Weekend Roundup, March 14th

Bellistri, Molloy Lead #5 Brown Past Michigan, 22-8

Providence, R.I. – Senior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) scored six goals and All-American junior attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) added four goals to lead the #5 Brown men’s lacrosse team to a 22-8 win over Michigan Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

Brown improves to 5-0 with the win, while Michigan falls to 3-3 overall.

Thirteen different Brown players scored goals for the Bears, who came into the game as the nation’s highest scoring team with 17.75 goals per game.

Bellistri completed a 13-goal week for the Bears, scoring six goals on 11 shots. He had seven goals in a win over Holy Cross earlier this week.

Molloy, who leads the nation in assists and points, netted his four goals on six shots, while adding two assists.

Senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) registered two goals and two assists for the Bears, while picking up five ground balls.  Freshman Carson Song (Charlotte, NC) and senior Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) each scored a goal and added four assists.  Senior All-American long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) scored a goal and caused three turnovers.

Bears’ All-American senior goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was once again brilliant in goal, making eight saves, while allowing three goals in three quarters of play.

Michigan goalie Gerald Logan carried the Wolverines for 52:34, making 17 saves, many from point blank range.

Brown set the tempo from the opening quarter, building a 6-1 lead on two goals each by Molloy and Bellistri, and goals by Blynn and senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY).

Michigan’s Brent Noseworthy scored early in the second quarter to draw the Wolverines to within 6-2 of the Bears.  The Bears closed the quarter with a 4-0 run behind a goal by Molloy and three more by Bellistri to build a 10-2 lead at intermission.

The Wolverines struck first to open the third quarter, an unassisted goal by Kyle Jackson, cutting Brown’s lead to 10-3.

Brown broke the game open with 10 straight goals, including eight goals to close the third quarter and two more to open the final quarter, to grab a 20-3 advantage following Song’s first career goal with 10:16 remaining in the game. In the 10-0 run, sophomore long stick Max Gustafson (Sherborn, MA) scored his first career goal on an assist by Kelly.

The fifth-ranked Bears travel to Boston, Mass., on Saturday, March 19 for their Ivy League opener against  #8 Harvard. Face-off at Harvard Stadium is 1:00 pm.

 

No. 4 Yale Holds Off Stags, 10-5

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team turned in a strong second half against No. 4 nationally-ranked Yale on Saturday afternoon, but was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 10-5 loss to the Bulldogs. The contest was televised on SportsNet New York (SNY) and in front of a live crowd of 2,456 fans – the largest crowd in the two-year history of Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.

Fairfield (2-5) was led offensively by a hat trick from Colin Burke. The freshman attackman, who has scored at least one goal with two or more total points in each of the Stags’ first seven games, leads the club with 17 goals and 21 points this spring.

Another new Stag – sophomore Charlie Horning – also contributed a three-point day to the offense with a goal and two assists. All eight of his points on the season have come in Fairfield’s last four contests.

Rounding out the scoring was Jake Knostman with a man-up goal, and two assists from Charlie Schnider. Schnider leads Fairfield with 13 helpers on the year.

In the cage, Tyler Behring made 14 saves for the second consecutive game. The defense in front of the junior goalkeeper was led by three ground balls from Matt Borda and a pair scooped up by Spencer Noonan.

At the faceoff ‘X’, Joe DeLasho went a perfect 11-for-11. Will Fox also won two draws as the Stags went 13-for-17 on the day. Fairfield came away with all 10 faceoffs in the second half as it looked to mount a comeback against the Bulldogs.

Yale (5-0) was led by a five-point showing from Ben Reeves with two goals and three assists. Michael Keasey added a first-half hat trick for the Bulldogs.

Helming the goal for Yale was Phil Huffard. The national leader in goals-against average made 14 saves today with a strong defensive effort in front of him pressuring Fairfield into 17 turnovers. Yale has not allowed more than eight goals in a game this season.

A defensive-minded first quarter saw Keasey put Yale on top with two early goals. After his second marker at 8:37 in the opening frame, neither team would rattle the cage for the ensuing 16:48 of clock time. At that point, four different Bulldogs scored goals as a part of a late run that sent the visitors into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.

Fairfield came out firing in the second half, disrupting the shutout on a Horning goal at 13:04. After another stretch of over eight minutes without a goal, Yale scored at 4:22 in the third quarter. The Stags quickly responded as Burke’s first of the day moved the score to 7-2 heading into the fourth frame.

Yale struck first in the final quarter, but back-to-back tallies by Burke and Knostman (man-up) cut the deficit to 8-4 with 6:19 to play. Yale thwarted the run with a Michael Bonacci goal, followed by Burke completed his hat trick to run the score to 9-5 with 2:57 left.

