Saturday Lax Roundup: Towson Upsets Stony Brook, Hopkins drops Heartbreaker to Syracuse

March 19, 2011 | WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s lacrosse action, courtesy of the respective schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Hughes Leads Tigers Past #5 Stony Brook, 9-8

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University (3-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.

“These kids did a great job today,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Travis Love made some big saves for us when we needed them and Matt Hughes put the ball in the goal. I am very proud of this team and what they did today.”

After senior midfielder Timmy Trenkle gave the Seawolves a quick 1-0 lead just 62 seconds into the game, the Tigers answered by scoring back-to-back goals from Hughes and junior attackman Sean Maguire to take a 2-1 lead with 7:52 left in the first quarter.

Trenkle and senior midfielder Kevin Crowley regained the Seawolves’ advantage when they scored a pair of unassisted goals, giving Stony Brook a 3-2 lead with 2:20 remaining in the period.

But, the Tigers held Stony Brook scoreless for the next 17 minutes, 14 seconds while scoring six unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The Tigers had six different players score a goal during the run, including senior attackman Tim Stratton, who scored his first goal of the season with 13:19 left in the second quarter.

Junior midfielder Robbie Campbell scored a pair of goals off feeds from Crowley in the final 13 seconds of the first half, narrowing the Seawolves’ deficit to 8-5 at the intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 9-5 when Hughes took a pass from freshman Andrew Hodgson and scored his third goal of the game with 9:50 left in regulation.

Over the final nine minutes, the Seawolves scored three times to trim the deficit to 9-8. With 8:27 left, senior attackman Jordan McBride scored off a feed from senior attackman Tom Compitello to close the gap to 9-6.

Just over three minutes later, Trenkle scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Campbell for a 9-7 margin.

With 12 seconds left, Crowley cut the deficit to 9-8 when he tallied his second goal of the game after getting a pass from McBride. The Seawolves won the ensuing face-off, but were unable to get a shot as the final horn sounded.

While Hughes led the Tigers with his three-goal effort, Maguire added a pair of goals with an assist for Towson, which outshot Stony Brook by a 29-27 margin.

Crowley scored two goals with three assists for the Seawolves while Trenkle added his second career “hat trick” with three goals. Senior midfielder Adam Rand won 13 of 21 face-offs for the Seawolves, who had won their last three games after a season-opening overtime loss against Virginia.

The Tigers, who played their third game in an eight-day span, will open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule next Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Delaware for a 1 p.m. game against the defending CAA champion Blue Hens. Meanwhile, the Seawolves open a three-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against Cornell at 7 p.m.

“This has been a tough week for us,” Coach Seaman added. “We played Maryland last Saturday, faced Navy on Tuesday night and then, had to play a very good Stony Brook team today. There is nothing easy about it, but the reason we do it is to get us ready for our conference, which starts next week.”

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers and the Seawolves were meeting for the second time in an all-time series which is tied at 1-1 … Stony Brook defeated Towson by a 14-11 margin in last year’s meeting at LaValle Stadium.
- The Tigers defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time since last year’s CAA semi-final when they defeated 16th-ranked Massachusetts by a 13-6 margin … The Tigers had lost all three games this year against ranked foes prior to Saturday.
- The Tigers posted their first win over a top five opponent at home since April 4, 1992 when they defeated top-ranked Loyola at home by an 8-7 margin in overtime.
- Stratton scored his first goal since last year when he tallied a goal against Massachusetts in the CAA semi-finals at Unitas Stadium … It snapped a six-game scoreless streak.
- The Tigers held an opponent scoreless in the third quarter for the fourth time in six games this season … In the first six games, the Tigers have allowed just six third-quarter goals.
- With his three-goal effort, Hughes extended his point-scoring streak to nine straight games … During the streak, he has scored 15 goals with four assists.
- The Tigers held Stony Brook to a season-low eight goals on Saturday … The Seawolves were also limited to a season-low 27 shots against the Tigers.

