Mass. College Lax: Noontime Top 5 (Division 1, Week 1 Poll)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of the Division 1 College Lacrosse in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s poll – our #NoontimeTop5 – highlighting the local squads.

Men’s Division 1

1.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson began their 2015 campaign last Saturday, downing the Minutemen in the snow. Harvard travels to Duke on Saturday for what could eventually be a NCAA Tournament clash later this spring.

2.) Holy Cross (2-0) – The Crusaders made some serious “noise” last weekend, defeating Loyola (Md.), 13-12. Holy Cross has won-back-to-back contests by one-goal. This week, they host Navy, which is coming off back-to-back setbacks to Maryland and Bucknell. Can the Crusaders keep on rolling?

3.) Boston University (2-1) – The Terriers look to rebound following their initial of the season against Providence College on Tuesday. This is the second of four road games for the Terriers, and it would be great for BU to capture at least one or two contests before returning to Nickerson Field.

4.) UMass (0-3) – This hasn’t been the ideal start for the Minutemen, who lost by one on Saturday to the Crimson. UMass is desperate for a win, but can they clam their first victory against Brown, which defeated Quinnipiac, 17-6, last weekend?

5.) UMass Lowell (0-2) – After a tough Division 1 debut against Yale, the River Hawks kept pace with Siena before falling, 13-9. They’re close to their program’s initial Division 1 victory and it could come this weekend against Wagner.

Women’s Division 1

1.) Boston College (3-0) – Coach Acacia Walker’s squad is off to another fast start, claiming local wins against UMass Lowell and Vermont, along with a 9-5 season-opening road victory at Johns Hopkins. This week, they open ACC play on the road at Syracuse, which is a big contest.

2.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson commenced their 2015 season with a non-conference win against Hofstra, which included 11 stops from goalie Kelly Weis. Harvard will enjoy a short break before taking on Virginia, Columbia and Syracuse in a span of 11 days, starting on March 3.

3.) UMass (3-0) – The “New England” tour continues this week with games against Boston University and Holy Cross. Back-to-back wins would provide UMass with five local victories heading into their next home tilt against Drexel.

4.) Boston University (1-1) – After registering their first win of the season, the Terriers fell to Vanderbilt, 16-9. Can they rebound against UMass later this week?

5.) Holy Cross (0-3) – It hasn’t been an ideal start for the Crusaders, who have dropped three straight, including a tough season-opening game against Bryant, 9-6. Holy Cross will look to snap its skid on Saturday against UMass at home.

Mass. College Lax: Recapping The Weekend of Lacrosse (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan

Despite the snow – even additional snow from yesterday – we had some lacrosse games this weekend. Below is a roundup of the various games.

Men’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Canisius 9Trailing 6-4 at the break, the Terriers used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Cal Dearth strike that helped BU go onto claim their second win of the season and first-ever victory at Nickerson Field.

Holy Cross 10, Fairfield 9: Terry McKenna netted the game-winning goal – his only strike of the contest – which lifted the Crusaders to their first win of the season.

Yale 19, UMass Lowell 4: Cory Highfield scored two goals in the River Hawks’ first-ever  Division I era contest.

North Carolina 20, UMass 8: Nick Mariano recorded his seventh career hat trick in the Minutemen’s second setback of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Siena 9: Mallory Collins and Ally Adams each netted four goals as the Terriers won their first contest of the season in Queensbury, New York.

No. 7/6 BC 9, Johns Hopkins 5Caroline Margolis tied her career-high of three goals, Mikaela Rix netted a pair and the Eagles won their initial contest of the season.

Bryant 9, Holy Cross 6: Kristie Voswinkel recorded a hat trick and one helper to lead the Bulldogs past the Crusaders in their first contest of the season. Laura Ryan registered a hat trick for Holy Cross.

UMass 18, UMass Lowell 4: Hannah Murphy paced UMass with a hat trick, while five players scored twice in their initial win of the season. Taylor Sokol registered two goals for UMass Lowell in their season debut.

Mass. College Lax Notebook: BU, UMass Commence 2015 Season

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, lacrosse season has officially begun. And despite the snow, we have some news and notes to share from the opening weekend.

Boston University commences second season with 18-6 win over Mercer: The BU men’s lacrosse team started their 2015 campaign with an 18-6 win over Mercer.

