New England Lacrosse Classic: Game Summaries

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here is our recap from Saturday’s New England Lacrosse Classic, which featured two collegiate games and one high school match.

Foxborough 6, Sandwich 2: In the first game of the day, Foxborough High School’s boy’s lacrosse team earned their sixth victory of the season by defeating Sandwich by four goals. Tyler Ames paced the Warriors with two goals and one assist, while Villanova-bound netminder Greg Stamatov deflected nine shots between the pipes. Nick Buttafuaco and Liam White each notched a goal for Sandwich in the loss.

Merrimack 12, Bentley 11: Merrimack sophomore Brandon Walter scooped up the biggest ground ball of the contest with 27 seconds remaining in regulation, and initiated the game-winning strike, as junior Greg Melaugh received the ball a few seconds after a Warriors clear and rushed into the Bentley zone to net his fifth goal of the contest.

John Smyth ended up carrying the ball over, and a couple games ago there was a time at the end of the game and I was like, ‘you’ve got to get me the ball when I’m open’ and he knew to give me the ball and he just gave me the flip, the [defense] played me too aggressive and I had space down the middle and I just took it,” Melaugh said of his game-winning strike.

Melaugh’s clincher was marked his second in four days — the junior scored the game-winner against St. Anselm on Apr. 17, which lifted the Warriors past Hawks, 11-10 in North Andover.

UMass 14, Hofstra 13: The Minutemen marched off the Gillette Stadium turf with their 12th victory of the season, and also a CAA division crown, as they defeated Hofstra by one goal.

Senior Art Kell and junior Kyle Smith paced the Minutemen with three goals a piece, while red shirt senior Tim McCormack deflected seven shots between the pipes.

UMass jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Hofstra responded with two back-to-back tallies by sophomore Lance Yapor and freshman Mike Malave. The Minutemen answered with four additional tallies, and entered halftime with an 8-4 lead, which eventually transformed to 10-10 after three frames.

Hofstra earned the lead once the fourth quarter began with an unassisted strike by junior John Antoniades before UMass strung together four consecutive goals, which helped the Minutemen preserve their perfect record.

Mass College Lacrosse: Lax Notebook (Mar. 29, 2012)

UMass senior Will Manny has been a major component for the Minutemen this season! (Photo Credit:Lax.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Catching up on some of the local lacrosse news from across the Bay State.

UMass Continues to Dominate

University of Massachusetts (Amherst) took a step closer toward the top spot in the USLIA Coaches poll with recent victories against Harvard and Penn.

The Minutemen are currently slated as the second best team in the country behind Johns Hopkins – a team that also hasn’t yielded a loss this season, too.

Junior Will Manny currently leads the team with 40 points, (26 goals and 14 assists), while senior Art Kell has tallied 26 points, (16 goals and 10 assists).

Also, senior goaltender Tim McCormack has recorded 470 minutes between the pipes, and has surrendered 55 goals off 241 shots. He’s also saved 85 shots thus far and is a major reason why the Minutemen are 8-0.

Merrimack Remains Perfect

Prior to their first home contest of the season this past Tuesday; the Merrimack Warriors men’s lacrosse team earned four critical wins – two on the road and two at neutral sites – before they tallied their fifth victory against Franklin Pierce.

Merrimack will attempt to preserve their perfect record on Saturday, Mar. 31, when they host the fifth best team in Division II… Adelphi.

Endicott’s Magic Ride

After beginning the season with a 1-3 record, the Endicott men’s lacrosse team changed gears, and spouted off four consecutive wins against Curry College, Springfield College, University of New England and Gordon College in the past 10 days.

Senior Brendan Eppley has led the charge with 11 goals and eight assists, while junior goaltender Tom Burke has saved 73 shots.

The Gulls four game road trip continues on Saturday, as they’ll travel to Wesleyan College for a 1pm face-off.

Gillette Stadium Hosts New England Women’s Lacrosse Classic on Saturday

Four women’s lacrosse teams will invade Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 31, as Harvard will face-off against No. 12 Syracuse at 12pm, while No. 1 Northwestern will square off against Ohio State at 2pm.

Expect a decent amount of local residents to come out and cheer on the Wildcats, especially since eight players hail from Massachusetts. Also, three of those eight players are from Westwood – a town that’s become known for its girls high school lacrosse program.