PLAYOFF HOPEFULS BATTLE IN EXCITING WEEK OF ACTIONApr 10, 2019
By Mitchell Courtney -- As the NCAA lacrosse season reaches a fever pitch, teams are feverishly attempting to stay alive while others are riding their early-season success to the postseason. Last week’s matchups proved to be as exciting as any to this point in the season.
Dan Burnam’s Drexel squad fell to Delaware on Saturday despite netting four goals or more in two of the four quarters of play. The loss drops the Dragons to 4-6 on the season as they will now attempt to right the proverbial ship against Fairfield on April 13.
A strong defensive effort from Cornell’s Kason Tarbell led them to a 19-11 win against Harvard on Saturday. Tarbell and his group tallied at least four goals in each quarter of play, helping them to a victory in their first contest of the week. However, Tarbell and the Big Red were handled by the Syracuse Orange on April 9 by a score of 13-8. The split brought Cornell to 7-4 on the season as it will take on Notre Dame on Sunday.
As for the Orange, their win against Cornell moved them to 7-3 on the season, despite starting the year at 2-2. Indigenous defenseman Tyson Bomberry led the strong defensive effort, collecting six ground balls on the way to victory. The Orange will head to Chapel Hill, NC, to take on the Tar Heels as they pursue their eighth win of the year.
Kyran Sunday and the Hofstra Pride emerged victorious in their contest with UMass on Saturday, winning by just one goal in a game that went to overtime. The 10-9 win moved Hofstra to 4-7 on the season as they will take on Delaware on April 13.
Devon Buckshot and his high-powered High Point Panthers squad won their second game in a row as they defeated Air Force by a score of 13-9. High Point remains one of the top teams in the country at 9-2 on the season, and it will aim for their 10th victory of the year against Mercer on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Jacksonville University Dolphins fell to the Richmond Spiders by a score of 14-8. The young Dolphins have shown a lot of promise for their future in 2019, and freshman Wake:Riat BowHunter has continued to pile up the points in his first season. Bowhunter added another goal in the loss. The Dolphins will chase their fourth win on the year on April 13 as they battle VMI at noon.
Despite allowing six goals in the final quarter, Jake Fox and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays won their homecoming game against Rutgers by a score of 15-13. The win was their second in a row and their fourth in the last five games. Next, the Blue Jays will take on Ohio State as they look to improve to 7-4 on the season.
Nobody has been shocked by the success of the Loyola Greyhounds in 2019, but Chase Scanlan’s group defeated Lehigh and Georgetown for their fourth and fifth wins in a row. In the first contest, Scanlan collected a hat trick as his team won 15-9. In their game against the Hoyas, Scanlan was once again dominant, collecting four goals and one assist in the 15-13 win. When asked about his teams' success this year, Scanlan noted that the NCAA is filled with great competition once more.
“I believe that good things are happening for the sport,” he said. “The NCAA is competitive, and upsets are becoming more common, which is a good thing in my opinion.”
The Boston University Terriers will aim to upset Scanlan and the Greyhounds as the two teams battle on April 13, and Loyola will fight for its 10th win.
Unfortunately for Matt Duncan and St. John’s, they fell for the third time in as many weeks. Their 12-8 loss to Marquette was highlighted by a strong defensive effort from Duncan and his teammates. Their inability to score consistently has been an issue as of late, posting just 26 goals combined in their last three contests. They will look to get their season back on track as they face off against the University of Denver on April 13.
As for Albany, the Great Danes dropped a tough contest against Vermont on Saturday by a score of 10-9. Indigenous forwards Tehoka Nanticoke, Mitch Laffin and Jakob Patterson each contributed two goals to their team’s cause while Patterson also added two assists and Nanticoke added one. Ron John also tallied an assist, but the Danes were outscored 3-1 in the final quarter to fall to 4-6 on the season. There is still time to turn the season around, and Laffin believes in his group.
“Guys are stepping up,” he said. “We know what we can do as a team; we just have to go out and do it.”
On the JUCO front, the Onondaga Lazers continue to prepare for their next contest against Herkimer County Community College after defeating Finger Lakes Community College easily in their last matchup. The Lazers are 6-2 on the season under new Head Coach Eric Miccio, and his group is chasing their sixth win in a row.
Genesee Community College dropped its latest contest 12-6 to Howard Community College on Saturday. Howard’s six third-quarter goals were enough to knock off the Cougars in the contest. Kyle Isaacs scored two goals and Darcy Redeye and Konner Sunday added singular assists in the effort. Now sitting at 3-4 on the season, the Cougars will aim to get back to .500 as they prepare for a matchup with Finger Lakes Community college on April 13.
With the regular season winding down, teams are preparing to make their final playoff pushes in what is sure to be an exciting few weeks of lacrosse.