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: Previewing RIT-Tufts (NCAA Div. III Semifinals, Sun. May 18)

Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Tufts University men’s lacrosse team will attempt to extend its current campaign to next Sunday, May 25 – the NCAA Division III National Championship. However, before the Jumbos book their plane tickets to Baltimore, Maryland, they’ll need to defeat the top team in the country: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Below is a quick preview of the Jumbos’ NCAA Division III semifinal contest, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

The Matchup: For the fourth straight season, the Jumbos and Tigers will meet in the playoffs. And similar to 2011, this particular meeting will decide who advances to the title round.

Prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, the Tigers were ranked number one in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, while the Jumbos checked in as the sixth best team in the country (the last poll was released on Monday, May 5).

Tufts is coming off an impressive 15-5 win over SUNY Cortland, who earned a trip to Medford on Wednesday following a 14-10 victory against Springfield College. The Jumbos relied on its defense, including goaltender Patton Watkins, while the number one scoring offense in Division III (Tufts is averaging 18.75 goals per game, according to NCAA.com) did its job in helping the Powder Blue and White extend its season to Sunday.

RIT, which earned a first-round bye to commence the tournament, defeated Ithaca College and Union College to setup a date with the Jumbos. The Tigers’ offense is ranked third in the country in scoring offense (16.80), so defense could be the key for both squads.

Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is second amongst all Division III players in goals per game, as the attack is averaging nearly four strikes per contest and leads his unit with 79 tallies.

Meet The Tigers: RIT claimed its 20th victory earlier this week when they defeated Union, 11-6. The Tigers’ 20 wins are the most in program history (last season and in 2011 they won 19 games).

Ryan Lee leads the Orange and Black with 72 points on 45 goals and 27 assists, Casey Jackson is second in points with 53 markers and 17 helpers. RIT has relied on three goaltenders this season, including Pat Johnston, who has started 15 of 16 games. Johnston leads the trio in saves (202), wins (15) and minutes (801:45).

As a team, the Tigers have scored 95 first quarter goals, 89 strikes in the second and 86 markers in the third. They have outscored their opponents, 336-165. They’re also 24-for-55 on man-ups. They’ve held their opponents to just 28 man-up markers on 83 attempts.

Tyler Brooks-Lambert has won 275 face-offs, and will certainly challenge Tufts’ Conor Helfrich (285 face-off wins) and Ryan Le (54 face-off wins) at midfield.

The Tigers, who finished their season undefeated, captured its third-straight Liberty League crown on Sunday, May 4 when they defeated Union, 13-11. RIT, which has appeared in the semifinals seven times in program history and will be making its second-straight trip, third in four years.

The Series: Tufts is 2-1 against the Tigers with all three meetings occurring in the postseason. Last year, the Tigers defeated the Jumbos in the quarterfinals, 14-5, while Tufts earned back-to-back wins over RIT in 2012 (quarterfinals) and 2011 (semifinals).

Up Next: A win would send RIT or Tufts to Baltimore next Sunday to face-off against the winner of Salisbury-Washington (Md.). Salisbury earned a semifinal bid with a 15-5 win over Denison, while Washington edged Stevenson, 12-11.

Mass. College Lax: Tufts Edges Endicott In NCAA Second Round, 10-9

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Tufts University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Endicott College:

MEDFORD – In a dogfight of an NCAA Championship second round game, senior goalie Patton Watkins made 16 saves as the Tufts men’s lacrosse team edged Endicott College, 10-9, on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

After the Jumbos scored to take a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter, the teams traded goals the rest of the way in dramatic back-and-forth action. Three goals each by senior Peter Bowers and junior Chris Schoenhut led Tufts, which improved to 18-2.

The Jumbos move on to the national quarterfinals for the fifth straight year. They will face the winner of today’s Springfield at Cortland State game, which is a 5 pm start. Endicott finishes its season at 15-5.

Tufts had handled Endicott relatively easily in an 18-13 final during the regular season. That would not be the case today. The Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 advantage as leading scorer Harrison Cotter scored at 12:37 and at 3:32 of the first.

