Mass. College Lax: Wednesday’s Tourney Scoreboard

WNE's Sean Lawton (24) scored one of his team's seven goals against SUNY Cortland on Wednesday evening! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

WNE’s Sean Lawton (24) scored one of his team’s seven goals against SUNY Cortland on Wednesday evening! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan 

There won’t be a Massachusetts squad in the NCAA Division III lacrosse semifinals on Sunday as Tufts University and Western New England each lost their quarterfinal contests this evening. Below is a summary of each match.

SUNY Cortland 12, WNE 7 – Five third quarter goals sealed the win for the Red Dragons, who’ll meet the Tigers of RIT in the semis.

The Golden Bears, who trailed 3-0 in the first, evened the score with strikes from Adam KnaptonSean Lawton and Jon Bota before Cortland netted two of the next three goals in the second to secure a 5-4 lead at the break.

Ryan Marcus netted two unassisted strikes in the third, which brought WNE within one, but Cortland’s Cody Consul answered to secure the lead for good.

WNE concludes its season 13-7 overall and this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference champions.

RIT 14, Tufts 5 – The Tigers jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Jumbos in Rochester.

Chris SchoenhutCole BaileyGarrett ClarkeAndrew Fiamengo and Peter Bowers each recorded one goal, while Patton Watkins finished with 14 saves between the pipes.

Tufts concludes its campaign 16-5 overall and this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference champions.  

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

There were some very important conference games that occurred this afternoon and below is our afternoon and evening roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Yale 11, Harvard 10 – Despite two late tallies each by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker, the Crimson still couldn’t complete their comeback as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard in Cambridge. With the loss, Harvard’s season concludes with a 6-8 overall mark.

No. 7 Merrimack 16, Assumption 11 – Greg MeLaugh tied a school-record with nine goals in three quarters as Warriors defeat the Greyhounds and claimed a share of the regular season Northeast-10 crown with Adelphi.

Roger Williams 9, Wentworth 8 (OT) – Ian Powers scored the game-winner 3:08 in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Leopards in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. With the win, Roger Williams advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Western New England. Alec Paradis paced Wentworth with five points (three goals, two assists).

Norwich 9, Mount Ida 7 – Ian Thomas halted the Mustangs rally with his third strike of the afternoon at 1:20 in the fourth as the Cadets defeated Mount Ida and claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown. Nick YacuzziMichael Markevich and Phil Pichel netted two goals, respectively, for Mount Ida.

No. 9 Tufts 14, Bate 10 – The Jumbos outscored the Bobcats, 7-2, in the third as Tufts defeated Bates and secured a spot in next weekend’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Chris Schoehut led the Powder Blue and White with five goals, while Andrew Fiamengo finished with four goals.

No. 6 Middlebury 19, Amherst 9 – Jon Broome and Scott Redmond each scored two goals in the opening frame, which provided the Panthers the lead for good as Middlebury defeated Amherst and punched its ticket to the NESCAC semifinals. Devin Acton led Amherst with three goals.

UMass Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6 – Dennis Healy recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Justin Lawless and Todd Davis each netted two strikes as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers.

Women’s Lacrosse 

University of New England 11, Gordon 10 – Hannah Tavella‘s 63rd goal of the season at 6:52 in the second lifted the Nor’easters past the Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. With the win, UNE advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Endicott College. Jessica Castelline led Gordon with six points (four goals, two assists).

Curry 14, Roger Williams 12 – The Colonels outscored the Hawks, 9-2, in the second half as Curry defeated Roger Williams and secured a date with Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC semifinals. Mel Brickley led Curry with five strikes, while Haley Carey and Deanna Monfredo each finished with hat tricks.

Babson 11, Wheaton 8 – Jameson Sprang netted the go-ahead goal with 5:30 remaining in the second as Beavers defeated the Lyons and punched their ticket to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Charlotte De Santis led Wheaton with five points (three goals, two assists), while Sprang finished with a hat trick.

