Mass. College Lax: Recapping Friday’s Semifinal Contests

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was a busy afternoon and evening on Friday in the lacrosse world, and below are outcomes and highlights from each contest.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Harvard 10, Yale 9: For the second time this season, the Crimson defeated their archrival by one tally. Ian Ardrey and Peter Schwartz, who combined for seven points on six strikes and one helper, each netted back-to-back fourth quarter goals to secure a semifinal victory.

Harvard will play in its second Ivy League Championship in four seasons on Sunday when they host Penn at 12 p.m. The Quakers defeated the Crimson earlier this season by one marker in overtime. Penn earned a spot in Sunday’s tilt with an 11-10 win over Cornell.

Merrimack 11, Le Moyne 10: The Warriors scored two goals during the final 2:16, including the game-winner by Tucker Schwarz with six seconds remaining that helped Merrimack defeat the Dolphins in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals. Schwarz finished with three points on two tallies and one assist. Tim Towler and Kyle Guilbert each recorded hat tricks, while Dom Madonna turned away 14 of 24 shots.

The Warriors will face-off against Adelphi on Sunday in the championship; face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Adelphi 13, Bentley 8: The Panthers, who led 4-3 at the break, scored five third quarter goals that helped them go onto defeat the Falcons in the NE-10 semifinals. Cutler Dimond and Bobby Hinds each recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Josh Baker recorded 14 stops.

Eastern Conn. State 9, UMass Dartmouth 7: The Warriors scored four goals during the final 10:29 as they overcome a two-goal deficit to defeat the Corsairs in the Little East Conference semifinals. UMD’s Jordan MacPherson recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Adam Niden registered a hat trick. Nick Thayer, the Corsairs’ goaltender, finished with nine saves.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Penn 10, Harvard 9 (2OT): Megan Hennessey and Chelsey Newman each netted one goal during the final four minutes of regulation, which tied the game at 8-8 and forced an extra session. Harvard went ahead, 9-8, thanks to a strike by Kyleigh Keating, which was set up by Marisa Romeo, but the Quakers responded with two more goals, one in each overtime period to secure an Ivy League semifinal victory. Romeo finished the contest with four points on two tallies and two helpers, while Audrey Todd registered a hat trick.

UMass 16, Duquesne 3: The Minutewomen punched its ticket to its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championship by defeating the Dukes in the semifinals. UMass led 5-1 halfway through the opening stanza and never looked back. Tanner Guarino netted four goals on six shots, while Sam Rush, Katie Ferris and Melissa Carelli combined for seven strikes and two helpers.

The Minutewomen, who improve to 17-1 overall, will face Richmond on Sunday in the finals at 1 p.m. UMass edged the Spiders earlier this season by one goal.

Mass. College Lax: D1 & D2 Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

There were a variety of Division 1 and 2 lacrosse games that occurred this afternoon and below are few outcomes and game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

No. 16 Harvard 11, No. 13 Yale 10: The Crimson clinched the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with a one-goal victory over rival Yale.

Harvard, which shares the regular season crown with No. 11 Cornell, earned the right to host next weekend’s Ancient Eight tournament due to their win earlier this season against the Big Red. The conference tournament will begin next Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium. The Big Red and Penn will face-off in the first semifinal tilt at 5 p.m., while Yale and Harvard will meet at 8 p.m.

Harvard’s Devin Dwyer concluded the afternoon with six helpers, including an assist on the go-ahead strike by Sean McDonough at 8:53 in the fourth quarter. Murphy Vandervelde and Daniel Eipp finished with two goals, respectively.

No. 8 Merrimack 12, Assumption 7: The Warriors, who led 7-5 after three quarters, netted five of the final seven goals to earn their 10th win of the season. Paul Jones led Merrimack with five points on three helpers and two tallies, while Jamie Shand recorded a pair of goals and assists. Assumption’s Garrett Smith and Connor Munisteri combined for four goals and two assists.

Women’s Lacrosse:

No. 12 Loyola 18, BU 7: Jill Horka netted a hat trick, while Lindsay Weiner scored two goals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an eight-goal deficit in the Patriot League Championship. The Terriers, who played in their first conference finals, finished with 23 shots, nine draw controls and eight ground balls.

Prior to today’s contest, the Terriers beat Lehigh in the Quarterfinals, 14-9, and Navy in the semifinals, 13-12. Against the Midshipmen, BU’s Jenny Thompson sparked a 3-0 run late in the second stanza that helped the Terriers earn a one-goal victory, as well as a spot in this afternoon’s conference tournament finale.

