March 5, 2016

Men's Roundup: Rutgers Off to Best Start Since 2003

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – After downing in-state rival Monmouth, the No. 20 Rutgers men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in more than a decade. The Scarlet Knights improved to 5-0 with a 12-6 victory on Saturday and the start is the best at the school since the 2003 Rutgers squad opened 7-0 on its way to a NCAA tournament appearance.

Rutgers led 5-1 after the first quarter, but despite not winning a single faceoff in the first half, Monmouth cut the lead to 5-3 at the half. Rutgers won 18-of-21 faceoffs in the game, including all nine in the first half, with Alex Schoen doing most of the damage. Schoen won 17-of-20.

Monmouth’s Dan Bloodgood scored early in the second half to cut the Rutgers lead to 5-4 and trailed just 7-5 late in the third quarter. The Scarlet Knights took control of the game as Christian Mazzone scored with three seconds left in the third to ignite a five-goal Rutgers run that put the game away.

Scott Bieda paced the Rutgers offense with three goals and two assists and Mazzone also had a hat trick. Jules Heningburg and Adam Charalambides each had two goals and an assist and Kris Alleyne made seven saves to earn the win. 

Monmouth, which lost for the first time in three outings this season, was led by Bloodgood with three goals. Nick Hreshko made 12 saves.

Loyola Averts Another Upset (Barely)

Last spring, Holy Cross earned a thrilling upset of Loyola on a snow-filled day in Baltimore. The Crusaders were once again a game opponent for the Patriot League favorite, but the No. 6 Greyhounds were able to flip the script this time, holding on for a 10-9 victory in Worcester.

Nine players scored for Loyola (4-1, 1-0 Patriot League), which got back in the win column after suffering its first loss of the year against Towson during the week. Mike Orefice won a career-high 14 faceoffs. Tyler Albrecht scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:27 left, giving the Greyhounds a 10-6 lead, part of a run that expanded a 5-4 halftime advantage to as much as five goals in the second half. 

Holy Cross (0-5, 0-2 PL) would score three goals in the final 1:21 and had the ball with a chance to tie, but Kevin Lux shot wide and the Crusaders couldn’t work another chance in the final second on the restart.

Brown Dominates Massachusetts in 51st Meeting

The No. 8 Bears left little doubt in the 51st meeting between the two venerable New England programs, running to a 9-1 halftime lead and holding as much as an 11 goal advantage in a 15-7 victory over UMass at home.

Senior Bailey Tills had four goals on four shots to lead Brown (3-0) with Henry Blynn (3G, 1A) and Dylan Molloy (2G, 2A) joining him with four points each. Will Gural (12-for-15) and Ted Ottens (6-for-10) helped Brown play make-it, take-it for much of the afternoon, and goalie Jack Kelly had 11 saves while allowing just five goals. 

The Minutemen (2-3) going going in the fourth quarter with five goals to the Bears’ three, but it wasn’t nearly enough to climb back into the game. Seven players each had a goal for UMass.

No Letdown for Towson

Coming off of a breakthrough win Wednesday at Loyola, Towson did not slow down Saturday. Ten different scorers staked the Tigers to a 12-0 lead, as they rolled to a 14-6 victory over visiting UMBC.

Towson, likely to ascend into the top 10 in all of the major polls, will face their third straight local foe next Saturday when they visit No. 11 Johns Hopkins, which bounced back from consecutive losses to thump Princeton 17-7 on Saturday.

Villanova Lights Up Scoreboard at Delaware

No. 17 Villanova scored the first 11 goals of the game and led 14-1 on the way to a 23-13 win at Delaware. In the first half alone, seven different Wildcats scored multiple goals.

The Wildcats (3-2) peppered Delaware goalie Parker Ferrigan with 61 shots, 18 of those coming from the stick of Jake Froccaro. Froccaro led the scoring barrage with eight points (5g, 3a) and had plenty of support. Devin McNamara had four goals and three assists, Joey Froccaro had three goals and Christian Cuccinello had two goals and four assists.

Paul Major had three goals and two assists for Delaware (1-5).

