Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s lacrosse action-courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…
#10 Terps Topple #4 Virginia, 12-7
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Ryan Young led the No. 10 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Joe Cummings and sophomore John Haus each scored four goals, in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over No. 4 Virginia in front of 10,545 at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) drew first blood less than four minutes into the first quarter with some help from a fortunate bounce. Steele Stanwick wrapped around the left side of the Maryland goal and threw a wild shot over his shoulder. Terp redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato got his stick on it, but the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Wahoo lead.
The Terps (7-2, 1-2 ACC) tied the game at the 5:30 mark when sophomore John Haus finished a nice feed to the crease by Young. Young dodged Virginia defender Scott McWilliams behind the cage and junior Drew Snider set a great pick to give Young the extra step he needed to get off a pinpoint pass to Haus for the one-timer.
Young then gave Maryland its first lead of the game on a terrific individual effort. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition, but Wahoo goalie Adam Ghitelman made the save. The rebound went to the Cavaliers’ Matt Lovejoy, who tried to get the ball to Ghitelman behind the net for the clear. But, Young picked off the pass and scored easily into the open net with 2:16 to go in the first.
But Virginia came out shooting at the start of the second and got unassisted goals from Colin Briggs and John Haldy less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with 13:16 to go in second.
The Terps looked to be in a bit of a jam at the 11:26 mark when they were assessed two non-releasable unnecessary roughness penalties. But Maryland’s man-down unit proved up to the challenge and killed off the penalties.
Virginia, however, quickly built its lead to 4-2 when Rhamel Bratton hit a running left-hander from 10 yards outside the hash marks at the 9:31 mark,
Maryland got back on the board less than three minutes later thanks to its vaunted transition game. Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and pushed the ball into the Terps’ offensive zone. Bernhardt then flipped a back-handed pass to Blye on the right wing and Blye ripped an eight-yard shot to make it a 4-3 game.
Bratton scored again to make it a 5-3 game with 5:30 left, but a penalty on McWilliams gave the Terps their first extra-man advantage and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. Blye quickly found Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it into the Virginia net to cut the deficit back to a goal with 4:37 left in the second.
The Terps opened the third quarter with a nice pick-and-roll play with Haus and Young that resulted in Haus getting a feed from Young on the crease and Haus finished it inside the left pipe to tie the game at 5-5 at the 13:33 mark.
Maryland regained the lead for the first time in 17:25 on another brilliant feed from Young that was finished by Cummings. Young had the ball well behind the cage when he spotted Cummings cutting toward the goal. Young’s pass hit Cummings in stride and Cummings finished with a quick shot from seven yards out.
Cummings scored his third of the game at the 4:02 mark of the third to extend the Maryland lead to 7-5. Cummings dodged from behind the cage and ducked under his defender to create some space for himself in front of the net. He then used multiple ball-fakes to make Ghitelman commit before finishing with a quick shot.
Cummings completed the natural hat trick with just six seconds left in the third when he scored another unassisted goal to make it an 8-5 Maryland lead heading into the fourth.
Maryland’s offense continued to roll in the fourth with Haus finishing another score from just outside the crease. This time it was Blye picking up the assist to make it a 9-5 game.
Textbook transition offense extended the lead for the Terps at the 10:44 mark. Amato made another brilliant save and his outlet pass was just as nice, hitting Jesse Bernhardt in stride. Bernhardt then fed Blye on the right wing for a rip from six yards out.
Virginia finally broke up the Maryland scoring run on Chris Bocklett’s goal at the 10:09 mark.
But the Terps refused to let the Cavaliers gain any momentum. Young’s amazing day continued with a marvelous cross-field pass to Haus, who tiptoed the crease line and finished inside the far pipe to make it an 11-6 game.
Young put the finishing touches on the game for the Terps with his second goal of the game to give Maryland a 12-6 lead at the 2:58 mark.
Virginia tacked on a late extra-man goal by Bocklett to make it a 12-7 final.
Maryland’s defensive effort was spotlighted by 12 saves from Amato. Senior long pole Brian Farrell was solid with four groundballs, while the close defense unit of seniors Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt held the Virginia attackmen Stanwick, Bocklett and Nick O’Reilly to just three goals, with two of those coming late in the fourth quarter.
Another major contributor for the Terps was sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 14-of-22 face-offs and had a team-leading five groundballs.
Maryland returns to action on Friday night in Annapolis, Md., vs. Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• With the 12-7 win Maryland is now 45-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• The five-goal margin of victory is Maryland’s largest in Charlottesville since 1987 when the Terps won 12-5.
• With six points on two goals and four assists, senior Ryan Young now has 43 multi-point, 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s six points ties his career high and gives him 142 for his career, moving him past him with Brendan Hanley (140, 1985-88) for 22nd place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Young’s four assists gives him 84 for his career, moving him past John Lamon (83, 1976-79) for 12th place on the Terps’ all-time assists list. Young also passed Frank Urso (1973-76) and Jim Wilkerson (1980-83), who each had 81 during their Maryland careers.
• With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has five hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals tied Cummings’ career high.
• With a career-best four goals, sophomore John Haus now has three hat tricks, eight multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and a career-best three assists, sophomore Owen Blye now has five multi-point, three multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• The Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless in the third quarter, marking the eighth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.
• The Terps held Virginia scoreless for 25:21, from 5:30 of the second to 10:09 of the fourth, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.