Mass. College Lax: Harvard Women’s Lax Tops Brown, 10-4 (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Harvard University women’s lacrosse team picked up its sixth overall win yesterday by defeating Brown University in Cambridge, 10-4. With the win, Harvard also improves to 3-1 in Ivy League play. The Crimson are currently tied for second with Princeton, a squad that’s also 3-1 in conference play.

Audrey Todd led Harvard with four points on three goals and one helper, while Kelly Weis turned away seven shots.

The Crimson return to action on Wednesday, April 9 when they travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross at 4:30 p.m.

Below is a highlight package courtesy of the Harvard Athletics YouTube Channel. For more information on the women’s lacrosse team – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

There were some very important conference games that occurred this afternoon and below is our afternoon and evening roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Yale 11, Harvard 10 – Despite two late tallies each by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker, the Crimson still couldn’t complete their comeback as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard in Cambridge. With the loss, Harvard’s season concludes with a 6-8 overall mark.

No. 7 Merrimack 16, Assumption 11 – Greg MeLaugh tied a school-record with nine goals in three quarters as Warriors defeat the Greyhounds and claimed a share of the regular season Northeast-10 crown with Adelphi.

Roger Williams 9, Wentworth 8 (OT) – Ian Powers scored the game-winner 3:08 in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Leopards in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. With the win, Roger Williams advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Western New England. Alec Paradis paced Wentworth with five points (three goals, two assists).

Norwich 9, Mount Ida 7 – Ian Thomas halted the Mustangs rally with his third strike of the afternoon at 1:20 in the fourth as the Cadets defeated Mount Ida and claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown. Nick YacuzziMichael Markevich and Phil Pichel netted two goals, respectively, for Mount Ida.

No. 9 Tufts 14, Bate 10 – The Jumbos outscored the Bobcats, 7-2, in the third as Tufts defeated Bates and secured a spot in next weekend’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Chris Schoehut led the Powder Blue and White with five goals, while Andrew Fiamengo finished with four goals.

No. 6 Middlebury 19, Amherst 9 – Jon Broome and Scott Redmond each scored two goals in the opening frame, which provided the Panthers the lead for good as Middlebury defeated Amherst and punched its ticket to the NESCAC semifinals. Devin Acton led Amherst with three goals.

UMass Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6 – Dennis Healy recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Justin Lawless and Todd Davis each netted two strikes as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers.

Women’s Lacrosse 

University of New England 11, Gordon 10 – Hannah Tavella‘s 63rd goal of the season at 6:52 in the second lifted the Nor’easters past the Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. With the win, UNE advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Endicott College. Jessica Castelline led Gordon with six points (four goals, two assists).

Curry 14, Roger Williams 12 - The Colonels outscored the Hawks, 9-2, in the second half as Curry defeated Roger Williams and secured a date with Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC semifinals. Mel Brickley led Curry with five strikes, while Haley Carey and Deanna Monfredo each finished with hat tricks.

Babson 11, Wheaton 8 – Jameson Sprang netted the go-ahead goal with 5:30 remaining in the second as Beavers defeated the Lyons and punched their ticket to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Charlotte De Santis led Wheaton with five points (three goals, two assists), while Sprang finished with a hat trick.

Springfield 14, Mount Holyoke 9 – Michelle DorseyColleen Keeley and Meghan Flanagan each recorded a hat trick as the Pride defeated the Lyons in the NEWMAC semifinals. Mount Ida’s Molly Macdonald led all scorers with four strikes.

No. 1 Trinity 12, Tufts 8 – First-year Molly Cox scored a career-high four goals as the Bantams defeated the Jumbos and secured a spot in next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three strikes.

No. 8 Colby 11, Amherst 3 – The Mules outscored the Lord Jeffs, 8-2, in the second half, which helped them secure a first round win the NESCAC tournament and spot in the semifinals. Caroline HollidayElizabeth Ludlow and Hillary Densen each scored one goal for Amherst.

Worcester State 14, Fitchburg State 13 (OT) – Jackie Connors netted two of her four goals during the extra session as the Lancers defeated the Falcons in their final regular season contest. Jessica Bartlett and Lindsey White paced Fitchburg State with five tallies, respectively.

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.

Mass. College Lax: Highlights From Harvard-Holy Cross (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Harvard University’s men’s lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday against Holy Cross as the Crimson topped the Crusaders, 16-12 in Cambridge.

Peter Schwartz paced the Crimson with four goals and one assist, while Alex White tallied three goals, two assists.