However, time continued to tick down on the Fairfield comeback attempt, and Reeves added a goal with 58 seconds to play against the vacated cage as Behring looked to force a turnover to round out the final score at 10-5.

The Stags are back in action next Saturday, March 19 for a noon contest at Colgate. The Raiders, who are currently 3-3 on the season, lost at Patriot League opponent Boston U. today and will host Cornell on Tuesday before welcoming the Stags to Andy Kerr Stadium.

Fairfield returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Tuesday, March 22 to host in-state foe Quinnipiac under the lights at 7 p.m. The Bobcats stand at 3-1 with a game against Marquette on tap before their trip down I-95 to challenge the Stags.
Milchling’s Overtime Winner Lifts Vermont 9-8 over Sacred Heart
FINAL SCORE: Vermont 9, Sacred Heart 8 (OT)
BURLINGTON, Vt. – A man-down goal by Cam Milligan with 16 seconds left in regulation allowed for Dawes Milchling to net the game-winning score in Vermont’s 9-8 overtime victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday at Virtue Field. UVM improves to 3-4 on the season as the Pioneers drop to 2-5.

With two minutes to play in overtime, Milchling stormed around Sacred Heart’s goal to score on the doorstep to cap off the rookie’s third hat trick of the season and Vermont’s third win.

Six Catamounts posted points on the board for UVM, including Cam Stafford who recorded a pair of first half goals and added an assist. Freshman Jack Knight registered a goal and an assist and James Barlow netted his 17th goal of the season. Justin Rosenberg (1-1) made 11 saves in net for the Catamounts and picked up a team-high five ground balls.

Alex Dodge recorded a team-best four goals for the Pioneers, while Brian Masi posted a hat trick and added a pair of assists for a game-high five points. Freshman Greg Price made seven saves in goal for Sacred Heart.

Five different Catamounts gave Vermont a convincing 6-1 advantage over Sacred Heart in the first half. The Cats went on a 4-0 run while Rosenberg held the Pioneers scoreless for 29:39, until Masi ended Sacred Heart’s drought with a goal 11 minutes into the third quarter.

The Pioneers responded with a heavily offensive fourth quarter as Sacred Heart combined for five straight goals within five minutes for its first lead of the game. Milchling tied the game at seven apiece midway through the fourth, before Dodge struck with 57 seconds on the clock.

After a Vermont penalty with 42 seconds to play, Milligan tallied his second man-down goal in six games to send the Catamounts into their first overtime matchup of the season. Milchling tossed a pass over the Sacred Heart net to Milligan, who charged the cage to send UVM and Sacred Heart into a fifth period.

TJ Subel took to the X for a third-straight game for Vermont and won 10-of-19 faceoffs. Sacred Heart outshot the Catamounts 39-31, while UVM held the 18-13 edge in ground balls.

UVM takes next week off before it heads to Long Island for a matchup at Hofstra on Tuesday, March 22.

 

No. 8/7 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Can’t Continue OT Magic in 13-12 Loss at Penn State

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 8/7 Harvard men’s lacrosse team overcame a five-goal deficit to force overtime but ultimately fell at Penn State Saturday morning, 13-12.

Harvard (4-2), which had been dubbed the “Cardiac Crimson” after winning three-straight overtime games to open the year, trailed 8-3 in the second quarter and faced a 12-8 deficit as the fourth quarter began. Harvard potted four goals in the frame to reach overtime for a fourth time this season, but Nick Aponte converted on an unsettled situation to give the game to Penn State (4-3).

Devin Dwyer was exceptional at the offensive end for Harvard, scoring four goals and adding two assists for a game-high six points. The senior boasts the nation’s fourth-longest point-scoring streak at 39 games, with today’s performance moving him to fourth place on Harvard’s career list with 173 points (68g, 105a).

Morgan Cheek added two goals and one assist for three points, with Ian Ardrey contributing one goal and one assist.

Robert Shaw played another solid game in goal despite the loss, making 10 saves against 32 shots faced. Jack Breit and Bobby Duvnjak also stood out in the defensive third with three caused turnovers apiece. The duo also hooked up for a goal in the second quarter, with Duvnjak winning a ground ball before feeding Breit for his second of the year.

Penn State was paced by Aponte’s three-goal, three-assist effort as TJ Sanders (3g, 2a) and Grant Ament (2g, 3a) totaled five points apiece. Will Schreiner made 10 saves to earn the win.

