New England D3 Report: Week 2
As the calendar turned to March the lacrosse season got into full swing this past week. The NESCAC had a full slate of league games and there were some other outstanding OOC matchups and big wins for the CCC as Endicott and western New both took down nationally ranked opponents. One thing that is becoming crystal clear in the early going is parity is filtering down to the Division 3 level. We have seen some really head scratching results and it looks like it should continue all season.
- Tufts (1-0)- The Jumbos were pushed to the limit in Hoboken against Stevens, but came away with a hard fought victory. Their class came through in the decisive 4th quarter as they beat the Ducks 14-13.
- Amherst (1-0)- The Jeff’s were the only NESCAC team to win by a larger than one goal margin against Bowdoin 10-7.
- Bates (4-0) – The Bobcats earned a hard fought OT win at Wesleyan 12-11 on Saturday, followed by an easy 19-4 at UNew England on Sunday.
- Keene St (2-0) The Owls were idle this weekend, a showdown with Tufts awaits this week.
- Middlebury (1-0) – The Panthers won a tough defensive struggle at home versus Conn College 5-4.
- Williams (1-0)- total opposite of Middlebury, the Ephs won a shootout at Trinity 16-15.
- Western New England (1-1)- The Bears move up two spots on their impressive win in Baltimore against Stevenson 9-8. Nice rebound after getting blitzed at Keene St.
- Springfield (1-1)- Idle this past weekend, they will travel to Hoboken to face Stevens on Wednesday.
- Endicott (1-2)- The Gulls showed plenty of guts this week after dropping their first two, pulling off a 2 OT win at Union 13-12. Will face Middlebury at home this week.
- Wesleyan (0-1)- The Cards almost pulled off a late comeback taking Bates into OT. My pick for sweetest helmet this year.
3 Stars for the week:
1st Star: Taylor DuBose, Western New England: Scored game winning goal in upset win at #12 Stevenson. Shot 2 for 5 during the contest as well.
2nd Star: Peter Fields Jr., Endicott: The senior shot a perfect 4/4 including game winner in 2OT against #14 in the Nation, Union.
3rd Star: Graham Davis, MIT: Scored 5 goals on 16 shots in MIT’s upset win at Skidmore.
Face off Player of the Week:
Tommy Hughes, Endicott: Winner for the second week in a row continues to be the driving force for the Gulls. He finished 21/28, with 15 GB’s in the Gull win at Union.
. Salve Regina off to a 5-0 start after beating Farmingdale this weekend.
. Randy Fraser picks up his first win at the helm of Regis with a win at Rivier 9-6.
. John Uppgren held to 2 shots (1 Goal) at Stevens, Ducks appeared to be face guarding the All American at times.
.After NEWMAC compadre Babson was beaten at Skidmore in week 1: 10-16, MIT pulls off an impressive win in Saratoga, 13-7. Keep an eye on Graham Davis. The Severn (MD) alum looks to be quite a player coming off last season.
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