Division I Roundup: April 28th

No. 16 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Secures Ivy League Title Thanks To 11-10 Win at No. 13 Yale

The Crimson celebrated its first Ivy title since 1990 thanks to an 11-10 win at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 16 Harvard men’s lacrosse team did what no other Crimson team had done in 24 years on Saturday, as it clinched the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with an 11-10 win at No. 13 Yale.

Harvard will share the title with Cornell after the Big Red defeated Princeton today, 12-10, to match the Crimson’s 5-1 conference record. By virtue of its victory over Cornell, however, the Crimson has earned the right to host next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament which will begin Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium. The Big Red and Penn will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., with a rematch between Harvard and Yale set for 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

The winner of each game will meet Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m. live on ESPNU.

Harvard appeared to have the advantage in the second half as it took a 9-6 lead, but Yale fought back to tie the game at 9-9 entering the fourth quarter. Daniel Eipp and Sean McDonagh teamed up for back-to-back scores to regain an 11-9 margin, and the defense stood tall down the stretch to prevent a comeback.

Devin Dwyer stole the show at the offensive end, dishing out a career-high six assists while Deke Burns contributed two goals and one assist. Eipp and Murphy Vandervelde also contributed two goals to the winning effort.

At the other end, Jake Gambitsky came away with 14 goals and seven ground balls, including five stops in the fourth quarter to lock up the title. Gabriel Mendola (8-15) and Austin Williams (5-10) combined to go 13-of-25 at the faceoff X, with Mendola scooping up five ground balls.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Devin Dwyer set a career-high with six assists, the most by an Ivy League player this season.
  • Deke Burns contributed three points on two goals and one assist.
  • Daniel Eipp and Murphy Vandervelde each added two goals.
  • Jake Gambitsky made 14 saves in goal, including five in the fourth quarter, and collected seven ground balls.
  • Harvard went 13-of-25 at the faceoff X and won the ground ball battle, 30-28.
  • Both Harvard and Yale were 3-of-7 on extra-man opportunities.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard clinched a share of the 2014 Ivy League Championship, its first since 1990 and the fourth in program history (1964, 1980, 1990, 2014). The Crimson will share the title with Cornell.
  • Harvard has also earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament, which will begin Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium.
  • Harvard’s nine overall victories are the most since 2011 (10-6), while its five Ivy League wins are the most since 1998 (5-1). Harvard has now gone 5-1 in conference play six times in program history, but never 6-0.
  • Harvard has defeated three top-20 opponents this season, including two on the road (Cornell, Yale).
  • Harvard’s varsity teams have combined for 11 Ivy League titles in 2013-14.
  • Devin Dwyer registered a career-high six assists, the most in the Ivy League since Cornell’s Rob Pannell dished out six against Ohio State on May 18, 2013. Dwyer has now scored at least one point in 16 straight games, totaling 59 points (15g, 44a) during this time.
  • Jake Gambitsky recorded 14 saves in goal, including five in the fourth quarter, marking the ninth time this season he has posted double-digit saves. Gambitsky also collected seven ground balls to set a new career-high.
  • Peter Schwartz also extended his point scoring streak to 15 games with one goal and one assist, and has notched 44 points (24g, 20a) during the stretch.
  • Daniel Eipp scored two goals for his third multi-goal performance of the year, including the game winner with 11:36 remaining in the fourth to break a 9-9 tie.
  • Deke Burns also scored two goals for his third multi-goal game of the season, with Murphy Vandervelde netting two for his first multi-goal game.
  • Jack Breit scored his fourth goal of the season, the sixth by a Harvard long pole this season.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard scored the game’s first goal but was tied with Yale after the first quarter, 3-3.
  • Harvard outscored Yale 4-2 in the second quarter for a 7-5 halftime lead.
  • Yale scored three straight goals to close the third quarter and tie the game at 9-9.
  • Harvard scored back-to-back goals to begin the fourth quarter and hung on for the 11-10 victory.

Ties: Three
Lead Changes: Two
Largest Leads: Harvard by three – 3rd: 11:06, Yale by one – 1st: 8:24

Up Next:
Harvard will host the 2014 Ivy League Tournament at Harvard Stadium beginning Friday, May 2. Second-seeded Cornell and third-seeded Penn will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., with a rematch between the top-seeded Crimson and No. 4 Yale set for 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.


Gill Conners Helps Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse to 15-10 Senior Day Win Over Air Force

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team scored early and often on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats honored their senior class members in the best way possible with a 15-10 win over Air Force Academy on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) had 18 saves in net, and Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) led the attack with a season-high six points in the win.

