Division I Roundup April 21st

Brown Laxers Taken Down By Cornell, 14-9

Ithaca, N.Y. – Cornell’s Matt Donovan scored four goals to lead the Big Red to a 14-9 Ivy League win over Brown at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. Brown falls to 6-6 overall, 1-4 in the Ivy League, while Cornell improves to 10-3, 4-1 in Ivy play.

Freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) gave the Bears an early 1-0 advantage, but Cornell scored three goals to end the first quarter and another to open the second quarter to pull ahead, 4-1.

Molloy’s second goal with 10:16 left in the second quarter cut Cornell’s lead to 4-2. That was as close as the Bears would get as the Big Red broke the game open with a goal to close out the half and three more to open the second half to take control, 8-2.  Molloy scored once again for the Bears to cut the Big Green advantage to 8-3, with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Donovan converted two scoring opportunities late in the third quarter to give the Big Red a 10-3 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Bears out-scored Cornell by a 6-4 margin in the final 15 minutes, but it wasn’t enough as the led by as many as nine goals, 14-5.

Molloy finished the game with three goals and an assist, while six other Brown players netted goals – senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) and sophomores Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), Bailey Tills (Denver, CO), Will Gural (Haverford, PA), Brendan Caputo (Westbury, MY) and John Yozzo-Scaperotta (Dobbs Ferry, NY).

Bears’ sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) played the opening 55:29, allowing 14 goals while making 11 saves.  Senior Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) came in to make two saves in the final 4:31.

Donovan added two assists with his four goals, while Dan Lintner and John Edmonds added three goals each. Christian Knight registered 11 saves in goal for the Big Red.

Cornell out-shot the Bears by a 45-36 margin, while the Big Red also had a 49-33 advantage in ground balls.  Both teams turned the ball over 17 times.

Brown hosts Bryant on Tuesday, April 22 in the battle for the Ocean State Cup at Stevenson Field, starting at 7pm.


Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse Falls to First Place Siena Saints, 18-12

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team dropped a crucial MAAC game to Siena College on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats were on  the wrong end of an 18-12 final score from the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac’s playoff hopes reside in results around the league next weekend.

Next weekend, the other six conference teams are all in action – leaving a wide array of playoff scenarios. With a win against the Saints, Quinnipiac would have solidified a spot in the four-team field. However, with the result, the Bobcats need some help around the league for a chance to compete in the 2014 MAAC Championships.

On Saturday, Quinnipiac had Siena, who clinched the MAAC Regular-Season Title with the win, on the ropes in the first quarter. A hot start for Quinnipiac propelled the Bobcats to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first frame. Quinnipiac capitalized on three Siena infractions, aiding two separate three-goal runs for the home team. Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) put Quinnipiac in front, 3-1, while three more goals in the final 2:29 seconds left the Bobcats with a 6-2 advantage after 15 minutes of play. Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Keenan each score during the second three-goal spurt.

Siena fired back quickly in the second quarter, when three straight goals pulled the visitors to within one. Again though, Quinnipiac fought back with another three-goal stint, this time sparked by Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.). Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored 30 seconds later, and Matt Diehl stretched Quinnipiac’s lead back to four, 9-5, with 6:03 seconds left in the first half.

However, the Bobcat attack went ice cold through the remainder of the half and into the fourth quarter. Siena netted 10 unanswered goals during the span with the final tally of the streak coming with 8:48 seconds remaining in regulation. The Saints held a 15-9 advantage and played even with the Bobcats in the waning minutes to secure the road victory.

For the Bobcats, Webster and Keenan led the way with four points apiece in the game – each scoring twice and assisting on two others. Matt Diehl scored two goals and assisted on another for the third straight game, while Meth added a goal and two assists. Gilligan had two points on a goal and an assist. Quinnipiac was 5-for-5 on the man-up.

The faceoff circle and turnovers factored heavily in the final outcome. Quinnipiac held a 13-7 advantage at the X in the first half, compared to a 3-for-12 showing in the second half. The Bobcats also committed 21 turnovers which included 14 in the second half alone.

Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made 12 saves in goal for Quinnipiac. His counterpart, Tommy Cordts had seven for the Saints.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 22 with a cross-town clash with nationally-ranked No. 11 Yale. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium in New Haven.

Hartford Tops UVM Men’s Lacrosse in America East Play

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Andrew Buckanavage and Ian MacKay tallied three goals each, but Vermont fell to Hartford 11-7 in America East men’s lacrosse action Saturday night at Al Marzook Field.MacKay led the Catamounts with four points on three goals and an assist, while Buckanavage also chipped in with three scores. Greg Reynolds tallied a pair of goals and one assist, and nine other Hawks added a goal apiece to propel Hartford.Justin Rosenberg made 10 saves in goal for Vermont, while Frank Piechota stopped 13 shots to earn the win for Hartford.Ty Schuldt of Hartford netted the game’s first goal before Buckanavage and MacKay registered tallies to give Vermont a 2-1 advantage. MacKay’s goal came on a man-up opportunity, with Patrick Clark picking up the assist on the play. Vermont took a one-goal advantage into the second period.After the teams traded a pair of goals to begin the quarter, Hartford tallied three in a row in a span of four minutes to take a 5-3 lead at the 3:11 mark of the second stanza. Buckanavage netted his second score of the game just under a minute later, but Greg Reynolds answered back for Hartford to give the Hawks a 6-4 lead heading into halftime.

