Division I Roundup, 3/21

Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse tops host Colgate, 12-7

Burke racks up five points, Neubauer and Horning each tally four

HAMILTON, N.Y. – A seven-goal run in the first half proved to be decisive as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team knocked off defending Patriot League Champion Colgate, 12-7, on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y. Colin Burke scored four goals with an assist for the Stags, while TJ Neubauer netted four goals and Charlie Horning totaled four points via a goal and three assists.

Fairfield (3-5), which bested the Raiders for the second consecutive season, also got goals from Drew Murray, Dave Fleming and the first career tally by Matt Borda. Charlie Schnider handed out a pair of assists, and Joe Guidarelli distributed the first helper of his career.

Fairfield was outshot by the Raiders, 36-30, but put 21 tries on goal to the host’s 17.

Tyler Behring helmed the cage and made 10 saves in addition to four ground balls and a caused turnover. Neubauer added five ground balls for the Stags and Horning collected three. As a unit, the Stags won the battle for ground balls, 26-20.

At the faceoff ‘X’, Will Fox won 7-of-15 draws and Joe DeLasho scooped up three of his six attempts.

Sam Cleveland and Peter Donato each had three point performances for Colgate (3-5), while Brandon Burke made nine saves on the defensive end of the field.

Though the Raiders opened the scoring in the contest, the first quarter belonged to the Stags. Peter Donato’s marker at 12:08 was the lone goal for the hosts in the frame as Fairfield answered with five first-quarter tallies. A transitional goal started the run as Guidarelli picked up his first career assists with a long feed to Horning who converted in front to knot the score at 1-1. Two Burke goals sandwiched around a Fleming marker extended the margin, and Schnider connected with Neubauer in the closing seconds of the period to round out the 5-1 advantage for the Stags after 15 minutes of action.

The momentum continued into the second quarter as the Stags converted their first extra-man opportunity of the day with Neubauer again finishing a Schnider feed. Colin Burke then capped his hat trick and reached the 20-goal mark for the season as the lead grew to 7-1.

Sam Cleveland’s goal at 9:37 ended the Colgate scoring drought after more than 17 minutes, but the Stags had a quick answer as Drew Murray got on the board exactly one minute later as Fairfield re-established a six-goal advantage. Both defenses clamped down from that point forward, capped by the Stags fending off a long Raiders’ possession in the closing minute of the half, as the 8-2 margin held into the intermission.

The squads traded goals in the third quarter with Fairfield supplying the answer to both Colgate tallies to maintain a six-goal lead. After Chase Wittich got on the board for the Raiders, Borda notched his first career goal for the Stags. The junior defenseman was unmarked and carried the ball the length of the field, stopping his run in front of the crease and rattling the cage for a goal. After a Cam Williams tally, the Stags ended the quarter with Burke’s fourth goal in the closing seconds on a Horning assist to take a 10-4 lead into the final stanza.

With Fairfield slowing the pace offensively, the margin was more than sufficient for the Stags to keep the Raiders at bay in the fourth quarter. Neubauer scored twice in the final frame, while Colgate put home three goals to round out the final score at 12-7.

Fairfield returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Tuesday, March 22 to host in-state foe Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. The Bobcats stand at 3-1 with a Saturday afternoon game against Marquette on tap before their trip down I-95 to challenge the Stags.

 

Minutemen Pick Up 11-9 Triumph at No. 20 Penn State

Carr’s four points, multi-goal games from Muller, Spencer pave way to win

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Sophomore attack Buddy Carr scored a hat trick including the eventual game-winning goal as the University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse program defeated No. 20 Penn State, 11-9 on the road Saturday. Carr added an assist for a team-high four points while Dan Muller and Ben Spencer scored twice each.

Freshman Tom Meyers took all 24 faceoffs for the Minutemen and secured a personal-record 16 victories to provide a possession edge for Massachusetts throughout the game. Jake Lisauskas and Paul Spinney totaled two points apiece on a goal and assist.

Shane Rinkus scooped up a personal-record five groundballs as one of 16 Minutemen to grab at least one in the contest, during which UMass bested Penn State, 31-21 in the category.

The Minutemen improve to 4-4 overall with the win, their third over a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 team this season. Penn State falls to 5-3 with the loss.

Grant Ament had six points for the Nittany Lions on two goals and four assists. Mike Sutton scored a team-high three goals but the UMass defense locked down on Sutton and held him scoreless after the first quarter.

After Massachusetts weathered four Penn State goals in the opening 15 minutes and trailed 4-2 after one, the Minutemen posted seven of the next nine scores for a 9-6 advantage into the final seconds of the third stanza.

With the Minutemen down 4-2, Meyers won the opening faceoff of the second quarter and Spencer capitalized on the possession only 76 seconds into the stanza. Hegarty evened the game at 4-all with 10 minutes, 45 seconds to go in the frame when he fielded a play at the left post and scored while being pushed from behind.

Ament broke the streak with his second of the game, but Carr, Muller and Lisauskas bridged halftime with three straight goals for the Minutemen. Lisauskas started the run with 4:06 to go in the second before Muller slipped his defender and found space in front with 78 seconds to go before the break. Following halftime, Lisauskas fed Carr for the 7-5 margin.

Carr, who scored each of his three goals during the third and fourth quarters, followed a Grant Consoletti strike with one of his own at the 2:11 mark in the third for a 9-6 UMass lead. He added his third and final tally with 12:17 remaining in the game to stretch the lead back to three after Brian Prestreau briefly closed the Nittany Lions’ gap to two.

The win over Penn State marked the first game this season head coach Greg Cannella tabbed Meyers the sole faceoff specialist. Meyers is 27-for-41 over the last three games, including his 16-of-24 performance against three Nittany Lions: Josh Wellman (7-18), Chris Young (1-3) and Billy Lombardi (0-3).