Quinnipiac’s senior goalkeeper was the story of the game, as Conners put together his best performance of the season. He stopped 18 of the 28 shots he faced, producing a .643 save percentage in his 12th career win. Conners registered five saves in the first quarter, two in the second, five in the third and a game-high six in the fourth. He upped his career total to 366 which stands just three saves out of fourth place all-time at Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac coupled its stingy defense was a potent attack, spearheaded by Matt Diehl. He scored four goals and assisted on two others, marking season-highs in points, goals and matching a season-high in assists. Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) registered his second straight hat trick with three goals and an assist, while five others totaled multipoint games.

Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) finished with two goals, and Tom McNaney (Marcellus, N.Y.), Kevin Diehl (Towson, Md.), Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Carmen French (Baltimore, Md.) each had a goal and an assist. It was a career-high for Diehl while Sagl extended his point streak to 33 straight games.

Similar to last weekend against Siena, Quinnipiac jumped out to an early lead behind five first-quarter goals. Henry Graves (Stamford, Conn.), Matt Diehl, Matt Kycia (West Harford, Conn.), Webster, and Keenan all scored in the opening frame, as the Bobcats earned a 5-2 advantage after 15 minutes of play.

Matt Diehl tacked on one more early in the second quarter before Air Force grabbed some momentum after a goal from Austin Smith. The Falcons scored four unanswered to tie the game at six apiece with four minutes remaining in the first half. However, Quinnipiac would settle back down.

Matt Diehl and Sagl each scored before the halftime whistle, and Quinnipiac scored five of the game’s next six goals in the third quarter. Matt Diehl, French, Keenan, Webster, and McNaney all scored in the frame, leaving a 13-7 advantage for the hosting Bobcats.

Quinnipiac turned to its defense, led by 2013 Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Gill Conners. Air Force used a quick burst to cut the deficit in half, but Conners disallowed the comeback with six saves in the fourth quarter. Keenan and Kevin Diehl capped off the scoring summary with back-to-back goals in the final minute of play.

It was a solid all-around game for the Bobcats, faring well in several statistical categories. Quinnipiac won the faceoff circle (16-13) and kept the turnover margin relatively close (-3). Freshman Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio) was the catalyst at the X, going 14-of-24 in the game. He upped his average to .535 for the season – serving as the 31st best percentage in the nation.

For Quinnipiac, the non-conference win was a tremendous boost and snapped a four-game skid. The field for the MAAC Tournament will be set after tonight’s games. With eight possible outcomes on Saturday, there are eight different scenarios remaining. Five outcomes have Quinnipiac in the playoffs, whereas three others have the Bobcats on the outside looking in.

Eight Quinnipiac players suited up in white and gold for the last time on Mount Carmel Campus. Conners, Leo Horine (Dublin, Ohio), Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.), Brandon Kuring (New Milford, Conn.), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), Chris McMahon (Providence, R.I.), J.B. Marston (Duxbury, Mass.) and Henry Graves (Stamford, Conn.) were all honored before the game for the hard work and dedication to the program.

Air Force (8-5) had already clinched a spot in the ECAC Tournament. The Falcons were led by Kyle Cassady who had three goals and three assists. Goalkeepers Brett Dadiego and Doug Gouchoe combined to make 10 saves in the game.


No. 14/17 Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Tops Ohio State 7-5 to Clinch Share of ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Championship

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The No. 14/17 Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team knocked off the Ohio State University, 7-5, this afternoon to clinch a share of the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Championship. The Stags (11-3; 3-1 ECAC) share their first-ever league regular season title with Ohio State and Air Force.

Sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) tallied two goals while junior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) had a goal and two assists. Rookie Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) added a goal and an assist. Michael Roe (Lutherville, Md.) was crucial at the faceoff X for the Stags, winning nine of the 14 he took with six ground balls.

Ohio State (6-7; 3-1 ECAC) struck first as Jesse King put one home at the 12:37 mark. Senior Alex Cramer (Annapolis, Md.) tied it up at 9:56 tucking in a pass from rookie Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.).  Just 31 seconds later, Neubauer would put the Stags ahead with his 30th goal of the year for a lead which would not be relinquished.

