Additional snow is headed toward Boston this weekend, which means schedule changes.
Below is a tweet from Boston University’s Athletic Department’s Twitter handle (@BUAthletucs), confirming the schedule change for this weekend’s non-conference meeting between the Terriers (1-0) and Golden Griffins (0-0). The game had been originally scheduled to take place in Buffalo, New York, however, according to the Canisus athletic department’s website, the site was changed due to negative wind in Buffalo.
The Boston University men’s lacrosse team concluded its inaugural season with a 16-11 setback to No. 3 Duke University this afternoon in Boston. BU’s Christian Carson-Banister concluded the contest with an NCAA single-game high of 25 saves, which is also a career-high for the freshman goaltender, too. Below is the release courtesy of the BU Athletics Communication Office:
BOSTON – The Boston University men’s lacrosse program concluded its inaugural season against No. 3 Duke, and despite a career-high 25 saves from freshman Christian Carson-Banister, the Terriers dropped a 16-11 decision to the 2013 national champion on Sunday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
BU finished its first varsity season at 2-12, with both wins coming in Patriot League play. The Blue Devils improved to 13-3 and will play in the NCAA tournament. The Terriers continued a trend of playing ranked opponents tough at home, as they lost their three games to current top-20 teams this season by only a combined nine goals.
Carson-Banister was terrific in the cage, as he stopped 25 shots, an NCAA single-game high in 2014. His previous career high was 16 saves. Carson-Banister made eight saves in the first quarter and helped keep the Terriers within no more than five goals throughout the contest.
Three seniors – Kyle Lange, Emerson Rogers and Brad Sauln – were honored before the game. They are the first graduating class in program history. Both Lange and Sauln played on Sunday, while Rogers was sidelined with an injury. All three will receive their degrees later this month.
Freshman Sam Talkow had a terrific day at the X, winning a career-best 16 faceoffs and leading the Terriers with a career-high three goals. Classmates Ryan Johnston and Clay Phillips each tallied twice, while sophomore Sammy Davis also had two goals. Freshman Adam Schaal matched a program record with four assists while classmate Cal Dearth recorded a pair of assists. Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney and freshman Chad Bell each found the back of the net and freshman Craig Zebrowski provided an assist.
On defense, freshman Greg Wozniak had another strong performance, as he led the team with three caused turnovers and also collected five ground balls. Talkow led both teams with 11 ground balls, one shy of his career high. BU was edged by just one, 33-32 in the ground-ball battle, and held Duke to 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities.
Talkow electrified the home crowd right from the opening whistle. He won the first faceoff and raced into the Duke zone before ripping a shot top corner to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead just six seconds into the proceedings. Both teams traded possessions before Johnston put the Terriers ahead, 2-0, at the 9:54 mark thanks to an assist from Death.
Duke scored the next four goals of the quarter, but Schaal fed Tenney for the redshirt freshman’s 16th goal of the season to make it a 4-3 game after 15 minutes. The Blue Devils began the second stanza with three consecutive goals before Johnston and Davis each scored to cut the Duke lead to 7-5 with 6:39 to play in the half. Duke deposited two more goals before halftime, however, to take a 9-5 lead into the break.
The Terriers scored two of the first three third-quarter goals, as Phillips and Talkow got on the board six seconds apart to chase Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron (four saves) from the contest in favor of Kyle Turri (six saves). After a Blue Devil goal made it an 11-7 game, Phillips and Talkow again combined to score two straight, the second of which completed Talkow’s hat trick and cut the Duke advantage to 11-9.
That was as close as the Terriers got, however, as Josh Dionne rattled off three straight tallies to give the Blue Devils a 14-9 lead. Davis and Bell each scored to bring BU within three at 14-11 with 3:43 remaining in regulation, but the Blue Devils sealed the game with two goals.
Earlier this week, we learned the news from various sources about the upcoming Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on March 17, 2013.
One of the teams participating in the inaugural event is Holy Cross, a squad that’s coming off a 5-10 campaign. Jim Morrissey, who is the head coach, provided some insight on the upcoming event, as well as his outlook toward his team’s Patriot League contests against Navy.
Here are the highlights from the interview:
On receiving the news about Holy Cross being a participant: “My immediate reaction was excitement. Knowing you can still feel the butterflies in the belly is always a good thing. Our players will be very excited to play in a pro venue that’s for sure. One thing I stressed to the captains is this game is still a Patriot League game that has major implications on our league standings. We can’t lose focus on that. It is still a conference game despite the pro level excitement and venue that we will be playing in.”
On prior knowledge of the event: “I really did not know much behind the motive of the event, but I do know lacrosse is getting better and better at every level and many pro venues can see lacrosse as being a great way to draw fans and excitement to their venues.”
On how the event will grow the program: “This event will definitely help our program. The Mets organization is first class and these two lacrosse games will be represented by first class programs. We are honored to play the Naval Academy under such a big stage. And yes, I definitely think it will help with recruiting, as long as we play well and at the expectation level that we have set for ourselves.”
On playing at Citi Field: “Playing in the largest media market in the world does not hurt the growth of lacrosse. It definitely helps. Long Island has always and will always be a hotbed for lacrosse, so to be able to play in Long Island’s back yard is definitely important. Holy Cross as a school has always been and always will be an attractive option for Long Island student-athletes. We have 8 Long Island kids on the squad this spring, so it will be great for those kids to be able to play close to home.”
On his team’s outlook toward the game: “It is exciting for the players to be a part of an event like this, but I would not say it adds to their motivation. Navy is a Patriot League opponent, so our guys would be very motivated no matter where we are playing. Once we step on the field and the game starts we will be focused and motivated on the outcome of the game. We plan on going there and giving Navy a battle and will expect to come away from the game with a Patriot League win.”
No. 19 Springfield College’s men’s lacrosse team jumped out to an eight-goal lead at the break, and never looked back, as the Pride defeated Wheaton College on Saturday at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field today, 15-5.
Springfield has now won six consecutive matches, and remains the top squad in the Pilgrim League with a 5-0-conference record.
Dylan Sheehan paced Springfield with four goals and three assists, while senior Eric Baslov ended the game with one goal and three assists.
Senior Duncan Smith led Wheaton with two tallies, and also recorded seven shots on net and three ground balls.
Springfield outshot Wheaton, 48-32, while the Lyons secured 24 ground balls compared to the Prides 19.
The Pride will play their final regular season home contest on Wednesday, Apr. 25, when they welcome Western New England to campus, while Wheaton will attempt to rebound against MIT on the same day – both contests are slated for 4:00pm face-offs.