Palmer Scores Five, Loyola Holds Off #17/19 Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Loyola University Maryland’s Chris Palmer scored a career-high five goals, and Josh Hawkins tallied a goal and two assists in transition, as the Greyhounds defeated No. 17/19 Ohio State University, 12-9, in ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Palmer, who is using his fifth-year of athletic eligibility as a Loyola graduate student after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell, scored three of his five goals after half time, helping the Greyhounds (5-3 overall, 2-2 ECAC) hold off the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1).
Loyola led 9-4 with 5:17 to play in the third quarter after Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal, but Ohio State came racing back, scoring four in a row to pull within a pair, 9-7, less than 2:30 into the fourth quarter.
Palmer pushed the Greyhounds’ cushion back to three, 10-7, with 5:57 to play, but Nick Liddil and Tyler Frederick tallied consecutive Ohio State goals to make it 10-9 exactly two minutes later.
Loyola face-off man John Schiavone pushed the ensuing restart forward and picked up the ground ball himself, stepping into the offensive zone and dishing a pass to Mike Sawyer.
Sawyer, who was scoreless at the time, dodged a Buckeyes defender and scored with 3:41 left in regulation to give Loyola a 11-9 advantage.
Ohio State gained possession on the next face-off, but the teams traded turnovers, and the Buckeyes gained an extra-man opportunity on an offsides’ call against Loyola during a clearing situation with 1:33 on the fourth-quarter clock.
The Buckeyes worked the ball inside to Jeff Tundo, but Joe Fletcher checked the ball from Tundo’s stick, and Fletcher picked up the loose ball, and Loyola cleared it successfully to the offensive end.
Hawkins carried it into the zone and found Palmer who scored his fifth goal with 48 ticks left to secure the victory.
Palmer, who scored his first two goals in a Loyola uniform last Saturday in a win at Mount St. Mary’s, had not scored more than two goals in a game as a collegian. He is the second player this season to score five in a contest for Loyola. Mike Sawyer accomplished the feat against both Bellarmine and Duke.
Hawkins, a short-stick defensive midfielder, helped key Loyola’s transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He also picked up four ground balls, helping the Greyhounds control the possession battle.
Schiavone led all players with eight ground balls and won 17-of-24 face-offs for Loyola. In the last two seasons against Ohio State – both Loyola wins – Schiavone has picked up 17 ground balls and been successful on 33-of-47 face-offs (.702).
During the game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win marks. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.
The Greyhounds’ defense did its part, as well, holding Ohio State’s two leading scorers, Tundo and Logan Schuss, to just one goal. Schuss entered Saturday’s game with 20 goals, and Tundo had 17.
Jake Hagelin was credited with five saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and he also caused two Buckeyes turnovers. Loyola held Ohio State to just 21 shots, matching its second lowest output of the year.
Loyola started quickly in the first quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead as Matt Langan, Palmer and Hawkins scored unassisted goals in the first 6:08 of action. After neither team scored in the final 8:51 of the first 15 minutes, Ohio State scored three-straight to start the second quarter.
Dan Wertz’s unassisted tally with 7:20 to play before halftime drew the teams even at 3-3. Palmer broke through for Loyola, scoring off a Langan assist, with 2:37 left before the break, and the Greyhounds took a 4-3 advantage into the locker room.
Schiavone flipped the opening face-off of the second half out where long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff picked it up, raced toward the goal and scored 13 second into the third stanza. It was Ratliff’s second goal in as many games. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on two others while picking up six ground balls last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to his second-half opening goal against Ohio State, he also had three ground balls.
Minutes later, Dylan Grimm picked up a ground ball after a Tundo turnover, and Loyola cleared it successfully to its offensive end. The Greyhounds ran nearly 90 seconds of offense before Langan fed a pass to Palmer who scored his third of the game.
The Buckeyes closed the game back to two, 6-4, on a Michael Italiano’s goal with 10:12 to play, but Langan scored back-to-back goals, leading up to Fanshaw’s tally that gave the Greyhounds a 9-4 advantage with 5:17 remaining.
Langan’s second goal in the stretch, as well as Fanshaw’s, came after Ohio State’s Mike Pires was whistled for an unreleasable illegal body check penalty, putting Loyola on extra-man for two minutes.
Langan finished the game with three goals and two assists for his second-straight five-point game.
The Greyhounds continue ECAC action next Saturday when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 o’clock game against Fairfield.
#10 Hofstra Defeats Towson, 12-5
“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”
After junior attackman gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.
But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper .
Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.
Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman ended the Tigers’ scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.
Senior midfielder scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.
While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.
Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.
The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
– The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon … Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.
– The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday … All five of those games have come at Towson … The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
– The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty … Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.
– Lincoln recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and had his second five-goal game of the year … He also had five goals against Harvard on March 5.
– Sophomore attackman
had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped … The Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 goals and four assists this season, Hughes had also scored a goal in three straight games.– Mezzanotte scored his first goal since May 1, 2010 when he tallied his lone goal of the season against Hofstra in a 12-10 loss at Shuart Stadium … Of Mezzanotte’s five career goals, two of them have been scored against the Pride.
– Mezzanotte also recorded the second multi-point game of his career … He had two assists in the Tigers’ win over Mount St. Mary’s on March 5.
– Domanic scored the second goal of his college career against the Pride on Saturday … It was his first goal since April 26, 2009 against Penn at Unitas Stadium.