Mass. College Lax: Three Games To Watch On Saturday (#d3lax)

Joe Cunning and Lasell will host Emmanuel College in an important GNAC clash tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Joe Cunning and Lasell will host Emmanuel College in an important GNAC clash tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Saturday’s are always busy days in the lacrosse world, especially in Division 3. Tomorrow, though, should be a fun afternoon with a slew of conference tilts that’ll certainly feel like playoff contests.

Below are a few games to follow via Twitter or through live stats and video.

Emmanuel @ Lasell, 12 p.m.: Let’s start in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) where Emmanuel College will travel to Newton to face-off against Lasell College. This is a de-facto conference regular season champion match with the winner securing the top spot for next week’s tournament. Both teams have won nine conference games, but neither unit has dropped a GNAC tilt.

Emmanuel (11-3, 9-0 GNAC) is riding an 11-game winning streak, thanks to their goaltender Austin Lauzier, who is fifth in the country in goals against average (5.88). Earlier this week, he was named the GNAC Goalie of the Week for his performance in back-to-back games against Becker College and Norwich University. Chris Baglivi was tabbed Rookie of the Week for his performance on defense. The Saints outscored the Cadets and Hawks, 19-7. Earlier this week, Emmanuel picked up its ninth conference win when they defeated St. Joe’s (Maine), 8-3. Michael Rogers recorded a hat trick in the win.

Lasell (10-4, 9-0 GNAC) hasn’t lost a game in April. The Lasers earned a 13-9 win against Anna Maria last Saturday on ‘Senior Day’ before defeating Daniel Webster on Wednesday, 20-7. Andrew Suh ranks fourth in the conference in assists (25), while goaltender David Walen is second in save percentage (64.5).

The Lasers have won their last two regular season meetings with the Saints, including a double-overtime victory in 2013.

MIT @ Wheaton, 1 p.m.:  The last time the Engineers defeated the Lyons was the same year the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. Since April 25, 2007, Wheaton has defeated MIT each season.

MIT travels to Norton, Mass. for a big NEWMAC clash with Wheaton. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

MIT travels to Norton, Mass. for a big NEWMAC clash with Wheaton. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Saturday’s clash, though, could determine potential seeding for the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament, which doesn’t begin until the end of April. MIT is currently in third place, two spots below Babson College and Springfield College, while Wheaton is sixth. Wheaton is coming off an exciting double-overtime victory against Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening. Brian Teague sealed the win for the Lyons with a strike at 3:17 in the second overtime period and Will Morrison scored a career-best four goals.

MIT’s Harris Stolzenberg leads the conference in goals (31), while Michael Traub is fourth with 26 strikes. Eric Bartell is first in the NEWMAC in saves with 145. His best outing occurred earlier this season when he deflected 16 shots in an 8-7 win over Emmanuel College.

This should be a back-and-fourth affair, so don’t expect either squad to run away following the initial face-off. Wheaton needs a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Wesleyan @ Tufts, 1 p.m.: Since falling to Williams College on April 1, the Jumbos have been on fire. Tufts rebounded with an 18-3 win against Hamilton College before defeating Endicott College, 18-13, in a back-and-fourth affair. The Jumbos extended its current winning streak to four-games by defeating Amherst College last Saturday, 25-12, and Bates College this week, 22-14.

Tufts’ final two contests, though, won’t be easy tasks. They’ll welcome the Cardinals of Wesleyan University to Medford tomorrow. Both teams enter the contest 7-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, and a win would provide the winner with the top seed heading into the conference tournament.

According to NCAA.com, the Jumbos lead all Division 3 offenses with 18.58 goals per game. Chris Schoenhut is fifth in the country in goals per game (3.67) and leads the Powder Blue and White with 51 tallies. John Uppgren leads the unit in points (77) with 40 goals and 37 assists, while Cole Bailey is second on the team in points (69). Beau Wood is currently third on the squad in points (62) with 43 tallies and 19 assists.

Wesleyan enters tomorrow’s contest on a three-game winning streak. They’re 4-1 on the road and recently defeated Bowdoin College, Trinity College and Williams.

Mass. College Lax: Highlights From Amherst-Tufts (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team picked up an important conference win yesterday as the Jumbos defeated Amherst College, 25-12.

The Jumbos, who’re currently 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC, return to action on Tuesday, April 15 when they travel to Maine to face-off against Bates College. After their final regular road trip, Tufts will return to Medford for back-to-back home contests against Wesleyan University (Sat. April 19) and Bowdoin College (Weds. April 23).

Yet, before we turn the page to their next contest, let’s take a look at their win over the Lord Jeffs, courtesy of JumbosLaxTV, a YouTube Channel that’s provided highlights from Tufts’ contests this season.

