By Matt Noonan
One sport that I truly enjoyed covering this past year was lacrosse. And for those that haven’t experienced the “fastest sport on grass,” here are some of my favorite games and headlines from the past few months.
Tufts Claims Their Fourth Consecutive NESCAC Crown: The best word to describe this particular match would be “wild.” It was one of those back-and-fourth contests, which provided two extra sessions, as well as an exciting game-winning goal that lifted the Jumbos past Bowdoin College, 9-8.
Tufts Defeats Amherst, 15-5: This was certainly one of those “statement” wins, as the Jumbos men’s lacrosse team earned a lead, which they never relinquished, and went onto defeat the visiting Lord Jeffs of Amherst College, 15-5.
Curry Wins Frostbite Classic: This was the first lacrosse game we covered in the spring, but it certainly was an exciting contest to kick-start our coverage, as the Colonels netted four goals off 22 shots in the final two frames, and went onto defeat Mount Ida College, 8-5.
Northwestern Rallies Past Ohio State At Gillette Stadium: On a chilly March afternoon, correspondent Hayden Bird and myself were treated to an exciting match, which saw the Wildcats claw past the Buckeyes in overtime.
Endicott Storms By Curry: Against one of the more prolific teams in New England, Curry’s men’s lacrosse team battled the Gulls up to halftime. And despite a one-point differential at the break, the Gulls managed to score seven unanswered goals in the second half en route to their fifth win of the season.
Catholic Memorial Rallies Past Xaverian Brothers: Besides covering college lacrosse, we also covered high school, and behind a strong second half performance, the Knights of Catholic Memorial were able to rally past Xaverian Brothers, 10-6.
Newbert, Spence and Polk Each Record Hat Tricks For Dover-Sherborn: This was certainly a fascinating game, as three members of the Raiders each recorded a hat trick in a non-conference tilt against Cohasset.
The Former Westwood Wolverine Notches Her 204th Point: Joan O’Neill, who was a member of Westwood High School’s girl’s lacrosse state championship squads in 2005 and 2008, recorded her 204th career point in a Bates College uniform against Tufts University in April.
Wheaton’s Colburn Matches Single-Season Record: Lyons senior Hailey Colburn finished the regular season with 112 points, which matched Therese Ross’ single-season record.
Wheaton Earns First ECAC Crown: They didn’t capture their conference crown, but managed to earn their first ECAC title, as the Wheaton women’s lacrosse team capped off their 2012 campaign with a 20-5 win against Smith College.