Keene upsets WNE, Tufts Pummels Middlebury
Week two started with an upset as Keene St upended Western New England in New Hampshire. The Owls scored four extra man goals in the first half and outscored WNE 4-1 in the fourth in earn the win.
Tyler McKelvie led the way with five goals and Grafton MA freshmen Bryan Rotatori and Tyler Reilly combined for 3G and 3A. Adam Knapton scored 4 goals on 9 shots for WNE. Freshman Keegan Dudek from Longmeadow MA will be a player to watch this year, added 2G and 1A. The Little East draws first blood on the CCC this year as these two leagues continue to elevate their play and continue gain more prominence.
Both teams were in action again on the weekend and lost. WNE travelled to Baltimore and lost to #3 Laxpower ranked Stevenson 14-5. Keene St, meanwhile fell at RPI 10-6, Tyler McKelvie continued his hot streak with 3 goals for the Owls.
On Saturday the weather remained cold but the lax was hot. The high powered Tufts team put a beatdown on Middlebury 24-6. No less than four Jumbos had at least 3 goals. In addition the Jumbos took 77 shots! Talk about making a statement in the early going, Tufts shows the rest of the NESCAC they are going to be a major force this season. Other winners in the opening week of NESCAC play were Bowdoin, Amherst, Colby and Wesleyan.
Conn College was the only team facing a non-conference foe as they hosted Roger Williams. The Hawks gave the Camels all they could handle, but in the end Conn earns a hard fought 10-9 victory.
Keene St made headlines taking down WNE, but their rival and co-favorite in Little East EConn also got underway. They easily beat New England College 21-4. UMass Dartmouth is also on the board with a 13-3 win over defending GNAC Champ Norwich.
The NEWMAC had a solid week in OOC play. Springfield beat another Empire 8 foe, taking down Stevens 14-10 to go 3-0. Bryce Serriello continued his hot shooting with 4 goals. Wheaton is off to a 2-0 start. The Lyons have scored wins over CCC teams Curry (9-2) and UNew England (8-5). Clark also scored a mild upset over Wentworth 10-7. Babson however, was beaten by St. Lawrence 15-4 after beating Skidmore in week#1.
Only UNew England has dropped out of the rankingsthis week, and have been replaced by Clark. The NESCAC leads the way with all 11 teams ranked, followed by the NEWMAC with 4. The CCC has 3 and Little East with 2.
Midweek Games to Watch:
Endicott @ Conn College- The Camels face their second CCC foe in a row. The Gulls will provide a stern test.
Middlebury @ Plattsburgh- How will the Panthers respond to the beating they took from Tufts? Plattsburgh is a quality foe.
Wesleyan @ RPI- RPI coming off a win vs Keene St. Wesleyan looking for a quality OOC win.
Keene St. @ Bowdoin- Tough OOC schedule for the Owls continues.
|1||Tufts||(1-0)||W 24-6 @ Middlebury|
|2||Springfield||(3-0)||W 14-10 @ Stevens|
|3||Conn College||(1-0)||W 10-9 v Roger Williams|
|4||Wesleyan||(1-0)||W 12-11 @ Hamilton|
|6||Bowdoin||(1-0)||W 11-6 v Williams|
|7||Amherst||(1-0)||W 17-8 v Bates|
|8||EConn||(1-0)||W 21-4 v NEC|
|9||Middlebury||(0-1)||L 24-6 v Tufts|
|10||Hamilton||(0-1)||L 12-11 v Wesleyan|
|11||Keene St||(1-1)||W 12-10 v WNE, L 10-6 @ RPI|
|12||Western New England||(0-2)||L 12-10 @ Keene St, L 14-5 @ Stevenson|
|13||Colby||(1-0)||W 14-4 v Trinity|
|14||Bates||(0-1)||L 17-8 @ Amherst|
|15||Williams||(0-1)||L 11-6 @ Bowdoin|
|16||Roger Williams||(1-1)||W 19-4 v Mitchell, L 10-9 @ Conn College|
|17||Trinity||(0-1)||L 14-4 @ Colby|
|18||Babson||(1-1)||L 15-4 v St Lawrence|
|19||Wheaton||(2-0)||W 9-2 v Curry, W 8-5 v UNE|
|20||Clark||(1-0)||W 10-7 over Wentworth|
|3 STARS Week 1|
|1st||Chris Schoenhut, Tufts||6G on 13 shot v Middlebury|
|2nd||Bryce Serriello, Springfield||4g v Stevens|
|3rd||Tyler McKelvie, Keene St||8g for the week, v WNE & RPI|