Now that the NESCAC has opened up play the season has begun in earnest. The big question in the preseason report was how is Tufts going to react losing Head Coach Mike Daly, all-time scorer John Uppgren, FO man Conor Helfrich etc. Well, The Jumbos had all the answers in their first game against Stevens on the road. There was plenty of message board chatter picking Stevens, but Tufts made a bold statement jumping out to a 15-3 lead after three quarters en route to a 19-6 win for new Head Coach Casey D’Annolfo. Here is our six pack of the top D3 lacrosse teams in New England this week.
- Tufts (1-0) Senior Austin Carbone looks like he may be up to the task of leading the Jumbo attack. He came in with 4g/3a on 9 shots. Henry Hollen looks to be quite a presence as the new FO man with his 6’3 240 LB frame, He finished the day with 15/24 with 1 G and 9 GBS
- Amherst (1-0) Speaking of FO play, that was the Achilles for Amherst last season. Enter Freshman Dylan Finazzo who put up a 21/31 day at the faceoff x to go along with an assist and 12 GBs as the Purple and Black team jumped all over Bowdoin with a 9-1 1st quarter lead and they never looked back beating the Polar Bears 17-12.
- Bates (3-0) The Bobcats had two OOC games under their belts with wins over Roger Williams (23-5) and at Babson (10-8). They opened NESCAC play with a tight 15-14 win over Wesleyan. Charlie Fay and Andrew Melvin combined for 8 goals. Fay is off to a great start to start the season shooting 11/23 with 4 assists.
- Wesleyan (0-1) Lost heartbreaker on the road at Bates. Carter Hawthorne led the way shooting 4/7 with 2 assists.
- Middlebury (1-0) The Panthers has a closer than expected 8-6 win over Conn College.
- Bowdoin (0-1) The Polar Bears hit the road again this week after their loss to Amherst.
Elsewhere in New England
CCC Struggles in Opening Weeks.
The first couple of weeks of action hasn’t been very kind the CCC lacrosse teams, as they lost some key OOC early season match ups. Western New England was trying to avenge last years’ opening loss to Keene St at home. However, Keene pulled away in the second half to secure the victory 16-13. Brian Rotatori was the story for me with an impressive stat line. 4g on 15 shots, 10 GBs and was 5/10 on FOs.
The Golden Bears did do some things well. Their faceoff game looked strong, as Preston Stolberg went 10/11. Keegan Dudek was hot from the outside shooting 3/8. WNE has also lost a lot of offense from last season and may take a few games to warm up. Things got even worse against St Lawrence over the weekend dropping a 16-3 decision.
Endicott started off in Hoboken NJ against Stevens. Tommy Hughes gave his normal outstanding performance at the faceoff X, going 18/26. He also had 2g and 14 GBs to go along with that!
But the Gulls were in the penalty box far too often for them to pull out a win. They served 10 minutes in penalties, which Stevens cashed in 7 times, final score 14-11 to the Ducks. The Gulls would drop a heartbreaker in their second game losing to Union 13-12, giving up the last three goals of the game. Once again Hughes was the story for the Gulls going 16/27 with 2g and 11 GBs.
Roger Williams was blown out at Bates to start the year. Bates Attackman Charlie Fay showed why he is so highly regarded as he recorded 5 goals, in the 1st quarter! It was a cake walk from there as the #11 preseason Nationally Ranked Bobcats win 23-5. Roger Williams absorbed many graduation losses and their young team was unable to cope with Bates from the start. The Hawks have rebounded with two OOC wins over Lasell and Wheaton. Watch out for Eddie Hill the year he is off to a torrid start shooting 11/23 and playing a strong two way game.
The lone bright spot for the CCC thus far is Salve Regina. Pat Cooney’s team is off to a 4-0 with wins over Emmanuel, Clark, Wheaton and NY Maritime. The Clark win must be considered a little bit of a surprise. Goalie Matt D’Amore has been impressive thus far going 4-0 with a 73.8 Save%. Nick LoCicero is leading the offense shooting 5/24 with 9a.
Springfield and Babson look strong in NEWMAC
The perennial NEWMAC champion is off and running beating Nazareth in their opener. Jack Reynolds made 14 saves.
Although Babson is 1-2 they have been playing some good lacrosse. They won their opener 13-10 over Skidmore before losing two heartbreakers 10-8 to Bates and 13-12 in OT to Union. Niall Dillon has shot 6/28 with 4 assists to pace the offense.
1st Star: Austin Carbone, Tufts: Shot 4/9 with 3 assists in opener at Stevens.
2nd Star: Charlie Fay, Bates: Has shot 11/23 in the early going with wins over Roger Williams, Babson and Wesleyan.
3rd Star: Chris Albanese, Amherst: Shot a perfect 5/5 in win over Bowdoin.
Faceoff man of the week:
Tommy Hughes Endicott: In two games thus far the senior is on fire 34/53, 64%. To go along with 4g and 25 GBs