Mass. College Lax: Domingos Joins BU Men’s Lax Staff

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about former Colby College men’s lacrosse coach, Justin Domingos, who has been named an assistant for the Terriers men lacrosse team:

BOSTON - Justin Domingos has been named an assistant coach for the Boston University men’s lacrosse program, head coach Ryan Polley announced on Thursday.

Domingos will be the Terriers’ defensive coordinator, joining Polley and offensive coordinator Drew Kelleher to complete the program’s coaching staff. He arrives at BU after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Colby College, where he posted a 24-21 overall record and led the Mules to the NESCAC playoffs in each of his first two years at the helm. His defense allowed fewer than eight goals per game in those two seasons, including a conference-best 7.44 goals per game in 2011. Domingos also coached the first Mule to be named a First Team All-American and USILA positional player of the year.

“I’m thrilled to bring Justin aboard,” Polley said. “He has the perfect background to complement Coach Kelleher and myself both on and off the field. As a well-respected coach within the lacrosse community, he will help us attract highest the highest caliber of student-athletes to Boston and help mentor them into outstanding young men.”

Prior to his time at Colby, Domingos spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Gettysburg. He was the defensive coordinator and worked with the face-off men when the Bullets made a national title game appearance in 2009. It was his second stint as an assistant coach at Gettysburg, as he was the offensive coordinator when it advanced to the 2002 national title game.

As a student-athlete at Gettysburg, Domingos served as a team captain for both the football and lacrosse teams during his senior year. In lacrosse, Domingos was a two-year starter as a defenseman and helped the Bullets to a 44-28 record. He was a member of Gettysburg’s 1998 and 1999 Centennial Conference championship teams.

“Justin has been a winner as both a player and a coach and I expect him to instill the work ethic in our players that it takes to be successful at the highest level of Division I lacrosse,” Polley added. “Under his leadership, Justin’s defensive units at both Colby and Gettysburg emerged as top defenses in their respective conferences and I have no doubt he will bring the same result to BU.”

BU will begin varsity play in the 2013-14 season as a member of the nine-team Patriot League.

Mass. College Lax: Podcast With Josh Blumenthal (Regis Men’s Lax)

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By NoontimeSports.com

Earlier this afternoon, Matt Noonan and Josh Blumenthal (head coach of Regis College men’s lacrosse) discussed the current men’s lacrosse season, as well as Endicott College’s big win against No. 4 Tufts University earlier this week on Noontime Sports The Podcast.

Excluding Endicott-Tufts, both men chatted about the various conferences and teams to watch during the final few weeks.


Mass. College Lax: Tufts 13, Wheaton 4

Kerry Eaton's four goals helped Tufts defeat Wheaton! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Kerry Eaton’s four goals helped Tufts defeat Wheaton! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – Coming off a conference setback to Middlebury College, Tufts University’s women’s lacrosse team rebounded with a 13-4 victory against Wheaton College on Thursday afternoon at Bello Field.

Kerry Eaton and Caroline Ross paced the Jumbos with four goals, respectively, while Eliza Halmo registered two strikes.

“We talked about making a statement at the beginning of the game,” said Tufts coach Carol Rappolli, whose team improves to 6-4 on the season.

“The first 10 minutes are really important and making sure the shots that we took were going to move the goalkeeper, and we added a little tweak to our motion offense and the kids responded and did exactly what we asked them to do.”

Tufts jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, but Wheaton trimmed the deficit with two tallies – one from Allie Bush and one from Leila Mills, which were both set up by Charlotte De Santis.

The Jumbos, who led 8-2 at the break, padded their lead with five more goals in the second to seal the win and earn their fourth victory at home.

“I think it’s still a great opportunity for us (to play Tufts), but I was disappointed with our first 10 minutes of the game and you can’t get down 7-0 against a nationally ranked team and think you can stay in the game,” explained Wheaton coach Emily Kiablick.

“This is a hurdle that we have to get over and so we can’t get over it unless we keep playing, so that’s what we’ll do.”

Wheaton Plans To Improve: Kiablick admitted there were some positives from her team’s fifth setback of the season, but she also eyed some areas the Lyons needs to improve prior to their conference tilt against Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

“We absolutely will build off this,” said Kiablick. “We’ve done a really good job all season of looking at parts (of our team’s game) and focusing on what aspects we really need to improve and for us it was really the opening 10 minutes and we were just playing a little scared coming out of the back and on attack, so that’s what we’ll talk about and that’s what we’ll focus on tomorrow.”

Prior to today’s game, Wheaton defeated Wellesley on Tuesday, 17-4, and according to their coach, there were a lot of positives from that game she plans to build on, too.

