BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

BLTF 032017


This weekend marked the mid-point in the 2017 season and half a year’s play has only served to raise more questions that it has answered.  Mr. Sorkin would gladly tell you that if A>B and B>C, then A>C.  Results year-to-date are not subject to the transitive rule.

The second half of the season will feature more conference play with teams aiming to get favorable seeding in their conference’s tournament.  With only 5 teams, the ACC doesn’t have an automatic qualifying slot for the NCAA tournament.  In past years that has not been a problem, with all members frequently making the field.  A surging Big 10, in which perennial powers Maryland and Johns Hopkins have the worst records heading into conference play, is making a strong case to claim a good number of those at-large spots.  In the Ivy League, a resurgent Princeton team looks to shake things up and, after multiple losses to graduation, the loss of all the coaching staff, and early season losses, Brown looks to have come around to being as potent as ever.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 17

Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 8


Princeton’s attack unit stepped on the gas early and the Tigers led 8-1 midway through the second period.  The teams were even in most statistical categories, with the Tigers’ advantage in shooting accuracy and goalie play compounding to produce the large margin of victory.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 12

Boston U. 6


Bucknell has suffered some early season losses and Boston U has posted some impressive wins. Patriot League play has been underway for some time now, given the large number of teams in the conference.  Coming into this game, the Bison were winless 0-3 in conference play, while BU was 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play.

Bucknell scored 8 unanswered goals and held BU scoreless for 34 minutes to turn a close game into a blowout.  Sean scored twice for Bucknell and Jarett was 10 for 19 on faceoffs with 4 ground balls.











Jarett,  Campbell Blue, Kyle Hartman and Sean

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 7

Boston U. 18


Colgate scored first then Boston U scored 14 straight.  Griffin scored twice for the Raiders and Robby took 3 shots in the game.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 16

Siena 11


A 7-0 first quarter was all the cushion the Raiders needed.  Griffin scored twice for Colgate and is the team’s leading goal scorer this season.


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

Yale 17


The 2017 season continues to be a struggle for the Big Red. Yale’s efficient offense tested the Cornell defense and goalie, putting 30 of 38 shots on goal.  Both Colton and Jack scored for Cornell, their goals coming just 20 seconds apart, late in the third quarter.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 6

North Carolina 17


Dartmouth matched the Tar Heels in the first quarter, but it was all Carolina after that.  Landon got a caused turnover for Big Green.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 18

Canisius 11


After a brief offensive slump, which saw the high-scoring Statesmen scored just 6 goals in each of three consecutive losses, Hobart’s scoring machine got back in gear.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 17

Wagner 5


Hobart wins its Northeast Conference opener.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 6

Duke 13


Jacksonville had great performances at the bookends—face-offs and goalie play—but lost out on every other statistical category in another one-sided loss.  Andrew had on ground ball in the game.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 6

Richmond 13


Richmond threw a 7-0 shutout in the first half and the team’s matched scored in the second half.  Andrew had two ground balls for the Dolphins.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 7 OT

Syracuse 8


This game started off on an odd footing.  Pre-game chippiness between the teams led to 5 on 5 play for the first minute of the game as the refs assessed one minute unsportsmanlike penalties for both teams.  Hopkins scored three straight goals in fourth period to flip a two goal disadvantage into a one goal lead.  An apparent fourth straight goal for the Blue Jays was wiped out by a crease violation call, turning the ball over to the Orange.   Syracuse scored with 34 seconds left, then won the overtime faceoff and got the win on their second shot of OT.


Navy (Tom Evans) 7

Loyola 18


Navy dropped to 1-3 in Patriot League play while Loyola improved their conference record to 3-0, tying them with Army.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 11

Rutgers 16


Rutgers took back the Tots Meistrell Cup for the first time since 2005.  The game story on the Tiger’s website described game conditions best:


“It’s not often that you see a college lacrosse game where the combined goal total is higher than the temperature.


For that matter, it’s also a rarity when the combined first quarter goals is higher than the wind chill.


On a frozen night in Piscataway, here were the numbers:

  • Combined goals – 27
  • Temperature at game time – 24
  • Goals in the first quarter – seven
  • Wind chill at game time – four”


Princeton trailed throughout much of the contest, but pulled within in 1 early in the fourth quarter.  Rutgers dominated from there on out, scoring 5 of the game’s final 6 goals.


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

Notre Dame 11


The one thing the weatherman got right this week was the rain forecast for Charlottesville.  A severe weather delay halted the game late in the first quarter.  Notre Dame came out of the delay and built a 7-4 lead at the half.  Equally strong play by UVA in the third quarter gave UVA a 9-8 advantage heading into the fourth.  The Irish won the fourth 2-1 to force overtime.  UVA had chances, but suffered 2 turnovers in OT, the second one leading to a transition goal that gave Notre Dame the win.  The combination of rain and aggressive defensive play led to a sloppy game with each team committing 18 turnovers and a total of 84 ground balls.


Jason was 12 for 19 at the faceoff X and registered 2 ground balls.  Michael Rhoads saw time on defense.












  • Colgate @ Cornell
  • Dartmouth @ Navy
  • Penn @ Cornell
  • Virginia @ Johns Hopkins




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 7

Shenandoah 10


Down 6-3 at the half, the Saints staged a comeback in the third quarter to tie the game up at 6.  Unfortunately, Shenandoah enjoyed a 4-1 scoring advantage thereafter.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 3

Christopher Newport 17


Christopher Newport threw a 9-0 shutout in the second half of the game.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 21

Oberlin 6


Ohio Wesleyan opened their 2017 North Coast Conference campaign with a win.  Tyler scooped up on ground ball for the Battlin’ Bishops.  OWU’s nine goal run that started in the second quarter and lasted well into the third determined the outcome.


OWU had been scheduled to play Catholic U. in Washington, DC this past week, but the game was postponed due to our winter storm.  The game has not yet been rescheduled by the schools.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 17

Mary Washington 5


With 10 minutes left in the second period, Mary Washington was up 3-1, then Salisbury unloaded the offense, scoring 10 consecutive goals in 17 minutes of game time across the second and third quarters.  Salisbury played 49 players in the game, including Brian.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 7

Bates 14


Bates’ 5 goal first and third quarters proved to be too much for the Bantams to overcome.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Emmanuel 6


Trinity scored 5 straight in the last 8 minutes of the third quarter to blow open at game that had been tied at 6 all prior to the run.




Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USILA D-III poll again this week, with Ohio Wesleyan getting some votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.




Our second D-III Bears vs. Bears contest this year takes place on Wednesday as Marymount travels to Salisbury.



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