No. 13/16 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Knocks Off Penn State Behind Lang’s Four Goals, 12-9
Lang’s second straight hat trick helped Harvard remain unbeaten at home (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13/16 Harvard men’s lacrosse team led from beginning to end as it upended Penn State Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium, 12-9.
Freshman Joe Lang was the story once again for the Crimson attack, scoring four goals for his second straight hat trick. Sean McDonagh turned in a career-high four points with one goal and three assists, while Deke Burns and Ian Ardrey added two goals apiece.
Sean Coleman, Keegan Michel and Matt Ryan also found the back of the net and Devin Dwyer dished out an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 23 games.
Junior Bryan Moore, making his first career start, came away with 12 saves to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 on the year. Moore turned aside five attempts in the first quarter to help Harvard create separation, and made five more saves in the fourth to secure the victory.
Austin Williams went 12-of-23 at the X and collected three ground balls. Ryan led the team with four ground balls, with Stephen Jahelka and Sean Mahon also chipping in three. Jahelka, Brian Fischer and Brendan Newman were each credited with two caused turnovers.
With the win, Harvard improved to 3-1 on the year and moved to 3-0 at home. The Crimson will now head out on a four-game road trip, its longest of the season, beginning Monday, March 9 at Holy Cross.
Harvard began the game with a 1:00 un-releasable penalty but successfully navigated the man-down situation to set the tone at the defensive end. After killing off the penalty McDonagh put the Crimson on the board, beginning a 4-0 run that included strikes by Michel and Ardrey, and was capped by Coleman’s first career tally.
Penn State (2-3) responded with three straight goals to pull within 4-3, but Lang and Burns ended the run with their first scores of the day to regain a 6-3 margin. The Nittany Lions made it a one-goal game once again with two quick scores as time was winding down in the first half, but a shot by Ryan as time expired deflected off a defender and into the goal to put Harvard in front 7-5 at the break.
The Crimson extended its lead to 10-5 with three successive goals in the third quarter and held an 11-6 advantage in the fourth following Lang’s third of the day. Penn State got to within 11-8 with 9:21 remaining in the game, but Lang answered the call once again to move the score to 12-8. Moore made all five of his fourth-quarter saves down the stretch to hold off the Nittany Lions and give Harvard the victory, 12-9.
Game Notes: Harvard is 3-1 to begin the year for the first time since 2011 … Devin Dwyer recorded one assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 23 games … Joe Lang registered his second straight hat trick with four goals … Joe Lang has recorded at least one point in each of Harvard’s four games this season, and has totaled at least three points in three games … Long Stick Midfielder Matt Ryan has scored a goal in each of Harvard’s last three games … Bryan Moore earned the win in his first career start to improve to 3-0 on the year … Stephen Jahelka recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers in his first action of the year … Harvard improved to 25-10 at home under Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, and 14-2 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Earns First Ever Win Versus #9 Army With 7-6 Victory
Score: Holy Cross 7, #9 Army 6
Records: Holy Cross (3-2, 2-1 Patriot League); Army (5-2, 1-1 Patriot League)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field)
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 1:05 p.m.
The Lead: Sophomore Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal for the Crusaders in the fourth quarter as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 9 Army, 7-6, on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Field. This was the Crusaders’ first ever win against Army, as the Black Knights had won the previous 24 meetings. This was Holy Cross’ second ever victory against a nationally ranked opponent. The first win came earlier this year against No. 8 Loyola (Md.). With the win, the Crusaders are off to their best start ever in Patriot League play with a record of 2-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Army struck first with a goal by Connor Glancy with 12:06 left in the first quarter. John Glesener had the assist. Holy Cross responded 1:35 later with a goal by senior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.). Glesener picked up his second assist of the day on a goal by Shea Mullins making the score 2-1 Army.