“There were some positive things to build off the Wellesley game, so we won’t get bogged down by this, but we’ll just talk about it, address it and move on.”

Tufts Returns To NESCAC Play On Saturday: With their final non-conference game in the books, the Jumbos will return to conference play on Saturday when they welcome Amherst College to Medford for a 12 p.m. face-off.

Tufts, who is 2-4 in a very competitive conference, plans to build off their 15-8 loss to Middlebury last Sunday against the Lord Jeffs, who’re 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

“I thought that the first half against Middlebury was terrific,” said Rappolli. “We could have been a little bit closer then we were, but you’ve got a young team against a very experienced team and we’re down 8-5 at the half, and then their experience came through and we were a little bit sloppier with the ball in the second half, but I would like to play that team again because I think that we can beat that team in a NESCAC tournament situation, I really do.

“If our kids played like they did on Saturday (against Williams College) and really the first half on Sunday – that was a good weekend for us even though we were just 1-1.”

The Jumbos lost to Amherst last season, 12-4, but beat them the prior year, 14-13.

Leila Mills Continues To Fuel Wheaton’s Attack: Mills, who ranks first on her team in goals (24), netted only one of two shots this afternoon, but despite a quiet day, the junior attack has been an important asset to Wheaton’s success this season.

“Leila was probably the best player coming out of Maine her senior year, so we knew she had it in her, but she’s certainly not the type to force a situation, she’s just going to wait until the opportunity is there and that’s what makes her so strong,” said Kiablick.

“She’s catching more and shooting better, and all the freshmen that she’s playing with love passing to her because they know it’s an assist on the (stat sheet) because she’s going to take a smart shot”

Mills’ best game of the season occurred two days ago against Wellesley as she netted five strikes. She’s recorded at least two or more goals in 11 contests this season, and is on part to match her goal total from last year of 28.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Receive Votes In This Week’s USILA Poll

Merrimack's Corey Lunney has been a big part of the Warriors success on offense! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Merrimack’s Corey Lunney has been a big part of the Warriors success on offense! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

This week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll was released yesterday and a few local teams earned spots in the Division II and III polls.

* Merrimack College (6-1, 5-0 NE-10) – For the second week in a row, the Warriors remain the fourth best team in Division II. They haven’t lost since their season opener against Limestone and will be on the field this evening when they host Bentley University for a 7 p.m. face-off. Corey Lunney continues to lead the Blue and Gold with 32 points (26 goals, six assists), while Greg Melaugh has registered 25 points (21 goals, four assists).

Tufts University (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) - The Jumbos winning streak extended to eight on Sunday as they defeated Middlebury College in Medford. Their slate doesn’t get easier as they’ll travel to Endicott College this evening for a big non-conference match. The Jumbos defeated the Gulls last year, 11-5. Cole Bailey was named the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday and currently leads the Powder Blue and White with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists).

Mass. College Lax: Photos From Middlebury-Tufts

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are some photos from today’s NESCAC men’s lacrosse match between Middlebury College and Tufts University. The Jumbos used a variety of runs to defeat the Panthers and improve to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

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Mass. College Lax: Tufts 14, Middlebury 13

Chris Schoenhut's diving goal helped spark a Tufts first half run! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Chris Schoenhut’s diving goal helped spark a Tufts first half run! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – If there were one word to describe Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team it would be resilient.

Trailing Middlebury College for a majority of the first half, the Jumbos rallied to even the score at the break before netting seven strikes in the second, which was just enough to defeat the Panthers, 14-13.

“The guys…they’re tough,” explained Tufts coach Mike Daly. “Up at Colby and in a tough situation we go down 6-0, and the Babson game (we were) down 3-0, and we’re down today, 4-1, (but) they just keep rolling and they really have a lot of trust and respect for each other and we just keep grinding on the game plan.

“We just got a great group of guys and we believe in each other and we stick together too.”

Middlebury wasted little time securing a three-goal advantage thanks to their defense, which forced seven turnovers in the opening session before Tufts’ offense came to life following a diving strike by Chris Schoenhut that sparked a 3-0 run, which spanned into the second quarter and tied the game at 4-4.

Andrew Metros and Jon Broome each recorded an unassisted strike early in the second, which halted the Jumbos run and pushed the Panthers ahead by two, but Peter Bowers sliced the deficit three minutes later to bring Tufts within one.

Joel Blockowicz registered his team’s third consecutive unassisted goal roughly two minutes later, but Tufts answered with Bowers and Andrew Fiamengo to tie the game at 7-7 heading into intermission.

“We were just really struggling with some of that pressure, so more of a credit to them and their speed, their tempo and they were making the plays and we weren’t,” Daly said of Middlebury’s first half effort.

