.  (Author’s apologies for previously citing him as Andrew “Miller”).


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 8

Ohio State 16

Zac scored once for Jacksonville on a nice left handed shot from 10 yards out.  You can see the goal by checking out the full game film which is available on the Ohio State website.  Zac’s goal came with 4 minutes left in the game (the 1:51:10 mark in the video).  Andrew continues to start on close defense for Jacksonville.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 13

North Carolina 5

The Blue Jays downed the defending national champions in a game that seemed immune to offensive production early on.  These two traditionally high powered offenses scored just 5 goals in the first half, with Hopkins up 4-1 at the break.  The combined 13 goals in the second half were more in line with expectations for this game.


Navy (Tom Evans) 7

Boston U. 8

The Middies suffered an untimely upset at the hands of the Terriers.  The game was the first Patriot League contest for both teams.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 10

Marist 6

The Tigers picked up their second win of the season. Marist previously beat Air Force Academy


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 8

Hofstra 10

The Hofstra Pride scored 5 of the game’s first 6 goals and held a 6-3 lead after three periods.  Scoring picked up in the fourth with the total goal production in the last period equal to that of the first three.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, they could only manage a 5-4 advantage in the closing period and could get no closer than down a goal. Mark is injured



Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 20

Siena 13

Virginia continued to play the fast-paced, aggressive style that Lars Tiffany has brought (back) to Charlottesville.  Jason won 7 of 13 faceoff attempts, scooped up two ground balls and was relentless in pursuit of the ball in multiple scrums.  Michael had one caused turnover for the ‘Hoos.


























This Coming Week, Bears vs. Bears

  • Johns Hopkins @ Princeton
  • Bucknell @ Navy




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 10

Bridgewater 12


The Saints won almost every statistical category in this game, but were undone by Bridgewater’s goalie who saved 60% of Marymount’s on-goal shots.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 20

Otterbein 5


Tyler saw his first action in D-III in a blowout win for the Battlin’ Bishops


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 8

Messiah 7


Congratulations to Tyler for his first start at midfield for the Battlin’ Bishops.  OWU built and early lead and then had to hang on through Messiah’s late rally to secure the win.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 10 OT

Gettysburg 9

A solid game from Gettysburg’s goalie kept this game close throughout.  The Gulls won the faceoff in overtime and scored on their first shot of OT.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) will play their first game this coming Saturday, March 4



D-III Poll


Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USLIA D-III poll this week, garnering 22 of the 23 first place votes (RIT received on first place vote).  Ohio Wesleyan dropped to #13, switching places with RPI.



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