Mass. College Lax: Local Players Competing In The NCAA Championship Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the final weekend of the college lacrosse season quickly approaching, we thought we’d step back from analyzing matchups or predicting games, and highlight the local players from the Bay State that’ll be competing over the next few days.

Here is a list of local names to watch this weekend:

Seamus Connelly (Duke) Duxbury, Mass.

Chris Coady (Duke) Winchester, Mass.

Ian Yanulis (Duke) Duxbury, Mass.

Blake Ferry (Limestone) Malden, Mass

Nate Marchand (Tufts) Concord, Mass.

AJ Enchill (Tufts) Pittsfield, Mass.

Conor Helfrich (Tufts) North Andover, Mass.

Tucker Mathers (Tufts) Boxford, Mass.

Chris Dowd (Tufts) Cohasset, Mass.

Jake Gillespie (Tufts) Topsfield, Mass.

Brendan Treanor (Tufts) Belmont, Mass.

Peter Gill (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Jack McDermott (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Garrett Read (Tufts) Medfield, Mass.

Bryn Boucher (Maryland) Hingham, Mass.

Hadley Brooke (Northwestern) South Hamilton, Mass.

Kate Macdonald (Northwestern) Norwell, Mass.

Kelly Rich (Northwestern) Westwood, Mass.

Amanda McLaughlin (Northwestern) Wilbraham, Mass.

Kerri Harrington (Northwestern) Westwood, Mass.

Christie Donovan (Virginia) Hingham, Mass.

Molly Cox (Trinity) Norwell, Mass.

Shea Kusiak (Trinity) Longmeadow, Mass.

Abby Hughes (Trinity) Wenham, Mass.

Ashley Stewart (Trinity) Dover, Mass.

Abby McQuillan (Trinity) Medfield, Mass.

Clio Kammerer (Trinity) Marblehead, Mass.

Lindsay Mullaney (Trinity) Boston, Mass.

Meghan Collins (Trinity) Marblehead, Mass.

Lyndsey Shepard (Trinity) Hamilton, Mass.

Karly Simpson (Trinity) South Hadley, Mass.

Codi Quirk (Trinity) Sudbury, Mass.

Midge Daniel (Trinity) Wellesley, Mass.

Clare Lyne (Trinity) Concord, Mass.

Bridget Kitchen (Trinity) North Andover, Mass.

Summer Washburn (Salisbury) Andover, Mass.

Coco Kusiak (Amherst) Longmeadow, Mass.

Alex Philie (Amherst) East Sandwich, Mass.

Kate Wyeth (Amherst) Concord, Mass.

Mass. College Lax: BU Concludes Season With 16-11 Setback To No. 3 Duke

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston University men’s lacrosse team concluded its inaugural season with a 16-11 setback to No. 3 Duke University this afternoon in Boston. BU’s Christian Carson-Banister concluded the contest with an NCAA single-game high of 25 saves, which is also a career-high for the freshman goaltender, too. Below is the release courtesy of the BU Athletics Communication Office:

BOSTON – The Boston University men’s lacrosse program concluded its inaugural season against No. 3 Duke, and despite a career-high 25 saves from freshman Christian Carson-Banister, the Terriers dropped a 16-11 decision to the 2013 national champion on Sunday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU finished its first varsity season at 2-12, with both wins coming in Patriot League play. The Blue Devils improved to 13-3 and will play in the NCAA tournament. The Terriers continued a trend of playing ranked opponents tough at home, as they lost their three games to current top-20 teams this season by only a combined nine goals.

Carson-Banister was terrific in the cage, as he stopped 25 shots, an NCAA single-game high in 2014. His previous career high was 16 saves. Carson-Banister made eight saves in the first quarter and helped keep the Terriers within no more than five goals throughout the contest.

Three seniors – Kyle Lange, Emerson Rogers and Brad Sauln – were honored before the game. They are the first graduating class in program history. Both Lange and Sauln played on Sunday, while Rogers was sidelined with an injury. All three will receive their degrees later this month.

Freshman Sam Talkow had a terrific day at the X, winning a career-best 16 faceoffs and leading the Terriers with a career-high three goals. Classmates Ryan Johnston and Clay Phillips each tallied twice, while sophomore Sammy Davis also had two goals. Freshman Adam Schaal matched a program record with four assists while classmate Cal Dearth recorded a pair of assists. Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney and freshman Chad Bell each found the back of the net and freshman Craig Zebrowski provided an assist.

On defense, freshman Greg Wozniak had another strong performance, as he led the team with three caused turnovers and also collected five ground balls. Talkow led both teams with 11 ground balls, one shy of his career high. BU was edged by just one, 33-32 in the ground-ball battle, and held Duke to 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities.

