BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols 5/1/2017

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Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 18

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 17

A game with 35 goals scored needs to end on a shot, and so it was with the final Ivy League regular season for these two teams.  That shot by Princeton that would have tied the game up was instead saved by Big Red’s goalie to seal the win.  Colton had one goal and one assist for Cornell and Marshall Peters, playing in his last game for Cornell, had five ground balls.

For the full season:

  • Marshall finished with 30 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, ranking third on the team for both stats.
  • Colton scored 16 goals and dished out 7 assists.
  • Jack scored twice.


Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 17

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 11

Penn and UVA faced off in the ACC “Showcase” game for the second time in the past three years.  This was also the second time these two teams have played this year, with Penn having taken the first meeting 11-10.  Jason was 7 for 16 on faceoffs with two ground balls and Michael Rhoads saw time on defense in his last game for UVA.

For the full season, Jason was 54.5% on faceoffs, scored three goals and one assist.  Michael played in 12 of UVA’s 15 games while Jack was limited by injury to two appearances.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 13

Detroit Mercy 6

Most teams finish the season with a loss, but for Cleveland State, its inaugural campaign ended with the team’s first D-I win.  The Vikings had three other wins under their belt, but all of those were against D-III and D-II competition.  Not only did they pick up the win, but it was against a team which qualified for its conference tournament.  I believe I have correctly identified Justin in the team’s post-game picture, below.  Justin appeared in 12 of the team’s 14 games this year.








Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 5

Brown 20

Landon got a start on defense for the first time this season.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 18

Robert Morris 17

Hobart captured the Northeast Conference title with this win over Robert Morris.  Hobart fell behind 7-2 after the first quarter, but they were able to flip that in the second quarter to square things at 9 at the half.  ‘Bart had a five goal run that spanned the third and fourth quarters, building up a four goal lead with just four minutes left.  Robert Morris would not surrender, scoring 4 of the next five (the last two coming in the last 30 seconds), but they could get no closer than one.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 17

Bellarmine 11

Well, it turns out that Jacksonville’s small window to the Southern Conference tournament did not close on them with last week’s loss!  After starting the season with 9 consecutive losses, Jacksonville has won three of its last four.  With this win, the Dolphins got the 4th seed in this week’s Southern Conference tournament.  Andrew picked up 2 ground balls for the winners.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 5

Maryland 12

Maryland earned the #1 seed with the win and the Blue Jays became the #3 seed based on the outcome.  Maryland built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and, although their scoring pace slowed, they maintained a comfortable lead ‘til the end.



  • Colgate plays Syracuse in its last regular season game
  • The only shot at a Bears vs. Bears game this week is if Princeton and Penn both get wins in the Ivy League tournament.



Two conference tournaments are in the book as Loyola wins the Patriot League tournament to get the first automatic qualifier (AQ) slot for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.  In the ACC, North Carolina won the ACC tournament to make it possible for them to qualify for the NCAAs.  The ‘Heels wins over Syracuse and Notre Dame put them in prime position for an at-large bid.  This only serves to raise the stakes in each of the other conference tournaments this week.


Navy (Tom Evans)

Navy sought get revenge for an earlier season loss to the Holy Cross Crusaders, but Holy Cross advanced and Navy’s 2017 came to an end.





























































Maryland’s win over Hopkins and Syracuse’s loss to UNC led to turnover at the top of the USILA D-I poll this week.














Tournament Predictions:


The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Committee did not release an update to their Top Ten list this week.  The field will be announced on May 7 on ESPNU at 9PM.

LaxPower’s model that estimates probabilities for both automatic qualifier bids and at-large bids has been updated through Sunday’s games.  Underlined teams are those teams that have secured their AQ slot.  Rutgers, with their upset win over Ohio State jumps into the at-large field making the 8 at-large slots all ACC or Big Ten teams.  All other conferences will likely be one-bid conferences.  Upsets in America East or the Big East would probably push out some of the weaker at-large teams.  Hobart and Bryant have approximately equal probabilities of getting the AQ slot for the Northeast.


Automatic Qualifiers                                                  At-Large

Albany-America East                                                   Duke-ACC

Maryland-Big Ten                                                       Hopkins-Big Ten

Towson-Colonial                                                         Notre Dame-ACC

Yale-Ivy                                                                       Ohio State-Big Ten

Monmouth-Metro Atlantic                                         Penn State-Big Ten

Hobart/Bryant-Northeast                                           Syracuse-ACC

Loyola-Patriot                                                             UNC-ACC

Richmond-SoCon                                                         Rutgers-Big Ten

Denver-Big East






Tufts (Spud Dun) 15

Bowdoin 19

Tufts started the season with 11 consecutive wins, but lost the final four games of the regular season.  The loss earned them a rematch with Bowdoin in the NESCAC tournament.  Luke took one shot for Tufts.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 10

Amherst 13

Trinity wrapped up their regular season, compiling a 5-10 record overall, 1-9 in the NESCAC.



Salisbury (Brian Menendez)—Capital Athletic Conference Champions

Salisbury coasted their way through the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, outscoring their opponents 37-14.  By winning the championship, the Seagulls earned a Pool A (automatic qualifiers) bid for the D-III NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.






Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague)

Earlier in the season, Ohio Wesleyan defeated Wittenberg in a high scoring but close game, 17-14.  This North Coast semi-final was a low scoring and close game.  Wittenberg made it a one goal game at 7-6 with almost the entire fourth quarter remaining.  The Battlin’ Bishops held on despite suffering on technical foul and Wittenberg being able to get off ten shots, three on goal, over the balance of the final period.

The win earned them a rematch the other perennial power in the North Coast Conference, Denison.  Powered by a seven goal run that started at the end of the first half and consumed the entirety of the third quarter, Denison earned a trip to the NCAA D-III tournament.







Tufts (Luke Kurtz)


Tufts fell to the #5 seed after their final regular season game loss to Bowdoin.  Back at Bowdoin for a rematch, the Jumbos got the win when it mattered the most.  Tufts 5-0 third quarter gave them enough of a cushion to hold off Bowdoin.  Luke had 2 ground balls and a caused turnover to help Tufts advance.







NCAA Tournament

  • Salisbury is in with their victory in the CAC tournament
  • Tufts looks like a high probability at-large (pool C) bid



Salisbury is ranked #2 in the USLIA D-III poll this week behind Bates and received 6 of the 16 first place votes.  Tufts is # 10 this week.  Five teams from the NESCAC are in the Top 20.  Ohio Wesleyan also got votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.

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  1. FYI Landon Mckenzie actually started the last 4 games of the season…Yale, Princeton, Penn and Brown

    Thank you

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