Division I Weekend Roundup, March 31st

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Falls at No. 3/3 Duke, 17-11
Schwartz turned in his third straight multi-point performance on offense

DURHAM, N.C. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team got off to a quick start, but could not maintain its momentum as No. 3/3 Duke defeated the Crimson Saturday afternoon, 17-11.

Harvard went in front 2-1 off back-to-back goals by Sean McDonagh and Will Walker, before an 8-1 run put Duke in front for good. The Blue Devils controlled the faceoff X, winning 21-of-31, and picked up 34 ground balls to Harvard’s 27.

Will Walker scored four goals to pace the Harvard attack while Peter Schwartz (2g, 2a) and Devin Dwyer (1g, 3a) added four points apiece. Jake Gambitsky registered eight saves while taking the loss in goal.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Will Walker scored four goals to lead the attack, converting on seven shots.
  • Peter Schwartz added two goals and two assists to finish with four points.
  • Devin Dwyer also tallied four points with one goal and three assists.
  • Stephen Jahelka set a career-high with two assists.
  • Harvard converted 2-of-3 extra-man opportunities.

Game Notes:

  • Will Walker tallied four goals after scoring a career-high five in the team’s last outing versus Dartmouth. Walker has contributed five hat tricks on the year.
  • Will Walker leads the team with 22 goals scored, with all 22 of his tallies coming in the team’s last seven games.
  • Devin Dwyer finished with four points to extend his point-scoring streak to 11 games dating back to last season. Dwyer has amassed 40 points (10g, 30a) in this time, and has notched at least three points in all five games he has played in this season.
  • Peter Schwartz moved his point-scoring streak to 10 games (15g, 13a), including seven multi-point performances this season.
  • Ian Ardrey (2), Daniel Eipp (8) and Murphy Vandervelde (3) also extended their respective point-scoring streaks.
  • Stephen Jahelka recorded a career-high two assists. Harvard has received six points this season from long sticks; Jack Breit (3g, 1a), Stephen Jahelka (2a).
  • Harvard has scored at least 10 goals in each of its last six games and seven times overall this season.
  • All four of Harvard’s losses this season have come on the road to ranked opponents.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard held a 2-1 lead at 9:16 of the first quarter off a Will Walker strike.
  • Duke responded with an 8-1 run for a 9-3 advantage, and led 10-4 at the half.
  • Harvard matched Duke’s scoring output in both the third quarter (3 goals) and fourth quarter (4 goals), as the Blue Devils held on for the 17-11 victory.

Ties: Two
Lead Changes: Two
Largest Leads: Harvard by one – 1st: 9:16, Duke by nine – 4th: 7:19

Up Next:
Harvard remains on the road next weekend as it travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday, April 5

Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Tops Bellarmine 9-3 in ECAC Lacrosse League Opener

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 16/18 Fairfield University men’s lacrosse won their fifth straight game and their ECAC Lacrosse League opener by topping Bellarmine University, 9-3, this afternoon. The Stags are now 7-2 on the season.

Juniors Tristan Sperry and Colin McLinden each had three-point days for the Stags. Sperry had a pair of goals and an assist while McLinden tallied a goal and two assists. Senior Eric Warden netted two goals to bring his total to 24 this season.

Bellarmine (4-4; 0-4 ECAC) struck first, getting on the board at the 10:17 mark in the opening quarter on an Austin  Shanks goal. Tucker Ciessau made it 2-0 with a goal with 3:23 left in the quarter. Sperry answered at 1:47 to cut the deficit in half.

McLinden provided the equalizer just 33 seconds into the second quarter while Sperry put the Stags ahead at 13:29. The goals were the first of six unanswered goals for the Stags who kept Bellarmine off the board until the fourth quarter.

After the Knights scored at 8:59 in the fourth to make it 7-3, Warden and TJ Neubauer found the back of the net to send the Stags home with a 9-3 victory.

Bellarmine (4-4; 0-4 ECAC) was eliminated from ECAC Lacrosse League Championship contention with the loss. Fairfield, Air Force, Ohio State, and Michigan will comprise the championship field, May 2-4, in Columbus, Ohio.

Fairfield returns home on April 1 to host Bucknell University on Alumni Field. Please not the time change, as the game will begin at 1pm.

Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse Tops Detroit Mercy in Overtime Thriller, 10-9

DETROIT, Mich. – Michael Sagl’s (West Islip, N.Y.) goal with 3:08 seconds remaining in the first overtime gave the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team a thrilling, come-from-behind 10-9 road victory at Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats moved to 3-4 overall, but more importantly improved to 2-1 in MAAC play.

With the score deadlocked at nine in the extra frame, Quinnipiac was able to corral the faceoff and move into Titan territory. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) had the first crack but saw his shot sail just wide of the net. Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) regained possession for the Bobcats, and head coach Eric Fekete decided he was going to use a timeout to set the offense.

A wise decision indeed, on the ensuing play Quinnipiac’s junior captain maneuvered his way into scoring position and made no mistake with his effort. Sagl netted his ninth goal of the season, and sent the Bobcat bench in uproar as they celebrated the comeback victory.

Almost as impressive may have been the way Quinnipiac forced overtime at the end of regulation. Trailing 9-8 with less than two minutes showing on the clock, Carmen French(Baltimore, Md.) forced a Titan turnover to redeem possession for the Bobcats. After a successful clear into Detroit Mercy’s zone, Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) finished off a pass from Sagl to tie the game up at nine apiece with 1:08 seconds remaining.

