Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

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

Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 7


Virginia jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first half and the teams traded goals in the second.  Things could have been worse as the Vikings’ goalie recorded 16 saves for the game. Jason was 7 of 10 on faceoffs with 4 ground balls and one shot.  Michael Rhoads also took one shot and Jack Falk saw his first action of the year after being sidelined with an injury for most of the season.  Justin Conner saw playing time for Cleveland State.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 10

Navy (Tom Evans) 4


Colgate picked up an important Patriot League win that gives them a tie breaker advantage in the race for the lower seedings in the conference tournament later this month.  The Raiders jumped out to a 5-0 start in the first quarter which was sufficient to ensure the win.  Griffin scored twice on five shots.  Griffin is Colgate’s leading goal scorer this year, average just under 2.5 goals per game.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 10

Mount St. Mary’s 12


The Bison built an 8-4 lead in the first half off a four-goal run to close out the second quarter.  The Mount struck back in the second half, outscoring Bucknell 8-2 to walk away with the win in this non-conference game.


Jarrett had a strong performance at the X, winning 12 of 18 faceoffs while scooping up 9 ground balls.  Sean had one assist on the day and took 8 shots, two of which were on goal.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 12

Harvard 9


Cornell’s win over Harvard is a bright spot in a heretofore dismal season.  The win puts the Big Red back in the hunt for a slot in the Ivy League tournament, but tough contests against Brown and Princeton remain.  Cornell’s four goal run to start the fourth quarter proved decisive in what had been a close game over the first three quarters.  Harvard tightened things up with 2 goals in the last minute and a half, but could get no closer.


Colton had a goal and an assist while Marshall covered 5 ground balls and forced 4 turnovers—both of which were team highs for the game.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 6

Yale 13


Landon had one ground ball in Big Green’s loss to the current #1 team in the Ivy League.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 11

Syracuse 17

These teams met for the 103rd time, the third longest running rivalry in college lacrosse.  The game is now played for the Kraus-Simmons trophy which is named after two Hall of Fame coaches from the two schools—Babe Krause of Hobart and Roy Simmons Sr. of Syracuse.  Hobart won the first meeting, but Syracuse has dominated the series, winning nearly 75% of the contests to date.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 8 OT

St. Joseph’s 7


Hobart won the overtime face off and got the win on their first shot of the overtime period.  The Statesmen were down 5-1 early in the second period, but were able to shut down St Joe’s for over 32 minutes while scoring 5 during that time to take the lead back.    St Joe’s managed to tie things up with a man-up goal with over 4 minutes left in the game, but they couldn’t convert on two more EMO opportunities in the closing minutes.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 16

VMI 10


The Dolphins picked up their first win of the season.  Zac scored twice on perfect shooting for the day and Andrew had two ground balls.  Zac’s two goals came in the midst of a rush of goals that was the two teams score 18 seconds of game time (at least that’s what the box score says).


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 9

Ohio State 13


Down one at the half, the Buckeyes dominated second half scoring 7-2 to pick up a critical Big Ten win.  Both teams are now 1-1 in Big Ten play.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 8

Brown 11


Brown’s win give them an advantage in the hunt for a seeding in the Ivy League’s annual tournament.


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 13

Stony Brook 11


In a closely contested game which was tied 8 times with neither team able to build a lead greater than two goals, the Tigers won by scoring twice late in the fourth, then holding off the Seawolves over the last 4 minutes plus, including an EMO opportunity with lasted the final 26 seconds of the game.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 12

North Carolina 15


The Tarheels combined strong goal play with a dominating faceoff performance to hand the Cavs their fifth loss of the season.  North Carolina rode a strong first half performance to a 9-2 lead at intermission.  Virginia came out with renewed intensity for the third quarter and outgunned UNC 6-2.  Virginia twice pulled within three, but Carolina stretched their lead back out to 5 in first instance and then the final horn sounded soon after the last.


Jason was 6 for 21 at the faceoff X, which was the best performance of UVA’s three FOGOs who were up against Carolina’s specialist who 77% of the faceoffs for the game.  Jason was able to convert two of those wins into points, once on a goal and once on an assist that proved to be the last scoring play of the game.  Michael Rhoads also saw action in the game.












Losses by Penn State, Notre Dame and Virginia led to the biggest week-over-week changes in the polls and Syracuse is the consensus new #1 team.
















LaxPower published an updated NCAA tournament prediction/probabilities analysis and only two teams with Landon Alums are in the tournament based on this analysis—Princeton and Johns Hopkins.  The Big Ten is the most represented conference with 5 teams predicted to get bids while the ACC looks to have a down year with only three at-large bids (and no automatic qualifier) coming their way.



  • Princeton @ Dartmouth




Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 13

St. Mary’s 8


Marymount picked up their first Capital Athletic Conference win this year.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 17

Wittenberg 14


The Battlin’ Bishops continue to cruise through North Coast opponents with their critical Easter Sunday match up with rival Denison on the horizon.  Tyler saw action in this high scoring contest.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 17

Christopher Newport 5


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 16

Frostburg State 9


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 7

Connecticut College 10


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 14

Roger Williams 7


The Bantams picked up their first NESCAC conference win this season.


Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 22

Williams 13


Luke had one ground ball as the Jumbos continue to roll.


Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 18

Hamilton 6


The win raises the Jumbo’s 2017 record to 11-0, the best start in the team’s history.




No meaningful changes this week as Salisbury is #1 (unanimous) and Tufts is #2 (unanimous) again, while Ohio Wesleyan got votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.

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