Mass. College Lax: Merrimack Ranked 10th In Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Lacrosse Magazine recently released its 2014 Division 2 Preseason Rankings, which featured one local squad on its men’s Top-10 poll: Merrimack College.

Jamie Shand finished third on the team in points (47), but did dish out a team-best 25 assists last season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Jamie Shand finished third on the team in points (47), but did dish out a team-best 25 assists last season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Merrimack, which finished 11-3 overall and 10-1 in conference play, rounded out the magazine’s Top-10 as the 10th best squad in Division 2.

The Warriors, who saw their season conclude in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals last May to Le Moyne, will begin their 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 when they host Saint Rose for a 1 p.m. face-off. Merrimack will have a chance to avenge their conference tournament setback to the Dolphins on Tuesday, March 25 when they travel to New York for a 4 p.m. contest. Lacrosse Magazine ranked Le Moyne the second best squad in the division.

Merrimack will return a majority of its players from last year. However, they did graduate 10 players, including Greg Melaugh and Corey Lunney, two players that combined for 109 points (85 goals, 24 assists).

Jamie Shand, a junior attack, ranked third on the team in points (47) last season, but did register 22 goals and a team-best 25 assists.

Mass College Lax: Great Moments From 2013 Season

It's time to celebrate some great moments from this past college lacrosse season, including WNE's championship win against Endicott! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
It’s time to celebrate some great moments from this past college lacrosse season, including WNE’s championship win against Endicott! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

To begin our 2012-13 college sports wrap up, we decided to start with a list of great moments from this past lacrosse season that will be remembered. And even if you don’t recall these games next year or the year after, I am sure someone at Noontime Sports will.

So, without further ado, here’s our list of games, enjoy! And as always, feel free to share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) or email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).

Wheaton Beat Eastern Connecticut For The First Time Since 1996: Behind five goals and four assists, Wheaton’s Matthew Hillman, who secured a spot on the single-game scoring list, fifth all-time, helped the Lyons defeated the Warriors, 12-11. Hillman’s fifth goal proved to be the difference to despite a late tally by the Warriors. The win snapped a four-game skid for the Lyons.

Tufts’ Defense Fends Off Middlebury: This was the first and only Jumbos game I covered, but it was a great one. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, which the Jumbos erased, but it was Tufts’ defense that secured the midseason victory by fending off a few equalizer attempts during the final minutes. Middlebury used a 5-1 run to come within one point, but again, the Jumbos defense did their job. Dan Leventhal paced the Powder Blue and White with four tallies.

Melaugh Ties Merrimack School-Record: On Senior Day, Merrimack senior Greg Melaugh tied a school-record by netting nine goals in only three quarters while adding two helpers. The Warriors went onto defeat Assumption College, 16-11.

BU Rallies Past Harvard Under The Lights: The Terriers final contest in March was certainly an exciting one as they outscored the Crimson, 7-3, in the final frame to claim a 12-11 victory. Sydney Godett clinched the win with a strike off a free possession with 11 ticks remaining. Godett finished the contest with two tallies, while Danielle Etrasco led the Red and White with four goals.

Vandervelde Leads Harvard Past Penn In OT: Entering the final frame, the Crimson led the Quakers, 6-3. However, Harvard’s cushion evaporated after a 4-1 run by Penn, which forced an extra session. Yet, once overtime commenced, Harvard’s Murphy Vandervelde completed his hat trick, which lifted the Crimson to an 8-7 victory.

Endicott Wins First Playoff Game: After defeating Western New England in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, 17-15, Endicott’s women team earned their first postseason victory in program history with a 4-3 win against Springfield College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Holly Davis, who finished with two goals and one assist, jumpstarted a 3-0 run in the second with one goal and one helper before Springfield closed the gap with a strike from Michelle Dorsey. The Gulls defense stymied the Pride’s attack, especially during the final few minutes, which helped seal the win.

UMass’ Ferris Earns Third All-America Honors: Katie Ferris, who led UMass with 75 points (52 goals, 23 assists), earned her third All-Americas Honors prior to Memorial Day, according to the college’s release. The New York native was named to WomensLax.com’s All-America Team in addition to earning a spot on the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association) All-America Third Team and the SynapseSports.com All-America Third Team. This is the second straight season that Ferris was a member of each All-Americas teams.

Regis Wins Inaugural NECC Championship: While most games on this list either ended in overtime or with a late rally, this particular contest also needed an additional frame as first-year midfielder Sam Salamone netted the game-winner that helped Regis claim the inaugural New England Collegiate Conference crown against Becker College. Salamone, who hails from Milford, netted a game-best five tallies and finished her first season with the Pride with 116 points (92 goals, 24 assists).

Green, Sullivan Join Stonehill’s 200 Point Club: Kayla Green and Heather Sullivan each recorded their 200th career point in an 18-6 win against Southern Connecticut State in April. Green finished the season with a team-best 89 points (64 goals, 25 assists), while Sullivan ranked second with 75 points (62 goals, 13 assists).

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

There were some very important conference games that occurred this afternoon and below is our afternoon and evening roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Yale 11, Harvard 10 – Despite two late tallies each by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker, the Crimson still couldn’t complete their comeback as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard in Cambridge. With the loss, Harvard’s season concludes with a 6-8 overall mark.

