Atlantic Hockey Announces Return To Play

By Matt Noonan

The Atlantic Hockey league is ready to drop the puck for the 2020-21 season.

As announced earlier today, the 11-team conference which includes four teams from New England will return to the ice for its initial weekend of the 2020-21 season on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14. Each team will compete in 24 contests – it is possible some member could skate 28 times this winter – while all 11 squads will be admitted into the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.

The 2021 Atlantic Hockey championship will return to Buffalo’s LECOM HarborCenter, which is the home rink for Canisius College.

“First off, I’m extremely excited to be announcing we have an approved league schedule for the 2020-21 season,” Atlantic Hockey Commissioner Robert DeGregorio said in a statement regarding the league’s return-to-play announcement. “It’s been a long process, and involved quite a bit of discussion, but it’s a testament to all those involved that we have managed to get Atlantic Hockey on the ice in 2020-21.”

To alleviate the spread of the ongoing coronavirus, the league will seperate its teams into an eastern and western pod. Three Massachusetts teams – Bentley UniversityHoly Cross, and American International College (AIC) – will compete in the eastern pod, along with Army and Sacred Heart University. Every team in each pod will play five games against each other, along with a pair of games against Air Force and Long Island University (LIU).

While today’s announcement certainly excited many within the college hockey world, Atlantic Hockey did state in today’s release that they are “still working to finalize return-to-play protocols for the season” and a schedule, including non-conference games, will be announced at a later date.

“We put this schedule together to maximize the student-athlete experience during such uncertain times” said DeGregorio. “We found a way to schedule up to 28 games while maintaining a focus on the health and safety of all parties by reducing travel times and overnight trips as much as we could.”

Prior to the 2019-20 season being cut short due to the ongoing pandemic, the Yellow Jackets of AIC were in first place with a 21-12-1 overall record, including a 21-6-1 conference mark.

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: BU Tops Canisius, Records First Win At Nickerson Field (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston University men’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season – and first on their home turf – topping Canisius College, 13-9, on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

Jack Wilson, Adam Schaal, Sam Talkow, Cal Dearth and Sam Tenney each netted a pair of goals, while Christian Carson-Banister turned away a season-high 13 shots.

BU trailed 6-4 at the break, but rebounded with a 5-0 run, sparked by Dearth that helped the Terriers claim their second win of the 2015 season.

Below is a highlight package of the game, courtesy of the Boston University Athletics’ YouTube Channel.

For a complete recap of the game – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: BU Men’s Lax Will Host Canisus On Saturday

By Matt Noonan 

Additional snow is headed toward Boston this weekend, which means schedule changes.

Below is a tweet from Boston University’s Athletic Department’s Twitter handle (@BUAthletucs), confirming the schedule change for this weekend’s non-conference meeting between the Terriers (1-0) and Golden Griffins (0-0). The game had been originally scheduled to take place in Buffalo, New York, however, according to the Canisus athletic department’s website, the site was changed due to negative wind in Buffalo.

Both teams met last season at Nickerson Field with the Golden Griffins claiming a 9-3 win over the Terriers.

BU began its second varsity season last weekend with an 18-6 win over Mercer.

For more information on the BU men’s lacrosse team — HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and game summaries from the various Division 1 lacrosse games today.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Canisius 9, Boston University 3: Cal DearthRyan Johnston and Sam Tenney each scored goals in the Terriers’ inaugural game at Nickerson Field. Christian Carson deflected 14 shots between the pipes, including five shots in the first quarter.

Women’s Lacrosse:  

UMass 7, UConn 5: Katie Ferris recorded two goals and two helpers, while Sam Rush scored two goals on two shots as the Minutewomen ballooned 5-1 first half lead into a 7-5 victory, their second win of the season.

No. 1 North Carolina 18, Boston University 8: Mallory Collins recorded four goals on four shots, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Terriers past the reigning national champions.