Neubauer scored his second goal of the day at the 12:06 mark of the second quarter off a pass from McLinden. Two minutes later, Fleming connected with McLinden to put the Stags on top, 4-1. The Buckeyes ended their scoring drought at 6:46 on a goal by Chris Mahoney to make the score 4-2. The score would remain that way at the break. Ohio State’s Ryan Hunter made it a one goal game at 13:12 in the third quarter, but that Stags countered at 9:46 as McLinden found junior Nick Guida (Chatham, N.J.) to make it 5-3. John Kelly pulled the Buckeyes within 5-4 with 3:17 left in the period.

Momentum swung less than a minute into the fourth quarter as senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) ripped a shot past Scott Spencer to make it 6-4. Fleming scored a minute later to make it a three-goal game. The Buckeyes’ Carter Brown made it 7-5 with 4:45 left in the game, but the Stags defense clamped down for the win.

Senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) had another strong outing in goal for the Stags. He stopped eight shots, caused two turnovers, and scooped up seven ground balls. Spencer made nine saves for the Buckeyes.

Senior Greg Perraut (Bethesda, Md.) appeared in his program record-setting 61st career game, finishing with three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Conor Barr (Wilton, Conn.) added caused two turnovers and had three ground balls. Senior Shawn Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) had two ground balls.
Fairfield will head to the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament, May 1-3, in Columbus, Ohio. The final seeding the tournament will be announced by the conference on Monday. The field is comprised of Fairfield, host Ohio State, Air Force, and Michigan, which will be the fourth seed. The games will air live on Fox College Sports.


Dylan Molloy’s Four Goals Leads Brown Over Dartmouth, 12-8, To Cap Winning Season

Providence, R.I. – Brown closed out its 2014 men’s lacrosse season with a 12-8 win over Dartmouth, earning its second straight winning season with an 8-6 record. Freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) paced the Bears (8-6, 2-4 Ivy) with four goals, while Brendan Rotanz scored two goals for the Big Green (1-10, 0-6 Ivy).

Eight Brown seniors, who were playing their final game, were honored in pre-game ceremonies: Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY), Stephen Chmil (Garden City, NY), Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO), Daniel Mellynchuk West Sayville, NY), Philip Pierce (Greenwich, CT), Will Round (Mtl Lebanon, PA), Peter Vivonetto (Rocky Point, NY) and Brady Williams (New York, NY).

Capone dominated the face-off x for the Bears, capturing 17-of-23 face-offs and picking up 12 ground balls. Sophomore Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) and Hurster netted two goals each for the Bears.

Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made 14 saves in goal for Brown, allowing six goals, while Round earned the start and made five saves in goal for the Bears.

Brown waltzed out to a 4-0 first quarter lead on two goals by Molloy and one each by Bellistri and Capone, who scored his first collegiate goal off the face-off.

Four straight goals by the Big Green to open the second quarter tied the game, 4-4, before Bears’ junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) scored an open net goal with 2:43 left in the half to give Brown the lead for good, 5-4, at the half.

Goals by sophomores Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) and Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) to open the second half gave the Bears a 7-4 cushion with 6:36 remaining.

Jake Weile scored for the Big Green to pull within 8-6 at the end of three quarters.

The Bears broke the game open with four straight goals, two each by Molloy and Hurster, to break the game open and grab a commanding 12-6 advantage.


UMass Men’s Lacrosse Suffers 15-7 Defeat At Delaware
Minutemen finish their 2014 season with a 7-6 record

NEWARK, Del. – Nick Mariano scored three goals and Connor Mooney provided two more, but the UMass men’s lacrosse team was unable to overcome a strong start by Delaware in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Hens at Delaware Stadium on Friday evening. Mariano finished the game with five points courtesy of two assists to go with his fifth career hat trick. Mooney also helped out on a pair of goals.

The loss dropped Massachusetts to 7-6 on the season and 1-4 in CAA games to end the 2014 campaign. The win gave Delaware a berth into the upcoming CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed where the Blue Hens face top-seeded Hofstra on Wednesday, April 30.

Andrew Sokol tallied once and notched one assist while Matt Whippen rounded out the UMass scorers with one goal. Mariano also totaled three groundballs and a caused turnover while Aaron Madaisky also caused a Delaware turnover and scooped up two groundballs.

Tom Holland scored five times to lead the Blue Hens while Beau Jones totaled five points on three goals and a pair of assists. Connor Frisina, Jeff Heath and Dan Keane each earned a pair of tallies.

Mooney finished his career at UMass with 99 points, including a single-season personal-best of 38 during the 2014 campaign. Mariano led the squad in the category on the season with 39 through a team-best 29 goals to go with 10 assists.

