Wednesday Roundup, 3/8

#5 Brown Overpowers Holy Cross, 20-7, Behind Bellistri’s Seven Goals  

Worcester, Mass. – Senior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) scored five of his career-high seven goals in the opening half to help the #5 Brown men’s lacrosse team build a 10-1 halftime lead en route to a 20-7 win over Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon.

The Bears maintained their unblemished record, improving to 4-0 overall.  The Crusaders, coming off a one-goal loss to then #5 Loyola, fall to 0-6 on the season.

Brown’s starting attack of Bellistri, senior Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) and junior All-American Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) accounted for 12 of Brown’s 16 goals through three quarters.

Bellistri’s seven goals came on nine shots, while adding three assists, to finish with 10 points.  Blynn also had a big day with four goals and two assists.

Molloy, who led the nation in scoring a year ago, has embraced his role as playmaker, turning in a performance reminiscent of former Bears’ standout Darren Lowe ‘92, the USILA Player of the Year in 1992. Molloy distributed a career high eight assists, while scoring one goal.

Also registering multi-goal performances for the Bears were senior Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) and sophomore Owen Rogers (Babylon, NY) with two goals each.

The Bears came into the game as the nation’s top face-off team and certainly didn’t disappoint, capturing 26-of-30 face-offs overall.  Senior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, PA), the nation’s face-off leader, won 13-of-13 face-offs in the opening half and 17-of-17 face-offs for the game.

Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made seven first half saves and 11 saves overall in three quarters of play, while allowing five goals.

Junior defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario) was a ground ball machine for the Bears, picking up a career high 11 ground balls.

The Crusaders were paced by Sean Wilkinson and Logan LeBlond, who scored two goals each.

Holy Cross goalie Michael Ortlieb made 16 saves before departing midway through the fourth quarter.

Brown dominated the opening quarter, getting two goals by Bellistri and another by Blynn to build a 3-1 lead.  Gural won all five face-offs of the opening quarter to give the Bears a possession advantage.

The offensive onslaught continued with the Bears keeping up the pressure, scoring four straight goals in the opening 4:45 of the second quarter and out-scoring the Crusaders by a 7-0 margin in the quarter to grab a 10-1 lead at the half.

Bellistri scored three of the second quarter goals, while Molloy, Blynn, Tills, and senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) also found the back of the net.

Blynn and Bellistri each notched two third quarter goals, while Tills and Rogers added one each to lift the Bears to a 16-3 lead after three quarters.

Rogers, junior Brewster Warble (Bronxville, NY), sophomore Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) and AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, NY) all got on the scoreboard for the Bears in the final quarter.

The Bears return home on Saturday, March 12 to host Michigan at Stevenson-Pincince Field.  Face-off is 1:00 pm.

 

Stags Surge to 13-9 Win at Georgetown

Burke and Neubauer each net four in Fairfield’s first-ever win against the Hoyas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by four goals apiece from Colin Burke and TJ Neubauer, the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team knocked off host Georgetown, 13-9, on Tuesday afternoon on Cooper Field in our nation’s capital. Neubauer also dished out an assist to round out a five-point performance.

Fairfield (2-4) records its first-ever win over the Hoyas and its first road victory of the 2016 campaign. Georgetown (1-4) was unranked but receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Cascade/Maverik Media Poll this week and previously stood as high as No. 13 on the national ledgers. The Hoyas had most recently defeated CAA club Hofstra – then-unbeaten and ranked No. 8 in the USILA poll – by an 11-6 score.

In today’s win, the Stags also notched their highest scoring total since topping Colgate by an identical 13-9 count last March on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.

With his five-point showing today, Neubauer eclipses the career 100-point plateau at 101. He also moves into eighth place at the Stags’ all-time goals list with 89 – surpassing the 87 markers recorded by John Snellman ’12 in his Fairfield career. Neubauer sits one goal behind his former teammate Sam Snow ’13 for seventh all-time and is 11 tallies shy of becoming the fifth Stag to hit the century mark. On the 2016 season, Neubauer has scored 11 goals with two assists.

Burke’s four goals set a new career standard for the freshman – also tying his personal-best in points – and move him into the team lead with 14 goals and 18 total points this spring. He has scored at least one goal and racked up at least two points in each of the first six contests of his collegiate career.

Neubauer and Burke were two of a season-high seven Stags to score goals as Liam DaRos, Charlie Horning, Jake Knostman, Joe Rodrigues and Charlie Schnider each added a marker. Rounding out the Stags’ attack, Dave Fleming dished off two assists and Horning served up one.