No. 7 Merrimack 16, Assumption 11 – Greg MeLaugh tied a school-record with nine goals in three quarters as Warriors defeat the Greyhounds and claimed a share of the regular season Northeast-10 crown with Adelphi.

Roger Williams 9, Wentworth 8 (OT) – Ian Powers scored the game-winner 3:08 in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Leopards in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. With the win, Roger Williams advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Western New England. Alec Paradis paced Wentworth with five points (three goals, two assists).

Norwich 9, Mount Ida 7 – Ian Thomas halted the Mustangs rally with his third strike of the afternoon at 1:20 in the fourth as the Cadets defeated Mount Ida and claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown. Nick YacuzziMichael Markevich and Phil Pichel netted two goals, respectively, for Mount Ida.

No. 9 Tufts 14, Bate 10 – The Jumbos outscored the Bobcats, 7-2, in the third as Tufts defeated Bates and secured a spot in next weekend’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Chris Schoehut led the Powder Blue and White with five goals, while Andrew Fiamengo finished with four goals.

No. 6 Middlebury 19, Amherst 9 – Jon Broome and Scott Redmond each scored two goals in the opening frame, which provided the Panthers the lead for good as Middlebury defeated Amherst and punched its ticket to the NESCAC semifinals. Devin Acton led Amherst with three goals.

UMass Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6 – Dennis Healy recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Justin Lawless and Todd Davis each netted two strikes as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers.

Women’s Lacrosse 

University of New England 11, Gordon 10 – Hannah Tavella‘s 63rd goal of the season at 6:52 in the second lifted the Nor’easters past the Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. With the win, UNE advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Endicott College. Jessica Castelline led Gordon with six points (four goals, two assists).

Curry 14, Roger Williams 12 – The Colonels outscored the Hawks, 9-2, in the second half as Curry defeated Roger Williams and secured a date with Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC semifinals. Mel Brickley led Curry with five strikes, while Haley Carey and Deanna Monfredo each finished with hat tricks.

Babson 11, Wheaton 8 – Jameson Sprang netted the go-ahead goal with 5:30 remaining in the second as Beavers defeated the Lyons and punched their ticket to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Charlotte De Santis led Wheaton with five points (three goals, two assists), while Sprang finished with a hat trick.

Springfield 14, Mount Holyoke 9 – Michelle DorseyColleen Keeley and Meghan Flanagan each recorded a hat trick as the Pride defeated the Lyons in the NEWMAC semifinals. Mount Ida’s Molly Macdonald led all scorers with four strikes.

No. 1 Trinity 12, Tufts 8 – First-year Molly Cox scored a career-high four goals as the Bantams defeated the Jumbos and secured a spot in next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three strikes.

No. 8 Colby 11, Amherst 3 – The Mules outscored the Lord Jeffs, 8-2, in the second half, which helped them secure a first round win the NESCAC tournament and spot in the semifinals. Caroline HollidayElizabeth Ludlow and Hillary Densen each scored one goal for Amherst.

Worcester State 14, Fitchburg State 13 (OT) – Jackie Connors netted two of her four goals during the extra session as the Lancers defeated the Falcons in their final regular season contest. Jessica Bartlett and Lindsey White paced Fitchburg State with five tallies, respectively.

Mass. College Lax: Shand Leads No. 4 Merrimack Past Bentley, 14-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Merrimack College:

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack sophomore attack Jamie Shand scored four goals to lead the No. 4 Warriors to a 14-3 victory over the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team Tuesday night.

Merrimack, now 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 on the season, also received multiple goals from senior Greg Melaugh and senior Corey Lunney. Senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) had two goals for Bentley.

Merrimack raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, before Bentley’s Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) pulled one back with eight seconds left in the quarter.

The home side scored the only two goals of the second quarter to lead 6-1 at halftime, and the first two of the third quarter, before Matheson netted his first of the night to make the score 8-2. But Merrimack scored six straight before Matheson finished out the scoring with a man-up goal with 1:45 remaining in the fourth.

The Falcons, who drop to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play, return to the field on Saturday at Assumption.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Receive Votes In This Week’s USILA Poll

Merrimack's Corey Lunney has been a big part of the Warriors success on offense! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Merrimack’s Corey Lunney has been a big part of the Warriors success on offense! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

This week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll was released yesterday and a few local teams earned spots in the Division II and III polls.

* Merrimack College (6-1, 5-0 NE-10) – For the second week in a row, the Warriors remain the fourth best team in Division II. They haven’t lost since their season opener against Limestone and will be on the field this evening when they host Bentley University for a 7 p.m. face-off. Corey Lunney continues to lead the Blue and Gold with 32 points (26 goals, six assists), while Greg Melaugh has registered 25 points (21 goals, four assists).

Tufts University (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) – The Jumbos winning streak extended to eight on Sunday as they defeated Middlebury College in Medford. Their slate doesn’t get easier as they’ll travel to Endicott College this evening for a big non-conference match. The Jumbos defeated the Gulls last year, 11-5. Cole Bailey was named the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday and currently leads the Powder Blue and White with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists).