Frozen Four: Boston University Captures Northeast Regional (Roundup)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University punched its ticket to the ‘Frozen Four’ – TD Garden in Boston, Mass. – as the Terriers defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted two goals, including the game-winner at 17:36 in the third period – his 21st strike of the season – which secured the Terriers a return trip to the TD Garden.

BU's Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

Last weekend, the Terriers earned back-to-back wins at the Garden on Causeway Street, downing New Hampshire and UMass Lowell en route to winning the Hockey East crown. BU secured the top spot in their region and rallied to defeated Yale yesterday, 3-2, in overtime.

Rodrigues opened the scoring for the Red and White in the opening stanza by locating the back of the Bulldogs’ cage at 7:17 in the first period. Minnesota-Duluth responded Willie Raskob, who scored his fourth goal of the season, which made it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Matt Lane pushed BU ahead, 2-1, at 3:32 in the second period, but again, the Bulldogs countered with Kyle Osterberg that made it 2-2 after two periods of play.

Matt O’Connor picked up his 24th win between the pipes, deflecting 27 shots, including 11 attempts in both the first and second period. Kasimir Kaskisuo concluded his season 18-14-3 and with 27 saves.

Before BU captured the regional finals, Boston College fell to Denver, 5-2, in the East Regional Semifinal in Providence, Rhode Island.

Will Butcher and Grant Arnold each lit the lamp for Denver during the final stanza that pushed the Pioneers ahead for good. Michael Matheson and Ryan Fitzgerald netted the Eagles’ goals.

In South Bend, Indiana, Jimmy Vesey brought Harvard within one-goal of Nebraska-Omaha early in the third period (2-1), but the Mavericks dashed the Crimson’s potential rally, potting back-to-back open-net goals to secure the win (4-1), their first-ever in NCAA Tournament play.

Mass. College Lax: Noontime Top 5 (Division 1, Week 1 Poll)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of the Division 1 College Lacrosse in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s poll – our #NoontimeTop5 – highlighting the local squads.

Men’s Division 1

1.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson began their 2015 campaign last Saturday, downing the Minutemen in the snow. Harvard travels to Duke on Saturday for what could eventually be a NCAA Tournament clash later this spring.

2.) Holy Cross (2-0) – The Crusaders made some serious “noise” last weekend, defeating Loyola (Md.), 13-12. Holy Cross has won-back-to-back contests by one-goal. This week, they host Navy, which is coming off back-to-back setbacks to Maryland and Bucknell. Can the Crusaders keep on rolling?

3.) Boston University (2-1) – The Terriers look to rebound following their initial of the season against Providence College on Tuesday. This is the second of four road games for the Terriers, and it would be great for BU to capture at least one or two contests before returning to Nickerson Field.

4.) UMass (0-3) – This hasn’t been the ideal start for the Minutemen, who lost by one on Saturday to the Crimson. UMass is desperate for a win, but can they clam their first victory against Brown, which defeated Quinnipiac, 17-6, last weekend?

5.) UMass Lowell (0-2) – After a tough Division 1 debut against Yale, the River Hawks kept pace with Siena before falling, 13-9. They’re close to their program’s initial Division 1 victory and it could come this weekend against Wagner.

Women’s Division 1

1.) Boston College (3-0) – Coach Acacia Walker’s squad is off to another fast start, claiming local wins against UMass Lowell and Vermont, along with a 9-5 season-opening road victory at Johns Hopkins. This week, they open ACC play on the road at Syracuse, which is a big contest.

2.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson commenced their 2015 season with a non-conference win against Hofstra, which included 11 stops from goalie Kelly Weis. Harvard will enjoy a short break before taking on Virginia, Columbia and Syracuse in a span of 11 days, starting on March 3.

3.) UMass (3-0) – The “New England” tour continues this week with games against Boston University and Holy Cross. Back-to-back wins would provide UMass with five local victories heading into their next home tilt against Drexel.

4.) Boston University (1-1) – After registering their first win of the season, the Terriers fell to Vanderbilt, 16-9. Can they rebound against UMass later this week?