Harvard opens Ivy League play next week as it hosts Brown on Saturday, March 19. Face off is scheduled for 1 p.m. live on ESPN3.

Harvard got off to a great start with goals by Will Walker and Ardrey putting the Crimson on top, 2-0. A pair of saves by Shaw were sandwiched in between as the sophomore kept the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard. Penn State erupted from there, however, scoring eight of the next nine goals for an 8-3 advantage 5:03 into the second quarter.

Back-to-back goals from Cheek helped Harvard turn the momentum, and strikes by Dwyer and Breit pulled the Crimson within 10-7. Dwyer netted his third of the day off a beautiful feed from Ardrey just before the half expired, putting the score at 10-8.

Penn State regained a four-goal margin to start the third and took that same lead into the fourth, 12-8.

Sean Coleman opened scoring in the fourth with a rocket from 15 yards out, and Lang made it a two-goal game with a great individual effort. Another from Dwyer on the doorstep kept the Crimson’s surge going, and Sean Mahon got free in front of the net to complete the comeback and tie the score at 12-all.

Harvard held possession to begin overtime, but Cheek’s shot was saved and the Nittany Lions pushed the ball upfield. Harvard did well to try and slow the fast break opportunity, but Aponte was able to work his way to the edge of the crease and snuck a shot past Shaw for the win.

Game Notes: Four of Harvard’s six games have gone to overtime with the Crimson owning a 3-1 record in those contests … Devin Dwyer boasts a 39-game point-scoring streak, the nation’s fourth-longest streak … Devin Dwyer has moved to fourth place on Harvard’s career points list with 173 (68g, 105a) and ranks fourth in career assists … Devin Dwyer’s 20 goals this season match his career-high … Morgan Cheek and Joe Lang boast goal-scoring streaks for eight games and seven games, respectively … Robert Shaw has made at least 10 saves in five of six games … Jack Breit and Bobby Duvnjak each caused three turnovers, matching the Crimson’s season-high.

 

Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Defeated By Bucknell

THE BASICS:
Score:
 Bucknell 18, Holy Cross 12
Records: Holy Cross (0-7, 0-3 Patriot League); Bucknell (4-2, 1-2 Patriot League)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field)
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Lead: Will Sands tallied seven goals and an assist for eight points for the Bison as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Bucknell 18-12, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. Senior Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied his 100th career point in the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED:     

  • The Crusaders opened the scoring at 11:42 of the first quarter as Connor Sofield (Long Beach, N.Y.)found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
  • Will Sands netted back-to-back goals for Bucknell as the Bison led 2-1 at 8:41 of the first quarter.
  • The Crusaders recorded six straight goals over the next 13:09 of the game as they moved out to a 7-2 lead with 10:06 left in the second quarter. Junior Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) netted three of the goals, while junior Jack Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.), junior Jon Vogel (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Wilkinson each tallied one. Wilkinson recorded an assist on Vogel’s goal for his 100th career point.
  • The Bison ended the Crusader scoring streak at 5:56 of the second quarter and responded with three straight goals, to make it 7-5 at the end of the first half.
  • Vogel netted back-to-back goals to extend the Crusaders’ lead to 9-5 at 12:33 in the third quarter.
  • The Bison recorded two quick goals to make it 9-7 with 8:00 remaining in the third.
  • Wilkinson found the back of the net to give the Crusaders a 10-7 lead at 6:45 of the third.
  • Bucknell recorded four straight goals to take an 11-10 lead with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter.
  • Bucknell opened the fourth quarter with a goal by Sean O’Brien at the 11:00 mark to increase the lead to 12-10.
  • The Crusaders responded with a goal from Vogel, making the score 12-11 with 8:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • The Bison then tallied six straight goals as Bucknell held an 18-11 advantage with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Vogel found the back of the net to make the final score 18-12 as time expired.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Senior Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made four saves, while Christian Klipstein posted 12 saves for the Bison to earn the win.
  • Bucknell outshot Holy Cross, 43-38.
  • The Bison picked up 34 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 19.
  • Each team went 2-3 on extra-man opportunities.
  • The Bison won 20 face-offs while the Crusaders won 12.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Wilkinson is now the 22nd Crusader in program history to record 100 points. He now has 102 career points with 51 goals and 51 assists.
  • Vogel has netted at least one goal in every game this year, as he posted five goals in today’s contest. His five goals tie his career high, which occurred at Bucknell on March 14, 2015.
  • Buermann posted a hat-trick, and two assists for five points. The hat-trick is his third of the season and the third of his career.

UP NEXT

  • The Crusaders continue Patriot League action on Saturday March 19, when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to face Army West Point at 12:00 p.m.