BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 14

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 5

Colton was back in the starting lineup for Cornell this week and did not waste the opportunity with a six point game—5 goals and one assist—plus four ground balls.  Cornell opened the game with a 7-0 run which included goals by Colton and Jack and assists to all three Bears.  Marshall also had 4 ground balls and a caused turnover.  Landon McKenzie also played in the game for Dartmouth.  Cornell’s win was their second of the season and first in Ivy League play.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 10

Army 11 

The Bison have faced a tough run the last few games, with games against up and coming Boston U., perennial Patriot League power Loyola and top 10 Army.  Bucknell won the first two of these contest, but came up a bit short against the Black Knights.  Sean scored twice on four shots and Jarret was 6 for 15 on faceoffs.






Sean (#6) and Will Sands (#22) celebrate after another Sands-to-O’Brien goal.  15 of Sean’s 26 goals have come off of assists from teammate Sands.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 5

Loyola 12

Griffin scored 3 goals on 9 shots and Robby took 3 shots for the Raiders in this Patriot League loss.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 6

Furman 15


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 12

Rutgers 6

The Blue Jays started off their 2017 Big Ten campaign with a big win.  Rutgers had looked like an emerging power early in the season, but last week’s loss to Delaware raised questions.  Conversely, the Blue Jays had lost three straight before getting an overtime win over UVA last week.


Navy (Tom Evans) 11

Holy Cross 4

The win keeps Navy in the top six of the Patriot League, plus they have some tie breaking advantages over the teams that are close to them.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 12

Yale 14

Penn put together a furious rally late in the game, scoring three times in 38 seconds, but Yale held on for the last minute of regulation to improve to 3-0 in Ivy League play.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 21

Brown 11

Last year, the Tigers suffered 12 goal loss to Brown, but this year these programs have reversed direction.  Now Princeton is the home of prolific offense and Brown is trying to get their footing after the complete turnover of their coaching staff.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 8

Richmond 7

Richmond’s strong goal tending and stingy defense held UVA to its lowest goal total for the year, but the Cav’s late rally proved to be enough to get the win.  The Spiders had a distinct advantage on face-offs as Jason won just 4 of 12 faceoffs on the day.  Virginia’s aggressive defense and ride had some costs, creating 6 extra man opportunities for Richmond, but the ‘Hoos blanked them on the EMO and forced 8 of Richmond’s 16 turnovers for the game.



Teams continue to move around, but there is greater consistency across the polls this week.







  • Cleveland State @ Virginia
  • Navy @ Colgate





Luke Kurtz is in his sophomore season at Tufts and, despite having not seen the field last year, is a starting middie for the Jumbos this season.  The Jumbos have emerged as a national power in D-III and over the last seven years have won 3 NCAA Championships and finished as the runner-up twice.  So far this year, Tufts is 9-0 and has been ranked either #2 or #3 in the USILA D-III poll each week.

Luke’s stats through the first nine games of the season show him scoring a goal, making 2 assists, and scooping up 8 ground balls.  Luke scored his goal against Endicott and his assists came in the Middlebury and Colby games.


Tuft’s Results

Tufts                                                19            Stevens                               6

Tufts                                                24            Keene State                      16

Tufts                                                16            Middlebury                      13

Tufts                                                18            Endicott                            10

Tufts                                                10            Colby                                  7

Tufts                                                16            Stevenson                        13

Tufts                                                22            Trinity                                9

Tufts                                                22            Western New England       8

Tufts                                                12            Connecticut College           6




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 8

Arcadia 6


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 6

York 17


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 12

Frostburg State 10


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 31

Hiram 5


Tyler scored once and took three shots as the Battlin’ Bishops improved to 3-0 in North Coast play.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 26

Wesley 4


Brian took advantage of his time on the field late in the game, forcing a turnover while breaking up a clear, getting the ground ball and turning defense into offense by putting a shot on the cage.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 25

Saint Mary’s 5


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 6

Babson 17


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 6

Bowdoin 12




Salisbury is again #1 (unanimous) and Tufts is #2 (unanimous) while Ohio Wesleyan got votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.

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