Syracuse Slips Past Johns Hopkins in Double Overtime

SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse senior Stephen Keogh scored his third goal of the game 15 seconds into the second overtime to lift the top-ranked Orange to a 5-4 victory over Johns Hopkins before a crowd of 8,241 at the Carrier Dome Saturday evening. Syracuse improves to 6-0, while the Blue Jays slip to 5-2.

After losing 10 of the first 13 faceoffs in the game, the Orange got the one that counted as senior Joel White came up with the loose ball on the faceoff in the second overtime and quickly worked the ball to Jeremy Thompson. Thompson carried into the zone and found Keogh to his left and he wasted no time blowing home the game-winner.

In a game much more exciting than the final score might indicate, the Blue Jays led 4-3 at the end of the third quarter after Zach Palmer’s second unassisted goal of the game with 3:07 remaining in the period gave JHU a one-goal lead. That lead held for nearly the entire fourth quarter on the strength on the spectacular play of sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett, who posted seven of his 16 saves in the fourth quarter.

Still, the Orange pressed and finally capitalized when Keogh polished off a patient possession with his second goal of the game with 1:40 remaining in regulation. The Blue Jays managed to force overtime after killing off a penalty in the last minute with Bassett stopping Tim Desko in the final seconds.

Both teams had chances to win in the first overtime as Hopkins fired four shots at senior John Galloway and Syracuse managed a pair on Bassett, but the first extra session settled nothing after a Kyle Wharton goal for Johns Hopkins was waived off with four seconds remaining for being in the crease. Keogh’s goal quickly ended the dramatics in the second overtime.
The Orange needed just 65 seconds to open the scoring as senior Josh Amidon took a nifty feed from sophomore JoJo Marasco and buried an eight-yard shot to give SU the early one-goal advantage. By the time Syracuse scored again, more than 27 minutes had elapsed and the Blue Jays had crafted a 3-1 lead.

Sophomore John Ranagan answered Amidon’s early strike when he scored on an ally dodge in an unsettled situation with just under five minutes remaining in the opening period, which ended with the score tied 1-1 and the young Blue Jays gaining momentum as the period wore on.

Ranagan and linemate John Greeley, playing in his hometown for the first time in his career, teamed up to give JHU a 2-1 lead less than a minute into the second period as Greeley worked in from the flank and flipped a pass to Ranagan, who never broke stride and beat Galloway from seven yards out.

Hopkins extended its lead to 3-1 – the first time this season Syracuse has been down by two goals – when Palmer dodged from behind and used his defender as a perfect screen to beat Galloway low to the far side.

Syracuse ended its scoring drought with just under two minutes remaining in the first half when Tom Palasek threaded a perfect pass to Keogh on the crease and Keogh did what he does best, one-time it home from the doorstep to make it 3-2 at the half.

The Orange drew even midway through the third quarter when Amidon struck off an assist from Palasek. The tie stood for just over four minutes before Palmer’s second goal gave JHU the 4-3 lead that held until the final two minutes of regulation.

Bassett finished with 16 saves, the second-highest total of his career, and Ranagan and Palmer led the way offensively with their two goals apiece. Senior Matt Dolente continued his strong play on faceoffs as he won 10-of-14 and grabbed six ground balls on the night.

#9 Johns Hopkins (5-2) 1-2-1-0-0-0/4
#1 Syracuse (6-0) 1-1-1-1-0-1/5

Goals: J: Ranagan-2, Palmer-2. S: Keogh-3, Amidon-2. Assists: J: Greeley. S: Palasek-2, Amidon, Marasco, Thompson. Saves: J: Bassett-16. S: Galloway-5. Shots: J-25. S-33. EMO: J: 0-for-3 S: 0-for-2. Attendance: 8,241.

Air Force Takes Early Lead, Holds Off Loyola

USAFA, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Academy jumped out to a five-goal lead in the second quarter and held off the 17th-ranked Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team, 8-6, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.

