Mass. College Lax: Highlights From Mass. Maritime-Plymouth State (VIDEO)


BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season as they defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 12-5, in non-conference action.

PSU’s Brett Miller and Chris Annunciata each recorded hat tricks, while Jesse Kutz stopped eight shots between the pipes.

MMA’s Drew Prowse and Sam Jarvis each finished the contest with two points, one goal and one assist, while Keison Cunningham, who played the final two quarters, recorded five stops.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 2-1, while the Buccaneers fall to 3-1.

Below are video highlights from this afternoon’s tilt, which were produced by Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan. Check back tomorrow for a photo gallery.


Mass. College Lax: Mass. Maritime Beats SUNY-Maritime, Wins Maritime Cup


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the Buccaneers beating SUNY-Maritime and claiming the Maritime Cup Title:

CASTINE, Maine —  Junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.) netted a career-high five goals and added a pair of assists for seven points as Massachusetts Maritime captured the championship of the inaugural Maritime Cup with a 15-11 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over SUNY-Maritime Saturday afternoon at Maine Maritime’s Ritchie Field.

The Buccaneers, who are off to the first 3-0 start in school history, took control of the contest by scoring the final five goals of the opening half to snap a 5-5 tie and take a 10-5 advantage into the break, as Freudenberg keyed that rally with a pair of markers. Massachusetts Maritime capped a run of eight unanswered tallies by netting the first three scores after intermission, including a man-up goal off the stick of junior Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.), in taking a 13-5 lead with 6:22 remaining in the third stanza, but the Privateers (1-5) scored the next two goals to close back to within six at 13-7.  Sophomore Anthony Kurylak’s (Exeter, N.H.) man-up marker with 10:32 to play gave the Buccaneers a seven-goal edge, but SUNY-Maritime rallied back with three unanswered goals, including senior James D’Amico’s (Floral Park, N.Y.), to creep back to within four at 14-10 with 3:47 remaining.  Sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) iced Massachusetts Maritime’s triumph with his second score of the day just 20 seconds later, as the Buccaneers topped the Privateers for the second time in three seasons.

Freudenberg finished with 13 points in the Maritime Cup to pace Massachusetts Maritime, as he collected eight goals and five assists that included a hat trick and three helpers in Friday’s 13-5 opening round win over host Maine Maritime.  Prowse joined Freudenberg with seven points in Saturday’s victory, as he collected his second straight hat trick and chipped in with four assists for the Buccaneers, who also received a marker and three helpers from sophomore Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass.).  McLean finished with three points on the day for the winners, who also received a pair of tallies from Kurylak, a marker and helper from freshman Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass.) as well as a goal from freshman Sam Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J.).

Senior Paul Grubb (Merrick, N.Y.) collected four goals in the setback for SUNY-Maritime, which also received a pair of goals each from D’Amico and freshman Zachary Pace (Monroe Township, N.J.).  Senior Dylan Larmony (Old Berthpage, N.Y.) chipped in with a marker and helper for the Privateers, who also received a tally from senior James Quinn (Deer Park, N.Y.) and single assists off the sticks of senior Andrew Scalesi (New Fairfield, Conn.) and sophomore Peter Rooney (Long Beach, N.Y.).

Senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) picked up his third win of the young season in goal for Massachusetts Maritime with a four-save effort in the opening half, while freshman Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass.) also made four stops over the final 30 minutes of play for the victors.  Freshman Kieran Clark (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made 10 saves and added an assist on offense over the first 57-plus minutes of play in the setback for SUNY-Maritime, which also received a stop from freshman Alex Heim (Youngstown, N.Y.) over the final 2:18.  The Buccaneers outshot the Privateers by a 48-40 margin for the match in sweeping both Maine Maritime and SUNY-Maritime for the second time in three seasons, as Massachusetts Maritime retained the Admiral’s Cup with last night’s triumph over the Mariners.

Massachusetts Maritime begins a 10-match homestand on Tuesday afternoon by hosting Plymouth State in a non-league match at Clean Harbors Stadium that begins at 4:00 p.m., while SUNY-Maritime takes on host Maine Maritime in its second round Maritime Cup clash on Sunday afternoon at Ritchie Field beginning at Noon.

Mass. College Lax: MMA Tops Albertus Magnus In Season-Opener, 16-4


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s today’s release from the men’s lacrosse team’s season-opener against Albertus Magnus:

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) and freshman Sam Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J.) each netted hat tricks to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 16-4 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over Albertus Magnus in the season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium.

A pair of Jarvis tallies in the opening 19 minutes of action staked the host Buccaneers (1-0) to an early 3-1 lead, and after freshman Brennan Moore (Meriden, Conn.) pulled the visiting Falcons (0-1) back to within one with 9:13 remaining in the opening half, Jarvis collected a man-down marker that followed a goal by sophomore C.J. Hanson (Melrose, Mass.) in the final 6:43 of play to extend Massachusetts Maritime’s advantage to 5-2 at the break.