Holy Cross’ Clay Haarmann recorded a season-best seven tallies off 10 shots in the setback, while teammate Myles Gillespie recorded a hat trick.

Harvard improves to 1-1 overall, while Holy Cross falls to 1-2. Below are highlights from the match courtesy of the Harvard athletic department’s YouTube page.

 

Princeton Takes Down Ivy League Foe Dartmouth, 8-4

By Stacey Kilpatrick 

2010’s New England Lacrosse Classic saw Princeton University defeat Brown University and Dartmouth College shock Cornell University, but 2011’s Ivy League match-up on Saturday saw last year’s winners pinned up against one another. The result? Princeton doubled Dartmouth, 8-4.

“Huge, huge (win for us),” said Princeton head coach Chris Bates, a 1990 Dartmouth graduate. “I mean we needed it. Dartmouth is a good team, well coached team. So it was huge for us. We needed this one.”

“There’s no question that if you’re going to turn the ball over 18 times against a quality opponent, you’re probably not going to win,” said Dartmouth head coach Andrew Towers.

“It’s immensely frustrating to have a group of guys who care so much about the program and team being successful, and you know, having stick fundamentals, stick mistakes account for 18 turnovers in a game that we felt was a very winnable game and a great opportunity to move our program forward,” continued Towers.

Princeton’s Luke Armour scored the first goal of the game at 4:27 in the first quarter, with a falling throw from the left of the crease against Dartmouth’s goalkeeper, Fergus Campbell.

Patrick Resch tied it 1-all for Dartmouth at 10:36 in the second from the attack, scoring on Princeton’s goalie, Tyler Fiorito, with the assist from Kip Dooley.

“Kip is a phenomenal, phenomenal guy,” Towers said. “He’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around, one of the hardest workers I’ve been around (and) he’s a phenomenal lacrosse player. He’s an emotional, competitive, natural leader who the guys look to at crunch time and he’s consistently delivered through his first three years here and I think he’s one of the best players in the country and I wouldn’t trade him for anybody.”

Princeton then charged ahead for the lead at 5:04, making it 2-1 from a Jeff Froccaro score (four goals) by a Tom Schreiber assist (one goal, three assists).

“(Froccaro) … struggled this year a little bit finding the back of the net,” Bates said. “He obviously put the ball away today, so that’s encouraging … and Schreiber’s made some big plays.

“We’ve struggled offensively this year; that’s an understatement,” continued Bates. “We need those two. It was good to see Jeff get on track.”

Dartmouth came back to tie it once again, 2-all, when Dooley nailed his shot from just outside the crease with 0:15 remaining in the second quarter.

The first half ended with a 2-2 score, with Princeton outshooting Dartmouth, 24-16.

“At halftime we thought we were actually in pretty good shape,” Bates said. “You know we generated 24 shots. Their goalie (Campbell) had played very well; 12 saves in the first half. So it wasn’t a sense of panic. We felt like, you know alright, they’re bending, we just got to get them to break.”

And break Dartmouth, Princeton did. The Tigers held a three-goal advantage, 6-3, at 13:03 in the fourth.

Froccaro, Schreiber, Chris McBride and Long Ellis made shots for Princeton; Ellis with a Tiger Woods first pump and a grass dive celebration, while Dartmouth’s Brendan Rotanz nailed a running goal, the team’s third.

Jeff Perkins put a bouncing shot in back of Princeton’s net while falling at 9:58 in the fourth, bringing Dartmouth behind by just two at 6-4.

But, Froccaro knew he wanted victory for Princeton and he knew how to get it; by scoring the team’s final two goals of the night at 6:48 and 1:41, with the latter being when he came from around the left corner on an almost open net just as Campbell scrambled back for the attempted block.

“Princeton’s a great opponent and their coaches do a great job of getting those guys ready to compete,” said Towers, “and I think that in the end I feel like it’s probably an issue of us not catching, throwing (and) scooping the ball consistently and it falls back on me as the head coach, as not structuring practice in a way that develops those key fundamentals in a manner that allows us to replicate them on game day. I felt that in the end our lack of fundamentals and some stick did us in.

“We put a very good effort in and I know my guys care a great deal about this opportunity,” continued Towers, “and I know they feel fortunate enough to play lacrosse at this level to represent Dartmouth and I’m proud of the physical effort that these guys made.”

“Until the very end it was never at a reach,” Bates said, “but you know we felt good. I thought … defensively we played well and then (we) got a couple opportunities … in the third period that I think just gave us a little bit of a sigh of relief that, alright, we can solve the goalie and put some balls in the back of the net. That was critical.”