It is the second consecutive road game victory for the Minutemen at Penn State Lacrosse Field after the Minutemen took an 8-6 game from the No. 5 Nittany Lions on March 15, 2014. The Maroon and White are now 8-3 overall when playing on the road at Penn State, including wins in six of the last seven visits.

Follow UMass men’s lacrosse on Twitter via @UMassMLacrosse. After its midseason break, the Minutemen return to the field with a Sat., April 2 game at Delaware (3-5) beginning at 1 p.m.

 

Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Army West Point

THE BASICS:
Score:
 Army West Point 16, Holy Cross 7
Records: Holy Cross (0-8, 0-4 Patriot League); Army (6-2, 3-0 Patriot League)
Location: West Point, N.Y. (Michie Stadium)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Lead: Cole Johnson tallied four goals and four assists for eight points for the Black Knights as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Army West Point 16-7, on Saturday in Patriot League action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:     

  • The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead when juniors Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) and  Jon Vogel (Chesterfield, Mo.) each found the back of the net. Sophomore Logan LeBlond (Branchburg, N.J.) posted an assist on Vogel’s goal.
  • After Army tied the game with two straight goals, LeBlond gave the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage with 1:47 left in the first quarter.
  • The Black Knights scored four goals to move out to a 6-3 lead in the second quarter.
  • Vogel cut the Army lead to 6-4 when he netted the first goal of the third quarter. But the Black Knights then tallied three consecutive goals to increase their lead to 9-4 with 11:56 left in the third.
  • After a goal by senior captain Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.), Army posted five straight goals to take a 14-5 lead with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Lux made it a 14-6 contest with 2:27 left in the fourth, but two goals by Army increased its lead to 16-6. With eight seconds remaining, Vogel netted his third goal of the game for the 16-7 final score. Wilkinson posted an assist on the goal. 

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Senior Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 11 saves, while A.J. Barretto tallied nine saves to earn the win.
  • Army outshot Holy Cross, 40-27.
  • The Black Knights picked up 34 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 24.
  • The Crusaders went 0-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Black Knights went 2-4.
  • Army won 22 face-offs while the Crusaders won five.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Vogel has netted at least one goal in 10 consecutive games. He now has three hat-tricks this season and four for his career.
  • Wilkinson has at least one point in 10 straight games.

UP NEXT

  • The Crusaders return to action on Saturday March 26, when they host Jacksonville at 11:05 a.m.

 

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Can’t Complete Comeback in 11-8 Loss to Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The matchup between No. 14/14 Harvard men’s lacrosse and No. 5/5 Brown lived up to its billing as the Bears escaped Harvard Stadium with a hard-fought win Saturday afternoon, 11-8.

It was a one-goal game with 5:51 to play after Devin Dwyer found the back of the next, but Kylor Bellistri potted two of his three goals in the final moments to keep Brown unbeaten at 6-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy League. Harvard (4-3, 0-1 Ivy League) trailed by as many as six goals in the second quarter, 8-2, but as it has done all year the Crimson made a furious comeback in the second half to give itself a chance.

Brown’s Dylan Molloy and Dwyer entered the game ranked first and second in the nation in points per game, but each was limited to just one goal and one assist. Bellistri, ranked second in goals per game, did his part with his fifth hat trick in six games.

Will Walker led Harvard’s attack with two goals and one assist, with Sean Coleman dishing out three assists. Brown, however, received multi-goal efforts from Bellistri (3g), Henry Blynn (2g, 1a), Matt Graham (2g, 1a), and Stephen Hudak (2g).

Harvard’s defense played well despite the loss, holding Brown, the nation’s top-scoring offense, to a season-low 11 goals. Bryan Moore made 10 saves while allowing just six goals over three quarters in relief of Robert Shaw, with seven saves coming in a scoreless third quarter for the Bears. Bobby Duvnjak was also exceptional, setting career-highs with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.

Harvard is back in action Tuesday, March 22 as it hosts Boston University. Face off from Harvard Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.

The defenses stood tall in the opening moments with Harvard forcing three turnovers against two caused turnovers for Brown. The Bears finally broke through with three goals over a 53-second span, and led 5-1 after Hudak’s second of the day with 1:38 to play in the quarter. Harvard closed the gap to 5-2, however, as Morgan Cheek beat his defender with a roll dodge coming from X as time expired.

The pace slowed in the second quarter with just four goals scored, but three came off Brown sticks to give the Bears an 8-3 halftime advantage.

Harvard took it to Brown in the third quarter with strikes from Joe Lang and Walker in the first 51 seconds putting the score at 8-5. Dwyer later found Matt Ryan in transition to pull the Crimson within 8-6, and Moore kept the Bears off the scoreboard with seven saves.

Walker made it a one-goal game just 55 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Brown responded to regain a 9-7 edge. Dwyer’s goal put the Crimson within striking distance once again with 5:51 on the clock, 9-8, before the Bears closed it out with a pair of Bellistri tallies for the final 11-8 margin.

Game Notes: Brown, which entered the game ranked first in the nation in scoring, was limited to a season-low 11 goals and was held scoreless in the third quarter … Devin Dwyer registered one goal and one assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 40 games, the fourth-longest in the NCAA … Devin Dwyer ranks fourth in Harvard history with 175 career points and is fourth with 106 career assists … Devin Dwyer’s 21 goals this season are a career-high … Bryan Moore made his first appearance of the season in goal, stopping 10 shots against six goals allowed in 45:00 of action … Bobby Duvnjak set career-highs with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.

Photo courtesy Colgate Athletics