The Falcons (2-5 overall, 1-1 ECAC) scored the game’s first three goals and held Loyola (3-3, 1-1) off the scoreboard for over 13 minutes to start the contest.

Adam Paranka and Vinny Sandtorv scored at 10:11 and 8:47 in the first quarter to put Air Force ahead, and Mike Crampton logged a goal 3:36 before the end of the frame.

Josh Hawkins broke the Greyhounds’ scoring drought with his first goal of the season 1:53 before the end of the quarter.

Air Force picked up where it left off offensive, however, in the second quarter. Tommy McKee scored 1:21 into the frame, and Sandtorv tallied his second and third goals of the afternoon to push the Falcons’ advantage to five, 6-1.

Loyola cut its deficit to four, 6-2, with 19 ticks left on the first-half clock as Davis Butts scored off a Mike Sawyer assist.

The Greyhounds pulled within three as Matt Langan took a Justin Ward pass and scored 2:14 into the third quarter, but Crampton scored back-to-back goals for the Falcons, extending their lead back to five, 8-3, with just under nine minutes to go in the third quarter.

Chris Basler tallied a goal for Loyola with 4:14 to go in the third, making it a four-goal game.

Loyola made it a three-goal Air Force lead after a strange sequence led to a man-down goal. Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin cleared the ball from the defensive end by himself and scored his first career goal with 4:44 to play.

Air Force won the next faceoff but a Sandtorv shot went wide, and Loyola had a chance on offense. Stephen Murray scored for the Greyhounds, pulling them within two.The Greyhounds had an extra-man opportunity with less than 90 seconds remaining, but Air Force forced a turnover to secure the game.

Loyola outshot the Falcons, 32-23 and 19-8 in the second half. Brian Wilson made 10 saves in goal for the Falcons. The Greyhounds also had an 11-18 advantage at the face-off `X’, as J.P. Dalton won a career-high 10-of-16 restarts. Scott Ratliff led Loyola with five ground balls.

The Greyhounds step out of conference play next weekend when travel to Emmittsburg, Md., for a 1 o’clock game at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Rossi Scores Three Goals to Lead No. 2 Mustangs Past No. 4 Cortland, 10-8

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Tony Rossi (Towson/Calvert Hall) tied his career-high with three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 10 minutes to lead the No. 2-ranked Mustangs to a 10-8 victory over No. 4 SUNY Cortland on Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

Stevenson (8-0) improved its record to 17-1 at home the last two seasons and 5-0 this year. It was also the team’s fourth victory in as many as games against a top-10 team this season.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes, the last coming on back-to-back goals by Rossi with 11:42 and 9:02 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs rallied from their fourth one-goal deficit.

After Mike Tota gave the Red Dragons (4-1) an 8-7 lead with 13:24 left, Rossi netted his second goal of the game at 11:42 to tie the game for the seventh and final time before picking up his first collegiate game-winning goal at 9:06.

On the ensuing face-off, senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won his 12th draw of the game and picked up his fifth ground ball of the game en route to scoring his fifth goal of the season just seven seconds later to provide some insurance with 8:59 to play.

Stevenson’s three fourth quarter goals and six saves from junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) helped offset the team’s eight turnovers which kept Cortland within striking distance. With the win, he improved his record to 10-0 as a starter.

Prior to Saturday, the only other meeting between the two teams came back on Feb. 24, 2007 at Caves Athletics Complex with the Mustangs posted a 10-9 victory over the third-ranked Red Dragons in what was Stevenson’s first win over a ranked team in school history.

With two goals and one assist, senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) also totaled three points and now has 259 for his career, tying him with Eric Schmith for the school record. With two assists, senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) now has 255 career points, four behind Schmith and Dailey.

In addition, Dailey also picked up his 127th career assist, four behind current assistant coach Steve Kazimer for second on the school’s all-time list and 10 behind Schmith’s record of 137.