- With 5:07 in the first quarter the Black Knights increased their lead to 3-1 with a goal by Connor Cook assisted by Glesener. Junior Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) brought the Crusaders within one as he found the back of the net off a pass from senior Frank Gaul (Glen Rock, N.J.).
- Senior Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals for the Crusaders at the end of the second quarter giving the Crusaders a 4-3 lead at halftime. McKenna’s first goal was with 3:30 remaining in the first half and his second goal with five seconds to play was assisted by Gaul, his second of the day.
- Freshman Logan LeBlond (Branchburg, N.J.) scored under a minute into the third quarter increasing the Crusader lead to 5-3. Wilkinson earned the assist on the play. Army responded with a man-up goal by Alex Newsome, assisted by Cole Johnson. Holy Cross went up 6-4 with a goal by sophomore Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) to wrap up the third quarter.
- The Black Knights made the score 6-5 on a goal by Glesener. Glesener had three assists earlier in the game. With 3:17 to play in the fourth quarter, Buermann gave the Crusaders a two-goal lead making the score 7-5.
- Army would find the back of the net one more time with 30 seconds to play in the game making the score 7-6 Holy Cross. Senior Tyler Purdue (Mendham, N.J.) then won the ensuing face-off as junior Brendan Sheehan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) secured the ground ball to clinch the 7-6 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) was outstanding in net with 12 saves and a .667 save percentage for the Crusaders. Sam Somers made 10 saves for the Black Knights.
- Holy Cross edged Army in face-offs won by a margin of 9-8. Purdue took all 17 face-offs for the Crusaders.
- The Crusaders won 24 ground balls and the Black Knights won 23.
- Army outshot Holy Cross, 39-24.
- Army went 1-3 on extra-man opportunities while Holy Cross went 0-1.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Today’s win was Holy Cross’ first ever win against Army. The two teams had previously faced-off 24 times.
- This is the Crusaders second ever win against a nationally ranked opponent. The first win came back this season on Feb. 21 when Holy Cross defeated No. 8 Loyola (Md.) 13-12 on the road.
- With a 2-1 record in the league, the Crusaders are off to their best ever start in Patriot League play.
- Buermann’s game-winning goal is the first of his career.
- The Crusaders are back in action on Monday, March 9 at Holy Cross Field with a 4:05 p.m. face-off against No. 13 Harvard.
Milligan’s Overtime Goal Lifts UVM Men’s Lacrosse to 11-10 Victory Over Air Force
FINAL SCORE: Vermont 11, Air Force 10 (3 OT)
BETHESDA, Md. – Sophomore Cam Milligan tallied a goal 20 seconds into the third overtime period to lift Vermont to an 11-10 victory over Air Force in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Landon School. UVM collected its second straight win, improving to 2-4 on the year, while Air Force dropped to 2-4 overall.
After a pair of scoreless overtime periods, Vermont earned a man-up opportunity heading into the third extra frame. With the Catamounts in the attacking zone, Milligan picked up a loose ball and fired a shot that beat goalie Doug Gouchoe to send Vermont on to the 11-10 triumph.
Ian MacKay led all Catamounts with four points (3 g, 1 ast), and Milligan, Michael Clarke and James Barlow each added a pair of scores in the contest. Nick Bartlett and John Everett registered a team-high two assists apiece.
Nick Hruby topped all scorers in the contest with four goals, while Keith Dreyer and Christopher Allen chipped in with two tallies each.
Sophomore goalie Jon Kaplan made a career-high 13 saves in the tilt to improve to 2-1 on the year. Gouchoe stopped 15 shots in the losing effort for the Falcons.
The Catamounts opened the contest with the game’s first two scores, as Barlow and Michael Clarke gave Vermont a 2-0 advantage at the 6:31 mark. Air Force responded to tie the game at 2-2 following tallies from Nick Hruby and Chris Walsch.
In the final minute and a half of the first period, MacKay and Joe Matarazzo traded goals to send the game into the second quarter all tied up, 3-3.