Turning on their high-power offense late in the first, Tufts scored three times in the final three minutes of the period. Two came out of Bowers’ stick. The hosts would not trail again, but the Gulls would be right on their back all game.

Sophomore John Uppgren scored at 13:59 of the second quarter to give Tufts a 4-2 lead. Cotter netted his third of the game at 10:31 to close Endicott within 4-3. The teams alternated goals until halftime, with Schoenhut and Bowers scoring for the Jumbos and Kyle Weber and Colin Bannon tallying for Endicott. Tufts led 6-5 at the break.

Junior Cole Bailey scored the first goal of the second half to give Tufts a 7-5 lead. After Nick Pinciaro cut the margin to one again just 37 seconds later, Schoenhut scored for Tufts at 7:18 returning the margin to two (8-6). Both Pinciaro and Schoenhut would score again in the period and Tufts led 9-7 heading into the fourth.

Weber gave Endicott the early momentum with a goal at 13:27 of the fourth making it 9-8. Junior Peter Gill scored next to put Tufts up 10-8, but Jonathan Morgan answered for Endicott at 6:10 to send the game down the stretch at 10-9. Gulls sophomore goalie Cameron Bell made two of his 10 saves in the next few minutes to keep it a one-goal game.

Tufts was whistled for a penalty with just 2:10 remaining in the fourth. Endicott’s Jeremy Morgan hit the post with a shot soon after. The Jumbos called time-out with 52 seconds remaining and were able to run out the clock. The Gulls were called for a penalty with eight seconds remaining while they were forcing the Jumbos into a turnover, concluding the game with more drama.

Watkins had five saves in the second and third periods for Tufts. Senior Kane Delaney was also a defensive leader with two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Gill had a pair of goals in his return to the line-up after missing the last two games.

With the win, Tufts presented head coach Mike Daly with the 200th victory of his coaching career. In his 16th season leading Tufts, Daly’s teams are 200-78 for a stellar .719 winning percentage.

Cotter’s two goals led Endicott, while Pinciaro scored two and assisted one. The Gulls got two caused turnovers from junior Ian Knechtle. Freshman Tommy Hughest won 12 of 21 face-offs.

Mass. College Lax: Conference Tourney Roundup (Championships & Semifinals)

Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world with conference tournament championships and semifinals. Below is a quick roundup of today’s contests.

Men’s Lacrosse:

WNE 13, Endicott 8: The Golden Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat the Gulls for the second straight year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. WNE’s Colton Craig and Endicott’s Harrison Cotter each netted five goals.

Springfield College 12, Babson 6: Bryce Serriello sparked a 5-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, which helped the Pride secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Springfield’ Devin Abad paced all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist, while Spencer Low recorded two goals for Babson.

Tufts 17, Williams 6: John Uppgren recorded six points on four goals and two assists, Chris Schoenhut tallied four goals and Cole Bailey handed out seven assists as the Jumbos cruised past the Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Jack Lauroesch paced Williams with three points on three assists.

Amherst 12, Wesleyan 8: Kane Haffey netted four goals, Devin Acton registered a hat trick as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Cardinals in the NESCAC semifinals.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 14, Roger Williams 13: Siri Mason buried a feed from Callie Murphy with one second remaining in regulation to lift the Gulls past the Hawks in the CCC Championship. Murphy led all players with eight points on four goals and four helpers.

Bridgewater State 19, Worcester State 7: The Bears secured their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament crown by earning a 15-5 lead at the break. BSU’s Taylor Clancy finished with seven points on six goals and one assist, while Kalia Chase and Molly Kilday each netted two goals for Worcester State.

Regis 13, Becker 9: The Pride captured its second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown by using three separate runs in the second half to propel them to a four-point victory. Grace Politis and Sam Salamone combined for nine Regis goals, along with five helpers. Tatum Fahs paced Becker with five points on three goals and two assists.

