Yale On Top of NEILA For Third Straight Week
Fairfield, CT – Despite losing their second straight Ivy League game to Princeton by a score of 10-9, the Yale Bulldogs stay atop the NEILA poll for the third straight week. The Bulldogs have dropped out of the USILA Rankings after starting the Ivy League season 0-2.
The Brown Bears come back in the two spot after winning their fifth straight game, an extremely convincing 21-8 victory over High Point. Brown was led by freshman Henry Blynn who scored a career high five goals in the win. The 21 goals scored were the most a Brown team has scored since 1999.
UMass climbs back up a couple spots to number three after going 2-0 this week, including a much needed 6-4 win over 16th ranked Lehigh to snap a four game losing streak. The Minutemen also defeated NEILA rival Hartford on Saturday. Senior attack Kyle Smith shined in the win over Hartford, scoring a career best six goals, including the final two to clinch the victory.
Harvard also climbs up a couple spots to number four after a 2-0 week in which they defeated two NEILA members this past week The Crimsons were led by Ivy League Player of the Week goalie Harry Krieger who notched 28 saves and only gave up 11 goals in their wins over Dartmouth and Bryant.
Despite wins over Quinnipiac and Hobart this past week, the Fairfield Stags dropped two spots to the fifth line. Freshman TJ Neubauer led the way for the Stags, notching four goals in their 13-10 win over Hobart on his way to ECAC Rookie of the Week honors.
Providence drops a couple spots to the sixth spot this week after dropping their second straight Big East game to the fourth ranked Syracuse Orangemen, 18-9 and also being dropped by Siena 13-11 on Saturday.
Holy Cross and Quinnipiac round out the poll this week at 7th and 8th respectively, switching spots from last week after both going winless. Holy Cross was dropped by 16th ranked Lehigh, 8-5 on Saturday.
Quinnipiac lost a couple close battles this week, first to Fairfield, 11-10 on March 19th, and then to Binghamton by a score of 11-9 on Saturday.
7. Holy Cross
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Shane Morrell, Bryant Sophomore, A, Glen Mills, PA/Episcopal Academy
Morrell led the Bulldogs to their first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, scoring three goals and dishing out three assists in their 10-9 decision at Stony Brook. The sophomore attacker scored once in the second quarter and then proved clutch in the fourth, netting a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 3:19 to play. Morrell also tallied three groundballs and caused two turnovers in a game against Harvard on Wednesday.