4/12/11 12:00 PM
There were several important matchups in Division I lacrosse this weekend as the NCAA enters the run to the conference and national tournaments. (Note: Rankings reflect the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Players in bold are Cannons draftees.)
The action kicked off on Friday night as #3 Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 13 minutes against Albany and coasted to the 11-6 win. The Blue Jays led 7-2 at half time after out shooting the Great Danes 24-8 in the first half.
Chris Boland, Kyle Wharton and John Ranagan each had two goals for the Blue Jays in a game that saw stand out sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett only need to make fives saves on the day to secure the win. Junior attackman Joe Resetarits, who has led the Albany offense all year, scored three goals for an otherwise lack luster attack.
#9 Virginia picked up a big win in Saturday’s marquee match up, defeating #8 UNC 11-10 in overtime. Thomas Wood scored for UNC to tie the game with only six seconds left in regulation, but Steele Stanwick scored just 46 seconds into the extra period to secure the win. Senior goalie Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves to lead UVA to the much needed victory.
Junior middie Colin Briggs picked up three goals and two assists while Stanwick had a pair of each to lead the Cavaliers. Senior midfielder Shamel Bratton returned for UVA and opened the scoring four minutes into the game on an assist from his twin brother Rhamel. Despite the fact the the Brattons have combined for over 100 goals at UVA, it was only the fourth time one has assisted the other.
Billy Bitter had a strong game for UNC, leading the way with two goals and an assist while freshman attackman Nicky Gallasso notched three assists.
This weekend’s biggest upset saw #10 Denver defeated #4 Duke by a final score of 12-9 in Bethpage, New York. The game was tied 5-5 at halftime, but Denver’s second ranked offense broke out with five goals in the third quarter to pull away for the victory.
The Blue Devils defense was able to hold Denver’s leading scorers Mark Matthews, one goal and two assists, and Alex Demopoulos, one assist, relatively in check, but the Pioneers got big contributions from Todd Baxter, four goals one assist, and Cameron Flint, three goals. Junior middie Robert Rodantz had a good game for Duke, scoring four goals, but Denver goalie Jamie Faus made 16 saves on the day to stifle the rest of the Blue Devils.
Saturday night’s action concluded with #1 Syracuse heading on the road to take down Princeton, 7-5. Senior middie Josh Amidon opened the scoring just 30 seconds in to give the Orange an early lead. Syracuse led 5-2 at halftime and appeared to be on their way to an easy win.
The Tigers stepped up their game in the third quarters, shutting out the Orange 3-0 to tie it at five with the game heading into the fourth. Steven Keogh scored his third goal of the game halfway through the period to give ‘Cuse the lead before Kevin Drew scored to secure the win for the Orange who maintained their perfect record, 9-0 this season.
Keogh’s three points led all scorers in the game, while Chris McBride had two goals to lead Princeton. Syracuse’s defense played well in the game despite missing its leader, John Lade, with an ankle injury. Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito played well, making 10 saves.
The action closed out on Sunday as #2 Notre Dame was able to hold on at home to beat Georgetown, 7-6. Notre Dame’s stout defense played well to hold the Hoyas’ offense, which averages 12 goals per game, in check.
The game was close all day with no team leading by more than one goal. The contest was tied at five heading into the fourth quarter before the teams traded goals to knot things up at six. Max Pfeifer took an assist from Colin Igoe with 2:33 remaining to score the game winner and preserve the Fighting Irish’s unbeaten record, 8-0.
Sophomore goalie John Kemp led the way for the Irish, making 12 saves while David Earl and Sean Rogers each added a pair of goals. Travis Comeau powered the Georgetown attack, picking up a hat trick in the first half. The nation's leading scorer, Georgetown’s Davey Emala, scored only one goal and was held in check for most of the game by the ND defense.