By Matt Noonan
The second month of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season arrived yesterday.
Today, we have a slew of must-see, must-follow matchups. But before we settle into watching these games, let’s revisit some news and outcomes from the past few days.
Let’s begin with the University of Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team.
The Hornets enter the second month with a great deal of momentum as they won all three matchups in February, including one this past weekend against Cabrini University.
Lynchburg’s 15-9 win against Cabrini was their first since March 1, 2015.
Dylan Wolfe and Ryan Kenney highlighted the six-goal win over the Cavaliers – the duo combined for eight goals and two assists while Patrick Moore picked up his third win between the pipes with eight saves.
Lynchburg will face a challenging test on Saturday when they visit Salisbury University in what could be a potential NCAA Tournament preview in Maryland.
“We love playing Salisbury,” Wolfe said shortly after his team’s win over Cabrini.
“If we can play a full game against Salisbury – we’re going to play them super tough (and hopefully) come out with the win.”
Wolfe, Kenney, along with other members of the Hornets will need to play their best against the second-ranked Sea Gulls, who will be in action this afternoon against Stevens Institute of Technology.
Salisbury has won two games thus far, including an 11-6-win last Saturday against Gettysburg College.
Speaking of Salisbury, their women’s team has been a team to watch these last few weeks — the Sea Gulls picked up their fourth win of the season yesterday with a 15-7 win over Rowan University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who netted a season-high four goals.
Scannell has enjoyed a successful start to her junior season by scoring 13 goals in four contests while dishing out two assists. She currently leads the team in goals and points (15).
Rhodes College women’s lacrosse bounced back from an opening day loss last month to The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a pair of victories this past weekend.
The Lynx scored their first-ever win against the Tigers (11-10 OT) on Friday before capping the weekend with an 18-5 victory against Illinois Wesleyan University.
Rhodes is in action this afternoon when they welcome the University of Mary Washington to Memphis, Tennessee.
Fans of the Lynx should keep their eyes on Baylee Barker and Payton Bennett, who have combined for 16 goals and three assists in three contests. Goalie Emma Bradley, who is also a player to watch, has turned aside 39 shots thus far and was recently named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week.
Following Rhodes’ non-conference meeting with Mary Washington, the Lynx will visit Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday for their first league meeting of the season.
Finally, Abby Stoller enjoyed a successful debut with Simmons University as the Sharks topped UMass Dartmouth, 19-7, last night.
Stoller, a graduate student that previously competed for UMass Amherst, concluded her initial contest with the Navy Blue and Gold with a career-high six goals, including four in the opening session.
Simmons will welcome Salve Regina University to Daly Field on Friday.