High School Lax Social Media Round-Up: Coach Garnder Earns 200th Win

Mass HS Lax Roundup

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) 

Saturday’s are always busy days in the high school lacrosse world, and below are a few score updates and tweets – consider this your Saturday dose of an ‘in case you missed it!’

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Rivers Athletics tweeted a cool picture of alum Mark Goodrich, who is the head coach of the boy’s lacrosse team at Milton Academy.

Speaking of Rivers, the boy’s lacrosse team defeated Milton Academy, 9-6, while the girl’s varsity team won their game by a score 16-10.

Yesterday, Xaverian Brother head coach Tim Gardner won his 200th game on the sidelines as the Hawks beat Catholic Memorial.

Earlier today, our friend Mike Loveday of Lax Records tweeted the following graphic to congratulate Coach Gardner:

Make sure to read the recap of the Hawks’ initial win of the season, courtesy of our friends over at Suite Sports!

North Reading scored its third-straight win, defeating Nantucket earlier today, 13-8. Below are a few tweets from the Hornets’ Twitter handle following their team’s win.

Minnechaug boy’s varsity lacrosse scored a hard-fought win, defeating Pope Francis, 16-9.

Despite not being in action today, the Dartmouth High School girl’s varsity lacrosse team enjoyed some local New England Division III lacrosse in Bridgewater. Below are a few tweets from coach Chris Tesca.

Mass. College Hoops: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are last night’s scores and summaries from an exciting first evening of the college basketball season.

Men’s Basketball

Providence College 82, Boston College 78 (OT): Olivier Hanlan scored 23 points, Ryan Anderson netted 21 points, but that wasn’t enough for the Eagles to beat the Friars in Providence. BC led at halftime, 31-27, but Providence outscored the visitors in the second session, 43-39, and 12-8 in overtime.

Bentley 98, Concordia (N.Y.) 69: Tyler McFarland scored a career-best 34 points, while Jasper Grassa added 17 points, three rebounds and three assists as the Falcons cruised to their first win of the season.

Merrimack 84, Wilmington (Del.) 71: The Warriors outscored the visitors, 57-40 in the second half to secure their first win of the season. Gelvis Solano led Merrimack with 21 points and six steals.

Women’s Basketball

Northeastern 73, Boston University 62: BU’s Daniel Callahan registered a career-high 27 points, which wasn’t enough to help the Terriers top the Huskies. NU’s A’lece Mark led all players with 28 points.

DePaul 99, Harvard 75: The Blue Demons raced out to 61-36 lead and never looked back as DePaul handed Harvard its first loss of the season. Erin McDonnell finished with 13 points, while Melissa Mullins registered eight points and nine boards (eight defensive rebounds).  

Holy Cross 84, Dartmouth 59: Raquel Scott scored a career-best 22 points to lead the Crusaders to their first win of the season. Scott also had seven rebounds and five assists, while Brisje Malone added 16 points, six assists and three rebounds.

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Evening Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Another evening of college hockey is in the books and below are the highlights.

Men’s Ice Hockey

Boston College 3, Providence College 2 – Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney each tallied one goal and one assist as the Eagles soared past the Friars in Providence.

UMass Lowell 4, Merrimack College 0 – Derek Arnold netted two goals and Ryan McGrath recorded two assists, which helped the River Hawks blank the Warriors in Lowell.

Maine 3, Northeastern University 1 – Vinny Saponari lone goal in the second didn’t propel the Huskies to victory as the Black Bears deposited the puck three times in the third, which snapped their one-game skid.

Boston University 3, Vermont 1 – Matt Nieto notched his first hat trick of the season, while Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues each recorded two assists as the Terriers topped the Catamounts in Boston.

UMass 2, New Hampshire 2 – John Henrion‘s tally at 19:56 helped the Wildcats force overtime. During the extra session Massachusetts outshot the hosts, 5-4, but couldn’t find the back of the net as the Minutemen and Wildcats skated to a tie. Michael Pereira and Eddie Olczyk each scored goals for the Minutemen, while Steve Mastalerz deflected 32 shots between the pipes.

AIC 2, Bentley University 1 – Alex MacMillian‘s third period strike proved to be the difference as the Yellow Jackets stung the Falcons in Springfield. Joe Campanelli provided the visitors with the lead, but AIC answered with an Adam Pleskach strike roughly 11 minutes later, which evened the score at 1.

Harvard 2, Quinnipiac 1 – Alex Fallstrom‘s overtime strike lifted the Crimson past the Bobcats in the team’s second to last game of the season.

Babson College 4, UMass Boston 3 (OT) – Ryan Smith‘s extra session tally at 3:18 lifted the Beavers past the Beacons in the semifinals of the ECAC East tournament and earned Babson a spot in tomorrow’s title match against Norwich University. UMass Boston led, 3-1 after two sessions, but Babson stormed back and evened the score with two goals in roughly 30 seconds by Mike Driscoll and Jay Haseley, which forced overtime.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston College 2, Maine 1 (OT) – Haley Skarupa netted the game-winning strike at 4:00 in overtime to secure the Eagles a spot in next weekend’s Hockey East semifinals. Maine commenced the quarterfinal match with a goal in the second by Jennifer More before Boston College tied the game in third off Melissa Bizzari‘s 17th strike of the season.