The Hawks outscored Vermont 3-0 in the third quarter behind goals from three different scorers. Hartford took a 9-4 advantage into the final quarter of play.

Vermont (5-7, 0-4 AE) registered two of the first three goals of the fourth period to cut its deficit to 10-6 with 11:48 remaining. Graham Horvath tallied his first score of the game and Buckanavage followed just under a minute later with his second of the contest to bring UVM back within striking distance.

Hartford (6-8, 1-3 AE) added to its lead when Kevin O’Shea scored a man-down goal with 4:32 remaining. MacKay answered for UVM with a score off a feed from Nick Bartlett with just 26 seconds showing on the clock, but Vermont ran out of time and eventually fell by a score of 11-7.

The Catamounts return to action for their regular season finale against UMBC on Saturday (April 26) at 1:30 p.m. Vermont seniors will be honored with a pregame ceremony as part of Senior Day prior to the contest.


Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Boston University, 9-8

WORCESTER, Mass. – After the Crusaders scored five straight goals to tie the game at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, the Terriers outscored the Crusaders 2-1 in the final 12:49 of play as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Boston University, 9-8, on Saturday evening at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action on Senior Night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-11 overall (1-7 PL), while the Terriers improve to 2-11 overall (2-6 PL).

With the Crusaders leading 1-0 after a goal by junior Frank Gaul (Glen Rock, N.J.), BU netted four consecutive goals to move out to a 4-1 lead. Freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) ended the Terriers’ scoring streak just five seconds after BU’s fourth goal when he won a faceoff and sprinted down the field finding the back of the net. But with just eight seconds left, Craig Zebrowski tallied a goal as the Terriers took a 5-2 lead to the half.

Cal Dearth increased the BU lead to 6-2 with 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, while Sam Talkow then scored just six seconds later to make it a 7-2 game. The Crusaders then tallied five straight goals to tie the contest. Freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.), sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.), junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ), freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Gaul each posted a goal. But the Terriers responded with two straight goals as Sammy Davis and Patrick Donnelly each scored. The Crusaders cut the BU lead to 9-8 with 3:39 left when Lux netted a goal. The Crusaders took two late attempts to tie the game, but were unable to score the equalizer as Gaul sent a shot wide of the net with 3.5 seconds left and BU goalie Christian Carson made a save on a shot by junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) with just one second remaining to secure the 9-8 victory.

Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 13 saves, while Carson posted nine. Boston University outshot Holy Cross, 40-37, while each team picked up 27 ground balls. BU won 12 of 21 faceoffs, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Terriers went 1-6.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 29, when they conclude the season at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. at 4:00 p.m.

Before the game, seniors John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.), Tripper Gandy (New Vernon, N.J.), Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.), Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) and Ryan Troy (Summit, N.J.) were honored in a ceremony.

Gandy has played in 28 career games with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Gandy was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2012.

Kadlick, who is a captain has played in 55 games. He has tallied eight goals and 12 assists for 20 career points. He also has 133 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers. His 133 ground balls are eighth all-time in program history. As a freshman he won the team’s Most Improved Player Award. He was named to the 2013 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Smith, who is a captain, has played in 53 career games with 11 goals and six assists for 17 career points. He also has 23 ground balls and five caused turnovers. As a freshman he was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week once and earned the team’s Joseph M. Murphy III Rookie of the Year Award. Smith was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2013 and was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

Daugherty has played in 50 career games with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. He also has 31 ground balls. He won the team’s Most Improved Player Award in 2012 and is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Troy, who is a captain, has played in 26 career games with 20 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. He won the team’s Most Improved Player Award in 2012. He was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.


UMass Upended By No. 12 Hofstra On Senior Night, 11-6
Oliveri stopped 15 shots, Bianchin netted first collegiate goal in the loss

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team faltered in its final home game of the 2014 season, 11-6 to the No. 12 nationally-ranked Hofstra Pride at Garber Field on Saturday evening. Goalie Zach Oliveri tied a single-game season-high with 15 saves for UMass while six different Minutemen scored once, highlighted by Gianni Bianchin’s first collegiate goal.

Nick Mariano and Connor Mooney recorded two points apiece with Mooney dishing out a pair of assists and Mariano netted one goal while he helped on another. Jeff George, Rob Lynott, Brendan Schroeder and Grant Whiteway added one goal each while Sean Cleary produced an assist.

James Fahey provided another strong performance on close defense with four groundballs – a team-high in the category – and a pair of caused turnovers. Fahey owns 17 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers during the most recent six games.

