Mass. College Lax: Harvard, UMass Look To Extend Their Seasons

By Matt Noonan 

The next two days are very important dates in the Division I college lacrosse world as various teams will be competing for spots in their conference tournament. And two of those teams – Harvard and UMass – have a chance to extend their season with wins.

Harvard – The Crimson’s road to the Ivy League tournament won’t be easy, as they’ll have to defeat Yale, a squad that’s ranked 15th on this week’s USILA poll. If Harvard pulls out a win, they’d advance to Ithaca, New York, for next weekend’s semifinals. Harvard would most likely draw the fourth seed and play Cornell, who defeated the Crimson in Cambridge earlier this month.

UMass – Believe it or not, but the Minutemen have a chance to obtain the final CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) spot with a win and some help. In order for UMass to extend its season, they’ll need to beat Delaware tomorrow and have Hofstra and St. Joseph’s lose on Saturday. A loss to Delaware concludes their season.

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.