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Post Seasons Awards

2017 Men’s Lacrosse All-Patriot League 1ST TEAM Sean O’Brien, Bucknell, Jr., M










Colgate’s Griffin Brown was named this year’s Rookie of the Year
Since the award started in 1991, Brown is the seventh freshman from Colgate to earn Rookie of the Year from the League and fourth in the last six years. As a midfielder, the freshman leads the team with 23 goals and stands third with 29 points. After not scoring a goal in the season opener against Marist, he tallied at least one goal in the remaining 12 games and recorded multiple goals in nine of the contests, including six straight games. Named the League’s Rookie of the Week on three different occasions, Brown tallied two hat tricks this season with the first of his career coming in the team’s 13-6 win over Hobart, where he tallied three goals and two assists.











Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 9

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 4

Penn’s win over the Big Green and Cornell’s loss to Brown locked the Quakers in as the #4 seed in the upcoming Ivy League tournament, setting them up to face top seed Yale in the semi-finals on May 5 in New Haven.








Senior Day in Philadelphia for #33 Garrett Fellows and #49 Peter Laco



Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 6

Lehigh 9

Sean had a pair of goals and an assist for the Bison and Jarrett was four for nine on faceoffs with two ground balls and a caused turnover.  Bucknell’s quest for a slot in the Patriot League tournament ended with this loss so this game stands as their last contest for 2017.  Sean finished the year with 28 goals and 5 assists, ranking #2 on the team for goals and #3 for points.  Jarrett won 55% of his faceoffs this year and his 69 ground balls led the team and accounted for 19% of the Bison’s ground ball production for the year.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 9

Sacred Heart 18


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 11

Lafayette 6


Griffin scored once for the Raiders, extending his scoring streak to 12 games.  Robby, #24 in the picture below, had an assist and a ground ball in his last home game.  Colgate honored their seniors in their last home game.  Both Colgate and Lafayette finished out of the running for the Patriot League tournament.






Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 10

Brown 13


Colton scored one goal on six shots and led the Big Red in ground balls with 7 and a caused turnover.  Marshall had two ground balls and two caused turnovers while Jack took one shot on the day.  Colton’s goal gave Cornell their only two goal lead of the day m the midway through the first quarter and his caused turnover (a take away from Brown’s All-American LSM Larken Kemp) led to a Cornell goal that pulled them within two of the Bears in the middle of the fourth period.


This loss leaves Cornell out of the running for a slot in the Ivy League tournament.  The Big Red could conceivably end up in a three-way tie for third with Penn and Brown or tied for fourth with Penn, but in neither case do they have an advantage in the tie breakers.  Their season wraps up this weekend in a Bears vs. Bears match when they host Princeton.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 15

Mount St. Mary’s 8


Down 6-3 at the half, the Statesmen exploded for twelve goals in the second half while holding the Mount to two.  The win ties Hobart with Robert Morris at the top of the Northeast Conference.  Those two teams will face each other Saturday with the regular season title and #1 tournament seeding on the line.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 9

High Point 13


Jacksonville’s small window to the Southern Conference tournament closed on them with this loss.  Andrew had one ground ball and a caused turnover for the Dolphins.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 19

Michigan 9


Hopkins rolled over the Wolverines on the Blue Jays’ senior day.  Sam took one shot in the game


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 12

Harvard 9


Harvard’s shooting was precise in getting the ball on goal, but two thirds of those shots ended up being saved and, while the Tigers did not have nearly the accuracy of the Crimson, they managed to get more of their shots into the net.  With the win, Princeton secured the #2 seed for the Ivy League tournament and will face Brown in the semifinals.

The game was the Tigers’ last home game of the season and the team celebrated their seniors, including #3 Mark Strabo.











Brothers Strabo around 1967 (50th anniversary Ivy Champs) manager




This week marks the start of conference tournaments and the struggle to get into the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  As noted below, a large portion of the nine at-large slots are (presumptively) going to teams from the ACC and Big Ten, leaving most of the league tournament championships as the sole path to the NCAAs.  Seeding for many of these tournaments will be worked out through games this coming week and tie breaking rules.  However, some are set now and those brackets are included here.  Note that the ACC has a tournament but does not have an automatic qualifier slot for the NCAA tournament because the league is one team short of the mandated minimum of six teams.
















Note: #2/#3 seeding in the Big East will be decided by the regular season match up of Providence and Villanova on 4/29.







Note: Virginia, which finished fifth in the conference, will have a rematch with Penn on Saturday the 29th in Durham.



