Division I Roundup February 28th

Stony Brook Holds off Men’s Lacrosse for 10-9 Decision

McLinden racks up seven points for the Stags

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Colin McLinden matched his career high with seven points, but the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team was held off by host Stony Brook in a 10-9 contest on Saturday afternoon on Long Island. McLinden netted a hat trick to go along with four assists for the Stags.

In addition to matching his career best – established in a win over Yale on March 8, 2014 – McLinden also moves into eighth place on Fairfield’s all-time scoring list with 122 career points.

Fairfield (2-2) also got a pair of goals from Jake Knostman as well as single tallies from Charlie Schnider, TJ Neubauer, Joe Rodrigues and Will Fox. Schnider and Drew Murray also dished out on assist apiece.

To go along with his first career goal, Fox went 13-for-18 at the faceoff ‘X’. The freshman is the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week for his work as the Stags’ primary faceoff man.

Neubauer added seven ground balls for Fairfield, and Tristan Sperry scooped up five. Brad Nordstrom helmed the net for the Stags and made nine saves.

The Seawolves netted the first two goals of the contest and maintained the lead the rest of the way. Neubauer got the Stags on the board and then McLinden found the back of the net as Fairfield faced a 5-2 deficit early in the second quarter. A Schnider tally capped the first-half scoring as the Stags headed to the locker room facing a 6-3 deficit.

Knostman opened the second-half scoring on a feed from McLinden, but Stony Brook netted the next two markers to rebuild an 8-4 edge. At that point, Fox banged home his first collegiate marker and McLinden added a pair to pull the Stags within one at 8-7 with 12:54 to play.

The Stags would pull no closer, however, as the Seawolves answered with a marker and, after Knostman’s second goal, responded again to take a 10-8 edge. Rodrigues scored on a Schnider assist just before the final horn as Stony Brook held on to take a 10-9 decision.

Fairfield outshot the Seawolves, 38-24, and held a 34-23 lead in ground balls. The Stags were edged in turnovers, committing 15 while pressuring the hosts into 13 miscues.

Mike Rooney led Stony Brook with a goal and seven assists, and Chris Hughes tallied a hat trick.

Fairfield continues its road swing next Saturday, March 7, with a short trip to Yale University. Faceoff against the Bulldogs, who are ranked as high as No. 7 in the national polls this week, is slated for 2 p.m.

Big Fourth Quarter Lifts No. 6/6 Duke Past No. 10/13 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, 21-14

DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 10/13 Harvard men’s lacrosse team hung tough with No. 6/6 Duke through three-plus quarters, but a late run propelled the Blue Devils past the Crimson, 21-14.

Devin Dwyer led Harvard’s (1-1) offense with five points on the day, scoring two goals and dishing out three assists to extend his point-scoring streak to 21 games dating back to the 2013 season. The junior’s three helpers moved him into a tie with former Crimson great Chris Pujols ’86 for 10th place on Harvard’s career assists list with 66.

Will Walker improved his goal-scoring streak to 12 games, finding the back of the net twice. Deke Burns also contributed two goals as the Crimson showed great offensive depth with 11 different goal scorers.

Jake Gambitsky was under heavy pressure all day in goal, turning aside 14 shots while allowing 19 goals before giving way to Bryan Moore. The senior was especially stout against shots at close range, turning away several point-blank attempts to keep Harvard in the game.

Duke (4-1) owned the X, winning 27-of-39 face offs en route to a 55-29 advantage in ground balls. Justin Guterding paced the Blue Devils with six goals and three assists, while Jack Bruckner (4g, 1a) and Chad Cohan (3g, 2a) totaled five points apiece.

Harvard returns to action Tuesday, March 3 as it hosts Quinnipiac at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Face off is scheduled for 4 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The first half was full of action as the teams combined for 18 goals through the first 30 minutes. Harvard took an early lead following back-to-back goals by Dwyer and Philip Wagley, 2-1, but the Blue Devils stormed back with three unanswered strikes to take a 4-2 advantage. Walker found the back of the net off a nice feed from Dwyer to end Duke’s run before the hosts tacked on one more for a 5-3 lead after the first.

Two quick goals scored by the Blue Devils to begin the second quarter moved the score to 7-3, and with 4:11 remaining in the half Duke looked to be in control with a five-goal margin, 10-5. The Crimson closed the half with a flurry, however, with scores by Keegan Michel, Ian Ardrey and Burns in a 2:09 span pulling Harvard within 10-8 at the intermission.

Duke improved its lead to 14-10 in the third quarter, outscoring Harvard 4-2. Gambitsky came up with several key saves in the period, however, including two from close range to keep Harvard within reach.

A goal by Burns just 24 seconds into the fourth quarter made it a 14-11 game, and following a penalty called against Duke the Crimson held the ball on the man-advantage looking to pull within two. A turnover gave the ball back to the Blue Devils, however, ending the threat and beginning a 7-3 run as Duke pulled away late for the 21-14 victory.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer recorded three assists on the day, moving him into 10th place on Harvard’s career assists list (66) … Devin Dwyer registered five points (2g, 3a), extending his point-scoring streak to 21 games … Will Walker scored two goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to 12 games.

 

Brown Cruises To 18-12 Win Over UMass Behind Dylan Molloy’s Seven Goals

 

Amherst, Mass. – The 48th meeting between Brown and UMass turned out to be an old fashioned shootout, with the Bears utilizing their new fast-paced offense and sophomore attackman Dylan Molloy’s (Setauket, NY) career high seven goals to come away with an 18-12 win over the Minutemen at McGuirk Stadium.

