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Union College Men’s Lacrosse Excited To Compete For A National Championship

Peter Burns and the Union College men’s lacrosse team will compete for its first-ever national championship on Sunday against RIT. (PHOTO COURTESY: Betsy Matthew/Union Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

“We’re going to the national championship,” said Union College men’s lacrosse coach Derek Witheford.

“It feels good to say.”

Witheford and his Dutchmen should feel excited about competing in this Sunday’s NCAA Division III championship where they will square off against Liberty League (LL) foe Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  

The two teams met earlier this spring with RIT snapping Union’s 10-game winning streak with a 14-13 victory.

Unlike RIT, Union has never won nor appeared in a national championship, but they will certainly be ready to contend for a title as the Dutchmen will arrive in Hartford, Connecticut with a great deal of momentum following two hard-fought wins last weekend.

Union needed a pair of late tallies to seal a quarterfinal win last Saturday over Gettysburg College. Kieran McGovern tied the game at 13-13 before Keaton McCann buried the game-winner with nine seconds left.

On Sunday, Union jumped out to a 6-1 advantage before relying on its defense to fend off a second-half surge to defeat York College, 11-8. Dan Donahue turned aside 16 shots to secure his 17th win between the pipes.

Said Witheford, “Top to bottom, we played pretty stout defensively. And Dan saved the shots that he should of, and he definitely stole some, as well.”  

Added Donahue, “I can’t say enough about the defense. They allowed me to see good shots from 15, 16-yards (out) and that’s probably the best I have seen them play and I can’t thank them enough.”

Donahue, along with the defense, will be tested on Sunday against an RIT team that has scored 20 goals or more in four postseason contests. The Tigers topped Tufts University, 26-15, in its semifinal after beating Bowdoin College one day earlier in the quarterfinals.   

Since 2005, RIT has beaten Union in 22 of 24 contests with Union’s last win over the Tigers occurring in 2008. The Tigers beat the Dutchmen in the 2019 NCAA Tournament (10-9), as well as last season in the Liberty League semifinals.

RIT is the defending champion – they beat Salisbury University last year in double-overtime and seek their second title in program history.

Brian Davis, a senior midfielder that transferred to Union after being redshirted at the University of Delaware, is excited to compete against the Tigers once more with hopes of Sunday’s meeting ending with a victory for the Dutchmen.

“I got word (shortly after our game with York concluded) that we’re playing RIT, and three of my seasons have been ended by RIT, so (hopefully) it’s a storybook ending,” said Davis.

“We’re super-excited to be there.”

Sunday’s championship between Union and RIT will commence at 1 p.m. Fans can watch the game on NCAA.com.

D3 Lax Notebook: Wheaton Begins Its Season With Four-Straight Wins

Lou Mainella has recorded 16 points on nine goals and seven assists in four games this year with the Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Keith Nordstrom)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team will enter the first weekend of March with a great deal of momentum, thanks to an impressive win on Wednesday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The Lyons topped the Buccaneers, 15-4, to secure their fourth-straight win, thanks to Lou Mainella, who tallied a career and season-best five points on three goals and two assists. 

Shane Ross recorded a hat trick, Ben Stomberg added two goals and two assists, and John Drew earned his initial collegiate win between the pipes with nine saves. 

Wheaton is off to its best start in 31 seasons and will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday, March 5 when they compete against Johnson & Wales University, a team the Lyons beat two years ago by a score of 16-8

Johnson & Wales bounced back from an opening day setback to Roger Williams with back-to-back wins over Eastern Connecticut State University (11-9) and New England College (7-6)

Donny McInnis, a first-year midfielder from North Haven, Connecticut, enjoyed his best outing against the Warriors on Wednesday by tallying career and season-bests in goals (three), points (four), shots (five), and shots on goal (three). He, along with Tyler Drago (seven goals and five assists), and Chris Calisto (four goals and one assist) will be a few players to watch against the Lyons. 

Wheaton isn’t the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) squad that has enjoyed a successful start to its 2022 campaign as the same could be said for Emerson College (4-0) and MIT (3-0). 

Emerson outlasted the University of New England, 14-13, on Wednesday to gain some additional momentum heading into a non-league matchup with Vassar College on Saturday. 

Skyler Celotto is the player to watch on Emerson — he currently ranks second in the NEWMAC in points (18) and fourth in goals (10). 

MIT, which is off to a 3-0 start, has tallied 56 points in three contests after netting a season-high 20 goals yesterday against Wentworth Institute of Technology

Ryan Gebhardt has been the player to watch on MIT – the graduate student that previously competed at Stevens Institute of Technology leads the Engineers in goals (16) and points (21). 