The Falcons outscored UVM 3-1 in the second frame with goals from three different scorers, as they took a 6-4 advantage into halftime. MacKay registered the lone Catamount goal of the period off a feed from John Everett.
Vermont regained the lead midway through the third quarter after registering the first three goals of the frame. Milligan, Dyson White and Bartlett propelled the Catamount run with a goal apiece to put UVM out in front, 7-6.
Three straight goals by Air Force in a span of four plus minutes pushed the Falcons back ahead, 9-7, before Barlow was able to find the back of the net for UVM with just 24 seconds remaining to bring Vermont back within one score, 9-8.
With Air Force holding a 10-9 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, Clarke registered his second score of the tilt to knot things up at 10-10.
In the final seconds of play, Vermont worked the ball down field and into the attack zone. White fired a shot that rang off the pipe with just one second showing on the clock, and the teams headed into overtime.
Vermont and Air Force registered four shots each in the three combined overtime periods, but neither squad was able to tally the game-winner until Milligan’s early score in the third extra frame. The game-winner for the sophomore was the first of his Catamount career.
UVM continues its road trip with a game at Georgetown on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m.
Molloy’s Career High Eight Goals Lifts #20 Brown Over Michigan, 22-12
Ann Arbor, MI – Brown’s offensive juggernaut continued Sunday afternoon against Michigan, with the Bears coming away with a 22-12 win over the Wolverines at Oosterbaan Field House field behind sophomore Dylan Molloy’s (Setauket, NY) career high eight goals. 20th ranked Brown extended its record to 4-0 overall, its best start since 2004, while Michigan falls to 3-3 overall.
The 22 goals scored by the Bears are the most since a 23-5 win over Providence in 1996. Brown, who out-shot Michigan by a 68-41 margin, leads the nation in scoring with 18.5 goals per game.
Molloy, the nation’s leading scorer, who had a then career best seven goals against UMass last week, scored his eight goals on 17 shots. With five assists, Molloy tied the Brown record of 13 points, held by USILA Player of the Year Darren Lowe ‘92 against Boston College in 1991 and All-American Oliver Marti ‘93 vs. New Hampshire in 1993.
Junior attackmen Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) and Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) added to the scoring assault, each netting four goals to give Brown’s starting attack 16 goals for the afternoon. Junior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and senior captain Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) chipped in with two goals each.
Junior Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) registered 14 saves in goal for the Bears. Junior Will Gural (Haverford, PA) had a big day in the face-off x, winning 20 of 33 face-offs and picking up a game high nine ground balls.
The Wolverines were paced by Peter Krause with three goals and two assists, and Kyle Jackson, who added two goals. Goalie Gerald Logan had 11 saves, while allowing 20 goals.
Brown’s offense was running on all cylinders from the outset, opening up a 5-0 lead on two goals by Blynn, one by Caputo and two by Molloy in the game’s first 10 minutes
Michigan answered with goals by Kyle Jackson and Peter Krause at the end of the first quarter, and another by Jackson to open the second quarter to trail, 5-3.
Bellistri put a stop the Wolverines’ 3-0 run with a goal at 11:25 of the second quarter to give the Bears a 6-3 lead. His goal ignited a 5-0 Brown spurt that put the Bears up, 10-3, with 6:19 remaining on tally by sophomore Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT).
After two quick Michigan goals cut the Brown lead to 10-5, Blynn scored his fourth goal and Molloy his third to give the Bears a 12-5 lead at intermission.
The Wolverines out-scored the Bears, 6-3, to make it a game and trail by just four goals, 15-11, on a goal by Brendan Caughan with 38 seconds left in the third quarter.
Molloy took over the game for the Bears and scored three goals in a 5-0 Brown run to give the Bears a 20-11 advantage at the 11:06 mark of the fourth quarter.
Brown opens its Ivy League season next Saturday, March 14, hosting #16 Harvard at Stevenson Field, starting at 3pm.
Photo courtesy Elan Kawesch