Delaware (7-8, 1-4 CAA) scored all five of the opening-quarter goals to take a 5-0 lead into the first break. The Blue Hens earned two goals from Beau Jones and one each from Jeff Heath, Tom Holland and Dan Keane during the frame.

The home squad extended its lead to six goals before Whippen fired in an unassisted tally to put the Minutemen on the scoreboard. Whippen rolled to his right toward the post and cut toward midfield before he blasted a low attempt beyond Delaware goalie Conor Peaks.

After the Blue Hens responded with one goal of their own, the Minutemen notched three consecutive tallies to cut within 7-4 in the closing minutes of the opening half.

Sokol found the back of the cage with six minutes, seven seconds to play in the second quarter to make it 7-2 on a pass from Mooney. After Delaware was hit with a pair of non-releasable penalties, including one stretching for three minutes, the Minutemen tallied twice more.

Mooney added his own goal on a feed from Mariano at the 4:13 mark before Mooney facilitated Mariano’s first of the evening and 27th on the season only 48 seconds later.

However, the Minutemen entered the halftime break trailing, 8-4 as Holland registered his second goal of the game with 1:54 to play in the stanza.

The Blue Hens built upon their lead following halftime as Heath struck 1:43 into the quarter to put Delaware up by five. UMass responded with two more – one each from Mariano and Mooney – to again pull within three of tying.

Mooney scored his 18th of the year with 11:15 remaining to give Mariano his 10th assist of the freshman’s first campaign as a Minuteman. Mariano followed with his second goal of the evening. He bested Peaks over the goalie’s left shoulder 10 yards out from the right post to make it 9-6.

Holland started a four-goal run spanning the conclusion of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to turn the 9-6 game into a 13-6 lead for the Blue Hens.

Mariano broke the streak when he intercepted a Delaware pass at midfield, charged on-goal and past Peaks with 7:33 to play but UMass was unable to draw closer. Frisina and Holland capped scoring with a goal each for the Blue Hens.

Delaware outshot UMass, 40-39 and picked up a 35-23 edge in groundballs. The Blue Hens also won 16 of the 25 faceoffs taken. Massachusetts forced 13 turnovers against only nine committed while the man-up unit finished 4-of-5 on the contest.


UVM Men’s Lacrosse Falls to UMBC in Season Finale
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Graham Horvath and Andrew Buckanavage combined for seven goals, but Vermont fell to UMBC, 17-14, on Vermont’s Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts wrap up the season with a 5-8 overall record and 0-5 mark in league play, while UMBC moves to 7-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference.Vermont honored seniors Nate Billings, Thomas Martin, Garrett Virtue, Derek Braig, Mark D’Anthony and Graham Horvath with a ceremony prior to the game as part of Senior Day.Horvath (4 g, 1 ast) and Buckanavage (3 g, 2 ast) combined to score 10 points for the Catamounts, while freshman Karl Weller added his first career multi-goal game with two scores. Nate Lewnes and Matt Gregoire tallied eight points apiece to lead UMBC to victory. Phil Poe won 28 faceoffs and picked up 20 ground balls for the Retrievers.

Nate Billings and Justin Rosenberg split time in the Vermont cage, combining for nine saves in the contest. Connor Gordon earned the win in net for UMBC after stopping 10 shots.

MacKay and Gregoire swapped goals in the opening seven minutes of play, before Vermont went on a 4-0 run to finish the first period. Four different Catamounts scored goals during the run, as UVM took a 5-1 advantage into the second quarter.

UMBC scored 10 straight goals in the second period to open up an 11-5 lead. Lewnes tallied three of the scores, and Gregoire and Pat Young added two apiece to give the Retrievers the advantage.

Vermont battled back to outscore UMBC 3-1 in the third period behind goals from James Barlow, Patrick Clark and Horvath. The Catamounts closed their deficit to 12-8 heading into the final quarter of play.

After three UMBC goals to open the fourth period, Buckanavage tallied three straight scores, and Weller added his second of the game to pull Vermont within three, 15-12, with 4:58 showing on the clock.

Lewnes added another score on the ensuing possession, but Horvath responded with a pair of goals in a span of 1:41 to cut the UMBC lead to 16-14 with just over a minute remaining. Lewnes picked up an insurance goal in the final minutes to send the Retrievers on for the victory.

NOTE: Ian MacKay tallied 28 goals on the year, which is the most by a UVM rookie since Drew Philie scored 30 during his rookie campaign in 2010 … The Catamounts went 5-3 in non-conference play this season … Seven different Catamounts tallied double-digit points on the year