Due to the snowy conditions, the Terriers played their season-opener in Cambridge at the Harvard Stadium Bubble.

Freshmen Jack Wilson and Ryan Hilburn combined for six goals and four assists – 10 points – while Christian Carson-Banister turned away 10 shots, including four attempts in the opening session.

BU jumped out to a 6-0 lead, which ballooned into an 11-1 advantage at the break.

Wilson finished with a team-high 13 shots, while Sam Talkow scooped 10 ground balls.

The Terriers will look to continue their early season momentum on Saturday, February 14 when they travel to Canisus for a 1:00 p.m. face-off.

UMass Falls in Season-Opener: The UMass men’s lacrosse commenced their season with a 12-7 setback to No. 20/20 Army in Amherst. Nick Mariano paced the Minutemen with four points – a hat trick and one helper – while Peter Lindley netted two goals, while assisting on one strike.

Army jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led 7-3 at the break. The Black Knights extended their advantage to 11-3 after three quarters before the Minutemen trimmed the deficit with four fourth quarter goals, including a pair by Lindley and Mariano, respectively.

UMass returns to action next Saturday when they travel to North Carolina for a 12 p.m. face-off.

Season-Openers Upon Us: Don’t worry, fans! More lacrosse is upon us. Here are few games to keep an eye on this week, which are scheduled for Saturday, February 14.

* UMass (men’s lacrosse) travels to North Carolina for a 12 p.m. face-off.

* UMass (women’s lacrosse) and UMass Lowell will tangle in Amherst on Saturday; opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

* Holy Cross (men’s lacrosse) travels to Fairfield for a 12 p.m. face-off, while the women’s team travel to Bryant University for a 1:00 p.m. start.

* Boston College (women’s lacrosse) travels to Johns Hopkins on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. opening draw.

* UMass Lowell (men’s lacrosse) will commence its season on the road against Yale; face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

* Boston University (men’s lacrosse) heads to Canisius for a 1:00 p.m. face-off, while the women’s team heads to Siena for a 2:00 p.m. start.

* Merrimack College (men’s lacrosse) and Springfield College will tangle in an exhibition tilt that will take place in Springfield. The exhibition is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Merrimack will also scrimmage against Skidmore at 1:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Friday’s Tournament (ECAC & NCAA) Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Five games occurred this afternoon and evening, including two NCAA first round contests, and below is each contest’s outcome and game summary.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Salve Regina 15, Becker 10: The ECAC New England Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship featured 25 goals and a variety of runs, but it was the Seahawks that managed to push ahead for good thanks to a 5-0 run in the third quarter. Becker’s David Deschenes recorded two unassisted tallies, one coming in the second quarter, while the other was recorded in the fourth. Daniel Johnson chipped in two goals and Jeffrey Candee recorded career and season-high 20 stops.

The Hawks’ season concludes with a 15-6 record, their most wins in program history.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Loyola 10, UMass 4: Leading by one goal at the start of the second half, the Greyhounds pushed ahead by netting six goals to earn a first round NCAA Tournament victory over UMass. The Greyhounds, who punched its ticket to the second round, will play Boston College on Sunday; opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

UMass’ Sam Rush scored two goals on three shots, Melissa Carelli and Courtney McGrath each registered one marker and Rachel Vallarelli deflected three shots.

The Minutewomen conclude its season with an 18-2 overall mark, as well as the defending Atlantic 10 Conference Champions following their win last weekend over Richmond.

Boston College 17, Bryant 9: Covie Stanwick led all players with eight points on five goals and three helpers as the Eagles soared past the Bulldogs and extended its season to Sunday afternoon. Sarah Mannelly finished with four makers and two assists, while Mikaela Rix and Moira Barry combined for four goals and two helpers.

Curry 24, Rivier 3: The Colonels are headed to the ECAC New England Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship as Curry jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back. Mel Brickley paced all players with eight points on five goals and three assists, while Alexis Cran registered three helpers and one marker. Christina Wallis and Annie Douglas, Curry’s goaltenders, combined for five stops.

The Colonels will travel to Worcester State on Sunday for the Tournament Championship, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Worcester State 16, Becker 11: The Lancers punched its ticket to the ECAC New England Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship with a five-goal victory. Worcester State received six points (five goals, one assist) from Kalia Chase, while Amy Tucker netted a hat trick on three shots.