Harvard 3, Dartmouth 0 – Katey Stone collected her 400th win behind the bench as the Crimson cruised past the Big Green in the ECAC quarterfinal matchup. Harvard, which earned its first victory in this best-of-three series, will have two more chances to secure a spot in their conference’s semifinals with a win tomorrow or Sunday.

Mass. College Football: Schedule (Week 4)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fourth week of the college football season is ready to kickoff. And with that being the case, here is the weekend’s schedule. Also, remember to follow game updates via Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog).

Friday, September 21: 

* Framingham State at Bridgewater State, 7PM

* Pace at American International College, 7PM

* MIT at Curry College, 7:30PM

Saturday, September 22: 

* Coast Guard at Mass. Maritime, 12PM

* Maine Maritime at Fitchburg State, 12PM

* UMass at Miami (Ohio), 12PM

* Western New England College at Nichols College, 1PM

* Endicott College at Salve Regina, 1PM

* Wesleyan University at Tufts University, 1PM

* Colby College at Williams College, 1PM

* Hamilton College at Amherst College, 1PM

* Dartmouth at Holy Cross, 1PM

* Rochester at Springfield College, 1PM

* WPI at RPI, 1PM

* Southern Conn. at Merrimack College, 1PM

* Westfield State at Worcester State, 1:30PM

* Plymouth State at UMass Dartmouth, 4PM

* Harvard at Brown, 4:30PM

* Assumption College at Stonehill College, 6PM

ECAC Final Four Hockey Preview

The Bulldogs may have had an impressive regular season, but can they win and advance to the Frozen Four?

By Dan Rubin

For the second consecutive year, the eyes of the college hockey nation will turn to the ECAC Hockey Championships.  For the second consecutive year, the conference will play potentially large role in bursting the bubbles of conference hopefuls.  And for the second consecutive year, a team ranked in the bottom two stands just two wins away from an NCAA tournament berth.

Last year, the Brown Bears rocked the college hockey world when they beat RPI in the first round, 2 games to 1, in Albany.  That series win was enough to eliminate the Engineers from the bubble and effectively knock them out of tournament consideration.  The Bears then knocked Yale out of consideration of a top seed by beating them in New Haven.  Although Bruno lost in the conference semifinals, they won the consolation game, and the reverberations were felt throughout the nation with tense knuckles and sweaty palms.

All it takes is one team that’s “not supposed to win” to destroy a bubble team’s hope.  This year, those teams have the same knots in their stomach thanks to low seeds in ECAC.  Colgate bumped off RPI this year in the first round, then shocked top-seeded Union last week to advance to the conference championship weekend.  It also opens the door for Cornell and Dartmouth to assume better positioning for a trip to the NCAAs.  With the conference tournament moving this year from Albany to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, it’s fitting that the wild nature of this league sets up shop among the gaming tables and Wild West nature of the east coast’s playground.

#2 Yale Bulldogs

How They Got Here: [25-6-1], [17-4-1 ECAC], beat St. Lawrence, 2 games to 1 (3-4, 5-2, 4-0)

Why They’ll Win: This whole season has been about unfinished business for the Bulldogs.  Following their Game 1 loss to the Saints, they were on pace to become the greatest team in ECAC history to NOT make the conference semifinals.  This team ranked as high as #1 in the national polls, and they’re still among the leaders for a top seed.  Odds are they’ll end up in Bridgeport, CT for their regional.  It’s fitting that we talk about that as reasons why they’ll win – they’re one of the best teams in the nation.  They didn’t just beat teams this year; they crushed them.  There’s also a 5-3 exhibition win over the Russian National U-21 Team right before the World Junior Championships.  They scored four goals 23 times, including playoffs.  They scored five goals in each of their first five games.  And despite all of this, the Elis ended up as the #2 seed in the conference tournament.  They played Games 2 and 3 with the same edge they played much of the season.  Of the four remaining teams, nobody can really touch this team on talent.  And, if that’s not enough, it’s the entirely same core that came within a 9-7 defeat to eventual national champion Boston College in a regional final of last year’s NCAA tournament.

Why They’ll Lose: Despite the aura of being a top-ranked team with national title aspirations, they’re very beatable.  They lost to Air Force, Brown, and St. Lawrence in the regular season.  They got swept on a road trip to Union and RPI.  And they lost in OT to the Saints in Game 1.  You don’t so much as beat Yale on speed and talent; that’s just impossible.  You beat Yale by beating them up.  Brown physically dominated the Elis in last year’s playoffs.  They sat back and forced Yale to play gritty, blue-collar hockey.  Teams that do this – Brown, SLU, Union – beat the Bulldogs.  Colgate’s going to need a miracle to beat them in the semifinals, but it can be done by not playing intimidated.  Yale’s the team with the most to lose right now, and that makes their opponents dangerous.  Even so, that’s still a pretty crappy reason to pick against them.

