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 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: Local Schools Appear In USILA Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan 

On Monday, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its Preseason Poll and a few local squads earned spots in the Division II and III polls.

Division I:  Harvard will enter the season in the 11th spot, while UMass is currently receiving votes.

Division II: Merrimack College checked in at number seven, recording an overall score of 76 points. The Warriors weren’t the only local school and Northeast-10 Conference school to receive attention, as Bentley University was one of seven teams receiving votes.

Tufts earned the top spot in the USILA Div. III Preseason Poll. (Photo: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts earned the top spot in the USILA Div. III Preseason Poll. (Photo: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Division III: Tufts University – the defending national champion – will start the season in the top spot. The Jumbos recorded an overall score of 320 points.

Three other Division III teams earned a spot on the poll as Amherst College was picked 12th, Endicott College 13th and Springfield College 19th. Williams College is currently receiving votes.

Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 East-West Senior All-Star Game

By NoontimeSports.com 

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released the rosters for the annual East-West Senior All-Star Game, which will be held next Friday, May 30 at Springfield College. The game is scheduled to commence at 5 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. barbecue to follow for the players and their families.

Below is the rosters for both teams, which features numerous seniors from numerous Massachusetts squads:

East

 

West

Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 All-New England Teams

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.

Division 1 – Yearend Awards:

Coach of the Year: Chris Wojcik (Harvard)

Rookie of the Year: Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Division 1 First Team:

Devin Dwyer (Harvard)

Peter Schwartz (Harvard)

Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts)

Brian Fischer (Harvard)

Stephen Jahelka (Harvard)

Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard)

Division 1 Second Team:

Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Connor Mooney (Massachusetts)

 

Division 2 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Rookie of the Year: Tucker Schwarz (Merrimack)

Division 2 First Team:

Garrett Smith (Assumption)

Paul Jones (Merrimack)

Mike Perdie (Merrimack)

Nick Guarino (Assumption)

Connor Whittemore(Merrimack)

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Division 2 Second Team:

Cutler Dimond (Bentley)

Ian Mack (Assumption)

T.A. Demoulos (Bentley)

Billy Sweeney (Bentley)

Josh Gagnon (AIC)

Josh Baker (Bentley)

 

Division 3 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Coach of the Year: Sean Quirk (Endicott)

Rookie of the Year: Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Division 3 First Team:

Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Quinn Moroney (Amherst)

Beau Wood (Tufts)

John Uppgren (Tufts)

Harrison Cotter (Endicott)

Aaron Mathias (Amherst)

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College)

Conor Helfrich (Tufts)

Stephen Upton (Williams)

Ryan Cassidy (Amherst)

Matt Giannelli (Springfield)

Cameron Bell (Endicott)

Division 3 Second Team:

Devin Acton (Amherst)

Ryon Lynch (Springfield)

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Sean Lawton (Western New England)

Brandan Fernandez (Springfield College)

Peter Erickson (Endicott)

Nicky Donovan (Western New England)

Ryan Hamilton (Williams)

Breck Merritt (Endicott)

Jack Liacos (Western New England)

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Evening Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

The second half of Saturday featured some interesting outcomes and below are scores and game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Drexel 13, No. 14 UMass 9: The Dragons used a 3-0 run in the third quarter to push ahead of the Minutemen. With the loss, UMass falls to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in CAA play. Connor Mooney led the Minutemen with five points (three goals, two assists), while Zach Oliveri stopped nine shots.

Penn 8, No. 17 Harvard 7 (OT): Kevin Brown notched the game-winner at 2:38 in overtime to seal an exciting win for the Quakers. Penn rallied to force overtime after trailing Harvard, 8-6, halfway through the final frame. Peter Schwartz paced the Crimson with three points on two goals and one assist and Jake Gambitsky deflected 10 shots.

Williams 10, Colby 7: Andy Grabowski recorded a hat trick and Conor Roddy registered two goals and three assists as the Ephs defeated the Mules at Cole Field in Williamstown.

Bard 8, Regis 7 (3OT): Billy Stewart‘s marker with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter helped Regis force an extra session, but it was Henry Blosfelds that secured the win for the Raptors in the third overtime period. The Pride trailed Bard, 6-2, heading into the third quarter and outscored the Raptors, 5-1, during the final 30 minutes. Peter Leighton paced the Pride with two goals and two assists, while Breandan Crane stopped 18 shots.   

Endicott 14, Salve Regina 8: Kyle Weber‘s goal at 13:27 in the first initiated a 7-0 run, which helped the Gulls secure the lead for good. Weber netted two goals, while Nick Pinciaro recorded four points on three goals and one assist.

Emmanuel 12, Becker 6: Tony Cibelli finished with one goal and three helpers, while Kaile MacLean-Daley notched a hat trick as the Saints defeated the Hawks in Boston. Myles White and Blake Boutiette each netted two goals for Becker.  

Women’s Lacrosse:

Princeton 15, Harvard 6: Marisa Romeo and Audrey Todd each recorded two goals, but it wasn’t enough to help the Crimson, which trailed the Tigers 8-3 at the break.

Williams 10, Colby 9 (2OT): Rebecca McGovern recorded three goals, including one in each overtime session, which helped the Ephs earn an important road win. Bridget Malicki finished with two goals for Williams, while Ali Piltch turned away nine shots. 

Endicott 15, Salve Regina 7: Kirsten Thor jumpstarted a 9-1 run for the Gulls, which helped Endicott secure a road win in Rhode Island. Thor finished with two tallies and Callie Murphy recorded a team-high seven points on five goals and two assists.

WNE 14, Roger Williams 12: Shelby Trebbe netted four goals on five shots and Kaitlynn Stevens recorded four points on three goals and one assist as the Golden Bears extended its current winning streak to 12 games.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Spots On NEILA Poll (Week Six)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Numerous local squads earned spots on this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Polls (NEILA), and below is a breakdown of each division.

Beginning in Division 1, UMass, which was the number one team for a few weeks, slipped to the third spot in this week’s poll. Fairfield and Yale are currently in a two-way tie for first place. The Minutemen are currently 7-2 and are coming off a 12-6 victory over Hofstra.

Harvard remained the fifth seed for another week, while Holy Cross is receiving votes. The Crimson has won four of its last five outings and will look to continue their momentum against Duke on Saturday, March 29. The Blue Devils recently defeated Syracuse University, 21-7, on Sunday.

In Division 2, Merrimack remains the top squad for the sixth straight week. The Warriors are 2-1 in their last three outings. They return to the grass tomorrow when they travel to New York to face-off against undefeated Le Moyne College.

Bentley retained the second spot for another week, while Assumption College is receiving votes for the five-team poll. The Falcons will travel to St. A’s tomorrow, while the Greyhounds head to Franklin Pierce. Both the Hawks and Ravens are ranked in this week’s poll as St. A’s is third, while Franklin Pierce is fourth.

Similar to the Warriors, Tufts retained the top spot in Division 3 for the sixth consecutive week. The Jumbos are currently 5-1 and will resume play tomorrow when they travel to Springfield to face-off against Western New England, which is receiving votes.

Springfield moved up from the sixth spot to the second, while Amherst moved from fifth to third. Endicott and Wesleyan are currently in a two-way tie for fourth, while Williams moved up from seventh to sixth.

Excluding the Golden Bears, UMass Dartmouth is also receiving votes. The Corsairs are currently 5-1 and coming off a recent victory over Wentworth.