Brown improves to 2-0 with the win, while UMass falls to 0-4 overall.

Molloy’s seven goals came on just 11 shots and he added two assists to finish with nine points. Bears’ junior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA), who missed all of last season due to injury, continued his comeback with four goals, while junior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) added three goals and three assists.

Junior Will Gural (Haverford, PA) was terrific in the face-off x, winning 19 of 30 face-offs for the Bears. In goal for Brown, junior tri-captain Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) registered eight saves.

The Minutemen were paced by Peter Lindley and Grant Whitney, who scored three goals each. Goalie D.J. Smith made nine saves for the Minutemen in 51:26

Brown opened the game by attacking the Minutemen and building a 5-0 lead on two goals by Blynn and one each by goals by Molloy, Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) and Bellistri.  A late first quarter by UMass attackman Ryan Izzo cut the Bears lead to 5-1 after one quarter.

The game settled down n the second quarter with each team scoring four goals as Brown held a 9-5 lead at the half.  Molloy scored two goals in the quarter while Bellistri and Blynn scored one each for the Bears. Gianni Blanchin scored twice for the Minutemen and, Brendan Hegarty and Grant Whiteway added a goal each.

UMass got back in the game and cut Brown’s lead to 11-8 with 7:00 left in the third quarter on a goal by Lindley.

But the Bears answered by scoring five of the game’s next six goals to grab a 16-9 advantage on a Gural goal with 10:22 left in the game, putting the game out of reach.

Brown is back in action again on Wednesday, March 4, traveling to Hartford, Connecticut to battle Hartford.  Game time is 3:30 pm.

 

#19 Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Navy, 7-6
THE BASICS:
Score: Navy 7, #19 Holy Cross 6

Records: Holy Cross (2-1, 1-1 Patriot League), Navy (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League)

Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field)

Date: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

Time: 3:05 p.m.

The Lead: Dave Little broke a 6-6 tie when he scored the game-winning goal for the Midshipmen with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter as the No. 19 Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell, 7-6, on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Navy struck first with a goal from Jack Ray with 9:41 left in the first quarter.
  • Holy Cross then evened the score with a goal from junior Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Gabe Voumard found the back of the net 45 seconds after the Crusaders’ goal to put Navy up 2-1.
  • With just five seconds left in the first quarter, sophomore Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) scored a man-up goal to end the first quarter tied 2-2. Wilkinson posted an assist on the goal.
  • Senior Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) scored an extra-man goal in between two Navy goals to bring the score to 4-3 at the end of the second quarter. Wilkinson a tallied an assist on McKenna’s goal.
  • Kevin Wendel scored on an extra-man opportunity for the only goal of the third quarter with 8:20 minutes remaining as the Mids took a 5-3 lead to the fourth quarter.
  • Holy Cross scored the next three goals to move out to a 6-5 lead with 4:46 left in the fourth as sophomore Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.), Wilkinson and senior Clay Haarmann(Mendham, N.J.) each found the back of the net.
  • T.J. Hanzsche scored for Navy with 3:45 remaining in the quarter to tie the score 6-6, and then Little scored on an extra-man opportunity to secure Navy’s victory with 2:55 to go in the contest.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Navy outshot Holy Cross 31-29.
  • John Connors recorded 13 saves for the Midshipmen, while junior Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) recorded 11 for the Crusaders.
  • Navy won 10 of 16 face-offs, while each team when 2-3 on extra-man opportunities.
  • Navy secured 26 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 23.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Sean Wilkinson has recorded at least four points in each of the last three games for the Crusaders.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action when they hit the road to take on Delaware on Tuesday, March 3, at 3:00 p.m.

Catamounts Fall to Boston University in Men’s Lacrosse

FINAL SCORE: Boston University 15, Vermont 7
BURLINGTON, Vt. –
Jack Wilson and Cal Dearth combined for 14 points to lead Boston University past Vermont, 15-7, in a non-conference men’s lacrosse tilt Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field.

Wilson netted five goals and added one assist, and Dearth registered a pair of scores and five helpers to pace the Terriers. Seven other players on the squad posted a goal apiece on the afternoon.

Ian MacKay led all Catamounts with three points on a goal and two assists, while Dyson White and Cam Milligan added two points each (1 g, 1 ast).

Christian Carson made 14 saves in the contest to earn the win for Boston University, while his counterpart, Jon Kaplan, stopped 12 shots in his first career start for UVM.

Both teams tallied a pair of goals in the first quarter, with Vermont receiving scores from Matt Gudas and White in the opening five minutes. The tally for Gudas was the second of his career.

In the second period of play, Karl Weller opened the scoring at the 10:30 mark off a feed from White. The Terriers answered with the final six goals of the quarter, including a pair from Wilson, to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.

Boston University outscored Vermont 4-1 in the third quarter behind goals from four different players. James Barlow registered the lone Catamount tally in the stanza, as the junior notched his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

The Catamounts cut the Terrier lead to 12-6 with the first two goals of the fourth period from MacKay and Alex Stanko, but Wilson registered the next three scores for Boston University to close out the 15-7 victory.

Vermont is back in action on Tuesday (March 3) for a matchup at NJIT at 4 p.m

Photo courtesy Pete Estes