March 20, 2012

Lochary: WD1 Upsets and Undefeated Watch

by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com

Freshman Tatum Coffey battled with Ally Carey on the draw during Penn State's upset on the road Sunday at Vanderbilt. Coffey led with three draw controls and had six goals to boost her season-total to a team-best 23 scores.
© Zac Hardy  

St. Patrick's Day wasn't lucky for everyone – there were three upsets on Saturday and two others in the past week. Note: Last week's rankings are used for reference. Check out the updated coaches' poll every Monday on LaxMagazine.com.

Sunday: No. 11 Penn State 12, No. 8 Vanderbilt 11 OT

Why It Matters: Getting a win in the American Lacrosse Conference is always tough – all of the league's six teams are currently ranked in the top 20 – so the Nittany Lions (7-2) were thrilled to steal a win on the road from the Commodores (5-2).

"It's a long season for us. For a school like Penn State, there's no better conference I'd rather be in. You never know who's going to come out on top. Obviously, Northwestern has been the team to beat but we're looking forward to doing it," said Penn State head coach Missy Doherty.

X Factor: Freshman midfielder Tatum Coffey. The U.S. U19 alum had the team high in draw controls (three) and goals (six, on seven shots), including the game winner on Sunday. Coffey leads the team with 23 goals overall. (For fun, here's a vid of Coffey from high school scoring a behind-the-head shot.) Props also to senior goalie Dana Cahill made 11 saves, including one in the final minute on Commodore superstar Ally Carey to force OT.

Rankings Change: Penn State rose two spots to No. 8; Vanderbilt dropped three spots to No. 11.

Up Next for Penn State: The Nittany Lions host unranked William & Mary on Sunday.

Saturday: No. 17 Dartmouth, No. 4 Duke

Why It Matters: The Big Green needed OT to preserve its undefeated streak against the first ranked team it played this season. It's the also the first time Dartmouth (6-0 or 5-1 depending on Florida game) has defeated Duke (8-3) since 2003.

X Factor: Senior Sarah Plumb had a key caused turnover in the first overtime and scored the game winner.

Rankings Change: Dartmouth shot up seven spots to No. 10; Duke dropped two spots to No. 6.

Up Next for Dartmouth: The Big Green traveled to Gainesville on Tuesday and were thumped, 20-4, by Florida. They host Ivy League rival Columbia (1-4) on Saturday.

Saturday: No. 15 Georgetown 9, No. 2 North Carolina 8

Why It Matters: It stopped a three-game skid for the Hoyas (3-3), and demonstrated that they can be competitive at the national level.

X Factor: Team defense. Georgetown switched from a fast-doubling defense to a more patient, 1v1 approach against the speedy Tar Heels (9-1). They only had two days to practice the new system after a 16-12 home loss to Johns Hopkins before they launched it versus North Carolina. Goalie Barb Black made six saves, including a last-second kick on Becky Lynch to prevent OT.

Rankings Change: The Tar Heels dropped from No. 2 to No. 3; Georgetown rose from No. 15 to No. 13.

Up Next for Georgetown: The Hoyas travel to No. 9 Penn on Wednesday, in the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Quakers lost to North Carolina, 15-6, on March 3.

Saturday: No. 20 James Madison 11, No. 13 Loyola 6

Why It Matters: The Dukes (4-3) were on the wrong end of two upsets last week, dropping one-goal games to Harvard and Richmond. The comeback win over the Greyhounds (4-3) snapped that losing streak and stayed over .500.

X Factor: Freshman goalie Schylar Healy made her first career start in place of regular starter redshirt senior Alex Menghetti. Healy made 13 saves, allowing only one goal in the second half.

Rankings Change: The entry of Johns Hopkins and Cornell into the polls unfortunately booted the Dukes out despite the win; Loyola dropped from No. 13 to No. 16.

Up Next for James Madison: James Madison travels to in-state rival No. 12 Virginia on Wednesday.

Saturday: No. 16 Princeton 9, No. 10 Virginia 7

Why It Matters: It was the Tigers' first win over a ranked team this season, and it ties the longstanding series between these two powerhouse programs at 15-15. Princeton is now 3-2, and the win over the Cavs' is a nice rebound from closes losses to Rutgers and Duke. The Tigers showed they could win a tight game as well, in front of an impressive home crowd of 1,238.

X Factor: Freshman goalie Annie Woehling had a career day with 13 saves, including eight in the second half.

Rankings Change: Princeton's up two spots to No. 14; Virginia, now 4-4, is down two to No. 12.

Up Next for Princeton: The Tigers will travel to Ivy League rival Columbia on Wednesday.

Wednesday: Albany 16, No. 14 Boston College 12

Why It Matters: It was the first win over a ranked team for the Great Danes. Last year, Albany went undefeated in the regular season and got their first bid to the NCAA tournament. This season, they wanted to build on that success, and while the Great Danes (5-1) have defeated a string of unranked foes but dropped their North Carolina game, 16-7. Any win over an ACC team is a good one.

X Factor: Senior attacker Amanda Pollack had a career day with five goals. (It was a good day for shooters all around – the teams combined for 28 goals on 42 shots. Albany goalie Anna Berman had two saves, and BC keepers Emily Mata and Catherine Conway combined for four stops.)

Rankings Change: Albany got votes but did not enter the IWLCA top 20 poll; BC (4-4) fell from No. 14 to No. 19 after losses to the Great Danes and to Maryland.

Up Next for Albany: The Great Danes crushed Longwood, 20-5, on Friday and will host UMass on Saturday.

Undefeated Watch

There are only two undefeated teams left in the country: Northwestern and Notre Dame.

Friday

Vanderbilt (5-2) at Northwestern (7-0)

Saturday

Louisville (2-5) at Notre Dame (6-0)


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