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: Harvard, UMass Look To Extend Their Seasons

By Matt Noonan 

The next two days are very important dates in the Division I college lacrosse world as various teams will be competing for spots in their conference tournament. And two of those teams – Harvard and UMass – have a chance to extend their season with wins.

Harvard – The Crimson’s road to the Ivy League tournament won’t be easy, as they’ll have to defeat Yale, a squad that’s ranked 15th on this week’s USILA poll. If Harvard pulls out a win, they’d advance to Ithaca, New York, for next weekend’s semifinals. Harvard would most likely draw the fourth seed and play Cornell, who defeated the Crimson in Cambridge earlier this month.

UMass – Believe it or not, but the Minutemen have a chance to obtain the final CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) spot with a win and some help. In order for UMass to extend its season, they’ll need to beat Delaware tomorrow and have Hofstra and St. Joseph’s lose on Saturday. A loss to Delaware concludes their season.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

Beau Wood jumpstarted a 7-0 run, which lifted Tufts past Amherst! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Beau Wood jumpstarted a 7-0 run, which lifted Tufts past Amherst! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy, but important Saturday for a lot of local teams that’re trying to secure spots for the upcoming conference tournaments and below is our roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse

Harvard 8, No. 14 Penn 7 (OT) – Murphy Vandervelde netted the game-winner 1:18 into overtime on a man-up to provide the Crimson their second consecutive win of the week. Vandervelde led all scorers with a hat trick, while Devin Dwyer finished with four points (one goals, three assists). With the win, Harvard improves to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play.  

No. 4 Merrimack 13, Pace 6 – Corey Lunney finished the contest with seven points (four goals, three assists) as the Warriors cruised to their eighth consecutive victory. Lunney’s seven points matches his effort from last weekend against Souther New Hampshire.

No. 4 Tufts 12, Amherst 8 – Beau Wood jumpstarted a 7-0 run at 6:44 in the first, which provided the Jumbos with the lead for good as Tufts topped Amherst and improved to 11-1 against the Lord Jeffs over the last 10 years. First-year Garrett Clarke netted his first collegiate strike at 11:50 in the fourth.

Endicott 15, Roger Williams 9 – Trailing the visiting Hawks, 7-6, at the break, the Gulls rallied to outscore the visitors, 9-2, during the final 30 minutes to secure their 10th win of the season. Harrison Cotter registered a team-best three tallies, while Jonathan Morgan and Chris Murphy each netted two goals.

UMass Boston 8, UMass Dartmouth 7 (OT) – Ryan McGoff scored seven seconds into the extra session as the Beacons defeated the Corsairs and earned their first Little East Conference win. Dom Fichera paced UMass Boston with five tallies, while UMass Dartmouth’s Adam Niden finished with a hat trick.

Women’s Lacrosse

No. 16 Princeton 11, Harvard 9 – Micaela Cyr registered a hat trick and one helper, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crimson past the Tigers.

No. 1 LIU Post 15, No. 11 Stonehill 12 – The defending NCAA Division II champions fended off a second half rally by the Skyhawks to claim their 10th win of the season. Heather Sullivan recorded five goals in the setback, while Ashley Armstrong deflected 12 shots between the pipes.

Wheaton 10, Mount Holyoke 9 – Brooke Sabol recorded a season-best four goals, while Charlotte De Santis and Melanie Sharick each netted hat tricks as the Lyons earned their fifth conference win of the season.

No. 10 Amherst 6, No. 17 Tufts 5 – Marta Randall scored the game-winning strike with 13 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Lord Jeffs to victory. Caroline Ross led the Jumbos with two tallies.

Western New England 19, University of New England 18 – Taylor Scialdone registered a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Golden Bears edged the Nor’Easters in Springfield.

Mass. College Lax: Highlights From Harvard-Holy Cross (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Harvard University’s men’s lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday against Holy Cross as the Crimson topped the Crusaders, 16-12 in Cambridge.

Peter Schwartz paced the Crimson with four goals and one assist, while Alex White tallied three goals, two assists.

Holy Cross’ Clay Haarmann recorded a season-best seven tallies off 10 shots in the setback, while teammate Myles Gillespie recorded a hat trick.

Harvard improves to 1-1 overall, while Holy Cross falls to 1-2. Below are highlights from the match courtesy of the Harvard athletic department’s YouTube page.

 

Mass. College Lax: Preseason Conference & Team Previews (LINKS)

Can the Wheaton Lyons women's lacrosse team turn the tables in the NEWMAC? (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Can the Wheaton Lyons women’s lacrosse team turn the tables in the NEWMAC? (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Even though a majority of the men’s and women’s Division II and III seasons won’t start until roughly the first or second week of March, a majority of the schools and conferences have released previews, which we have linked below:

* The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) unveiled its preseason predictions on Tuesday for the men’s division and projected that Mount Ida College will finish first. The Mustangs received eight first place votes and 98 total points.

* The GNAC also unveiled its preseason predictions for the women’s division on Tuesday too and Norwich University was selected to finish in first place.  Three Massachusetts schools were picked to finish under the Cadets and they were Lasell College (2), Emerson College (3) and Simmons College (4).

* Amherst College’s men’s lacrosse team selected their captains for the upcoming season and the following players earned this honor: Danny Gold, Ramsey Bates and Devin Acton

* Earlier today, Babson College unveiled its season preview for the men’s lacrosse team. The Beavers are coming off their third-straight 10-win season and look to carry that momentum into the spring.

* Wheaton College’s women’s team, which lost to Springfield College in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) semifinals last spring will look to build off that setback this season. The Lyons, though, did capture their first ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) crown by defeating Framingham State in the semifinals and Smith College in the finals.

* Harvard University’s men’s team is set to take the field this Saturday when they host back-to-back contests against Massachusetts (Saturday, Feb. 23) and Holy Cross (2/24).

* Harvard’s women’s team will commence their season with a trip out west to face-off against Stanford University.

* The Little East Conference unveiled its women’s preseason predictions and Plymouth State is predicted to finish first. UMass Dartmouth is the only local squad in the conference and is projected to conclude their year in sixth place.

* Last week, Regis College unveiled its men’s season preview and the Pride are focused on building off their previous campaign.