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: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

It was another busy Wednesday in the college lacrosse world and below is various game summaries from this afternoon and evening.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 13, WNE 12 – Sam Ozycz won 27 of 28 face-offs and scooped up 26 ground balls, both career-highs as the Gulls defeated the Golden Bears and claimed the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season crown. Endicott’s Nick Pinciaro led all players with four goals, while Western New England’s Ryan Marcus registered a hat trick.

Wheaton 7, MIT 4 – Matthew Hillman led all scorers with a hat trick, while teammate Billy McNamara finished with four points (one goal, three assists). Chris Cook led MIT with three points (two goals, one assist).

Women’s Lacrosse:

WNE 19, Endicott 17 – Taylor Scialdone netted six strikes, Kelsey Sherman recorded four helpers as the Golden Bears edged the Gulls and claimed the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season crown. Holly Davis paced Endicott with seven goals, while Kelly Tierney finished with six assists.

Lasell 20, Mount Ida 8 – Ashley Slattery netted five goals with one assist, while Britney Wuorio and Bridget Doherty each recorded four strikes as the Lasers defeated the Mustangs in the first round of the GNAC tournament.

Norwich 9, Emerson 8 (2OT) – Grace Fitzpatrick’s fifth goal at 2:47 in the second overtime period lifted the Cadets past the Lions in Boston. Emerson’s Tayllar Righini finished with a hat trick.

Simmons 12, Rivier 10 – Rachel Wallace netted her second and third strikes during the final three minutes to lift the Sharks to victory. Simmons will face-off against Norwich on Friday in the GNAC semifinals.

St. Joseph’s (ME) 17, Emmanuel 9 – The Monks jumped out to a 9-3 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Saints in Scarborough, Maine. Kristen Tuleja led Emmanuel with four goals, while Alexia Basile registered a hat trick.

Babson 20, MIT 7 – Misha Beatty recorded eight points (five goals, three assists), while Rachel Secrist finished with six points (five goals, one assist) as the Beavers defeated the Engineers in the NEWMAC quarterfinal. MIT’s Kira Schott finished the contest with a hat trick. With the win, Babson advances to Saturday’s semifinal and will face-off against Wheaton at noon.

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The Division III lacrosse world happened to be the main spotlight on Tuesday and below is the various afternoon matchup summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Hamilton 8, Williams 7 (OT) – Bryan Hopper scored the game-winning 14 seconds into overtime, which lifted the Continentals to their seventh victory of the season. Williams’ Steven Kiesel and Colton Growney each registered two goals in the setback.

Western New England 11, Wentworth 4 – Adam Knapton recorded a game-best six points (four goals, two assists), while George Knapp added three points (two goals, one assist) as the Golden Bears defeated the Leopards.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Wheaton 15, Babson 12 – Leila Mills poured in a season-high seven goals as the Lyons defeated the Beavers and claimed the NEWMAC regular season championship. Charlotte De Santis and Amy Moreira registered four tallies, respectively, while Jameson Sprang paced Babson with four strikes.

Endicott 20, University of New England 9 – Holly Davis paced all scorers with a season-best 10 points (eight goals, two assists), whole Kelly Tierney recorded six points (four goals, six assists) as the Gulls defeated the Nor’easters in Maine.

Curry College 21, Salve Regina 15 – Ana Bottary registered 10 points (seven goals, three assists), Haley Carey netted eight strikes as the Colonels defeated the Seahawks and earned their 11th win of the season.

Conn. College 8, Springfield 6 – The Camels erased a four-goal deficit at the break as they rallied past the Pride in Springfield. The Pride, who recorded six tallies in the first session, was held scoreless for the final 30 minutes. Michelle Dorsey led Springfield with a hat trick.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)
Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college lacrosse is in the books and below are the game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Amherst College 13, Eastern Conn. 9 – Devon Acton netted two of his four goals during the final frame, which helped the Lord Jeffs earn their first victory of the season. Danny Gold recorded a hat trick in the win, while Rob Dickinson recorded six saves.

Colorado College 9, Wheaton College 4 – Colorado College tallied five second quarter goals that helped them cruise past Wheaton at Washburn Field. Alex Keiver paced the Lyons with two goals, while Billy McNamara and Matthew Hillman each finished with one strike.

Curry College 8, Manhattanville 5 – Joseph Natale and Ronald Jensen each recorded four points (three goals, one assist) as the Colonels improved to 4-0 overall.

Women’s Lacrosse

UMass 16, Vermont 5 – Behind a second half surge of seven goals the Minutewoman defeated the Catamounts in Amherst. Sam Rush led all players with four goals and an assit, while teammate Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three strikes and an assist. She now has 203 career points.  UMass will look to extend its current winning streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to face-off against Sacred Heart.

St. A’s 17, Merrimack College 16 (OT) – Three second half goals with less than seven minutes remaining helped the Hawks force overtime and setup the game-winning strike by Marissa Daly at 4:00 to seal the victory. Olivia Hule paced Merrimack with six points (five goals, one assist), while Aubrie Stouffer added four tallies.

Assumption College 15, Queens (N.Y.) 14 (2OT) – Amy McNeil‘s fourth goal of the game at 1:53 in the second overtime lifted the Hounds to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. Lindsay Hagerman matched her teammate’s effort with four goals, too.

AIC 15, Post 4 – The Yellow Jackets earned their first win of the season by tallying nine second half goals en route to a 11 point victory. American International’s Cheyenne Carden led all scorers with six goals, while Whitney McKay registered four goals and three helpers.

Bates College 12, Endicott College 7 – The Bobcats secured an 8-5 advantage at the break and never looked back as they snapped their three-game winning streak and handed the Gulls their first setback of the season. Holly Davis and Kelly Tierney each recorded two goals for Endicott.

Emmanuel College 15, Regis College 12 (OT) – The Saints tallied three goals during the extra frame that helped them defeat the Pride and claim their first win of the season. Madeline Leahy led the Saints with eight points (five goals, three assists), while Samantha Salamone led the Pride with seven points (four goals, three assists).

Bridgewater State 18, Wentworth 3 – Riley Cachelin recorded seven points (six goals, one assist), while Shelby Farland and Lauren Geary each recorded hat tricks as the Bears defeated the Leopards in their season opener.