3/21/11 1:24 PM
What promised to be an exiciting weekend in NCAA Lacrosse lived up to the hype as several top teams faced off in some close games.
(Rankings reflect the Nike Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Cannons draftees in bold.)
#8 Duke had a strong first half against #6 North Carolina and was able to hold on for the win. The Blue Devils scored five goals in the second quarter and held an 8-3 lead at half time. UNC was able to stay with Duke in the second half but couldn’t close the deficit, losing 14-9.
Freshman attackman Jordan Wolf was the Blue Devils' leading scorer with four goals while senior Josh Howell had a goal and two assists. Duke exploited individual match-ups all day long, scoring 14 goals on only five assists. UNC out shot Duke on the day, but the Blue Devils got 11 saves from sophomore goalie Dan Wigrizer.
North Carolina senior attackman Billy Bitter had strong expectations to live up to heading into this season, but has had some weak outings due to facing off against the oppositions' best defenders. Bitter had a strong game Thursday night, picking up three goals and an assist, but it was not enough. Thomas Wood and Marcus Holman added two goals apiece in the Tar Heels’ loss.
Duke was back in action again on Sunday, defeating Dartmouth 18-10. Howell and Wolf led the way with five points each as 13 Blue Devils found the back of the net.
Saturday’s ESPNU game of the week saw the youth of #13 Johns Hopkins match up with the senior leadership of #1 Syracuse. The Orange were able to pull of the 5-4 double overtime win in a game that was more exciting than the final score might look.
Three ‘Cuse seniors combined for the winning goal as LSM Joel White scooped up a loose ball on the face off and passed it to middie Jeremy Thompson. Thompson entered the offensive zone before dishing to attackman Steven Keogh for his second straight OT winner for the Orange.
Hopkins appeared to steal the win with four seconds left in the first overtime as senior attackman Kyle Wharton’s goal was disallowed for a somewhat controversial crease violation. You can see for yourself here.
Hopkins led 4-3 going in to the fourth quarter and held the lead for nearly the entire period thanks to great play from sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett, who made seven of his 16 saves in the final frame. Keogh was able to send the game to overtime when he beat Bassett with just 1:40 to play.
#2 Virginia was at home on Saturday as they defeated #20 Ohio State 14-11. Rhamel Bratton and Steele Stanwick scored four goals each while Chris Bocklet added three goals and Shamel Bratton had a goal and three assists.
The Cavaliers scored six goals in the second quarter to put them up by three at half time. The three goal cushion was enough for the Cavaliers to pick up their seventh win of the year. Senior goalie Adam Ghitelman made nine of his 13 saves in the second half to help UVA hold onto the win.
Ohio State sophomore attackman Logan Schuss had five goals in the game to lead the offense. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 advantage before Virginia went on a 12-3 run to pull away for good.
The win was UVA’s 100th all-time at Klöckner Stadium; they are 100-16 at home since the venue opened in 1993. Virginia head coach Dom Starsia got his 323rd career win and needs only four more to pass Jack Emmer for the most wins at a NCAA Division I school.
Delaware got their first win against a ranked opponent this year as they upset #4 Hofstra, 7-6. The Blue Hens got big games from junior attackman Grant Kaleikau, two goals and three assists, and senior goalie Noah Fossner, 13 saves. Junior midfielder Dom Sebastiani forced two turnovers in the final minute to preserve the win for the Blue Hens.
Hofstra lost their first game of the year as their leading scorers were held in check. Senior attackman Jay Card had two goals in the first four minutes but it was downhill from there as Delaware went on a 4-0 run to take the lead for good. Card was held to one assist over the rest of the game while second leading scorers Stephen Bentz, one goal, and Jamie Lincoln, no points, struggled all game. Junior goalie Gvozden made 12 saves for the Pride but his effort was not enough as his team came up just short in the end.