Amherst 9, Williams 4: Rachel Passarelli recorded five goals, including three in the second half, which helped the Jeffs defeat the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinals.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup (#d3lax)

By Matt Noonan 

There were a slew of conference tournament contests that took place this afternoon, along with some regular season finales, and below is their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Salve Regina 10, Wentworth 8: Nick LoCicero and Curtis McKeon netted back-to-back tallies in the fourth quarter, which pushed the Seahawks ahead for good. Steve Glover, who recorded four markers for Wentworth, brought the Leopards within one goal with 2:37 remaining, but Salve Regina responded with Chad Hollenshade to seal the win. Salve Regina will continue Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Wednesday when they travel to Endicott College for a semifinal matchup. 

Roger Williams 22, Gordon 11: Will Siefert netted six goals, Tim Kelly recorded seven points on four tallies and three helpers as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. Roger Williams advances to the semifinals on Wednesday where they’ll take on Western New England in Springfield. Gordon’s Ryan Utz matched McKeon with seven points on six goals and one assist. 

MIT 8, Mass. Maritime 6: Paul Orrson recorded five points on three tallies and two helpers, Harris Stolzenberg registered two goals and two assists as the Engineers concluded its regular season with a victory over the Buccaneers. MIT will travel to Babson College on Wednesday to face-off against the Beavers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals. Reed McLean paced Massachusetts Maritime Academy with two markers.

Springfield 14, Babson 3: Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan combined for five goals and seven assists as the Pride defeated the Beavers and claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC. Springfield will host Clark University on Wednesday in the NEWMAC semifinals. John HarrisonAlex Bunick and Spencer Low each scored one goal for Babson.

Tufts 24, Colby 9: Chris Schoenhut and Cole Bailey combined for 12 goals and four assists as the Jumbos cruised to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals, which will take place in Medford next weekend.

Williams 13, Middlebury 9: Jack Lauroesch recorded five points on three goals and two assists as the Ephs defeated the Panthers and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.

Amherst 13, Bowdoin 6: Quinn Moroney recorded 10 points on seven helpers and three strikes, while Kane Haffey scored a game-high six goals as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. 

Women’s Lacrosse:

Emmanuel 17, St. Joe’s (Maine) 7: The Saints claimed the GNAC crown thanks to a 7-0 run in the second half that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Kristen Tuleja paced the Saints with nine points on six tallies and three helpers, while Sarah Higgins finished with three goals and one assist. Emmanuel’s Lauren White concluded the championship tilt with 11 saves. Emmanuel, which earned its first-ever conference crown, earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Tournament, but won’t know their opponent until next weekend .

Wheaton 15, MIT 5: Jenna Tewksbury recorded four points on three goals and one assist as the Lyons defeated the Engineers for the first time in the NEWMAC Tournament since 2001. Hannah Levy paced the Engineers with a hat trick. The Lyons will contend for the conference crown tomorrow when they host Babson College at 1 p.m.

Babson 9, Springfield 7: Leading by one goal late in the second half, Babson’s Rachel Secrist secured her team’s NEWMAC semifinals victory with her fourth tally of the contest at 3:08. The Beavers, which led the Pride at halftime 5-2, will compete in its eighth straight conference championship tomorrow against Wheaton. Secrist led Babson with six points on four markers and two helpers, while Springfield’s Connie Nielsen match her opponent with six points on three strikes and three assists.

Amherst 11, Bowdoin 5: Meghan Mils netted a hat trick, Caroline HollidayPriscilla Tyler and Krista Zsitvay each scored two goals as the Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals next weekend. Amherst will meet archival Williams in the second game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. The site for this year’s NESCAC semifinals is Trinity College.

Williams 11, Tufts 6: Bridget Malicki registered five points on three helpers and two tallies, while Rebecca McGovern netted a hat trick as the Ephs defeated the Jumbos in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. With the win, the Ephs advance to next Saturday’s conference semifinals. Tufts’ Lindsey Walker finished the contest with four points on three goals and one helper.

Gordon 12, Curry 7: Jane Dietrich recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Jessica Castelline netted a hat trick and the Fighting Scots defeated the Colonels in the CCC Quarterfinals. Haley Carey paced Curry with five points on four goals and one assist. Gordon will travel to Endicott College on Wednesday for the CCC semifinals.