3/30/11 5:23 PM
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The UMass men’s lacrosse team is having a very strong season thus far. They are ranked 16th in the country in DI. The Minutemen are currently 5-3 on the season with some tough one-goal losses. UMass fell to a top twenty team in Albany with a final score of 8-9. They responded with a win over Providence only to lose to Penn St. 7-8. UMass traveled to Harvard Stadium this past Tuesday for an exciting game under the lights. Again the Minutemen came up short, losing 11-9. Art Kell (2g,1a) and Will Manny (1,1) stayed consistent as the two leading scorers for UMass. On April 2 UMass will travel to Saint Joseph’s for a 1:00pm start.
The Crimson are enjoying a very good season sitting at 6-2. Harvard has victories over local opponents Brown and Holy Cross. Coach Christopher Wojcik has to be pleased with the way his team is playing. If they continue with the success they are having there is a strong possibility that they will be playing in the Ivy League championship game. They will have to beat Yale, Princeton, and the Ivy League favorite Cornell to have an opportunity for the conference title. Harvard had a huge win against #16 UMass on Tuesday night. The game was close from start to finish as these local Mass schools battled it out. The game-winning goal came off of a feed from Matt Hull (1, 3) to fellow senior attackman Dean Gibbons. Harvard would tally off another goal from Daniel Eipp on an empty net. Gibbons had a hat trick for the Crimson, and goalie Harry Krieger had an outstanding game in net saving 19 shots for a .679 save percentage. Harvard will play at Albany this Saturday April 2.
Tufts has big hopes to make it back to championship weekend in Baltimore. They have proven why they are the defending national champions with big wins six games into the season and are currently enjoying the #1 seed. The Jumbos play in the most competitive conference in all of DIII and have already made a mark with wins over Amherst College, Colby College and Williams College. One of the most important games for the Jumbos occurred last Wednesday, when they traveled south to face off against #2 ranked Stevenson. It was an exciting game that resulted in a big win for Tufts, 14-13. Stevenson beat Tufts in almost every statistical category, but a veteran attack group showed why they are the best team in DIII. The Jumbos took fewer but higher quality shots on net and capitalized on more chances. Although they have had success so far, Tufts will have to play well the whole season because the NESCAC is so competitive. The Jumbos will look to stay undefeated as they host #13 Wesleyan on April 2.
Merrimack is having an outstanding year with a record of 5-1. Their only loss was in overtime against a very strong team in Catawba College, who are 7-2 on the season. Merrimack has a solid win over ranked NYIT and will have to continue to beat top tier teams in DII to have a shot at the title game. They are led by a young but potent offense averaging 11 points a game. The Warriors will need to stay undefeated in conference and fend off DII powerhouse Le Moyne College to earn a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors host the Le Moyne Dolphins on April 16.