5.) Holy Cross (0-3) – It hasn’t been an ideal start for the Crusaders, who have dropped three straight, including a tough season-opening game against Bryant, 9-6. Holy Cross will look to snap its skid on Saturday against UMass at home.

Mass. College Lax: Recapping The Weekend of Lacrosse (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan

Despite the snow – even additional snow from yesterday – we had some lacrosse games this weekend. Below is a roundup of the various games.

Men’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Canisius 9Trailing 6-4 at the break, the Terriers used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Cal Dearth strike that helped BU go onto claim their second win of the season and first-ever victory at Nickerson Field.

Holy Cross 10, Fairfield 9: Terry McKenna netted the game-winning goal – his only strike of the contest – which lifted the Crusaders to their first win of the season.

Yale 19, UMass Lowell 4: Cory Highfield scored two goals in the River Hawks’ first-ever  Division I era contest.

North Carolina 20, UMass 8: Nick Mariano recorded his seventh career hat trick in the Minutemen’s second setback of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Siena 9: Mallory Collins and Ally Adams each netted four goals as the Terriers won their first contest of the season in Queensbury, New York.

No. 7/6 BC 9, Johns Hopkins 5Caroline Margolis tied her career-high of three goals, Mikaela Rix netted a pair and the Eagles won their initial contest of the season.

Bryant 9, Holy Cross 6: Kristie Voswinkel recorded a hat trick and one helper to lead the Bulldogs past the Crusaders in their first contest of the season. Laura Ryan registered a hat trick for Holy Cross.

UMass 18, UMass Lowell 4: Hannah Murphy paced UMass with a hat trick, while five players scored twice in their initial win of the season. Taylor Sokol registered two goals for UMass Lowell in their season debut.

Mass. College Hockey: No. 4 Harvard Claims 14th Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Fourth ranked Harvard University rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Boston College – number on in the latest NCAA NC Women’s Hockey RPI poll – by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday evening in the 2015 Boston Beanpot Championship.

With the win, Harvard claims its 14th Beanpot crown and improves to 16-8 all-time against the Eagles in tournament play.

Karly Heffernan and Miye D’Oench each lit the lamp at 9:39 and 11:54, respectively, during the second period, which helped the Crimson claim their only lead of the contest.

The Eagles and Crimson swapped goals throughout the opening period before Boston College pushed ahead with a Haley Skarupa goal – her 25th of the season – at 8:18 in the second period. Harvard countered with Heffernan – her sixth goal of the season – before D’Oench deposited her 14th marker of the season.

Harvard’s goalie, Emerance Maschmeyer, turned away 30 of 32 shots and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Katie Burt – the Eagles’ netminder – deflected 14 of 17 shots in a span of 59:33.

The Crimson’s last Beanpot victory occurred during the 2010 campaign when Harvard edged Northeastern University, 1-0.

Boston University defeated Northeastern in the consolation match, 3-1. BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, while Hayley Masters netted the Huskies’ lone goal in the second period.

Stonehill College’s Chris Tasiopoulos recorded a career-high 48 saves against Saint Anselm as the Skyhawks and Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie. Garrett White netted his 10th goal of the season, which was set up by Kevin Aufiero and Scott Rolph.

Saint Anselm tied the game with a Sean Jenkins goal at 18:10 in the third period, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net during the extra stanza.

Jay Dalton recorded one goal and one assist as the Westfield State Owls defeated Worcester State, 3-2. Dalton netted the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the third, which secured the win for the visitors.

Alex Dewitz and Andrew Bates each netted one goal for the Lancers, while goaltender Tyler Fallica turned away 21 of 24 shots.

Perry McCarthy and Eliza Noyes each scored one goal in Williams’ 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Charlie Billadeau stopped 17 of 19 shots in 65 minutes for the Ephs.

Emma Griese recorded two goals and one helper as the seventh-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team cruised past Salve Regina, 6-0.

