Extra-Man Success, Jack Myers helps Ohio State pass Notre Dame; Brown, Harvard and Cornell score hard-fought victories – Lacrosse Bucket
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After being held down to a point a week ago in the Buckeyes’ only loss this season to Cornell, Jack Myers returned to form on Saturday. The forward led the way with seven points on four goals and three assists.
Myers hit a six-goal streak for the Buckeyes that lasted from the start of the second to the start of the third, scoring the first two goals and the last goal of that streak, which put Ohio State up 8-4. Scott White also scored twice during this run.
Notre Dame twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one in the second half, however, they were unable to tie things up or take the lead. Ohio State responded to each instance with a man score, leading 9-8 on a Colby Smith goal and 10-8 on a Jason Knox goal just over a minute later. The Buckeyes also scored a man goal late in the fourth to take a 13-11 lead with a Jackson Reid goal off a Jack Myers feed.
Overall, Ohio State went 5 for 5 on the man-up. This included their first two goals of the game late in the first quarter to help roll their offense after a slow start.
Notre Dame dominated the start of the game, taking a 2-0 lead early on and then leading 4-2 early in the second. Part of the Irish success can be attributed to their early face-off success with Will Lynch going 4-for-6 in the first quarter alone. The script changed in the second as Justin Inacio settled in, going 5-for-6 in the quarter, and Skyler Wahlund came on to replace Caton Johnson in the cage and made four saves before the end of the half. He finished with seven on the day.
Inacio was replaced entirely by Drew Blanchard in the third quarter after losing three straight games that led to three straight Notre Dame goals to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 8-7. Blanchard went 10 for 14 that day, playing most of the second half and taking a few in the first quarter as well.
Tasked with guarding Pat Kavanagh from Notre Dame, Bobby Van Buren limited advertised attacking talent to two goals and an assist. Eric Dobson also finished with the same stat line as he paved the way for this Irish midfield unit.
Liam Entemann made 11 saves to anchor the Notre Dame defense.
Strong second half pushes Brown past Stony Brook
Behind an 18-save performance from Connor Theriault, the Brown Bears cruised to a 10-7 victory over Stony Brook to improve to 5-1 this season before entering the Ivy League next week.
Trailing 5-3 at intermission after being upstaged 3-1 in the second quarter, Brown came alive in the second half and closed out the game the best he has done all season. With Thériault anchoring things, the Bears limited the Seawolves to just two goals for the entire second half of play.
Stony Brook committed 10 turnovers in the second half of play (22 turnovers all game), four of which were caused. The Seawolves also struggled in the punt game, going 21 of 30 throughout the game (9 of 14 in the second half) as Brown’s run gave them plenty of trouble.
Just as Brown’s defense went up a notch, so did their offense. The Bears made a tear in the third quarter, scoring six unanswered points to take a 9-5 lead with 2:11 left in the period. The final four goals of this Bears run came from Devon McLane as the junior found his groove. He also had the Bears’ lone count in the fourth quarter to end the day with a record five games.
An Anthony Palma save turned into a Stony Brook score less than a minute later as Matt Anderson managed to beat the short batting game at the other end for his third of the day. The goal made it a three-goal game and ended up being the last score in the contest.
Stony Brook took seven shots after that Anderson goal in the fourth quarter. Three were stopped by Theriault and four either sailed wide or were blocked by a Brown defender.
The Seawolves managed to gain a lot of momentum in the first half of the game, and especially in the second quarter where they outscored the Bears 3-1 and finished the frame with a nice tear from Dylan Pallonetti. However, they weren’t able to sustain that momentum until the second half, as the Bears sucked virtually all the energy from the stadium.
Along with Anderson’s hat-trick and Palma’s 11 saves, the Seawolves also had a solid play at the face-off spot where Renz Conlon went 16-for-22 (72%). That includes an 8-for-11 mark in the second half alone.
Georgetown returns to the win column
After suffering a loss to the Princeton Tigers a week ago, the Georgetown Hoyas returned to the win column with a 15-10 road win over the Richmond Spiders.
The Hoyas started hot, taking a 5-0 lead with just under six minutes left in the first quarter. Georgetown would go on to hold a five-goal lead into halftime with a 10-5 lead going into the locker room. However, soon the spiders began to approach.