Position-mate Kyle Karaska also caused a set of turnovers to go with two groundballs scooped up. Short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo notched two more caused turnovers while Peter Von Rosenvinge earned one as the Minutemen finished the day with seven total to just three for Hofstra.

Mike Malave secured a career-high five goals to lead the Pride. Sam Llinares also had five points – with his notched on a pair of goals and three assists – while Torin Varn chipped in two tallies and one helper.

The Pride (10-3 overall, 4-0 CAA) opened the game with three consecutive goals, including Varn’s two scored on the evening, to hold a 3-0 lead by the eight-minute, eight-second mark.

The Minutemen responded five minutes later with back-to-back tallies to draw within 3-2. Bianchin ignited the offense on an opportunistic shot from distance with 3:14 left in the quarter. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native attacked toward the right post before he back-pedaled into the middle of the field where he sized up an attempt that bested Hofstra goalie Chris Selva.

Lynott followed up Bianchin only 69 seconds later on a pass from Mooney for his fourth tally of the campaign and eighth point.

After Malave rippled the back of the UMass net unassisted with 1:37 to play in the first, George responded for the Minutemen with only 15 seconds left in the quarter. The goal marked George’s 10th of the year and 15th point as a freshman.

Trailing by one goal after the halftime break, Massachusetts evened the score 3:30 into the third. Mooney set up the opportunity when he dove head-first out of bounds to scoop up a loose ball and save a UMass possession with a behind-the-back, no-look pass to Mariano at X. Mariano immediately sent the play to Whiteway one step out from the crease for Whiteway to send into the back of the net.

However, the game only remained tied for 44 seconds until Malave pushed the Pride back in front, 5-4. Llinares added his first of the game with 5:32 remaining in the third to double the lead for the visitors.

Mariano totaled a man-up tally – his 26th goal of the season – to drop the deficit to one at 6-5; however, Malave hit twice for the Pride to extend their advantage to 8-5.

Schroeder keyed in for the Minutemen with his fifth career goal in as many shots attempted to knock the margin down to two, 8-6 entering the fourth quarter, but the Pride netted the final three goals of the game to seal their win.

Oliveri played 58:22 in the cage before he swapped out with Reed Goodhue, who closed the game for Massachusetts. Oliveri made 10 of his 15 saves during the second half, including eight in the third quarter, while giving up 10 of the 11 Hofstra goals. Selva stopped eight UMass attempts to earn the win.

The Pride led in shots attempted, 38-25 and groundballs, 30-21. Massachusetts was successful on 13-of-14 clears while Hofstra finished with seven in as many chances.

The Minutemen committed 10 turnovers while forcing Hofstra in 11 and UMass went 1-for-2 in extra-man opportunities while the squad limited the Pride to a 1-of-6 evening when playing man-up.

The Minutemen close the regular season with a trip to the University of Delaware (6-8, 0-4) in Newark, Del., to face the Bluehens on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.


Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse Earns Home Playoff Game With 9-6 Win At Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) tallied three goals and one assist for points, senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored three goals and junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) netted her 100th career goal as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated Lehigh, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Patriot League action in the regular season-finale. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-11 overall (4-4 PL), while the Mountain Hawks fall to 7-8 overall (4-4 PL).

The Crusaders are the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 5 seed Colgate in the quarterfinals at Holy Cross Field on Tuesday, April 22. No. 3 seed Boston University will host No. 6 seed Lehigh in the other quarterfinal game on Tuesday. The semifinals and championship game will be hosted by No. 1 seed Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, April 24 and Saturday, April 26. Both the Greyhounds and No. 2 seed Navy have earned a bye to the semifinals.

After Lehigh scored the first three goals of the game, the Crusaders responded with four straight to move out to a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored two goals during this stretch, while Hennessey and Martino each found the back of the net once. With 5:32 left in the first half, Allison LaBeau tied the game at 4-4 for the Mountain Hawks.

With 24:02 remaining in the second half, Hennessey gave the Crusaders a 5-4 lead with her second goal of the contest. After a goal by Carli Sukonik tied the game at 5-5, Martino’s second goal gave the Crusaders a 6-5 lead with 17:59 left. Martino then scored on a free-position shot for the 7-5 advantage with 16:36 left. The goal was her third of the day giving her three hat-tricks this season. Then with 11:21 remaining, Hennessey found the back of the net to make it an 8-5 game with her third goal of the contest. She has four hat-tricks this year and 18 for her career. Ryan netted her 100th career goal with 6:06 remaining. Ryan is now the 10th Crusader to ever score 100 or more career goals. The Mountain Hawks added a goal by Krista Dampman with 3:43 left for the 9-6 final score.

Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made five saves to earn the win, while Alex Fitzpatrick posted seven saves. Holy Cross outshot Lehigh, 24-13, while the Mountain Hawks picked up 12 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 11. Lehigh secured nine draw controls and Holy Cross posted eight, while the Crusaders went 2-6 on free-position shots and the Mountain Hawks went 2-4.