Division 1 Roundup: March 3rd

UVM Men’s Lacrosse Wins Second Straight Behind MacKay’s Seven Points

BOSTON – Freshman Ian MacKay registered a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists as Vermont earned a 13-9 victory for its second straight win. Vermont moves to 2-2 overall, while Boston University falls to 0-5 in its inaugural season.

MacKay in action.
MacKay in action.

Eight different Catamounts tallied goals in the game, led by MacKay’s four. Graham Horvath and Nick Bartlett each added two goals, and Patrick Clark picked up a goal and two assists.

The Catamounts opened the game with the first four goals in just over five minutes. Andrew Buckanavage tallied the first score for UVM off a feed from MacKay. Vermont then netted two goals in a span of 38 seconds, with freshman Alex Stanko picking up the first of the two scores for his first career goal. James Barlow was credited with the assist on the play.

Horvath notched Vermont’s fourth goal of the contest off a pass from Clark, before Ryan Johnston picked up Boston University’s first goal to cut its deficit to 4-1.

Following Boston University’s second goal, MacKay tallied two straight scores to push the Vermont lead to 6-2 with 3:13 to play in the first quarter.

The second period began with a Michael Clarke goal at the 11:05 mark. MacKay picked up his second assist of the contest on the play. Johnston followed with his second goal for BU, before John Everett and Clark notched a goal apiece to extend Vermont’s lead to 9-4 to close out the half.

The Catamounts outscored the Terriers 3-2 in the third period behind two goals from Bartlett and one from MacKay. Vermont took a 12-6 advantage into the final quarter of play.

Horvath tallied UVM’s first goal of the final stanza at the 10:44 mark to push the Catamount lead to seven. The Terriers responded with three straight goals, including two from Sammy Davis, and cut Vermont’s lead to 13-9 with 4:02 remaining.

UVM held off the Terriers in the final four minutes of play to earn the 13-9 victory and collect its second win of the season.

Justin Rosenberg played all 60 minutes in net for UVM, making 14 saves to pick up his second consecutive victory. Christian Carson took the loss for Boston University following a 13-save effort. Vermont held advantages over the Terriers in both faceoffs (15-11) and ground balls (37-23).

UVM stays on the road for a contest against Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday (March 5) at 7 p.m. Follow live stats of the game by clicking here.

NOTES: Six Catamounts registered multi-point games … MacKay, Horvath and Bartlett each had multi-goal efforts … MacKay has 9 goals and 12 points in his last two games … Vermont has tallied 13 goals in both of its wins this season

UMass Defense Suppresses Brown To Record 15-2 Victory
Minutemen allow fewest goals in one game since 2001; 11 record at least one point in win

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 13/13 UMass men’s lacrosse team held Brown to just a pair of goals while 11 Minutemen notched at least one point to secure a 15-2 victory over the Bears at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon.


Nick Mariano led all scorers with six points on five goals and an assist. Through four games played as a freshman he leads the team with 15 points on 14 goals and one assist.

The game marks the first since the 2001 season that the Minutemen limited an opponent to just two goals. UMass last accomplished the feat against Boston College on March 21, 2001 in a 23-2 win.

The Minutemen improved to 4-0 with the win, the 12th time UMass has started a season with four consecutive victories and third instance in the previous four seasons. Brown dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

Jeff George followed four points, including three earned on assists, while Sean Cleary and Grant Whiteway added two goals and one helper apiece.

Connor Mooney, Andrew Sokol and Matt Whippen also recorded multi-point performances for the Minutemen. Mooney finished with a pair of assists while Sokol scored twice. Whippen earned one goal to go with facilitating another.

Joe Calvello led UMass with six groundballs while he won 8-of-18 faceoffs. Kyle Karaska followed with four groundballs to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Zach Oliveri started in goal and made 10 saves against only one goal allowed in 51 minutes, 34 seconds in the cage. Reed Goodhue replaced Oliveri with 8:26 left and stopped one shot while allowing the second Brown tally.

Four additional Minutemen notched one point each. Chas Robino and Brendan Schroeder notched one goal apiece while Grant Consoletti and Karaska each had one assist. The goal by Robino was the first of his collegiate career.

Massachusetts recorded four consecutive goals to open the game and took a 4-0 lead into the final minute of the first quarter.

Cleary tallied back-to-back goals in the span of 98 seconds to put the Minutemen up by two. He scored unassisted at the 12-minute, 33-second mark for his first goal of the season and followed with another with 10:55 left on a feed from George.

Karaska earned his first point facilitating Schroeder’s goal with 8:42 remaining in the frame before George helped out Whippen at the 4:30 mark to make it 4-0 UMass.

The Bears registered their first tally with 47 seconds left in the first on a Bellistri extra-man chance, but the Minutemen scored the next 11 goals to turn a 4-1 lead at the end of the first into a 15-1 advantage in the fourth.

Whippen dished it to Whiteway and the Billerica, Mass., native found the back of the net with 10:32 to play in the second to start the streak while Mariano earned his 10th tally of the year on a shot at the 3:05 mark to push the lead to five goals.