Springfield 14, Mount Holyoke 9 – Michelle DorseyColleen Keeley and Meghan Flanagan each recorded a hat trick as the Pride defeated the Lyons in the NEWMAC semifinals. Mount Ida’s Molly Macdonald led all scorers with four strikes.

No. 1 Trinity 12, Tufts 8 – First-year Molly Cox scored a career-high four goals as the Bantams defeated the Jumbos and secured a spot in next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three strikes.

No. 8 Colby 11, Amherst 3 – The Mules outscored the Lord Jeffs, 8-2, in the second half, which helped them secure a first round win the NESCAC tournament and spot in the semifinals. Caroline HollidayElizabeth Ludlow and Hillary Densen each scored one goal for Amherst.

Worcester State 14, Fitchburg State 13 (OT) – Jackie Connors netted two of her four goals during the extra session as the Lancers defeated the Falcons in their final regular season contest. Jessica Bartlett and Lindsey White paced Fitchburg State with five tallies, respectively.

Mass. College Lax: Tufts 14, Middlebury 13

Chris Schoenhut's diving goal helped spark a Tufts first half run! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Chris Schoenhut’s diving goal helped spark a Tufts first half run! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – If there were one word to describe Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team it would be resilient.

Trailing Middlebury College for a majority of the first half, the Jumbos rallied to even the score at the break before netting seven strikes in the second, which was just enough to defeat the Panthers, 14-13.

“The guys…they’re tough,” explained Tufts coach Mike Daly. “Up at Colby and in a tough situation we go down 6-0, and the Babson game (we were) down 3-0, and we’re down today, 4-1, (but) they just keep rolling and they really have a lot of trust and respect for each other and we just keep grinding on the game plan.

“We just got a great group of guys and we believe in each other and we stick together too.”

Middlebury wasted little time securing a three-goal advantage thanks to their defense, which forced seven turnovers in the opening session before Tufts’ offense came to life following a diving strike by Chris Schoenhut that sparked a 3-0 run, which spanned into the second quarter and tied the game at 4-4.

Andrew Metros and Jon Broome each recorded an unassisted strike early in the second, which halted the Jumbos run and pushed the Panthers ahead by two, but Peter Bowers sliced the deficit three minutes later to bring Tufts within one.

Joel Blockowicz registered his team’s third consecutive unassisted goal roughly two minutes later, but Tufts answered with Bowers and Andrew Fiamengo to tie the game at 7-7 heading into intermission.

“We were just really struggling with some of that pressure, so more of a credit to them and their speed, their tempo and they were making the plays and we weren’t,” Daly said of Middlebury’s first half effort.

Cole Bailey echoed his coach by saying, “Yeah, stick skills got us in trouble.”

Bailey extended Tufts run from the second into the third when he dodged by his defender at the top of the half circle and whipped a shot past Nate Gaudio (11 saves) before Dan Leventhal and Beau Wood registered back-to-back strikes.

Mike Giordano halted the 5-0 run with a goal midway through the third, but Tufts answered with a 4-0 run that went into the fourth and provided the Jumbos with a six-goal edge with 9:43 remaining.

“We came out firing and I think a bunch of people got in the point column, so that’s good, but that was huge and it ended up making the difference in the end of the game,” Bailey said of his team’s third quarter effort.

Middlebury stormed back with five goals – two on the man-up – but after Stew Kerr netted the Panthers 13th tally on the left side of the half circle with 24 seconds remaining, Tufts’ Brian Ruggiero won his 16th face-off, which sealed the win.

“We knew there were going to be runs back and fourth, knew it was going to be a game like that, but we just honestly get frustrated when we’re helping those teams make those runs at us, but they’re a good team and it’s in the win column and we’ll take it,” said Daly.

Leventhal led all scorers with four strikes, while Bailey and Wood combined for nine points (five goals, four assists).

“It’s awesome playing with (Beau),” stated Wood. “When he’s open I try to find him and just have trust in him throwing it into the back of the net.”