McLean gave the hosts a four-goal edge just 51 seconds after intermission, but Albertus Magnus, which was playing its inaugural collegiate varsity contest, crept back to within three just over two minutes later on freshman Justin Bennet’s (Fairfield, Conn.) man-up tally.  The Buccaneers scored two of the next three goals to take an 8-4 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the third stanza, and Massachusetts Maritime would net the final eight goals of the afternoon, as a pair of man-up markers from McLean and junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.), coupled with a man-down tally off the stick of freshman Steven Anderson (Crownsville, Md.), iced the hosts’ triumph.

McLean added an assist to finish with four points on the day for the Buccaneers, who also received a pair of tallies from freshman Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass.) as well as a goal and two assists from freshman Patrick Kearney (Scituate, Mass.).  Anderson, along with sophomore Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass.) and freshman Hayden Lynch (Dunstable, Mass.), notched a marker and a helper for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received goals off the sticks of sophomore Anthony Kurylak (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Joseph Landy (Chatham, N.J.) as well as a helper from junior Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.).

Sophomore Mike Choiniere (Bethany, Conn.) and freshman Greg Buck (Berlin, Conn.) each netted a goal and an assist in the setback for Albertus Magnus, which also received a helper off the stick of sophomore Adam Earl (Hamden, Conn.).  Senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) picked up the win in goal after making one first half save for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received five stops from freshman Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass.) in 23-plus second half minutes, while freshman Brandon Scicchitano (Norwalk, Conn.) made 16 saves in 57-plus minutes of play in the setback for the Falcons, which also received a stop from freshman Tucker Johns (Montville, Conn.) in the closing minutes of the match.  The Buccaneers outshot Albertus Magnus by a 49-17 margin for the contest and held a 14-8 face-off advantage while also forcing 31 turnovers.

Massachusetts Maritime travels to Castine, Maine next Friday evening to take on host Maine Maritime in opening round action of the 2014 Maritime Classic beginning at 7:00 p.m., while Albertus Magnus will be idle until Wednesday, March 19th when the Falcons head to Boston to open Great Northeast Athletic Conference play against Emmanuel in a match that also begins at 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Mass. Maritime Men’s Season Preview


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s lacrosse team, which begins its 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 8 against Albertus Magnus.

A combination of veteran experience and talented youth looks to serve the Massachusetts Maritime men’s lacrosse team well during the 2014 season, as the Buccaneers return 17 letterwinners in Head CoachRory Deegan’s fourth year at the helm and seek to build on the late season success they enjoyed as part of a five victory campaign last spring.

Leadership has always been a staple of the men’s lacrosse program at the Academy, and this year will be no exception, as Deegan will look to seniors Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Thomas Flynn (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Stephen Ferro (South Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional), along with junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s), to provide leadership as Massachusetts Maritime’s captains, as Painten and Freudenberg return to those roles for a second straight season.  Deegan, a former standout at Division I Manhattan, describes this quartet as “completely committed to the overall success, both on and off the field, of our program.  They are proven leaders by example who will set a high standard for their teammates to emulate.”

Mass. Maritime's Thomas Flynn will be one of the Buccaneers' captains this season. (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

Mass. Maritime’s Thomas Flynn will be one of the Buccaneers’ captains this season. (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

Here’s a look at how things are shaping up for the 2014 edition of Buccaneer Men’s Lacrosse:

ATTACK.  Freudenberg and fellow junior Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield) provided a solid one-two scoring punch up front for Massachusetts Maritime once again last spring, as Prowse led the Buccaneers with 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points while Freudenberg added a team-leading 30 goals to go with 11 assists for 41 points.  Sophomore Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) enjoyed a solid rookie season with 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points a year ago, while sophomore Hayden Lynch (Dunstable, Mass./Groton-Dunstable), along with freshmen Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) and Conor Greaney (Milton, Mass./Milton), will compete for spots on Deegan’s attack unit during their first seasons of play.

MIDFIELD.  Sophomore Anthony Kurylak (Exeter, N.H./Portsmouth) leads an experienced group with great depth in the middle for Massachusetts Maritime, as he ranked fourth on the team scoring list with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points as a freshman.  Fellow sophomore C.J. Hanson (Melrose, Mass./Melrose) chipped in with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points as a rookie for the Buccaneers, who also received a marker each from sophomores Matthew Montouri (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and Nicholas Defuria (Succasanna, N.J./Roxbury), who won 93 faceoffs in 2013.  Flynn (15) and fellow senior Chris Bergau (Merritt Island, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) combined for 24 appearances last spring, while sophomores Nicholas Foley (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake) and Conor Boudart (Myersville, Md./Middletown) appeared in a combined 11 contests for Deegan’s crew, which will also look for contributions from sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) and freshmen Patrick Kearney (Scituate, Mass./Boston College), Peter Usalis (Danvers, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), Joseph Landy (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), Steven Anderson (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian), Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) and Sam Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI).

