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.

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