Talkow electrified the home crowd right from the opening whistle. He won the first faceoff and raced into the Duke zone before ripping a shot top corner to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead just six seconds into the proceedings. Both teams traded possessions before Johnston put the Terriers ahead, 2-0, at the 9:54 mark thanks to an assist from Death.

Duke scored the next four goals of the quarter, but Schaal fed Tenney for the redshirt freshman’s 16th goal of the season to make it a 4-3 game after 15 minutes. The Blue Devils began the second stanza with three consecutive goals before Johnston and Davis each scored to cut the Duke lead to 7-5 with 6:39 to play in the half. Duke deposited two more goals before halftime, however, to take a 9-5 lead into the break.

The Terriers scored two of the first three third-quarter goals, as Phillips and Talkow got on the board six seconds apart to chase Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron (four saves) from the contest in favor of Kyle Turri (six saves). After a Blue Devil goal made it an 11-7 game, Phillips and Talkow again combined to score two straight, the second of which completed Talkow’s hat trick and cut the Duke advantage to 11-9.

That was as close as the Terriers got, however, as Josh Dionne rattled off three straight tallies to give the Blue Devils a 14-9 lead. Davis and Bell each scored to bring BU within three at 14-11 with 3:43 remaining in regulation, but the Blue Devils sealed the game with two goals.

Mass. College Sports: Highlights And Notes From The Weekend

By Matt Noonan 

There were a variety of local teams competing this past weekend in baseball, softball and lacrosse NCAA tournaments, and below are a few highlights and notes.

* Endicott College’s run toward the NCAA Division III World Series ended with a 9-0 setback to Southern Maine on Sunday. The Gulls set a program record with 35 wins this season, as well as won their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title since 2006.

* Endicott won three of their first New England Regional games against Saint Joseph’s (ME), Wheaton College and Southern Maine.

* Colin Sitarz and Tyler Hitchcock (Abington, MA) each represented Endicott on the All-Tournament team.

* Amherst College saw its season conclude, too, as the Lord Jeffs, who set a program record for wins, fell to Cortland in the New York Regional.

* Tufts University’s softball team will play for the Division III championship this afternoon against the winner of Cortland-Salisbury. The Jumbos haven’t lost a game in the championship bracket as they’ve defeated Texas-Tyler, Montclair State and Cortland. Tufts have only surrendered one run in all three contests, too.

* Finally, Westford’s David Lawson netted a game-best five goals, including the game-winner for Duke against Notre Dame in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse tournament. Lawson now has 32 goals and 15 assists for the Blue Devils this season.

Mass. College Lax: 10 Saturday Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Saturday to everyone! In honor of another gorgeous day in Massachusetts, we’ve decided to provide a list of great lacrosse games to attend this afternoon.

Make sure to circle back later this evening for recaps, roundups and releases.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* No. 2 Cornell at Harvard, 1 p.m. — This is a big game for the Crimson, who almost defeated Duke last weekend. Cornell will provide challenges for Harvard’s defense as the attacks and midfielders for the Big Red can dodge and slide quite well. Harvard will need to stop Rob Pannell, who is the nation’s third leading scorer (5.4 points per game).

* UMass at Towson, 1 p.m. — The Minutemen’s offense has been suspect this season, but in an important conference match it’ll be important for them to locate the back of the net.

* Williams at No. 4 Tufts, 1 p.m. — The Jumbos enter today’s tilt on a six-game winning streak, while the Ephs are coming off a tough quadruple overtime setback to Bowdoin.

* Middlebury at Amherst, 2 p.m. — This is a big one for the Lord Jeffs, who snapped their three-game skid last weekend with a victory against Hamilton. The Panthers, who’re 7-1, started the current month with a 16-8 victory against New England College.

Women’s Lacrosse: 

* Navy at Holy Cross, 12 p.m. — The Crusaders have done quite well in Patriot League play. Yet, can they improve their mark to 3-1 against Navy?

* No. 9 Stonehill at No. 7 Le Moyne, 12 p.m. — The Skyhawks picked up their seventh win on Wednesday and will attempt to conclude their three-game road trip with a win against the Dolphins.

* So. Conn. State at No. 12 Bentley, 12 p.m. — The Falcons defeated AIC on Wednesday, 16-2, which snapped a two-game skid. Can they carry that momentum into this afternoon’s contest against the Owls?

* BU at Vermont, 1 p.m. — The Terriers haven’t won a game away from Nickerson Field this season, so a victory against their America East foe would be huge.

* Duke at BC, 1 p.m. — This is another big game for the Eagles, who defeated Virginia last weekend, 10-7. Duke enters the contest on a one-game losing streak as the Blue Devils lost to North Carolina last Thursday in overtime.

* No. 10 Amherst at No. 3 Middlebury, 1:30 p.m. — Could the Lord Jeffs pull an upset against the third best team in the land? Amherst is 1-1 against Middlebury in the past two seasons, but the Panthers defeated the Lord Jeffs last season, 8-5.