Following halftime, Sokol restarted the attack with a pass from Consoletti 2:42 into the third quarter. Mariano added three of the following four UMass tallies – broken up only by Whiteway’s second of the day – to extend the advantage to 11-1 entering the final stanza.

Only 56 seconds into the fourth Sokol sent a shot in before George added his only goal of the game to make it 13-1 Minutemen with 12:56 to play. Mariano netted his fifth tally exactly one minute later while Robino rounded out scoring for UMass with 7:07 remaining.

The final score was reached when Lucchese scored on a Molloy assist with 6:17 left in the game.

The Minutemen led in shots, 39-28, on-target attempts, 25-13 and groundballs, 26-22. UMass finished 1-of-4 on extra-man opportunities while holding Brown to just one goal in eight EMO chances.

The Minutemen return to Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., for their next contest, a Saturday, March 8 meeting with No. 18/17 Albany at 1 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse Downs Providence College for First Win, 16-9

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team was clicking on all cylinders Saturday afternoon, and dominated the turf to pick up its first win of the 2014 campaign. Behind a career-high eight-point outburst from Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and 19 saves in goal by Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the Bobcats overpowered Providence, 16-9, at the Bryant University Turf Complex in Smithfield, R.I.

Quinnipiac, now 1-1 on the season, combined extreme efficiency on offense with tough, hard-nose defense to earn the seven-goal triumph. The 16 goals were the most in a game since scoring 16 against Wagner back on April 30, 2011.

Webster was the offensive catalyst for Quinnipiac, netting career high six goals while assisting on two others for his eight points. The most impressive stat about the performance was scoring six goals on just seven shots in the game. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) totaled four points at the strength of two goals and two assists, which extended his point streak to 20 straight games. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) also scored twice and assisted on another for a three-point afternoon.

On the other side of the ball, the region’s best goalie was in top form, and stifled the PC attack. Conners made 19 saves in the game – four in the first quarter, four in the second, eight in the third and three in the fourth. He allowed seven goals on 26 shots for a 73.1 save percentage. Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.) finished the game in net by making four saves on the six shots he faced.

Providence scored the game’s first goal, but Quinnipiac was quick to answer. QU rattled off five straight goals before the Friars would strike again. After that, the Bobcats scored nine straight before the end of the third quarter for a commanding 14-2 lead. Providence managed to capitalize on a couple QU penalties, but the game was never in jeopardy.

Time of possession was key to the Quinnipiac victory. The Bobcats controlled an 18-11 advantage on the faceoff – with Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio) winning 16 of his 26 attempts. Vehar also scored his first career point with a goal in the second stanza.

Henry Graves (Stamford, Conn.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario), Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Evan Weldon (Westchester, Pa.) also scored for the Bobcats. Diehl and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) added a pair of assists.

Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 54-42, but had 23 of its 32 shots on goal turned aside. Two Friar goalies only combined to save six shots in the game. Quinnipiac was 2-for-4 on the man-up. PC was 4-for-8.

Providence, now 2-1 on the season, was led by two goals and two assists from Sean Wright. Quinnipiac improved to 8-5 all-time against the Friars.

Quinnipiac is back in action at Harvard University on Tuesday, March 4. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Navy 21 – Holy Cross 12

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche scored six goals as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Navy, 21-12, on Saturday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-4 overall (0-2 PL), while the Midshipmen advance to 2-2 overall (1-1 PL).

Junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) posted his second consecutive hat trick for his third this season and the sixth of his career. McKenna also had an assist during the game to tie for the team-high in the game for points with sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) who had three assists and a goal for four points. Navy’s Sam Jones scored five goals and tallied an assist to tie for the team-high for points in the game for the Mids. Navy had three players post hat tricks during the game.

Navy started the game off strong scoring the first three goals of the game before the Crusaders could get on the board. With 9:38 remaining in the first quarter, senior captain Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) scored his first goal on the season from freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.). Navy’s Hanzsche responded with a goal to make the score 4-1. Lux came back fighting with a goal of his own with 8:55 remaining in the first on a pass from junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ). With a man advantage with 7:58 remaining in the first, Lux came out again with his second of the day from freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.). Navy scored seven more goals in the second quarter including a goal two seconds before the end of the half by Jones to go into the locker room ahead 11-3.

Right away in the third quarter the Mids tacked on two more goals to their lead before the Crusaders could end the nine-goal run. With 12:26 remaining in the third quarter, Wilkinson made the score 13-4 from Haarmann. Navy’s Patrick Keena scored before Holy Cross came back with three goals in a row. First, senior John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) scored on a pass from Wilkinson. Then with 7:30 remaining in the third, junior Chris Smith (Rye, N.Y.) scored assisted by McKenna. On a man up opportunity with 5:10 remaining, McKenna scored his first of the game. Navy responded with two more goals before McKenna scored his second and third of the game, both unassisted, to bring the score to 15-9. With six seconds remaining in the third, the Mids added their 16th goal of the game, and just 34 seconds into the fourth the Mids added their 17th. Daugherty and Haarmann each scored again to bring the score to 17-11, but Navy retaliated with four more to make the score 21-11. With just 23 seconds remaining in the game, junior Jamie Ward (Glen Rock, N.J.) scored the last goal of the game for the first goal of his collegiate career.