On the other side of the field, Tyler Behring made 14 saves en route to earning the win in the cage. Andrew Eidenshink led the defense in front of the junior goalkeeper with two ground balls, and long-stick midfielder J.B. Smith collected three.

Will Fox helped control the action from the faceoff ‘X’ with a 14-for-23 mark. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year went 14-for-20 in the final three quarters after the Hoyas won all six faceoffs against Fox and classmate Joe DeLasho in the first period to take a 3-2 edge in the contest.

The Stags scored the first goal of the contest for the first time since the season opener against Richmond on Feb. 15. Burke did the honors with an unassisted tally at 11:38 in the opening quarter, and Rodrigues added a goal at 8:55 to stake Fairfield to a 2-0 advantage.

However, the Stags would not score again in the first frame as the Hoyas ran off three goals to take a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Schnider’s goal just 37 seconds into the second quarter was the start of a dominant 30 minutes for Fairfield. The marker set the Stags off on an 8-2 run than spanned both the second and third quarters. When all was said and done, Fairfield had doubled-up Georgetown and carried a 10-5 lead into the final stanza of action.

Georgetown snapped the run with a goal at 14:42 in the fourth, but Neubauer answered with a scoop-and-score on a loose ball in front of the net to rebuild a five-goal cushion at 11-6. The Hoyas kept the game within reach with a three-goal run in the fourth quarter, but the Stags continued to win draws at the ‘X’ and worked the clock on their ensuing possessions.

Georgetown has shaved the margin to 11-9 with 3:46 to play, but Burke capped his four-goal day just over a minute later to extend the lead with 2:43 left. Neubauer followed suit, netting his fourth goal at the 1:29 mark of the fourth quarter to round out the score at its final count of 13-9 in favor of the Stags.

Peter Conley, a 2014 First Team All-Big East honoree who played only seven games last spring due to injury, led the Hoyas offense with two goals and two assists. In the cage, 2015 First Team All-Big East goalkeeper Nick Marrocco made seven saves.

The Stags are back in action on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium this Saturday, March 12 to host No. 4 Yale. The 1 p.m. contest will air live on SportsNet New York (SNY) and over the Internet on ESPN3. The broadcast will be produced by the Fairfield University Media Center.

Yale, which hosts St. John’s tonight at 7 p.m., is currently 3-0 on the season. The Bulldogs’ signature win is an 8-5 victory over then-No. 4 Maryland to go along with 10-goal routs of UMass Lowell and Bryant.

 

No. 15 Albany Takes Victory from Men’s Lacrosse

Minutemen drop 16-4 decision at Garber Field

AMHERST, Mass. University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse was unable to overcome the combined offense and defense of visiting No. 15 Albany in a 16-4 loss at Garber Field Tuesday afternoon.

Brendan Hegarty totaled two points for the Minutemen on a goal and assist while Nick DeSisto, Peter Lindley and Shane Madden each scored once as well. DeSisto, a transfer from Loyola (Md.), and Madden’s goals represented the first of their Minuteman careers. Dylan Gruder and Noah Rak picked up a point apiece via assists.

UMass earned a strong showing at the faceoff X in the loss as Rak was 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) with five groundballs while Tom Meyers went 6-for-9 with three groundballs.

Gruder and Kyle Karaska had a pair of caused turnovers while Kevin Porzelt added three groundballs and one caused turnover. D.J. Smith started in the cage and took the loss playing the first half. Dan Dolan took over after the break and gave up four goals with two saves before Sean Sconone rotated into net with four saves and as many tallies given up.

Led by a hat trick from Connor Fields and two each by Jake Cullen, Bennett Drake and Justin Reh, Albany (3-1 overall) tallied the opening eight goals of the game and led 8-0 at the half.

Hegarty and Lindley scored back-to-back in the opening minutes of the third quarter on feeds from Rak and Gruder; respectively, but the Minutemen could not climb closer as the Great Danes added a second eight-goal run.

The Maroon and White (2-4) return to Garber Field with another ranked opponent visiting Western Massachusetts as No. 10 North Carolina (3-2) travels to Amherst for a Sat., March 12 tilt at 1 p.m.

 

Vermont Drops First NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Game in Canada to Canisius 11-6

OSHAWA, Ontario
– Eight first-half goals for Canisius proved to be the deciding factor on Tuesday, as the Golden Griffins topped Vermont 11-6 in the first men’s Division I lacrosse meeting in Canada at the Oshawa Civic Centre. UVM falls to 2-4 on the season as Canisius improves to 1-1.Six Catamounts recorded a goal for Vermont on the afternoon as Cam Milligan led UVM in points with a goal and an assist. Justin Rosenberg returned to the cage for the Catamounts and made nine saves in three quarters.James Edwards recorded a hat trick for the Golden Griffins and added a pair of assists for a game-high five points. Lewis Vaccaro also handed out a pair of assists and added a goal for Canisius.

