Weekend Roundup: 2/26

Wilson’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts BU Past No. 17/18 Navy, 8-7
ANNAPOLIS, Md.. – Junior Jack Wilson scored with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation to cap a fourth-quarter comeback and lift the Boston University men’s lacrosse team to an 8-7 victory over No. 17/18 Navy on Saturday afternoon.

THE RUNDOWN

Final Score: Boston University 8, #17/18 Navy 7
Records: BU (4-0), #17/18 Navy (1-3)
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Annapolis, Md.

THE INCREDIBLE FINISH

  • Navy had the ball with less than a minute to play, but the Mids turned the ball over with 13 seconds left.
  • BU quickly advanced the ball up field, where it eventually landed on senior Cal Dearth‘s stick. He jumped, faked a shot, and passed to Wilson, who scored his third goal of the game.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After several strong defensive possessions from both squads, Wilson got the first goal of the game with 3:41 left in the opening quarter. Sophomore James Burr found Wilson rolling out of X, and the junior dove across the crease to secure the goal.
  • Navy responded quickly with its first goal of the contest to even the score, 1-1, after 15 minutes.
  • Dearth got the Terriers their lead back early in the second quarter at the end of their first EMO chance thanks to freshman John MacLean‘s feed.
  • It became 3-1 after a terrific defensive stand. BU blocked two shots during that Navy possession and the ball eventually came to senior goalkeeper Christian Carson-Banister. He got the ball quickly up field to sophomore Thomas Schmidt, who then sent a pass into the box. The ball was deflected by a Navy defender, but Wilson quickly batted home the loose ball for his second goal of the game.
  • Senior Michael Carbone extended the lead to 4-1 after sophomore Brendan Homire found him wide open at the top of the crease.
  • BU held strong defensively to end the quarter, with Carson-Banister stopping a point-blank chance in the final seconds to keep the Terriers’ three-goal lead in tact entering halftime.
  • Dearth extended the lead to 5-1, but Navy scored six straight goals to take a 7-5 lead early in the fourth quarter.
  • Homire got a goal back, however, when he ran out of X, turned a corner, and converted his jump shot.
  • Junior Greg Farris tied the game, 7-7, with 1:52 remaining in regulation to set up the thrilling conclusion.

GAME NOTES

  • Wilson extended his point streak to 30 games with his four-point day. In addition to scoring the winner, he set up Farris’ goal that tied the game.
  • BU is 4-0 for the first time in program history.
  • The Terriers evened the all-time series with the Mids, 2-2.
  • Both of their wins against Navy have come on the final possession of the game. BU bested Navy, 10-9, in double overtime last season.
  • Carson-Banister made 10 saves and has yet to allow more than seven goals in all four starts this season.
  • Dearth finished with three points (2g, 1a) while Homire also recorded a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.
  • Junior Ryan Hilburn recorded an assist on Dearth’s second marker of the game.
  • Senior Greg Wozniak collected seven ground balls, one shy of his career high.
  • BU was 16-of-18 on clears and caused five of Navy’s 13 turnovers.

NEXT UP

  • BU will host Bryant in the Terriers’ home opener on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

 

#9/10 Brown Upended By Stony Brook, 25-17

Providence, R.I. – The #9/10 Brown men’s lacrosse team (1-1) was unable to rally from an 8-0 first quarter deficit, falling to Stony Brook by a 25-17 margin Saturday afternoon in a high scoring match-up at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

Stony Book (3-0) controlled the pace of the game and wouldn’t allow Brown’s fast-paced offense to get into gear.  The Seawolves, who played deliberately at the outset and worn down the Brown defense, out-shot the Bears, 66-38, including 36 shots on goal, and held a 44-38 advantage in ground balls. The 66 shots by Stony Brook were more than their first two games combined.

“Hats off to Stony Brook, who made plays and answered everything we threw at them,” said Brown head coach Mike Daly. “We have to get over this game quickly and I have to do a better job preparing our team.”

Senior First Team All-American and Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) paced the Bears with six points, scoring four goals and handing out two assists.  Sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and freshman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) scored three goals each for the Bears, with Kniffin adding two assists. Junior face-off specialist Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) scored two goals for Brown.

The Bears utilized two goalies in the game with freshman starter Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) making seven saves, while allowing 16 goals, and senior Peter Scott (mercer Island, WA) registering five saves with nine goals allowed.  Ottens took all 45 face-offs, winning 26.

For Stony Brook, Brandon Maciehewski made five saves, while allowing all 17 goals.

Cory Vanginhoven dominated the offensive end for the Seawolves with seven goals and an assist. Jeff Reh had four goals for Stony Brook, while Alex Corpolongo, Ryan Bitzer and Tom Haun added three goals each.

Stony Book stunned the Bears in the opening quarter, opening up an 8-0 lead by winning 7-of-9 face-offs and holding possession in Brown’s offensive zone for nearly 14 minutes. Vanginhoven’s three first quarter goals paced the Seawolves.