DEFENSE.  Ferro and fellow senior Fernando Biwer Paz (East Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) anchor the Buccaneer defensive corps, as Biwer Paz started in 12 matches and collected 20 ground balls to go with 10 caused turnovers while Ferro registered eight ground balls in 13 contests.  Sophomore Cody Cafarelli (Burlington, Mass./Masconomet Regional) picked up eight ground balls in 11 outings during his freshman season for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received four appearances from fellow sophomore Jamie Foy (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) in the backfield.  Sophomore Ian Monfils (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson), along with freshmen Andrew Lawrence (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), Eric Murphy (Danvers, Mass./Malden Catholic), Joe Starkey (Burlington, Mass./Burlington), Alec Plontkiewicz (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) and Konnor Scarponi (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) will be vying for roles on the defensive side for Deegan in 2014.

GOAL.  Painten returns as the last line of defense in the Buccaneer cage, as he registered solid numbers once again last spring with 202 saves for a .566 saves percentage and a 10.93 goals against average in 15 contests (14 starts) while picking up all five triumphs along the way.  Sophomore James Klose (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) gained valuable experience with 12 saves in 52-plus minutes of play for Massachusetts Maritime, while freshmen Jacob Brennan (North Reading, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) and Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) will look to gain similar experience during their inaugural collegiate campaigns this spring.

SCHEDULE.  The 2014 season will certainly provide plenty of home cookin’ for Deegan’s squad, as Massachusetts Maritime will play 11 of its 15 regular season matches in the friendly confines of Clean Harbors Stadium, including a 10-match homestand that begins on March 18th and goes all the way to April 16th.  The Buccaneers will move from the Pilgrim League to the newly-formed New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), which includes all former Pilgrim League schools with the exception of Regis, which has been replaced by Emerson.

The aforementioned 10-match homestand includes league outings with Babson, Emerson, Springfield and Wheaton and will also see Plymouth State, Wentworth, Anna Maria, Salem State, Regis and UMass Dartmouth pay visits to Buzzards Bay.  Massachusetts Maritime will head to Castine, Maine during the third weekend of March for the two-day Maritime Classic with rivals SUNY-Maritime and host Maine Maritime, and Deegan’s crew will also travel to Clark and MIT for their final two regular season NEWMAC clashes.

The Buccaneers begin the new year on Saturday, March 8th when Massachusetts Maritime hosts Albertus Magnus in a non-league outing at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Mass. College Lax: Lynch Leads Springfield Past Mass. Maritime, 15-4


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse game:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —  Junior Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) netted a pair of goals and two assists to lead Springfield to a 15-4 Pilgrim Lacrosse League victory over Massachusetts Maritime Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

The host Pride (5-7, 3-0 Pilgrim) scored all 10 goals in the opening half of play to take control of the contest, including a pair of man-up markers off the stick of sophomore Bryce Serriello, and after freshman C.J. Hanson (Melrose, Mass.) got the visiting Buccaneers (2-8, 0-3 Pilgrim) on the board 4:34 after intermission with a man-up marker, Springfield tallied four more scores, including Lynch’s second of the day, to ice its triumph.

Senior Jon Santer (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added a pair of tallies in the victory for Springfield, which also received two goals and an assist each from junior Matt Fleisher (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and freshman Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.).  Junior Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) also netted two goals on the day for the Pride, who also received a marker and two assists from sophomore Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) as well as a tally and helper from freshman Tony LaGuerre (Shrub Oak, N.Y.).  Junior Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) also scored in the win for the hosts, who also received assists from junior Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomores Jamey Conley (Waltham, Mass.) and Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.).

Hanson tallied twice in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received goals from freshmen Matthew Montuori (Framingham, Mass.) and Pat Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) as well as single assists off the sticks of sophomore Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Anthony Kurylak (Rye, N.Y.).  Junior Robert Maher (Katonah, N.Y.) picked up the win in goal for Springfield with four first half saves, while junior Kevin MacBride (Merrick, N.Y.) and freshman Kevin Ostrom (Barnstable, Mass.) combined for three second half stops for the hosts.  Junior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) made 18 saves through the first three quarters of action for Massachusetts Maritime, which received four fourth quarter stops from freshman James Klose (Ellicott City, Md.) as the Pride outshot the Buccaneers by a 56-22 margin for the contest while holding a 19-3 advantage in face-offs on the day.

Massachusetts Maritime travels to Cobleskill, N.Y. on Monday afternoon to take on SUNY-Cobleskill in a non-league match that begins at 4:00 p.m., while Springfield travels to Worcester, Mass. on Wednesday evening to take on Clark in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League outing beginning at 7:00 p.m.