Becker’s Tatum Fahs finished with six points on four goals and two helpers, while Ashley Mossey recorded two strikes and two assists. The Hawks conclude their season with a 9-8 overall record.

Mass. College Lax: Today’s ECAC & NCAC Tournament Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday! We’ve got a slew of ECAC and NCAA Tournament contests occurring this afternoon and evening, and below is the schedule. Make sure to circle back this evening for a roundup of the day’s action.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Becker College at Salve Regina, 7:30 p.m. (ECAC New England Championship)

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Rivier University at Curry College, 4 p.m. (ECAC New England Semifinals)

* Becker College at Worcester State, 7 p.m. (ECAC New England Semifinals)

* UMass vs. Loyola (Maryland), 2 p.m. (NCAA First Round @ Newton, Mass.)

* Bryant at Boston College, 5 p.m. (NCAA First Round @ Newton, Mass.)

Mass. College Lax: Locals Advance To The NCAA Tournament (First Round Schedule)

Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that'll be competing in this year's NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that’ll be competing in this year’s NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The college lacrosse season isn’t done yet as a few local squads (Division 1 & 3 teams) earned spots in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which commences on Wednesday, May 7.

Here is the first round schedule for each squad. We’ll have more on each bracket tomorrow and Tuesday, so make sure to circle back for posts!

Men’s Lacrosse:

* Harvard at Notre Dame (Saturday, May 10)

* Colorado College at Amherst (Wednesday, May 7)

* Western New England at Springfield (Wednesday, May 7)

* Keene State at Endicott (Wednesday, May 7)

* Emmanuel at Tufts (Wednesday, May 7)

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Bryant at Boston College (Friday, May 9)

* Loyola (Md.) vs. UMass (Friday, May 9) at Newton, Mass. (Boston College)

* Emmanuel at Wheaton (Wednesday, May 7) Winner advances to second round matchup against Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

* Endicott at Middlebury (Saturday, May 10)

* Bridgewater State at Amherst (Saturday, May 10)

Mass. College Lax: Sunday’s Conference Tourney Roundup

Tufts' men's lacrosse team celebrated its fifth-straight NESCAC crown this afternoon with a 20-13 win over Amherst College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team celebrated its fifth-straight NESCAC crown this afternoon with a 20-13 win over Amherst College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Five local squads competed in their conference tournament championships this afternoon and below is each outcome and game summary.

Men’s Lacrosse

Penn 7, Harvard 5: The Quakers used a 7-0 run spanning the first, second and fourth quarters (no goals were registered by either team in the third) to clinch the Ivy League crown. Harvard jumped out to 4-0 lead, sparked by a Daniel Eipp strike at 11:53 before Penn halted the run with a marker by Kevin Brown. Eipp paced the Crimson with two points on one goal and one assist, while Jake Gambitsky turned away 12 of 19 shots.

Adelphi 13, Merrimack 12 (OT): Jack Trask forced an extra session with a fourth quarter tally at 2:55. However, that’d be the Warriors’ final marker of the afternoon as Adelphi’s Salvatore Tuttle secured the win with an unassisted strike 2:35 in overtime. Trask finished the contest with a hat trick, while Merrimack goalkeeper Dom Madonna deflected 16 of 29 shots. 

Tufts 20, Amherst 13: John Uppgren and Beau Wood combined for eight strikes and four helpers as the Jumbos defeated the Lord Jeffs and claimed its fifth-straight NESCAC Crown. Amherst was led by Kane Haffey, who recorded four tallies.

Women’s Lacrosse:

UMass 10, Richmond 6: The Minutewomen earned its sixth-straight Atlantic 10 Conference Crown be defeating the Spiders in Richmond. Melissa Carelli recorded three goals in the win, while Katie Ferris was named the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. 

Trinity 10, Amherst 7: Renee Olsen sparked a 4-0 run for the Bantams, which helped the hosts go onto defeat the Jeffs in the NESCAC Championship. Amherst trailed Trinity, 6-3, at the break, but that was the closest the Jeffs would get. Rachel Passarelli and Krista Zsitvay each netted two goals for Amherst.