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).

Mass. College Lax Notebook (4/1/13)

Cori Murray recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

Cori Murray recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the first day of April, which means we’ve officially past the midway point of the lacrosse season, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and catch up on some of the news and notes from the current season, as well as this past weekend.

* First, congratulations to Cori Murray, who recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday against La Salle. Murray recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in her team’s 20-11 victory, while teammate Lauren Terracciano registered five strikes. UMass started the season with a 16-4 setback to Northwestern, but has won nine of their last 10 contests.

* Boston University’s women’s lacrosse team is coming off a dramatic win against Harvard on Friday evening as the Terriers netted a free possession strike with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Their next game is in two days, as the Terriers will host Albany for a critical conference match at 4 p.m. BU dropped their first America East game two weeks ago to UMBC in overtime, but defeated Albany once last season.

* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team concluded the month of March with an impressive win against Virginia and according to the release, the Eagles have now beaten the Cavaliers twice in the past three seasons. BC’s victory marked the first time they’ve defeated a top-10 squad since 2011, too. Also, Sarah Mannelly, who scored three goals on Saturday, has now registered at least three or more strikes in four games this season.

* Merrimack College’s men’s team hasn’t appeared in the loss column since suffering a 13-10 setback to Limestone on Mar. 9. The Warriors have won their last four contests, which include victories against Lake Erie and Le Moyne. Corey Lunney leads the unit with 21 points (17 goals, four assists), while teammate Greg Melaugh has contributed 17 points (14 goals, three assists).

* Melaugh’s brother, Ben Melaugh, has made an impact with the Salem State Vikings as the first-year leads the squad with 26 points (17 goals, nine assists).

* Merrimack’s women’s team snapped a six-game skid with a double-overtime win on Saturday against Dowling, a squad that’s currently the seventh best team in the country. Mia Rapolla netted the game-winning strike for the Warriors in the first overtime period, which sealed the win.

* Bentley University’s women’s lacrosse team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game on Saturday, April 6. The Falcons will host Southern Connecticut for a Northeast-10 Conference match, which is slated for a 12 p.m. start. According to this morning’s release, the team will be collecting used equipment and cash donations, but for more information – HOP HERE.

* Sticking with the Falcons, the men’s team will host St. Michaels on Wednesday for a critical NE-10 matchup. Bentley is coming off a tough loss to Pace on Saturday, but received some help from Tim Matheson, who recorded a hat trick, as well as Brendan Murphy, who finished with two points (one goal, one assist).

* Stonehill College’s women’s team saw their six-game winning streak conclude with a 12-5 loss to Adelphi, a squad that hasn’t lost a game since 2012. The Skyhawks, who’re currently ranked 10th nationally, will attempt to rebound with a road victory on Wednesday against Southern New Hampshire.

* After sustaining two back-to-back losses to start  the season, Tufts University’s men’s team has won five straight. Beau Wood, who is in his third season with the Jumbos, leads the squad with 20 points (13 goals, seven assists), while Cole Bailey leads all players with 10 assists.

* Finally, one last congratulations, this time to Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team, who defeated Springfield College for the first time since 2007. Charlotte DeSantis recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist), while teammate Melanie Sharick finished with a hat trick.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.