Mass. College Lax: BC’s Walker Talks NCAA Tournament (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will look to extend its season and NCAA Division I Tournament run tomorrow when they travel to Syracuse University for an elite eight contest. BC earned a meeting with the Orange by defeating Bryant University and Loyola (Md.) last weekend in the first and second round.

BC head coach Acacia Walker talked with members of the media earlier this week about her team’s title run in a video we’ve provided below from the BC Athletics YouTube Channel.

For more on the BC Eagles’ women’s lacrosse team – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: BC, Tufts To Compete In NCAA Quarterfinals

Tufts' Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

With a busy weekend of lacrosse in the books, it’s now time to turn the page to this upcoming week’s quarterfinal matchups.

* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team earned wins over Bryant and Loyola (Md.) on Friday and Sunday to secure a spot in the quarterfinals against Syracuse. The Eagles have competed against the Orange 11 times in program history with Syracuse winning the last meeting earlier this season, 11-9.  The Eagles led the Orange at the break, 4-3, but Syracuse responded by outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 8-5.

The winner of this contest will advance to the semifinals next Friday, May 23 against the winner of North Carolina-Virginia.

* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team edged Endicott College, 10-9, on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  The Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday to host SUNY Cortland, who defeated Springfield College, 14-10. The winner advances to Sunday’s (May 18) NCAA Division 3 semifinals against RIT-Union.

The last time both teams met, the Red Dragons defeated the Jumbos, 12-10, in the NCAA semifinals in 2012. Tufts defeated Cortland in the quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2010, both by a score of 10-9.

Make sure to check back later this week for updates from both contests. Also, you can find updates on both tournaments by visiting the WLAX Div. I Bracket or MLAX Div. III Bracket.

Mass. College Lax: Today’s ECAC & NCAC Tournament Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday! We’ve got a slew of ECAC and NCAA Tournament contests occurring this afternoon and evening, and below is the schedule. Make sure to circle back this evening for a roundup of the day’s action.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Becker College at Salve Regina, 7:30 p.m. (ECAC New England Championship)

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Rivier University at Curry College, 4 p.m. (ECAC New England Semifinals)

* Becker College at Worcester State, 7 p.m. (ECAC New England Semifinals)

* UMass vs. Loyola (Maryland), 2 p.m. (NCAA First Round @ Newton, Mass.)

* Bryant at Boston College, 5 p.m. (NCAA First Round @ Newton, Mass.)

Mass. College Lax: BC’s Walker Talks About Upcoming ACC Tourney (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will be hosting the upcoming ACC Tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 24 when they compete against North Carolina in the first round. The Tar Heels are last year’s National Champions and enter the conference playoffs as the third seed.

Prior to their second meeting with the Tar Heels this season, BC head coach Acacia Walker met the media today to chat about the Eagles’ most recent win against Vermont, as well as their first-round matchup in a video we posted below. The video is from the BC athletic department’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Hockey: BC, UML Earns Spots In NCAA Northeast Regional

By NoontimeSports.com 

Two local college hockey teams will be competing in the upcoming NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four, which begins Friday, March 28. However, Boston College and UMass Lowell won’t commence their quests toward Pittsburgh, the site of this year’s championship and semifinals, until Saturday, March 29.

UMass Lowell, which won its second consecutive Hockey East crown last night with a 4-0 win over New Hampshire, will take on Minnesota State-Mankato, while Boston College will face-off against Denver. Both games will be held in Worcester at the DCU Center. BC-Denver is slated for a 4 p.m. start, while UML-Minnesota State-Mankato is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

If the Eagles and River Hawks are both victorious in the first-round, then the Northeast Regional Championship will be a Hockey East showdown. The championship is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Early Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from the early afternoon men’s and women’s lacrosse contests. We’ll have more on these games below, as well as the late afternoon tilts later this weekend.

Men’s Lacrosse:

* Springfield 11, Nazareth 10

* Lehigh 10, BU 10

* Loyola (Md.) 16, Holy Cross 4

* UMass 8, Harvard 4

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Yale 10, Holy Cross 8

* BC 9, Ohio State 7