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Noonan: Revisiting My First Lacrosse Championship Game

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Tufts University’s Beau Wood (No. 18) netted the game-winning goal for the Jumbos against Bowdoin College in the 2012 NESCAC Championship game. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan 

The month of May, in my opinion, will always be associated with the sport of lacrosse.

It is a month that features a slew of college tournaments and championships to NCAA postseason runs that concludes on Memorial Day weekend.

But while the sport of lacrosse, as well as other games, remain sidelined for the moment, memories of games covered, including my first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Final, is on my mind. And it is hard not to think back to that gorgeous day – May 6, 2012, to be exact – when Tufts University outlasted Bowdoin College, 9-8, in double-overtime

At the time, I didn’t know much about lacrosse. I thought it was hockey on grass – maybe basketball, too – but it was a sport I grew to love from watching a talented Tufts team (and program), which had won its first-ever national championship two years earlier against Salisbury University.

I got my first glimpse of these Jumbos in mid-April of 2012 when Tufts rolled past Amherst College, 15-5. It was an impressive win.

Mike Daly, who was the coach of the Jumbos, told me neither he or his coaching staff anticipated his team was going to beat Amherst by ten goals on this particular afternoon. Instead, Daly, who is currently the head coach of the Brown University men’s lacrosse team, told me that his team “just put together a pretty complete effort today.” And that effort would certainly be on display weeks later when I covered Tufts’ dramatic win over a Bowdoin, which would conclude its 2012 campaign in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Bowdoin was a good team. They had scored some impressive conference wins in 2012, as well as some important non-league victories against Keene State and Springfield College. They beat Wesleyan University in the NESCAC quarterfinals before knocking off Trinity College in the semifinals shortly after Tufts topped Connecticut College.

Tufts had beaten Bowdoin prior to their championship meeting – the Jumbos topped the Polar Bears, 15-7, in Medford, Massachusetts, which made me think the young men who wore the powder blue, brown and white jerseys that day would duplicate that performance on the same field. But I was wrong.

Instead, I, along with fans and friends of each program, was treated to an amazing back and forth affair that saw Bowdoin erase a two-goal deficit during the final minutes of the fourth quarter to force not one, but two extra sessions.

Tufts had a chance to win the game in the first overtime but neither Nick Rhoads and Beau Wood were able to deposit their attempt past Bowdoin’s, Chris Williamson. Bowdoin would also have a chance to clinch the victory but watched Conor O’Toole‘s shot sail wide of the Tufts cage.

So, with the score still knotted at 8-8, we quickly advanced to a second overtime period. And like many, I wondered which team would score that game-winner? Would it be Bowdoin, since they seemed to have all the momentum, thanks to back-to-back fourth-quarter goals by Keegan Mehlhorn and Will Wise, or Tufts, which had not located the back of the net since the final seconds of the third quarter?

That question would be answered during the sixth and final period when Tufts scored on its third attempt of the session with 1:50 remaining. Beau Wood fired home the game-winner after receiving a pass from Geordie Shafer. And once the ball slipped past Bowdoin’s Chris Williamson, the Jumbos rushed the field to celebrate a hard-fought yet exhilarating win.

“We knew we had to just end (the game) it as soon (as we got the ball),” Wood remarked shortly after his team’s one-goal win.

Indeed, the Jumbos did end it, but not until they forced their second turnover of the second overtime.

Tufts would advance to the NCAA semifinals two weeks later but saw their run toward a national title conclude against SUNY Cortland. The Red Dragons, which beat the Jumbos by a score of 12-10, would end up losing in the finals to Salisbury, who had beaten Tufts in the national title game one year earlier.

Sure, it was disappointing to see a team you had covered fall short of winning the ultimate prize, but I knew eventually this team (and program) would celebrate a championship in the future. And that they did. Tufts would win a pair of titles in the coming years, including their second national championship against Salisbury in 2014. They would also make a third-straight appearance in the championship game in 2016 but lose by one goal to the Sea Gulls of Salisbury.