With two caused turnovers, senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) also reached a personal milestone, totaing the 100th of his career, becoming the first player in school history to reach triple digits.

Tota led the Red Dragons with three goals while Jay DiStefano had two goals and two assists. Mike Kaminski had 12 saves.

Stevenson faces his its fourth-straight top-10 opponent on Wednesday when it welcomes No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Tufts to Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Mids Win Third Straight, Cruise to 8-3 Win over Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-4, 2-2 Patriot League) used a crippling defense and took advantage of 10 Holy Cross penalties to post an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders (0-7, 0-2 Patriot League) Saturday afternoon at Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.  The Mids have now won three-consecutive games after dropping four in a row on the road.

“Holy Cross really slowed it down and their defense packed it in tight and played zone,” said Navy head Coach Richie Meade, who has never lost to Holy Cross in his 17 years at the Academy.  “It was a little sloppy out there early, but we settled in played our game.”

The story of the game came down to possession.  Not only did junior faceoff specialist Logan West (Berlin, Md.) control 11 of the 14 draws in the game, Navy also possessed the ball a great deal of the contest due to Holy Cross racking up nearly 10 minutes of penalty time.  Navy scored goals on five of its 10 extra-man opportunities, including the game’s first goal at the 2:23 mark in the opening period.  Freshmen attackmen Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Harrison Chaires (Ellicott City, Md.) worked together to put the Mids on the the scoreboard in what would be a lead they’d not relinquish.

Chaires punched in his second of three extra-man goals at 12:29 in the second quarter with Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) finding him for a nifty shot.

Hull, who was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week earlier in the week, then put Navy up 4-0 with back-to-back goals, including his first man-up goal of the year at the 10:26 mark,

Navy’s defense smothered Holy Cross the entire first half and after nearly 35 minutes of scoreless play, the Crusaders got on the board thanks to an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Andrew Morici.

Navy, though, went on to score three unanswered goals in the span of two minutes. The run began when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) found senior middie Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) for the goal at the 8:03 mark.  It was one of only three even-strength goals by the Mids in the contest.  A minute later, at the 7:05 mark, Warner pumped in an unassisted extra-man goal.  Meanwhile, Chaires turned in his first-collegiate hat trick with his third man-up goal of the afternoon off an assist from Hull.

Chaires is the first Navy player to score three extra-man goals in a single game since All-American Adam Borcz talled three against Penn State on April 14, 2001.

The Mids were not done, however, extending their lead to 8-1 on a Brian Striffler (Virginia Beach, Va.)-to-Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) goal at the 4:30 mark.

Navy made a change between the pipes following Jones’ goal, giving senior Mike Haas (Blue Bell, Pa.) just his second-career appearance in goal.  Haas would give up a pair of goals in the final four-plus minutes, including a garbage goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game to senior attackman Colin Flood.

The three goals are the fewest the Mids’ defense have surrendered since last year’s Navy-Holy Cross tilt in which the Mids won, 12-3, in Annapolis.  Ironically, it’s also the last time Navy held an opponent scoreless for a half.  In last year’s game, Navy jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead before the crusaders scored in the 39th minute.

“I thought we really played great defense today,” added Meade.  “It was probably the best one-on-one defense we’ve played this season.  Jordan Seivold played probably his best and our two senior shorties Brian Striffler and Marty Gallagher were both enforcers out there.”

With his two-goal, one-assist effort against the Crusaders, Warner extended his point streak to 20-consecutive games which is tied as the 18th-longest streak in the country.  Meanwhile, he is just four points shy of becomming only the 29th player in program history to score 100 points in a career.  The last player to join the list was Nick Mirabito who amassed 158 points from 2005-08.

Meanwhile, West continues to roll at the “x.”  Over the last three games, he has won 46 of the 66 draws (.697) he has taken.  During the Mids’ four-game slied, he won 20 of the 53 faceoffs (.377) he took.

The Mids return to action next Saturday when they play host to Patriot League foe Colgate.  Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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