Brown came out in the second quarter firing on all cylinders, first with a goal by Molloy, followed by sophomore Carson Song (Charlotte, NC) and Jack Kniffin, to trail, 8-3, at the 8:01 mark.

The Seawolves built their lead back up to six goals, 10-4, on another Vanginhoven goal. The Bears responded with goals by freshman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) and sophomore Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) with just 12 seconds remaining to trail at the half, 10-6.

Four goals were scored in the opening 1:24 of the second half, three by Brown and one by Stony Brook.  Senior AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, MA) and Ottens scored first for Brown, followed by a goal by Stony Brook’s Jay Lindsay for a 11-8 Seawolves lead.  Molloy’s goal at 13:36 of the third quarter drew the Bears to within two goals, 11-9.

That’s when Stony Brook took charge of the game, outscoring the Bears, 8-2, for the remainder of the quarter to take control of the game once again, 19-11 after three quarters.

Brown fell behind by as many as nine goals in the fourth quarter, 20-11, on a Corpolongo goal with 12:46 remaining in the game.

The Bears will look to rebound next week, traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey to battle Rutgers on Saturday, March 4.  Face-off is 2:30 pm

 

Stags Stopped by No. 14 Rutgers in Home Opener
Behring turns away 16 shots for the Stags

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A fast start by visiting Rutgers – ranked No. 14 in this week’s USILA Coaches’ Poll – was enough to hold off the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Tyler Behring made 16 saves for the Stags in the 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Scarlet Knights.

Behring’s 16 saves marked a season high for the senior, who was a First Team All-CAA selection last spring. The defensemen in front of the cage forced 14 Rutgers turnovers, including two caused by Andrew Murrow, who also collected four ground balls.

Offensively, Fairfield (1-2) got goals on the afternoon from Joe Rodrigues, Matt Sharpe and Alex Wagner, with Colin Burke notching an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 20 consecutive games.

At the faceoff ‘X’, Joe DeLasho went 4-for-9 while Will Fox added a 3-for-6 performance. The action in the midfield was also aided by Samuel Murphy, who gathered three ground balls to go along with a caused turnover for the sophomore.

After nearly seven minutes of scoreless lacrosse, the Rutgers attack began the stretch that would ultimately decide the game. Jeff George started the scoring at the 8:04 mark in the first quarter, followed less than 60 seconds later by a Jules Heningburg marker. Connor Murphy added the first of his three goals on the day at the 5:28 mark as the Scarlet Knights carried a 3-0 lead after one quarter of play.

The Stags were kept off the board until midway through the second quarter, with George and Christian Scarpello each rattling the cage for Rutgers before Rodrigues broke through to cut the deficit to 5-1 with 7:36 remaining in the opening half. However, goals from Casey Rose and Murphy would extend the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 7-1 heading into the intermission.

The Fairfield attack started to click in the opening stages of the third quarter beginning with a Sharpe goal with 13:23 on the clock. Less than a minute later Burke connected with Wagner for a marker that cut the margin to 7-3.

However, while the Fairfield defense kept Rutgers on the board for the entire third quarter – a drought that lasted over 20 minutes of game time in total – the Stags would not score again in the contest. Rutgers ended their dry spell with 10:02 to play as Murphy completed his hat trick for the Scarlet Knights to round out the 8-3 final score.

Both goalkeepers did their part in the second half with Behring making nine of his 16 stops after the break and Rutgers’ netminder Max Edelmann making six of his nine saves following halftime.

Rutgers (3-0) was led by Murphy’s hat trick and two goals from George. Rose and Scarpello each added a goal and an assist for the Scarlet Knights.

The Stags will have a quick turnaround as they return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at UMass Lowell. After trips to Stony Brook at No. 8 Yale, Fairfield returns to Rafferty Stadium to host Cleveland State on Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.

 

UVM Men’s Lacrosse Downed by Providence 8-6
FINAL SCORE: Providence 8, Vermont 6
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ben French and Cam Milligan each scored twice, but Vermont could not overcome a five-goal Providence run in the middle two quarters as the Catamounts fell 8-6 on Saturday at Chapey Field.

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The setback snaps UVM’s three-game season-opening win streak and moves the Catamounts to 3-1 on the season. With the win, Providence is also now 3-1.

Freshman Nick Washuta made nine saves on the day for the Catamounts and Providence’s Tate Boyce made eight stops.

French quickly opened the day’s scoring by burying a shot just one minute into the game on a feed from Rob Hudson. After the Friars countered with a man-up goal by Joseph Michale, French and Jack Knight teamed up to restore the lead for the Green and Gold and move the score to 3-1.

Providence then proceeded to net the game’s next five goals, a sequence that was witness to a hat trick by Brendan Kearns to start and ultimately capped off by a pair from Nick Hatzipetrakos.

The teams then traded goals for the remainder of the afternoon, but as a result Vermont was unable to get any closer than within two. Matt Gudas set up Milligan for each of his goals in the third and fourth quarters and Gudas himself found the cage in the final minute. UVM also had an extra man opportunity late in the game, but was unable to capitalize.