Extra, extra from the D3 Lacrosse World:

  • Make it back-to-back wins for Union College as they topped Endicott College yesterday, 13-8, thanks to Brian Davis (three goals) and Hayden Frey (two goals and one assist).

  • The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team is off to a 2-0 start — yesterday, they topped Framingham State, 13-11. Maddy Roy concluded the non-conference meeting with three points on two goals and one assit while Taylor Pichel stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, three helpers, six shots, and ome ground ball.

  • Logan Posner recorded a game-high six goals as the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team picked-up its third consecutive win with a 15-5 victory over Stevens. The Sea Gulls will host the University of Lynchburg on Saturday in what could be a possible NCAA Tournament preview.

  • The FDU-Florham women’s lacrosse team scored its first win over Montclair State since March 10, 2010, as the Devils rolled past the Red Hawks, 20-2. Kylee Garcia led all players with eight points on six goals and two assits while Marissa Ross snatched a team-high five draw controls.

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 25-27)

Ryan Puglisi will be a player to watch this spring on Union College’s defense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Iodice)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse.

We have a slew of games to watch (and follow), beginning with a non-conference clash between Babson College and Union College.

The Babson men’s lacrosse team has won back-to-back contests, including its home-opener against Bates College, thanks to Matt Stucchi, who registered a game-high four goals. Chi Chi Price added two goals and one assist while Mac Mowat finished with 13 saves between the pipes.

Babson’s momentum will be tested against a Union squad that was picked to finish second in the Liberty League.

When we last saw the Dutchmen, they were making their 12th appearance in the Liberty League tournament but saw their bid toward a conference crown fall short to RIT.

But like Babson, Union is certainly a team to watch this spring with some key members from last year’s 5-3 squad returning, including Ryan Puglisi, Keaton McCann, and Kieran McGovern.

Union has won all 12 meetings with Babson, dating back to their initial contest on March 7, 2009, when the Dutchmen topped the Beavers, 14-2. The two teams last met on February 29, 2020, with Union scoring a 15-7 victory over Babson, thanks to Kerry Lyne and Brian Davis, who combined for six goals and three assists.

Babson and Union are scheduled to meet in Schenectady, New York on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team will look to cap the opening month with their third-straight win on Saturday when they welcome Washington and Lee to campus for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

The Sea Gulls and Generals have met 16 times with Salisbury winning 11 matchups. However, Washington and Lee have won the last two meetings, including a March 1, 2020, matchup in Maryland.

Erin Scannell enters the non-conference clash as Salisbury’s leading goal scorer with six while Caroline McKenna has captured six draws.

Salisbury’s Mary Claire Hisle has enjoyed a successful start to her senior season with 15 saves. She is yielding roughly four goals per game.

Allie Schwab and Hanna Bishop have been two players to watch on Washington and Lee – the duo has combined for 14 points on 11 goals and three assists, while Eugenie Rovegno has won eight draw controls.

Like Salisbury, Washington and Lee will enter its non-conference meeting with some momentum following exciting wins over Franklin & Marshall (10-9) and Mary Washington (14-7).

Other games to watch this weekend (Feb. 26-27):

Oglethorpe University at Brevard College (MLAX) Friday at 7 p.m.: The Tornadoes will look to bounce back from a two-goal setback to Ferrum College when they welcome the Stormy Petrels to North Carolina.

Oglethorpe has won two of four contests and will look to capture its second win against Brevard since their inaugural meeting last February.

Bates College at University of Chicago (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Maroons return to the field following an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw them advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The expectation is UChicago should be back in the mix for a national title this spring with some key members of last year’s squad returning, including Ali Sheehy, who tallied 35 goals and eight helpers in 13 contests.

Bates will look to bounce back from a 2-3 season last spring, which included wins against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Connecticut College.  

Lasell University at UMass Boston (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Beacons were picked to repeat as Little East Conference (LEC) champions — they recently outlasted Nichols College, 11-10, in overtime, thanks to Darragh Fahey, who netted the game-winner.

Lasell seeks its first win for coach Dieter Treusdell, who joined the program last September. The Lasers dropped their season-opener to MIT by a score of 18-4.

Methodist University at Berry College (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Vikings are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to Tyler Banfield, who leads the Blue and White with 13 points on eight goals and five assists.

Berry has won all three meetings with Methodist, which enters the non-conference meeting with a 1-1 record.

Oswego State at William Smith (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Herons and Lakers will meet for the third time on Saturday with William Smith leading the all-time series, 2-0.

The Herons were picked to finish second in the Liberty League behind Ithaca College but have garnered a slew of preseason attention as a team to watch, both this weekend and throughout the season. Maddie Montgomery, who was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year last spring, will be a player to watch tomorrow against a Lakers squad that is looking to bounce back from a 4-5 campaign.