Tufts will return to the title game again soon. But for now, I consider myself lucky to have covered and chronicled their various campaigns these past few years through NoontimeSports.com. I will always be thankful for the time both Mike Daly and his players provided me after the three contests I covered in 2012 and will continue to look back on this time fondly. I was a young journalist (and blogger), but also someone that wanted to learn more about a sport that I had only played once in my life. And because of Tufts, I am now an avid lacrosse fan, as well as a high school and middle school official here in Massachusetts.

I miss watching and covering games, especially on gorgeous days like today, but I do know better days are ahead for all of us, and they will certainly include exciting and dramatic one-goal victories.

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: Local Players Earn USILA D3 All-American Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.

Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.

Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team

John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team

Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team

Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team

Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team

Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team

Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention

Ryon Lynch (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Chris Schoenhut (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Mathias (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Conor Helfrich (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Matthew Giannelli (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Breck Merritt (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Cameron Bell (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Mass. College Lax: Tufts, Salisbury To Face-Off In NCAA D3 Championship

Tufts' Beau Wood recorded seven goals and one assist today against RIT in the NCAA Div. III semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)
Tufts’ Beau Wood recorded seven goals and one assist today against RIT in the NCAA Div. III semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan 

Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team will take on Salisbury University next Sunday, May 25 at 1 p.m. in the NCAA Division III Championship, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium (the home of the Baltimore Ravens).

The Jumbos, who have appeared in the title round twice, earned its third trip in program history to the finals by knocking off RIT in this afternoon’s semifinals, 21-11. Beau Wood paced the Jumbos with eight points on seven goals and one assist, while goaltender Patton Watkins turned away 20 shots.

The Sea Gulls (Salisbury) defeated Washington (Md.) this evening, 13-8, in the other semifinal matchup, which was hosted by Salisbury. The Sea Gulls led, 6-5, at the break and then netted seven goals in the final two stanzas to secure the win.

Both Tufts and Salisbury have met twice in the finals with the Jumbos winning the first contest in 2010 (Tufts’s only national championship), while the Sea Gulls won the following season in 2011. The Sea Gulls also won the championship in 2012, their 10th National Title in program history, but fell short of a three-peat last year when they lost to Stevenson in the semifinals, 12-6.

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Mass. College Lax: Amherst, Tufts Caps Weekend With NCAA Tourney Wins

Tufts' men's lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Both Amherst College and Tufts University punched their tickets to the final weekend of the 2014 college lacrosse season with tournament semifinal and quarterfinal victories this afternoon. The Jeffs rallied to defeat TCNJ, 8-5, while the Jumbos defeated RIT, 21-11.

Below is each contest’s summary.

Amherst 8, TCNJ 5: Trailing the Lions, 5-4, in the second half, the Jeffs rallied with a 4-0 run, sparked by Krista Zsitvay that helped the hosts claim its 22nd NCAA Tournament victory, as well as a trip to next weekend’s semifinal against Salisbury.

Zsitvay led the Purple and White with four markers, Rachel Passarelli recorded four points on three goals and one helper and Alex Philie capped the scoring with one tally at 1:24 in the second session.

Amherst goaltender Christy Forrest turned away six shots and improved to 19-2 overall.

Tufts 21, RIT 11: The Jumbos improved to 3-1 all-time against the Tigers as they overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening session to go onto win their semifinal matchup in Rochester.

Beau Wood paced the Powder Blue and White with eight points on seven tallies and one helper, while Cole Bailey chipped in five markers and one assist. John Uppgren and Ben Andreycak each recorded hat tricks and goaltender Patton Watkins finished with 20 stops and bumped his record to 19-1.

With the win, Tufts (20-2) advances to next Sunday’s NCAA Division III Championship against the winner of Salisbury-Washington College. This will be the third time Tufts has competed in the finals. They won the championship in 2010 against Salisbury, but lost to them the following season.