Weekend Roundup, 3/6

Bailey Tills Scores Four Times To Lead #7 Brown Over UMass, 15-7

Providence, R.I. –Senior middy Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) scored four goals to help the seventh-ranked Brown men’s lacrosse team open up a 9-1 lead at the half and cruise to a 15-7 victory over UMass in the 51st meeting between the New England rivals at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

The Bears improve to 3-0 on the young season, while the Minutemen fall to 2-3.

“I’m excited about the result today and pleased with our effort and energy,” said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany.  “Alec Tulett and Larken Kemp did all the hard work in the middle of the field with ground balls and caused turnovers and helped get our offense going. I’m also excited that were able to score in our set-up offense, something we’re worked very hard to improve.”

Tills made the most of his scoring opportunities with four goals on four shots. Senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) scored three goals and added an assist for the Bears.

Junior All-American attackman Dylan Malloy (Setauket, NY), the nation’s leading scorer, extended his consecutive game point streak to 23 games with four points, scoring two goals and handing out two assists.

Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) once again helped dictate the pace of play with 11 saves, while allowing five goals, and initiating exquisite outlet passes to kick-start the Bears’ offense in just over 50 minutes of play.

Brown senior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, PA) once again dominated the face-off x, winning 12-of-15 face-offs.  Sophomore Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) also contributed, capturing 6-of-10 face-offs.

The aggressive Bears out-shot the Minutemen, 42-30, and held a 36-29 advantage in ground balls.

Seven different players scored goals for UMass.  DJ Smith started in goal for UMass, playing the first half.  He made eight saves, while surrendering nine goals.

Brown opened a 4-0 lead in the first quarter with a balanced attack, getting goals by senior Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), Tills, senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and Molloy’s 100th career goal.

The Minutemen got on the scoreboard first to open the second quarter, cutting the Brown lead to 4-1 on a goal by Brendan Hegarty with 11:25 left in the quarter, but the Bears answered seven seconds later when Gural won the face-off and found the back of the net for a 5-1 Bears’ lead.

Blynn and Tills scored two goals each in the last nine minutes of the half to post a mini-4-0 run and give the Bears a 9-1 advantage at the half.

Brown’s scoring onslaught continued in the second half as the Bears made multiple substitutions. Tills, Molloy and Blynn scored again to lift the Bears to a 12-1 lead.  UMass stopped the bleeding with a goal by Dan Muller with 15 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Brown’s lead to 12-2 heading into the final quarter.

The Minutemen had the better of play in the outset of the fourth quarter, getting goals from Buddy Carson and Gianni Bianchini with 12:52 left to cut Brown’s lead to 12-4.

Brown’s relentless, fast-paced offense answered immediately with two goals in 28 seconds, getting the first career goal by freshman Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and one by senior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) to pull ahead by a 14-4 margin. Sophomore Jack Collins (Barrington, RI) closed out the scoring for the Bears midway through the fourth quarter.

Brown is back in action again on Tuesday, March 8, with the Bears traveling to Worcester, MA, to battle Holy Cross. Face-off is 3:00 pm.

 

Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Defeated by No. 18 Stony Brook, 9-6

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A five-goal third quarter proved to be the difference as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team was clipped by No. 18 Stony Brook, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. TJ Neubauer netted a hat trick for the Stags, and Tyler Behring made 12 saves.

In addition to the 11th hat trick of Neubauer’s career, Fairfield (1-4) benefitted offensively from two Colin Burke goals and a Joe Rodrigues marker. Charlie Horning dished out an assist for the Stags.

Behring made 12 saves to helm the defensive side of the field. Spencer Noonan scooped up three ground balls in front the junior goalkeeper, and J.B. Smith had five ground balls in the midfield with a caused turnover.

At the faceoff ‘X’, Will Fox posted a 7-for-15 mark and Joe DeLasho won two of his three draws attempted. Fox also gathered a trio of ground balls.

Stony Brook (3-1) started the contest with an Alex Corpolongo marker, but the Stags responded with the next three tallies. After Burke evened the score, Neubauer followed his own miss with a quick scoop-and-score to put Fairfield in front, 2-1. Joe Rodrigues then wrapped around the cage and tallied his sixth goal of the spring to end the first quarter with the Stags holding a 3-1 edge.

Neubauer struck again early in the second period to extend the margin to 4-1, but the Seawolves’ Matt Schultz answered less than a minute later. Neither team would find the back of the net for the final 12:28 of the frame as the Stags carried a 4-2 advantage into the intermission.

In total, the scoreless drought on both sides spanned 19:52 of clock time. Stony Brook ended the spell with a Corpolongo marker and struck again 61 seconds later – this time on a Ryan Bitzer tally – to knot the contest at 4-4 at the 6:35 mark of the third frame.

