By Matt Noonan
It’s the first day of April, which means we’ve officially past the midway point of the lacrosse season, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and catch up on some of the news and notes from the current season, as well as this past weekend.
* First, congratulations to Cori Murray, who recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday against La Salle. Murray recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in her team’s 20-11 victory, while teammate Lauren Terracciano registered five strikes. UMass started the season with a 16-4 setback to Northwestern, but has won nine of their last 10 contests.
* Boston University’s women’s lacrosse team is coming off a dramatic win against Harvard on Friday evening as the Terriers netted a free possession strike with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Their next game is in two days, as the Terriers will host Albany for a critical conference match at 4 p.m. BU dropped their first America East game two weeks ago to UMBC in overtime, but defeated Albany once last season.
* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team concluded the month of March with an impressive win against Virginia and according to the release, the Eagles have now beaten the Cavaliers twice in the past three seasons. BC’s victory marked the first time they’ve defeated a top-10 squad since 2011, too. Also, Sarah Mannelly, who scored three goals on Saturday, has now registered at least three or more strikes in four games this season.
* Merrimack College’s men’s team hasn’t appeared in the loss column since suffering a 13-10 setback to Limestone on Mar. 9. The Warriors have won their last four contests, which include victories against Lake Erie and Le Moyne. Corey Lunney leads the unit with 21 points (17 goals, four assists), while teammate Greg Melaugh has contributed 17 points (14 goals, three assists).
* Melaugh’s brother, Ben Melaugh, has made an impact with the Salem State Vikings as the first-year leads the squad with 26 points (17 goals, nine assists).
* Merrimack’s women’s team snapped a six-game skid with a double-overtime win on Saturday against Dowling, a squad that’s currently the seventh best team in the country. Mia Rapolla netted the game-winning strike for the Warriors in the first overtime period, which sealed the win.
* Bentley University’s women’s lacrosse team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game on Saturday, April 6. The Falcons will host Southern Connecticut for a Northeast-10 Conference match, which is slated for a 12 p.m. start. According to this morning’s release, the team will be collecting used equipment and cash donations, but for more information – HOP HERE.
* Sticking with the Falcons, the men’s team will host St. Michaels on Wednesday for a critical NE-10 matchup. Bentley is coming off a tough loss to Pace on Saturday, but received some help from Tim Matheson, who recorded a hat trick, as well as Brendan Murphy, who finished with two points (one goal, one assist).
* Stonehill College’s women’s team saw their six-game winning streak conclude with a 12-5 loss to Adelphi, a squad that hasn’t lost a game since 2012. The Skyhawks, who’re currently ranked 10th nationally, will attempt to rebound with a road victory on Wednesday against Southern New Hampshire.
* After sustaining two back-to-back losses to start the season, Tufts University’s men’s team has won five straight. Beau Wood, who is in his third season with the Jumbos, leads the squad with 20 points (13 goals, seven assists), while Cole Bailey leads all players with 10 assists.
* Finally, one last congratulations, this time to Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team, who defeated Springfield College for the first time since 2007. Charlotte DeSantis recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist), while teammate Melanie Sharick finished with a hat trick.