Mass. College Lax: Recapping Friday’s Semifinal Contests

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was a busy afternoon and evening on Friday in the lacrosse world, and below are outcomes and highlights from each contest.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Harvard 10, Yale 9: For the second time this season, the Crimson defeated their archrival by one tally. Ian Ardrey and Peter Schwartz, who combined for seven points on six strikes and one helper, each netted back-to-back fourth quarter goals to secure a semifinal victory.

Harvard will play in its second Ivy League Championship in four seasons on Sunday when they host Penn at 12 p.m. The Quakers defeated the Crimson earlier this season by one marker in overtime. Penn earned a spot in Sunday’s tilt with an 11-10 win over Cornell.

Merrimack 11, Le Moyne 10: The Warriors scored two goals during the final 2:16, including the game-winner by Tucker Schwarz with six seconds remaining that helped Merrimack defeat the Dolphins in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals. Schwarz finished with three points on two tallies and one assist. Tim Towler and Kyle Guilbert each recorded hat tricks, while Dom Madonna turned away 14 of 24 shots.

The Warriors will face-off against Adelphi on Sunday in the championship; face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Adelphi 13, Bentley 8: The Panthers, who led 4-3 at the break, scored five third quarter goals that helped them go onto defeat the Falcons in the NE-10 semifinals. Cutler Dimond and Bobby Hinds each recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Josh Baker recorded 14 stops.

Eastern Conn. State 9, UMass Dartmouth 7: The Warriors scored four goals during the final 10:29 as they overcome a two-goal deficit to defeat the Corsairs in the Little East Conference semifinals. UMD’s Jordan MacPherson recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Adam Niden registered a hat trick. Nick Thayer, the Corsairs’ goaltender, finished with nine saves.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Penn 10, Harvard 9 (2OT): Megan Hennessey and Chelsey Newman each netted one goal during the final four minutes of regulation, which tied the game at 8-8 and forced an extra session. Harvard went ahead, 9-8, thanks to a strike by Kyleigh Keating, which was set up by Marisa Romeo, but the Quakers responded with two more goals, one in each overtime period to secure an Ivy League semifinal victory. Romeo finished the contest with four points on two tallies and two helpers, while Audrey Todd registered a hat trick.

UMass 16, Duquesne 3: The Minutewomen punched its ticket to its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championship by defeating the Dukes in the semifinals. UMass led 5-1 halfway through the opening stanza and never looked back. Tanner Guarino netted four goals on six shots, while Sam Rush, Katie Ferris and Melissa Carelli combined for seven strikes and two helpers.

The Minutewomen, who improve to 17-1 overall, will face Richmond on Sunday in the finals at 1 p.m. UMass edged the Spiders earlier this season by one goal.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Sports On NEILA (Week 4) Polls

Springfield College is off to a 4-0 start following an impressive 9-7 win over WNE on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Springfield College is off to a 4-0 start following an impressive 9-7 win over WNE on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll (Week Four) was released this afternoon and a variety of local squads earned spots on the Division 1, 2 and 3 polls.

UMass remained the top squad in Division 1. The Minutemen are currently 4-1 and coming off a 25-10 setback to Albany. They’ll return to action tomorrow when they host Providence College, which rounded out the eight-team poll.

Harvard University remained the fifth seed for the second week in a row. The Crimson is currently 3-2 and coming off a 15-7 victory over Georgetown. Devin Dwyer recorded five helpers in the win, while Will Walker, Ian Ardrey and Peter Schwartz each recorded hat tricks. Harvard will host Brown University on Saturday for its first Ivy League matchup of the season.

Bentley University and Merrimack College earned the first and second spots in the Division 2 poll. The Warriors, who were number one for another week in a row, fell to Limestone yesterday, 8-7. They’ll return to the field on Saturday when they host Saint Michael’s, which dropped from third to fifth.

The Falcons season commenced with a 15-10 setback to Dowling. Bentley has two more road contests this week against NYIT on Wednesday and AIC on Saturday. Their home opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 against Le Moyne.

Tufts University remained the top seed in the Division 3 poll. The Jumbos recently defeated Keene State, which moved up from ninth to eight this week. With two road contests in the books, Tufts will be in Medford tomorrow when they host Stevens followed by a Saturday afternoon NESCAC matchup against Colby College.

Springfield College remained the second best team in New England for the second straight week, while Endicott College earned the third spot for the second straight week, too. The Pride rallied to defeat Western New England on Saturday, 9-7, which provided them with their fourth consecutive win. Springfield hosts Middlebury on Wednesday before traveling to New York on Saturday to face-off against Union College.

Amherst College moved down from seventh to ninth in the 10-team poll. The Lord Jeffs suffered a 17-15 setback to Bowdoin College, which is fifth this week. Devin Acton netted a team-best five goals against the Polar Bears.

Finally, Western New England, Williams College and UMass Dartmouth are each receiving votes.

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.