With Saturday’s results in the book, Milligan has now notched a point in 36 straight games and registered a goal in 11 consecutive contests.

Freshman Charlie Erdmann manned the faceoff X for Vermont for the entirety of the afternoon, finishing 11-for-17. He collected a team-high four ground balls, trailed closely by Milligan (3). Ben Cox led the group with three caused turnovers.

As a team, UVM was 16-for-18 on clears, while Providence was 18-for-22 on the day.

Vermont is back in action on Tuesday (Feb. 28) with a 4 p.m. midweek matchup at twin state rival Dartmouth.

 

Early Offense Helps Harvard Down UMass Men’s Lacrosse

Carr nets three points, Valenza grabs five groundballs in 11-7 defeat

GAME INFORMATION

Harvard 11, Massachusetts 7

Records: Massachusetts (0-3) • [RV/RV] Harvard (3-0)

Location: Jordan Field; Cambridge, Mass.

Attendance: 1,411

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Buddy Carr led the Minutemen with three points on a goal and two assists. It was his seventh career game with three or more points and first of the 2017 season.
  • Tyler Bogart earned his second consecutive multi-goal game with two scored at Harvard. Bogart netted back-to-back goals in the third quarter.
  • Dan Muller bumped his consecutive games with one point streak to 10 contests via the first UMass goal of the day. It was his second tally of the year. He added an assist for a two-point afternoon.
  • Tom Meyers won 14-of-21 faceoffs. It marked his most faceoff victories on the season and the second-most for his career (16 at No. 20 Penn State; March 19, 2016).
  • D.J. Smith made 10 saves in his third start of the season, including four in the first quarter, two in the second, three during the third and one in the fourth. It was his third consecutive game with 10 or more saves.
  • Dom St. Laurent scored his first goal since the 2015 season during the fourth quarter at Harvard. St. Laurent missed the entirety of the 2016 campaign due to injury and returned to the lineup as a redshirt sophomore for 2017.
  • Dylan Gruder had a career-high three caused turnovers from his spot at short-stick defensive midfield. He added three groundballs.
  • Luc Valenza led the close defense with five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Through three games of the year, Valenza has 10 groundballs and four caused turnovers, more than the junior collected during his first two seasons of college lacrosse.

FIRST QUARTER

Harvard scored the opening four goals of the contest, including a pair from Morgan Cheek. After Cheek assisted Nigel Andrews in widening the lead to 3-0 with seven minutes, 49 seconds to go, UMass head coach Greg Cannella called timeout to regroup.

Massachusetts responded and matched Harvard shot-for-shot through the quarter, but Crimson goalkeeper Robert Shaw kept the Minutemen scoreless with seven first quarter saves.

SECOND QUARTER

Dan Muller put the Minutemen on the scoreboard in the second quarter with his conversion only 59 seconds into the frame. Muller weaved toward the Crimson goal and beat Shaw with a low shot before Shaw could react to Muller’s attempt.

Harvard answered back and bumped its lead back to four goals via the only other score during the frame. Cheek helped Joe Lang put one in with 7:36 to play in the second.

THIRD QUARTER

Massachusetts cut back within three of tying after Tyler Bogart put in back-to-back shots at the 8:37 and 6:13 marks. Bogart scored in transition to make it 6-2 on a feed from Buddy Carr after Carr picked up a loose ball in the midfield and slotted a cross-field pass to Bogart. Bogart ran in uncontested and beat Shaw low for the goal.

Bogart made it consecutive tallies two minutes, 24 seconds later after Grant Consoletti sent a pass from behind the Crimson goal to Bogart in front of the cage. Bogart caught and fired in-motion from 10 yards for his second goal of the day.

FOURTH QUARTER

Massachusetts continued to chip away at the deficit and make use of quick strikes in transition or immediately following faceoffs as the Minutemen climbed back within one of tying, 7-6.

Jake Marino notched his second career goal – his first of the season – after a Tom Meyers faceoff victory. Luc Valenza collected the groundball, raced up the right side and sent a pass to Marino eight yards out from the left post. Marino stepped into a cross-cage blast and made it 6-4 Harvard only 14 seconds into the stanza.

After a Dalton Follows man-up score for the Crimson, Carr and Dom. St. Laurent posted another two-goal series for Massachusetts. Carr scored only 10 seconds after a Meyers faceoff victory at the 11:26 mark of the fourth. St. Laurent followed 70 seconds later with his first of the year.

Cheek responded for Harvard and pushed the home side’s lead back to a pair with 5:34 to play only for Consoletti to answer 28 seconds later. Carr saw Consoletti open during a man-up chance and Consoletti buried the attempt for his first goal of the year.

Back within one, the Minutemen pushed for the tying goal, but the Crimson notched three straight scores to put the game out of reach. Ryan Graff, Lang and Cheek accounted for the tallies.

UP NEXT

Massachusetts continues the four-game road swing with a Wed., March 1 contest at No. 12 Albany (1-1). Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.

 

BU/Navy photo courtesy of Larry French