The dramatics weren’t through there either, as Quinnipiac’s defense held strong in the final 60 seconds to secure overtime. Senior goalie Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was sensational throughout the contest, making his 13th and final save of the game in the waning seconds. He saved 13 of the 21 shots he faced (.591).

Sagl and Corcoran led the attack, each finishing with a goal and three assists in the win. Sagl, who extended his point streak to 26 straight games, added two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Corcoran caused a turnover and picked up two ground balls, and Webster netted this seventh career hat trick and scooped up three ground balls.

Five others Bobcats – Keenan, Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) and Henry Graves (Stamford, Conn.) – each found the scoring summary. Keenan netted his 10th goal of the season; Diehl scored his sixth; Meth had his third; and Gilligan and Graves tallied their second.

The game went back-and-forth all afternoon with neither team leading by more than a goal. The score was 3-3 after the first quarter, 6-5 in favor of Detroit  after the second and 7-7 after the third. Gilligan netted Quinnipiac’s seventh goal to tie the score up at seven  apiece with three seconds left in the frame. Meth gave the Bobcats an 8-7 lead early in the fourth quarter but the Titans answered with two goals to retake the lead. That set the stage for Webster and Sagl.

Quinnipiac showed off an efficient offense and a stingy defense – evidenced by the turnover margin. Detroit turned the ball over 19 times – 12 of which were caused by Quinnipiac – compared to 14 Bobcat turnovers. French led the team with three caused turnovers, while four Bobcats – Webster, Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio), Chris Kendall (Dublin, Ohio) and Meth – each had three ground balls. Six others had two ground balls.

Detroit Mercy (4-5, 1-1 MAAC) was led by Scott Drummond who finished with three goals and an assist. Alex Maini also had a hat trick with Shayne Adams scoring twice.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 1 with a non-conference clash at Stony Brook. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

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Jack Kelly’s 16 Saves Lifts Brown Over #15 Princeton, 11-10

Providence, R.I. – Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made 16 saves and sophomore Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) provided the offense with three goals to lead Brown to an 11-10 Ivy League win over #15 Princeton, beating the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

The Bears improve to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 4-4, 1-2 in Ivy play.

The difference in the game was the outstanding play in goal by Kelly, who made 16 saves overall, including seven in the final quarter as Princeton tried to get back in the game from a five goal deficit.  Princeton goalie Matt O’Connor finished with nine saves.

Bellistri’s three goals came on three shots, while sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) netted two goals each for the Bears.

The high scoring Tigers were led by Tom Schreiber’s three goals, while Jake Froccaro and Mike McDonald added two goals each.

Brown dominated the game through the first three quarters, building a 9-5 lead.  Senior face-off specialist Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) captured 12-of-16 face-offs in the first 45 minutes.

Brown increased its lead to five goals, 10-5, when Molloy scored his second goal of the game 46 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers came storming back with three straight goals, pulling to within 10-8 on a goal by Ryan Ambler with 5:24 left on the clock.

Bears’ junior middy Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on an unassisted score with 4:38 remaining.  Princeton cut the lead to one goal, 11-10 with 3:28 left on goals by McDonald and Schreiber, his third of the game.

Brown’s defense stepped up in the waning moments, keeping the Tigers from getting off a good shot as time expired.

The Bears earned a 26-22 advantage in ground balls behind Capone’ seven ground balls. The shots were all even at 39 each.

The Bears travel to Philadelphia for an Ivy League battle against Penn next Saturday, April 5. Face-off is 1pm at Franklin Field.

Vermont Men’s Lacrosse Falls at #13 Albany in America East Opener

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Graham Horvath scored four times, but the Catamounts fell to 13th-ranked Albany in the men’s lacrosse conference opener Saturday at John Fallon Field. Albany improves to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Vermont drops to 5-4 and 0-1 in conference.Lyle Thompson led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists and Miles Thompson added three goals and three helpers to lead Albany. Horvath’s four-goal performance for UVM was his second in a row. Alex Stanko picked up his first multi-goal game with two scores and fellow freshman Ian MacKay registered a goal and two assists.After a score from Ty Thompson to begin the game, Horvath picked up three of the game’s next four goals to give Vermont a 3-2 lead with 4:50 to play in the period.The Great Danes scored back-to-back goals to take the lead, but Nick Bartlett was able to find the back of the net on a man-up opportunity with just one second left in the quarter to even the game at 4-4.In the first three minutes of the second period, Albany scored three times to take a 7-4 advantage. Stanko responded for the Catamounts with a goal at the 9:54 mark to bring the Catamounts back within two.

Three different Albany players registered a goal apiece in the final 6:06 of the half to give the Great Danes a 10-5 lead heading into halftime.

Lyle Thompson and MacKay exchanged goals in the first six minutes of the third period. Albany then went on a run, scoring five in a row, led by Lyle Thompson’s pair, to close out the quarter with a 16-6 lead.

Albany tallied the first three scores of the fourth to extend its advantage, and outscored the Catamounts 4-3 in the quarter. Horvath, Andrew Buckanavage and Stanko picked up the goals for Vermont. Albany went on for a 20-9 win to collect its fourth victory of the season.

Justin Rosenberg made nine saves in goal for Vermont, while Blaze Riorden stopped eight shots in the Albany cage to earn the win.

The Catamounts continue conference play at Stony Brook on Saturday (April 5) at 1 p.m.

Photo courtesy Mark Campbell