A Luke Frankeny score to end the half for the Spiders quickly turned into a three-goal run with Jake Kapp and Ryan Lanchbury scoring back-to-back goals to cut Georgetown’s lead to 10-8 early in the third quarter. While their offense was able to get things going, their defense also got stronger as the Spiders held the Hoyas scoreless for most of the third quarter.
Graham Bundy, Jr. would end the Hoyas’ drought with a score in the final seconds to extend the lead to three. Bundy would then find the back of the net twice more in the fourth quarter, scoring seconds apart to push the Hoyas ahead 13-9 late in the fourth.
After a man-made score from Dalton Young, Declan McDermott and Alex Trippi scored the game’s final two goals to secure the Hoyas’ five-goal win.
Bundy finished the day with five goals and an assist to pave the way for the Hoyas. Alex Trippi had five points on three goals and two assists. At fullback, Gibson Smith recorded four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Will Bowen recovered six balls on the ground and caused three turnovers.
James Reilly went 19 for 28 at a time and Owen McElroy made seven saves.
Ryan Lanchbury led Richmond with six points on two goals and four assists.
Defense leads Harvard past Michigan
Heading into Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines were undefeated, 7-0, and averaging 18.43 goals per game as the top-ranked offense in the nation. Visitors Harvard Crimson found a way to hold off this top-flight unit as best they could, holding the Wolverines to nine goals in Crimson’s 14-9 victory.
Harvard got up late in the first quarter, 3-2, and never trailed again. It was two key streaks that defined the game for the Crimson: a four-goal streak that helped them take a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter and a three-goal streak early in the third that extended their run. lead four after Michigan. made it a one-goal game less than a minute into the second half.
The Crimsons limited the Wolverines to just two goals in the third quarter as they scored four to really stretch things out. Harvard then added four more in the final period to help secure the win.
Kyle Mullin made 12 saves to anchor the Harvard defense while Nick Loring had seven points (2G/5A) to lead the way on the offensive end. Sam King and Owen Gaffney each had five points on three goals and two assists.
Michael Boehm led Michigan with five points (3G/2A).
Cornell retains Penn State
In a game you really had to be there to see, the Cornell Big Red held off the Penn State Nittany Lions 16-15.
Truly a racing game, Penn State tied things at 14 with 8:38 remaining, then at 15 with just over five minutes remaining. However, both times the Big Red were able to respond as Michael Long and Aiden Blake each scored late in the game to save Cornell from falling behind and secure the one-goal win.
Penn State led 8-7 at halftime after two separate four-goal runs helped the Nittany Lions overcome a lackluster start where Cornell took an early 6-0 lead. Cornell had his own run, scoring four straight goals to take an 11-8 lead midway through the third before adding two more to help them take a 13-10 lead going into the fourth. Once the Big Red got up in the third, they never hung around again.
John Piatelli scored five goals for Cornell while Michael Long had five points on four goals and an assist. Chayse Ierlan made 11 saves to anchor the Cornell defense while Gavin Adler led the effort in front of the cage with six balls on the ground and two for turnovers.
Ethan Long led Penn State with three goals and two assists for five points. Aleric Fyock made 16 cage saves and Hudson Bohn went 55% on point (19 for 34).
Boston U. leads Bucknell leads Stay Undefeated
Ryan Polley’s side are the only team in the Patriot League to remain undefeated as they beat Bucknell 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers got up 5-2 in the first quarter and kept rolling. Timmy Ley led the way with five points (2G/3A) for Boston U. Connor Calderone had 70 percent (16 for 23) on the face-off spot.
Maryland Downs Albany
The Maryland Terrapins and UAlbany Great Danes played indoors and at 10 a.m. due to weather. Peak in early spring, amirite?
Despite the conditions, Maryland continued to roll as usual with a 24-6 win over the Danes. Logan Wisnauskas (2G/4A), Jonathan Donville (3G/2A) and Daniel Kelly (4G) led the way for the Terrapins in victory.
The win sets up an undefeated No. 1 vs. No. 2 national championship rematch between Virginia and Maryland in the nation’s capital next week.
Other sheet music
- Wagner earned his second straight win, beating Mercer 13-4. Stephen Dwyer led the way with four goals and three assists.
- In double overtime, Max Semple scored the game-winning goal to send Drexel past Marquette on the road.
- After rising 8-1 at halftime, Providence held off Vermont’s comeback to win 12-10.
- Mac Gates made 11 saves to help Hofstra pass Manhattan, 8-4.