Late Rally Lifts Boston University to 5-1

Freshman Brendan Homire scored the final three goals of the game, capping a big rally for the No. 18 Terriers, who erased a 7-4 deficit to improve to 5-1 on the year with a 10-8 victory over Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y. Homire and Jack Wilson both scored three times for Boston University, while Cal Dearth had three helpers in the win.

Ryan McKee had two goals and two assists for Canisius, which scored six straight after going down 4-1 in the first half to lead by three before the Terrier rally. Lewis Vaccaro had the lone fourth quarter goal for the Griffons and two on the day. Goalie Liam Ganzhorn had 13 saves in the loss.

High Point's Connor McKemey, who overcame a near-fatal backyard explosion seven years ago, celebrated his 21st birthday by making his collegiate lacrosse debut. The Panthers beat Marist 11-9. (John Strohsacker)

McKemey Makes Collegiate Debut

Seniors Dan Lomas and Matt Thistle scored the game’s final four goals as High Point earned an 11-9 victory over Marist on Saturday in Vert Stadium.

With the Panthers trailing 9-7 late in the third quarter, Lomas scored his second goal to cut the Panthers' (3-3) deficit to one entering the final frame. Thistle scored two goals and Lomas added another in the fourth quarter, as High Point overtook the Red Foxes (1-2) for the 11-9 win.

"I'm really proud of our guys," High Point coach Jon Torpey said. "Marist is a really good team. They are scrappy and compete for 60 minutes. We were able to get 30 guys in the game and had the opportunity to start some guys that haven't started before. There were so many storylines in today's game and I thought our goalies did a good job today."

Junior Connor McKemey made his collegiate debut with the start in the midfield. McKemey, who seven years ago suffered third-degree burns on 89 percent of his body due to an accident while lighting a backyard fireplace, had served as the team manager during the previous two seasons. He was 13 at the time of the accident and given little chance of survival. He turned 21 on Saturday.

"I'm really proud of Connor," Torpey said. "He's been through more adversity than any other player I've gotten to coach, and for him to get the start on his 21st birthday is pretty magical."

St. John’s Wins Wild One in Final Second

Junior Brian Gaffney picked the right time to score his first goal of the season, scoring off a Thomas Marron feed with one second on the clock to cap a three goal rally and give the Red Storm their first victory of the season.

St. Johns ran out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter, but the Saints dominated the middle frames with an 8-1 run. Jason DeBenedictis (4G, 2A) was the only player to score for the Red Storm in the second and third quarter, with his tally at 10 seconds remaining in quarter three ending a six goal run by Siena. Nick Heller tied the game at nine late in the fourth quarter, with Gaffney hitting the winner off a Thomas Marron feed right before the final horn.

Siena (1-4) was led by a goal and two assists by both Brian Prunty and Chris Robertson and two goals from Jordan Barlow.


Oppenheimer Sparks Lehigh to Win over Colgate

Lehigh weathered a furious Colgate rally, scoring the last two goals in a 12-9 victory over the Raiders in Patriot League men’s lacrosse play Saturday. The Mountain Hawks won their third straight game and now are 4-1, their only loss being a two-goal defeat at No. 3 Duke.

Lehigh jumped out to a 7-3 lead at halftime. Sophomore attackman Billy Oppenheimer had a hand in five of the Mountain Hawks’ seven first-half goals with two goals and three assists.

Sophomore attackman Chase Wittich led Colgate with three goals and two assists. The Raiders trailed by five late in the third quarter before going on a run. Colgate scored three goals in the final 2:25 of the third quarter and then pulled within one on freshman attackman Sam Cleveland’s goal with 6:17 remaining in the fourth.

But Lehigh held on. Junior Matt Raposo’s third goal with 3:12 remaining made it 11-9, and Tristan Rai added an insurance goal with 37 seconds left to seal the win.

Penn Holds Off Penn State

Penn raced to a 7-1 halftime lead and held off visiting Penn State for an 11-7 victory Saturday. Quakers goalie Reed Junkin made 15 saves, including seven in the second half. Attackman Reilly Hupfeldt led Penn (2-1) with three goals, all in the first half.

The Nittany Lions (3-2), held to just two goals through the first three quarters, came to life in the fourth. Attackman TJ Sanders scored all three of his goals in the final frame, but it was not enough for Penn State to avoid its second straight loss. 

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