Fairfield responded again as Neubauer converted a Horning feed to round out his hat trick and stake the Stags to a 5-4 lead. However, two Stony Brook goals in 14 seconds gave the nationally-ranked visitors a lead that they would not relinquish at 6-5. The Seawolves added another marker in the closing minute of the third to carry a 7-5 advantage into the final quarter.
Stony Brook’s run was capped at four straight goals with a Justin Pugal tally with 8:45 to go. Burke ended the run with his second goal of the day – and team-leading 10th of the season – but Fairfield would not score again. Jeff Reh tacked on an insurance goal for the Seawolves and neither team would score over the final 7:05 as the 9-6 tally held up as final.

Corpolongo, Schultz and Bitzer each scored two goals for Stony Brook. Zach Oliveri started in goal and made three saves for the Seawolves. Brandon Maciejewski worked the second half in the cage, stopping six Fairfield shots to earn the win.

The Stags will now make their longest road trip of the season, traveling to Washington, D.C. to challenge Georgetown on Tuesday, March 8. Faceoff from the nation’s capital is slated for 3 p.m.

The Hoyas defeated No. 8 Hofstra on Saturday, 11-6, to improve to 1-3 on the season following losses to a formidable trio of early season opponents: then-No. 1 Notre Dame, then-No. 13 Towson and Mount St. Mary’s.

Fairfield’s next game on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium is a 1 p.m. visit from No. 6 Yale on Saturday, March 12.

 

Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Edged By #5 Loyola Maryland, 10-9

THE BASICS:

Score: #5 Loyola Maryland 10, Holy Cross 9
Records: Holy Cross (0-5, 0-2 Patriot League); Loyola (4-1, 2-0 Patriot League)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field)
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Lead: Juniors Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Jon Vogel (Chesterfield, Mo.) each tallied four goals for the Crusaders, but the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Loyola Maryland, 10-9, on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Field. The Crusaders outscored the Greyhounds 5-2 in the fourth quarter including a goal with 33 seconds left to cut Loyola’s lead to 10-9, but Holy Cross was unable to find the equalizer.

HOW IT HAPPENED:     

  • Holy Cross controlled the ball in the early going of the first quarter, forcing Loyola goaltender Grant Limone to make three saves.
  • Loyola then scored four straight goals to take a 4-0 lead to enter the fourth quarter. On the Greyhounds’ first goal at 7:03, Romar Dennis received the ball five yards out from the left side of the goal circle and fired a shot to the back of the net for the man-up score. 1:06 later, Zack Sirico followed with the second goal. Pat Spencer posted a high shot from just outside the crease for a goal at 2:48 before Zach Herreweyers tallied another with a fast-paced counter attack score a minute later.
  • The Crusaders responded with a  goal at 11:57 in the second quarter. Senior Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) passed the ball from behind the net to senior Connor Sofield (Long Beach, N.Y.) who was spotted to the right of the goal and ripped a low shot past Limone to make the score, 4-1.
  • Ryan Fournier then carried the ball through the midfield and to the goal circle before finding the back of the net to record a goal at 11:41, to increase the margin to 5-1.
  • Holy Cross scored the next three goals to cut the deficit to one goal before the break. First at 8:59, Vogel posted a man-up goal from the left side of the net, as Sofield recorded the assist. Then on another extra-man advantage at 5:05, junior Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) connected with Buermann who fired a shot from 10-yards out that traveled high past Limone’s stick side. Buermann netted another at the 2:22 mark from two yards out to make the score 5-4 at halftime. Sophomore Logan LeBlond (Branchburg, N.J.) picked up the assist on the goal.
  • Loyola scored the next three goals in the third quarter. Tyler Albrecht posted a goal for the Greyhounds early in the third at 13:03 to increase the lead to 6-4. Ryan Chase blasted a shot past senior Michael Ortlieb(Newport Beach, Calif.) at 5:01 before Jay Drapeau netted another goal at 2:28, as Loyola moved out to a 8-4 lead.
  • With eight seconds left in the third quarter, Holy Cross charged down the field as Wilkinson passed the ball to Vogel near the left side of the goal circle as he released a shot that ricocheted off the post with one second left on the clock. The Greyhounds led by four goals to enter the final frame.
  • At the start of the fourth quarter, Loyola fired four shots on target in the first five minutes in which Ortlieb made a stop on each attempt.
  • Loyola then extended to a 9-4 lead, completing a 4-0 run after a score at 9:11 by Brian Sherlock that beat Ortlieb on his high stick side.
  • Holy Cross then broke the Greyhounds’ scoring streak with two goals to make the score 9-6. Vogel claimed the first score at the 7:03 mark. LeBlond delivered the pass from behind the net to Vogel on the right side who turned and whipped a shot past Limone for the score. Buermann posted the next goal on a low shot from seven-yards out with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Albrecht then dodged a Holy Cross defender and bounced a shot past Ortlieb to make the score, 10-6 with 3:20 left to play in the fourth quarter.
  • In the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, the Crusaders used a three-goal surge to shift the momentum in the favor of Holy Cross to make it a one-goal game with 33 seconds left on the clock.
  • First on the Crusaders’ next possession at 1:21, Vogel dodged a defender and bolted towards the net, lacing a shot on the run to make the sore 10-7.
  • Next, Wilkinson charged down the left side of the field with 42 seconds left on the clock and dished the ball out to Vogel on the right side of the goal circle who ripped a shot to the back of the net to trim Loyola’s lead to two.
  • Buermann then found the back of the net with a man-up goal with 33 seconds left to play in regulation on a shot from 15 yards out to make the score 10-9. Fischetti earned the assist on the goal.
  • The Crusaders then won the ensuing face-off as senior Joe Reilly (Garden City, N.Y.) then picked up the ground ball. Lux took a shot with one second left before the final buzzer that went just wide, as Loyola held on to the 10-9 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Ortlieb made 15 saves with a .600 save percentage, while Limone posted eight saves for the Greyhounds to earn the win.
  • Loyola outshot Holy Cross, 44-31.
  • The Greyhounds picked up 33 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 20.
  • Holy Cross went 3-5 on extra-man opportunities, while Loyola went 1-1.
  • The Greyhounds won 15 of 23 face-offs.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The No. 5 Greyhounds are the highest ranked opponent the Crusaders have faced at home in the program’s history.
  • This is the first time the Crusaders have had two players each score four or more goals in a game since James Kennedy posted six goals and John Hannan tallied five in the 15-14 victory over Hartford on February 25, 2012.
  • Vogel has netted at least one goal in every game this year.
  • Buermann posted his second straight four-goal game, as he has scored eight goals in the last two games.
  • Lux has notched at least one point in his last 11 games.