This afternoon’s victory marks Tufts’ eighth consecutive win since Mar. 16 against Stevens.

Tufts will return the grass on Tuesday when they travel to Endicott College for a 7 p.m. face-off, while Middlebury returns to action Saturday against Trinity College at home.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.

Mass Lax Recap: Tufts 13, Conn. College 2

The Jumbos eight-goal second half pushed them past the Conn. College Camels, 13-2 on Saturday in the NESCAC Semi-Finals! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – For the fourth consecutive year, Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team will attempt to earn some additional NESCAC hardware, as the Jumbos defeated the Connectuicut College Camels, 13-2 on Saturday at Bello Field.

Senior co-captains Kevin McCormick and Sean Kirwan each registered a hat trick, while sophomore netminder Patton Watkins recorded nine saves between the pipes.

“I’m really proud of our entire team, and freshman [Ryan Le], who scored a goal at the end of the game,” said Tufts head coach Mike Daly. “He’s a freshman, like I said, they just keep showing up, working every day, and just real happy that he got that goal, got that opportunity and I think that’s why we won because we’ve just got so many guys on our team, top to bottom, who just show up, work and get it done.”

Added Daly, “I’m real proud of our entire team, it’s a team win and I’d never bet against these guys any day of the week.”

Following the opening draw, Tufts needed roughly six minutes to earn their first lead of the contests, as McCormick rifled a shot past senior goaltender Rob Moccia, (15 saves) before Conn. College evened the score with a ‘man up’ strike by junior John Lyons, (two goals) at 5:24.

The Jumbos regained the lead late in the opening period when junior Andrew Fiamengo notched his only goal of the afternoon, which provided Tufts with a one-goal advantage heading into the second quarter.

Lyons once again evened the score at 10:09 in the second frame before the Jumbos produced an 11-0 run, which started after the Camels final strike and concluded with an unassisted tally by Le at 1:21 in the fourth quarter.

“We [needed] to make plays on both sides of the field, [but] at the end of the day we kept winning face-offs, we kept competing and we just needed a little bit of that breathing room to get going, and luckily we got it,” said Daly. “Even in that first 30 minutes, they scored a ‘man up’ goal, and a goal right after a ‘man up’ had released, so we felt pretty good about hanging in there and doing what we do defensively and not letting them get away from what we wanted to do.”

Tufts’ Second Half: Entering the second half with a 4-2 advantage, Tufts ballooned their lead with four additional tallies by McCormick, sophomores Peter Bowers and Beau Wood, and freshman Tim LaBeau, which preserved their second conference tournament victory.

“I guess we start a little slow, and then we’re able to rally at halftime and learn from what we’ve done in the first half,” McCormick said. “We were just able to come out firing and keep it going [because] we’ve got the right people and we get it done.”

Coach Daly agreed with McCormick, and complimented his senior co-captain by saying, “We’ve got unbelievable senior leadership, great freshmen, great sophomores, great juniors, and it helps when you win face-offs, you get great goalie play, and we’re blessed [because] we’ve got a lot of great parts.”

Tufts padded their lead in the third and fourth quarters with 28 shots, 20 ground balls, 13 clears and seven face-off wins.

Kirwan’s Fourth Quarter: Once the fourth quarter commenced, freshman Cole Bailey connected with Sean Kirwan twice in a span of two minutes, which resulted in two back-to-back strikes.

“We knew that if we just kind of stuck to the game plan the whole game, [we knew] that we’d ware them down, they’d get a little lazy, and we’d get some good looks, and that’s what happened,” Kirwan said of his team’s offensive strategy.

The senior co-captain continued by saying, “Credit to everybody on our team for getting us ready – scout team getting us ready for practice, guys on the field today executing our game plan – it was great, it was great to see things click at the right time.”

Next Up: On Sunday, Tufts will attempt to earn its third consecutive conference crown against Bowdoin College, who defeated Trinity College on Saturday, 10-8.