BearaxTraxFax 03.06.2017 by John Nichols

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Princeton (Mark Strabo) 18

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 7


Johns Hopkins had ascended to #3 in the country after throttling the defending NCAA champs last weekend and Princeton was coming off a loss to Hofstra.  After a close first quarter which ended with the Tigers up 3-2, Princeton went on a tear, scoring 10 consecutive goals through the second quarter and into the third.  Princeton dominated faceoffs during that run and Hopkins had just 6 possessions, averaging less than 30 seconds each.  All of those possessions ended with saves by Princeton’s goalie who had a spectacular game, with the exception of one case in which the Hopkins goalie was called for a push.







Navy (Tom Evans) 13

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 7


Both of these teams came into the game with 0-1 conference records in Patriot League play.  The Bison jumped out to an early lead, with Sean’s goal marking the first score of the game.  Jarrett split face off wins with Navy’s FOGOs, winning 12 of 24 faceoffs for Bucknell and aided possession with 5 ground balls.  Navy’s 5-0 third quarter proved to be the difference in the game.




Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 7

Canisius 17


The challenge of starting from scratch continues for the Vikings.  Bill Nichols would have described this all as “character building.”  Justin continues to see playing time on defense for Cleveland State.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 5

Lehigh 11


Griffin scored twice for the Raiders as they saw their Patriot League record drop to 1-1.  Robby saw playing time as well.  Griffin’s first goal tied the game at 2 early in the second quarter, but Lehigh went on a five goal run after that to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 6

Albany 17


Colton scored two goals on three shots while Jack and Marshall picked up three and two ground balls, respectively.  The Great Danes had runs of 6 and 5 goals wrapped around Colton’s first goal of the game to build an 11-1 lead early in the third quarter.  The Big Red answered with a three goal run, only to see Albany tag on 5 more.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 11

Vermont 9


Dartmouth picked up their first win of the season and secured Vermont/New Hampshire bragging rights, holding off Vermont’s rally at the end of the game which saw the Catamounts score five of the game’s final six goals.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 6   2OT

Wagner 7


Down 6-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, Dartmouth scored three straight in the first seven minutes of the closing period, but it was a stalemate from there to the final whistle of regulation.  Each team had opportunities in the first overtime and Wagner cashed in on their first shot in the second overtime period.  Dartmouth goes on a two week exam break and will play next on March 18.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 6

Binghamton 12


Binghamton scored seven unanswered goals over a twelve minute period from late in the first quarter to mid-way through the second.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 3

Hartford 15


The Dolphins suffered another lopsided loss but it could have been worse as the Jacksonville goalie saved over 50% of Hartford’s shots on goal.  Andrew recorded one ground ball and one caused turnover for Jacksonville.

Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 13

Penn State 14


The Quakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Nittany Lions potent offense got them back in the game.  Penn put up two goals as time wound down to pull within one, but could not get the tying goal in the net before time expired.


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

High Point 12


Jason Murphy owned the faceoff X, winning 15 of 18 faceoffs for the Wahoos.  Virginia used a strong second quarter to build a solid lead, then withstood HPU’s improved offensive production in the second half.  Michael Rhoads continues to contribute to UVA’s defensive effort.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 13

Syracuse 14


UVA built a five goal advantage into the third quarter of this traditionally high-scoring rivalry game only to see the Orange storm back.  Early on, Virginia had a decisive lead in ground balls and Justin Murphy was effective facing off for the ‘Hoos.   But, with the fast-paced game that both teams relish, no lead is safe.  Syracuse’s first, and only, lead of the game came with just 18 seconds remaining.  Justin was 12 of 21 on faceoffs, recorded 2 ground balls and caused turnover and drew a pushing penalty against Syracuse.  Michael saw time on defense for UVA again this week.


D-I Polls


Princeton enters the rankings this week on the strength of their decisive win over Hopkins









This Coming Week, Bears vs. Bears

  • Hobart @ Colgate
  • Navy @ Penn
  • Virginia vs. Cornell in Costa Mesa, CA




Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 6

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 10


The only regular season Bear vs. Bear match up saw the Gulls take down the Battlin’ Bishops in Salisbury.  Salisbury’s 4-0 advantage in the third quarter was sufficient to ensure the win.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 6

Catholic 8


Catholic outshot Marymount by a wide margin (45-26), but good goal play by Marymount kept this one close.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 14

St. Vincent 7


The Saints got their first victory of 2017 with a decisive win over St. Vincent.  After a low-scoring first half, Marymount blew the game open by outscoring St. Vincent 11-3 in the second half.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 18

Illinois Wesleyan 19


The Battlin’ Bishops led throughout most of the game but never by more than four goals.  Illinois Wesleyan got things tied up early in the fourth quarter and the teams traded goals from there on out with IWU putting home the winner with just 17 seconds left in regulation.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Williams 15


The Bantams dropped their regular season and NESCAC season opener to Williams Ephmen.


D-III Poll


Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USILA D-III poll again this week, garnering 21 of the 23 first place votes (RIT received on first place vote).  Ohio Wesleyan dropped to #20.


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