UP NEXT

  • The Crusaders will return to action when they host No. 7 Brown on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:05 p.m.

Fourth Quarter Men’s Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short 15-13 at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Vermont outscored Michigan 5-2 in the fourth quarter, but penalties plagued the Catamounts as Michigan capitalized on 4-of-6 extra-man opportunities in its 15-13 win on Saturday in Ann Arbor. UVM falls to 2-3 on the season, while Michigan improves to 3-2.

Six Catamounts posted a multi-point performance against the Wolverines, led by Cam Milligan who matched his season-high with seven points on three goals and four assists. Ian MacKay extended his point streak to 33 consecutive games as the junior recorded four points on three scores and a helper, and senior James Barlow recorded a pair of goals and assists for Vermont as well.

Jon Kaplan (2-2) made 11 saves in net for Vermont for his second double-figure save effort of the year.

Kyle Jackson paced Michigan’s offense with a hat trick and three assists, while four more Wolverines added a pair of scores. Ian King registered four points on two goals and two helpers for U-M. Goalkeeper Logan Gerald (3-2) collected 17 saves in the cage and five ground balls.

A heavily offensive first quarter was fueled by MacKay’s hat trick in the first 15 minutes. The Wolverines kicked off the contest going up 1-0 early on, but Milligan struck from the top left to tie it up on his seventh goal of the season.

MacKay netted three unanswered goals throughout the remainder of the quarter to give Vermont a 4-3 cushion.

The Wolverines outscored the Catamounts 3-1 in the second quarter. Michigan took a two-goal lead midway through the second period and scored on a man-up opportunity, but was halted by Barlow on a Milligan helper down low in front of the U-M net (6-5).

Michigan found its rhythm in the third period as Kyle Jackson tucked one into the net to open second half scoring and gave Michigan a 7-5 lead. Milchling answered back through an open cage to put Vermont with one. The Wolverines then strung together a four-goal run through the remainder of the period, closing out the quarter with their largest lead of the game (13-8).

Dawes Milchling and Milligan propelled a 5-2 Vermont run in the fourth period as they each player tallied his second score of the afternoon. Moments later, Nick Bartlett sent it down the center of the field on a fast break and connected 10 yards out of the goal (14-11).

MacKay stormed the cage and a backhand feed across the center to Milligan with six minutes left in the game put Vermont within three (15-12). Barlow buried his second goal into Michigan’s net, but Vermont’s five-goal rally was not enough as the Catamounts fell to the Wolverines in the Big House.

Freshman TJ Subel made his debut at the X for Vermont, as the rookie won 13-of-24 faceoff attempts. Both teams posted 47 shots on the afternoon, while U-M held a narrow 27-24 ground ball advantage.

Vermont gets ready for the second half of its two-game road trip as it heads to Oshawa, Ontario on Tuesday (March 8) to take on Canisius. Face-off against the Golden Griffins at is set for 3 p.m.