#3 Dartmouth Big Green

How They Got Here: [18-11-3], [12-8-2 ECAC], beat Harvard 2 games to 1 (2-3, 2-1, 4-3)

Why They’ll Win:  They won the season series against top-seed Union by tying and winning.  They beat New Hampshire.  And they did it by flying under the radar.  Adam Estoclet put up 15 goals on the season, joined by Scott Fleming’s 13 and Matt Lindblad’s 12.  They scored the right goals at the right time, and the won the right games at the right time.  Furthermore, the playoffs are about goaltending, and that’s the one area where Dartmouth really excels.  James Mello posted a 93% save percentage, two shutouts, and won 65% of his games.  He allowed an average of just over two goals per game.  He made 35 saves in the series-winning game over Harvard.  He also made 38 in a losing effort against Yale, which makes him a dangerous commodity if the Big Green makes it to the championship game.  The key to winning for Dartmouth is to play tough defensive hockey and look for opportune goals.  They spread the scoring around this year, and they’ll need a full team effort to win these games.

Why They’ll Lose: Dartmouth never really got hot this year.  They never had a big, long winning streak.  They never won more than four in a row, and they never won more than three in a row in conference.  They beat UNH, but outside of that, they don’t have enough nonconference wins.  The loss to Vermont hurts, and they don’t jump off the paper in comparison to some other teams.  There really aren’t too many talking points about this team, not in comparison to their semifinal opponent and possible championship opponent

#4 Cornell Big Red

How They Got Here: [15-14-3], [11-9-2 ECAC], beat Quinnipiac 2 games to 1 (2-1, 0-1, 3-2)

Why They’ll Win: The wolf is in the hen house.  Head coach Mike Shafer has led Cornell to several 20-plus win seasons.  He’s won five conference championships, and they’re the defending league winners.  When the pressure gets bigger, no team plays better.  They have the championship pedigree, and they’re consistently in a position to capture the league championship.  Joe Devin notched 17 goals and Tyler Roeszler scored 12.  Their platoon goaltending combination of Andy Iles and Mike Garman each saved 92% of shots, and the fact that neither played 20 games means they’re the most rested combination to this point.  Garman was in net for the two wins over Qpac.

Why They’ll Lose: This isn’t the same Cornell team from past years.  They went .500 over the course of the season, and thanks to the lower seeds winning in the first round, they drew a favorable matchup in the second with Quinnipiac.  They got swept by Brown this year for the first time since the mid-1990s.  They don’t hold any signature wins this year, unless RPI qualifies as one.  This is also the worst Cornell team since 2006-2007, but at least they avoided their first losing season since late-90s.

#12 Colgate Raiders

How They Got Here: [11-26-3], [4-15-3 ECAC], beat RPI 2 games to 1 (2-4, 5-2, 2-1), beat Union 2 games to 1 (1-4, 4-2, 4-3)

Why They’ll Win: Yale, Cornell, and Dartmouth don’t show up.  Seriously, this team has been so bad this year that I can’t even figure out why they’re here.  At least Brown was a team that ended last year at an over-.500 clip after opening the year 0-8-1.

But they’re the itch that nobody can seem to scratch.  They’re the annoying, buzzing fly when everyone’s trying to sleep.  They just don’t go away.  They beat RPI in the playoffs, finishing off another year of Engineer chokes with a double-overtime winner in Game 3 after losing Game 1.  They did the same thing to Union, a team vying for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  After losing Game 1, they rallied to win Game 3 in overtime.  It’s ironic when you consider Union and RPI are travel partners and are located within a half hour of one another in the Capital District of New York.  Francois Brisebois has 16 goals on the year, and Austin Smith has 20 assists.  Erik Mihalik did the bulk of goaltending, with an about 90% save percentage.

Why They’ll Lose: Because if they win, it’s by divine intervention.  They went on a 14-game winless streak from December 11th until February 4th.  They finished last.  The amount of in-conference wins can be counted on one hand.  Their signature wins were over Army and Sacred Heart.  And they draw their semifinal matchup against a team that is actually better overall than the top-seeded Dutchmen.   All kidding aside, this is a team that’s a goldfish trying to swim with sharks.

Tomorrow comes the crown jewel of our week – the Hockey East championship and Dan Rubin’s Weekly Pick ‘Em, when I make a feeble attempt at trying to pick the conference championships.  I’ll also poke fun at my inability to pick games from the past weeks, so you know exactly what not to believe.  And I’ll take at least two more potshots at Dan Libon for being a Northeastern fan, but I do promise I’ll do a better job at it than The Situation.  So enjoy your Thursday, put a t-shirt on, grab that grenade whistle, and fist pump your day away.