Canisius jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the opening quarter, including a pair of goals from Edwards. Milligan tallied the first score for Vermont on his 10th goal of the season, followed by freshman Charlie Cobb with his second point in two games.

The Golden Griffins scored twice in the first three minutes of the second period, but were halted by Braiden Davis shortly after on an assist from Milligan. After Canisius took an 8-3 lead midway through the quarter, James Barlow cut into the Golden Griffins’ advantage with the 16th goal of his senior campaign to close out the half.

When the teams took to the field for the second half, Karl Weller tallied Vermont’s lone third-quarter goal after a 10-minute scoring drought. With a final period to play, the Catamounts trailed Canisius 9-5.

Jimmy May took advantage of a UVM penalty and put one past Rosenberg to advance the Golden Griffin’s lead to 10-5. Ian MacKay responded with his first score of the game, extending his point streak to 34 consecutive games. Connor Kearnan registered the final score of the contest with 2:32 remaining to give the Golden Griffins their first win of the 2016 season.

Jeff Wilson stopped six shots for Canisius, while the Golden Griffins outshot Vermont 41-20. The Catamounts cleared 17-of-20 attempts but were edged 25-21 in ground balls.

UVM returns home for its third game in seven days on Saturday to take on Sacred Heart. Face off at Virtue Field against the Pioneers is set for 1 p.m.

 

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Tripped up at Bryant

Mahon scored his third goal of the season at Bryant 

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The No. 8/7 Harvard men’s lacrosse team fell at Bryant Tuesday night for its first loss of the season, 12-9.

Harvard (4-1) owned a 6-4 halftime lead but was outscored 8-3 in the second half. The Crimson’s struggles at the face off X resulted in a 15-10 advantage for Bryant (4-2) as the hosts controlled possession for a majority of the second half and outshot Harvard, 53-29.

Robert Shaw played a strong game in goal, turning aside 17 shots despite taking his first career loss. Matt Ryan and Bobby Duvnjak also made contributions in the defensive third, with Ryan registering five ground balls and three caused turnovers and Duvnjak chipping in four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Devin Dwyer, Morgan Cheek and Joe Lang each scored two goals at the offensive end, with Dwyer adding an assist for a team-high three points.

Ryan Sharpe turned in a hat trick to pace Bryant as Collins Gantz and Cam Ziegler scored two apiece. Gunnar Waldt needed only seven saves in goal for the win bolstered by Kenny Massa’s 14-of-24 performance at the X.

Harvard is right back at it as it travels to Penn State on Saturday, March 12. Face off is scheduled for 10 a.m. live on ESPNU.

Bryant struck first but Harvard responded with four-straight goals to go in front 4-1 after the first 15 minutes. Sean Mahon began the scoring barrage before turning it over to the usual suspects, Lang, Dwyer, and Cheek.

The Bulldogs answered back with a pair of goals to pull within 4-3 before Cheek and Dwyer halted the momentum, sending the Crimson into the break on top, 6-4.

It took nearly five minutes for either team to break through in the third quarter but Bryant did so in a big way, scoring three straight in a 3:40 span to retake the lead on Brett Baker’s goal with 6:28 remaining, 7-6. The Crimson had a pair of opportunities to answer back but couldn’t capitalize, and Shaw was forced to deflect a late flurry to keep the margin at one heading into the final period.

Shaw turned aside two shots early in the fourth but the constant pressure by the Bulldogs finally paid off, with Tom Forsberg cashing in to make it an 8-6 game. After the Crimson defense came away with a pair of stops, Sharpe completed his hat trick to push the score to 9-6 with 7:29 to play.

Jack Breit ended the Bulldog’s 5-0 run off the ensuing faceoff with a laser from the top of the box. Lang followed shortly after with a nifty bounce shot, but an untimely turnover with under 3:00 on the clock led to Bryant’s 10th goal. The Bulldogs added two more for good measure before Sean Coleman’s strike set the final margin, 12-9.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer registered three points (2g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 38 games … Devin Dwyer jumped to sixth place on Harvard’s career-scoring list (167), matching Jeff Cohen ’12 for the most points scored by a member of the Crimson to have played under head coach Chris Wojcik ’96 … Morgan Cheek (2g) and Joe Lang (2g) have point-scoring streaks of seven games and six games, respectively … Robert Shaw has made at least 10 saves in four of five games this season … Jack Breit became the first Harvard long pole to score a goal this season and now boasts 15 career points (9g, 6a).