Ohio State and Maryland go in opposite directions after OSU wins in overtime over the Terrapins and Loyola makes it back in the USILA pool this week.













Tournament Predictions:


Saturday, The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Committee released the second list of the top ten teams most likely to be in the NCAA tournament this year, based on games played through April 16.  Towson replaces Hofstra from the prior week’s list.


  1. Syracuse-ACC
  2. Maryland-Big Ten
  3. Denver-Big East
  4. Notre Dame-ACC
  5. Ohio State-Big Ten
  6. Johns Hopkins-Big Ten
  7. Penn State-Big Ten
  8. Duke-ACC
  9. Towson-Colonial
  10. Albany-America East


LaxPower’s more up-to-date prediction model estimates probabilities for both automatic qualifier bids and at-large bids.  Underlined teams are changes from last week’s model run.  Based on those probabilities, here is what the NCAA tournament field looks like:


Automatic Qualifiers                                                  At-Large

Albany-America East                                                   Duke-ACC

Maryland-Big Ten                                                       Hopkins-Big Ten

Hofstra-Colonial                                                          Notre Dame-ACC

Yale-Ivy                                                                       Ohio State-Big Ten

Monmouth-Metro Atlantic                                         Penn State-Big Ten

Bryant-Northeast*                                                      Syracuse-ACC

Loyola-Patriot                                                             UNC-ACC**

Richmond-SoCon                                                         Towson-Colonial

Denver-Big East                                                          Rutgers-Big Ten


*Four team have approximately equal chances of winning the Northeast conference tournament.

**UNC’s probability of making the tournament is overstated in the LaxPower rankings because it does not factor in that UNC must beat Syracuse and the winner of the Duke/Notre Dame game in order to be eligible for the tournament.




  • Princeton @ Cornell
  • Virginia vs. Penn in Durham, NC




Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 21

DePauw 5


Tyler had a very productive outing for the Battlin’ Bishops, with a goal and an assist in addition to a ground ball and two caused turnovers.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 18

Wooster 8


In a preview of the North Coast tournament semifinals, OWU easily beat Wooster.  The Battlin’ Bishops started hot and finished hot, scoring 13 of their 18 goals in the first and fourth quarters.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 22

Mary Washington 9


Salisbury bounced back from their first loss of the season in the last regular season game to easily take this CAC semi-final match.  The Gulls allowed Mary Washington just one goal per period over the first three periods to build a 19-3 lead going into the final quarter.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 13

LaSelle 7


The Bantams picked up an out of conference win against the #1 team in the Great Northeast conference.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 14

Hamilton 6


Trinity got in the win column in NESCAC play on the strength of an 8-2 first half.  The Bantams had decided advantages in both faceoffs and ground balls.


Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 18

Bates 19


The Jumbos started their season with 11 straight wins and were the #2 team in the nation behind Salisbury.  But, the NESCAC is a very tough conference and three straight losses have put Tufts’ post-season hopes in jeopardy.  Tufts was down 6 goals midway through the third period then found another gear and outscored Bates 9-3 over the balance of regulation.  Tuft’s recorded the last goal of the game with just under three minutes left and had two possessions in the closing minutes, but could not find a way to get past the Bates’ goalie.   Luke had an assist and a caused turnover in this game.


Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 16

Wesleyan 17


In this third of three straight losses, Tufts led for most of the game.  Wesleyan tied things up late in the fourth quarter and got the game winner home with just 19 seconds left in regulation.  Tufts was called for a faceoff violation on the last faceoff and Wesleyan was able to run out the clock.  Luke had one ground ball in the loss.





As with D-I, conference tournaments start now.  Winners of these tournaments will get automatic bids to the D-III tournament (Pool A in D-III lingo) while those that don’t will have to vie for the few at-large slots (Pool C).  The Committee will also pick several teams from those conferences which do not meet standards for having an automatic qualifier slot (Pool B).   The NESCAC (Tufts and Trinity) will be seeding its tournament based on the outcome of the last regular season games which will be played mid-week.  That conference tournament will start with quarter-finals games on Saturday, 4/29.  Tufts and Bowdoin face each other this week in a regular season game with the winner getting the #4 seed in the NESCAC tournament and the loser the #5 seed.  The two team will meet again in the quarterfinals.













Bates supplants Salisbury and the #1 team in the USILA D-III poll and Tufts, after losing two more this week falls to #9.  There are five NESCAC teams in the top 20 this week and the #2 and #4 ranked teams will play for the Capital Athletic Conference title this week.  Ohio Wesleyan contin ues to receive votes, but has not worked their way back into the top 20.











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