Cole Bailey echoed his coach by saying, “Yeah, stick skills got us in trouble.”

Bailey extended Tufts run from the second into the third when he dodged by his defender at the top of the half circle and whipped a shot past Nate Gaudio (11 saves) before Dan Leventhal and Beau Wood registered back-to-back strikes.

Mike Giordano halted the 5-0 run with a goal midway through the third, but Tufts answered with a 4-0 run that went into the fourth and provided the Jumbos with a six-goal edge with 9:43 remaining.

“We came out firing and I think a bunch of people got in the point column, so that’s good, but that was huge and it ended up making the difference in the end of the game,” Bailey said of his team’s third quarter effort.

Middlebury stormed back with five goals – two on the man-up – but after Stew Kerr netted the Panthers 13th tally on the left side of the half circle with 24 seconds remaining, Tufts’ Brian Ruggiero won his 16th face-off, which sealed the win.

“We knew there were going to be runs back and fourth, knew it was going to be a game like that, but we just honestly get frustrated when we’re helping those teams make those runs at us, but they’re a good team and it’s in the win column and we’ll take it,” said Daly.

Leventhal led all scorers with four strikes, while Bailey and Wood combined for nine points (five goals, four assists).

“It’s awesome playing with (Beau),” stated Wood. “When he’s open I try to find him and just have trust in him throwing it into the back of the net.”

This afternoon’s victory marks Tufts’ eighth consecutive win since Mar. 16 against Stevens.

Tufts will return the grass on Tuesday when they travel to Endicott College for a 7 p.m. face-off, while Middlebury returns to action Saturday against Trinity College at home.

Mass. College Lax: Photos From Amherst-Endicott

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are some snapshots from last night’s Amherst-Endicott men’s lacrosse game. The Gulls used a second quarter rally to earn the lead for good as they defeated the Lord Jeffs at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field, 13-9.

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Mass. College Lax: Endicott 13, Amherst 9

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Before Endicott College commenced their non-conference match against Amherst College on Wednesday evening, the Gulls endured two back-to-back losses to St. John Fisher and RIT, two of Division III’s stronger units. And even though Sean Quirk’s squad saw its three-game winning streak conclude, he certainly believed both setbacks prepared his team for the Lord Jeff.

“The thing we just told our team is that loss against Fisher, who’s a great team, and RIT, (who’s fourth in the nation), helped us prepare for tonight,” said Quirk.

Endicott jumped out to an early lead, which Amherst erased, and then rallied to retain it by netting four strikes in the second session as the Gulls defeated the Lord Jeffs, 13-9, at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field.

The win marks the first time Endicott has defeated Amherst since the 2006 season.

“(It’s) great to get back in the win column, especially (against) a good team like Amherst. We came out and gave it our best and got the (win),” said Endicott’s Nick Pinciaro, who finished with three points (two goals, one assist).

The Gulls jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Lord Jeffs responded with strikes from Patrick Moroney, Devin Acton, Quinn Moroney and Connor Crump, which provided the visitors with a two-goal cushion.

Ryan Sutherland, who netted his first goal of the season, sparked a four-goal rally for Endicott after he deposited his shot past Amherst’s starting goaltender Rob Dickinson (nine saves) at 11:00 in the second quarter. Connor McCormack and Pinciaro each registered back-to-back man-up goals in a span of 22 seconds.

Pinciaro doubled his goal total with a strike at 2:35, which provided the Gulls with an 8-6 lead at intermission.

“(We) were basically just running our sets,” Pinciaro said of his team’s second quarter rally. “(We) just ran the sets well and everything went our way.”

Chris Murphy increased the Gulls lead on an unassisted strike before Amherst answered with Acton, who whipped the ball past Cameron Bell (13 saves) to bring the Lord Jeffs within two.

Following Acton’s goal, Endicott make sure Amherst wouldn’t get any closer as Harrison Cotter and Murphy pushed the hosts ahead by five before Kyle Weber sealed the win by wrapping around the left post and rifling his shot past Thomas Gilligan (10 saves), who replaced Dickinson in the second frame.

“Our guys came out strong tonight, we told them in the locker room that our game plan coming into it was we’ve got to jump on these guys early. Amherst is a very well coached team by Jon Thompson, they’re disciplined, they’ve got a lot of horses out there, so we knew we had to come out strong right away and our guys did that,” said Quirk.

“When Amherst came back, they responded with a few back-to-back goals, but our guys just got right back up and kept punching, so it was a big win for us, I’m proud of our guys the way they played tonight.”

Both squads will return to the grass on Saturday as Endicott will host Springfield College in Beverley, while Amherst will travel to Albany to face-off against Nazareth.