The Mids outshot the Crusaders 52-37 during the contest. Crusader goalies combined for nine saves during the contest as sophomore Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) posted four and sophomore Chris Cousin (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted five. Navy’s two goalies combined for eight saves as John Connors made seven to earn the win and Paul Zimmerman tallied one. Both the Mids and the Crusaders each went 2-for-5 with extra man opportunities during the game. Navy controlled the ground scooping up 41 ground balls compared to the 21 by the Crusaders. Navy won 20 of the 37 faceoffs during the contest.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 4, when they travel to Richmond, Va., to take on Richmond at Robins Stadium at 4:00 p.m.


No. 13 UMass Stymies Brown Men’s Lacrosse, 15-2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nick Mariano’s five goals led the No. 13 UMass Minutemen (4-0) to a 15-2 win over the Brown men’s lacrosse team (1-1) in its home opener on Saturday at Stevenson Field.

Sophomore goaltender, Jack Kelly (West Islip, N.Y.), fell to 1-1 this season as he surrendered 11 goals while turning away seven UMass shots in 45 minutes of action.  An impressive showing by UMass’ Zach Oliveri turned away the Brown attack, as he stopped 10 shots while only allowing one goal in 51:34 of play.

An early hole and turnovers plagued the Bears on Saturday, as the Minutemen forced Brown into 17 giveaways on the day.  Sean Cleary opened the scoring with back-to-back goals, staking the Minutemen to an early 2-0 advantage.  Tallies from Brendan Schroeder and Matt Whippen extended the margin to four before Kylor Bellistri got the Bears on the board with a man-up goal with 47 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Brown slowed down the UMass attack in the second stanza but couldn’t close the gap as Grant Whiteway and Mariano struck to give the Minutemen a 6-1 halftime lead.

Five Brown turnovers in the third quarter gave way to an 11-1 lead for Minutemen after Mariano netted three goals, including his fourth marker of the day at the 6:47 mark.

Trailing 15-1, freshman attack AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, Mass.) potted his first career goal off of a slick feed from fellow freshman, Dylan Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.) to close out the scoring.

Goaltenders Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) and Peter Scott (Mercer Island, Wash.) also made appearances for the Bears on Saturday.

Brown will return to action on Wednesday as they play host to the Hartford Hawks at Stevenson Field.  Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m.


Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Can’t Outlast No. 17/18 Albany in 14-8 Defeat

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team staked itself to an early lead but could not keep pace with No. 17/18 Albany as the Great Dane rallied for a 14-8 victory Saturday afternoon.

Will Walker and Brendan Newman scored two goals apiece to pace the Harvard attack, while Sean McDonagh and Carl Zimmerman each added a goal and an assist. Jake Gambitsky played all 60 minutes in goal and registered eight saves against an Albany team which entered the game averaging 14.5 goals per game.

Miles Thompson scored eight goals and also contributed an assist in the winning effort while Blaze Riordan came away with 15 saves in goal.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Will Walker and Brendan Newman each scored two goals.
  • Sean McDonagh and Carl Zimmerman each added one goal and one assist.
  • Stephen Jahelka led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers.
  • Harvard outshot Albany 43-40 and has not been outshot this year.

Game Notes:

  • Will Walker registered his second straight multi-goal performance and now leads the team with five tallies on the year.
  • Brendan Newman registered his first multi-goal performance of the year and is third on the team with four goals.
  • Sean McDonagh and Carl Zimmerman have each contributed two points (1g, 1a) in each of the Crimson’s last two games.
  • Sean McDonagh, Brendan Newman and Peter Schwartz have each registered at least one point in all three games this season for the Crimson.
  • Stephen Jahelka set a new career-high with three caused turnovers.
  • Jack Breit matched his career-high with four ground balls.
  • Harvard falls to 0-2 on the year against ranked opponents and is 0-2 on the road.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard opened a 2-0 lead 5:28 into the contest before Albany evened the score with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Albany scored two quick goals in the second quarter to make it a 4-0 run and take a 4-2 lead.
  • Harvard retied the scored at 4-4 before Albany closed the half with three unanswered goals for a 7-4 halftime edge.
  • Both teams scored two goals in the third as Albany took a 9-6 lead into the final quarter of play.
  • Albany outscored Harvard 5-2 in the fourth to take the victory by a 14-8 margin.

Ties: Two
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard by two – 1st: 9:32, Albany by 6 – 4th: 7:12

Up Next:
The Crimson will return to Cambridge to play host to Quinnipiac Tuesday, March 4. The game will be streamed live online through the Ivy League Digital Network with first faceoff from Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium scheduled for 4 p.m.