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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: IWU Off To Fast Start

Rick Smith and the Illinois Wesleyan men’s lacrosse team has netted 56 goals in two games this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Naprstek)

By Matt Noonan

The 2021 season is off to a roaring start for the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team, which has tallied 56 goals in two contests.

The 56 tallies is the most the any team in program history has recorded in their first two contests, erasing the original mark of 55 goals from 2018.

Rick Smith has been one of many players to watch thus far – the Frankfort, Illinois native highlighted his team’s 24-7 win against the Milwaukee School of Engineering by netting a school-record nine goals on 17 shots to go with two assists. Smith also led the team in shots on goal (14) while scooping four ground balls.

In addition to Smith, IWU’s attack has been powered by Charles Hildestad and Griffin DeMilt, who have combined for 14 goals and seven assists.

IWU’s fast start is identical to previous seasons, which have culminated in a trio of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) tournament titles, along with three trips to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The Titans are currently one of three teams in their conference that boast a 2-0 record – the Green and White will attempt to win their third contest of the 2021 season on Sunday, March 14 when they visit Rhodes College.


News and Notes from the NCAA D-III Lacrosse World

  • Salisbury University remains the top team in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll followed by RIT (second) and Tufts University (third).

  • Two days after their first contest of the 2021 season, Sewanne announced on Monday, March 1 that Nick DiBernardohas been appointed to head coach” of the Tigers’ men’s lacrosse program.

    DiBernardo, who is in his sixth season with the Tigers, was named the interim head coach of the program after serving five seasons as the team’s assistant coach.

    Sewanne returns to the field next Wednesday, March 10 when they host Piedmont College.

  • Rhodes College’s Meghan Keelan earned her 100th win on the sidelines earlier this week when the Lynx scored a 23-3 win over Hendrix College.

    Keelan, who is in her fifth season with the Red and White, has guided the Lynx to 57 wins. Prior to arriving at Rhodes, Keelan coached Shepherd University (NCAA D-II) for four seasons.

  • The Washington & Lee women’s lacrosse team will return to the field literally one year after beating Gettysburg College on March 8, 2020.

    The Generals, who enter the season ranked fourth on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), will commence their 2021 campaign when they visit Ferrum College next Tuesday, March 9.

    Both teams last met in 2019 with the Generals winning their conference matchup by a score of 24-0.

  • Three New England D-III conferences – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – have announced plans to play spring sports this season. Games are expected to begin later this month, but we do know the Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team will kickoff their campaign on Saturday, March 20 when they visit Clark University, according to their schedule release on Instagram.

  • The Lynchburg University men’s lacrosse team will attempt to win their third-straight contest of the 2021 season on Saturday, March 6 when they entertain Salisbury for a 12 p.m. face-off.

    The Hornets have won back-to-back contests this season against Randolph and Southern Virginia – the team is averaging 21 goals per game.

    Salisbury topped Lynchburg last season by a score of 16-10, thanks to Griffin Moroney, who finished the game with five points (four goals and one assist).

D3 Lax Roundup: Four NESCAC Teams Appear On USILA/Nike Preseason Poll

D3 Lax RoundUp

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A brand new season of New England Division III lacrosse is right around the corner, so get excited!

And to get us even more eager for a brand new season, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its 2018 preseason coaches poll yesterday, which found four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams earn spots on the 20-team list.

Wesleyan University checked-in second overall, while Salisbury University and and RIT earned the first and third positions, respectively.

Tufts University slid into the eighth position, while Amherst College earned the 10th spot. Bates College was the final NESCAC team to earn a spot on the poll as they checked-in 11th overall.

Denison University and York College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Wesleyan captured last season’s NESCAC crown by defeating Middlebury College in the conference tournament final before advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals. The Cardinals would see its season conclude against RIT, which advanced to the championship game to face Salisbury at Gillette Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Tigers, 15-7, to capture their second-straight title and fourth since outlasting Tufts in 2011.

The NESCAC lacrosse season officially kicks-off next month on Saturday, February 24 with Bates facing RIT in Amherst, Massachusetts with face-off scheduled 4 p.m. The Bobcats will then return to action four days later when they host Babson College on Wednesday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Earn USILA D3 All-American Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.

Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.

Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team

John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team

Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team

Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team

Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team

Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team

Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention

Ryon Lynch (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Chris Schoenhut (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Mathias (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Conor Helfrich (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Matthew Giannelli (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Breck Merritt (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Cameron Bell (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Mass. College Lax: Previewing RIT-Tufts (NCAA Div. III Semifinals, Sun. May 18)

Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Tufts University men’s lacrosse team will attempt to extend its current campaign to next Sunday, May 25 – the NCAA Division III National Championship. However, before the Jumbos book their plane tickets to Baltimore, Maryland, they’ll need to defeat the top team in the country: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Below is a quick preview of the Jumbos’ NCAA Division III semifinal contest, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

The Matchup: For the fourth straight season, the Jumbos and Tigers will meet in the playoffs. And similar to 2011, this particular meeting will decide who advances to the title round.

Prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, the Tigers were ranked number one in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, while the Jumbos checked in as the sixth best team in the country (the last poll was released on Monday, May 5).

Tufts is coming off an impressive 15-5 win over SUNY Cortland, who earned a trip to Medford on Wednesday following a 14-10 victory against Springfield College. The Jumbos relied on its defense, including goaltender Patton Watkins, while the number one scoring offense in Division III (Tufts is averaging 18.75 goals per game, according to NCAA.com) did its job in helping the Powder Blue and White extend its season to Sunday.

RIT, which earned a first-round bye to commence the tournament, defeated Ithaca College and Union College to setup a date with the Jumbos. The Tigers’ offense is ranked third in the country in scoring offense (16.80), so defense could be the key for both squads.

Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is second amongst all Division III players in goals per game, as the attack is averaging nearly four strikes per contest and leads his unit with 79 tallies.

Meet The Tigers: RIT claimed its 20th victory earlier this week when they defeated Union, 11-6. The Tigers’ 20 wins are the most in program history (last season and in 2011 they won 19 games).

Ryan Lee leads the Orange and Black with 72 points on 45 goals and 27 assists, Casey Jackson is second in points with 53 markers and 17 helpers. RIT has relied on three goaltenders this season, including Pat Johnston, who has started 15 of 16 games. Johnston leads the trio in saves (202), wins (15) and minutes (801:45).

As a team, the Tigers have scored 95 first quarter goals, 89 strikes in the second and 86 markers in the third. They have outscored their opponents, 336-165. They’re also 24-for-55 on man-ups. They’ve held their opponents to just 28 man-up markers on 83 attempts.

Tyler Brooks-Lambert has won 275 face-offs, and will certainly challenge Tufts’ Conor Helfrich (285 face-off wins) and Ryan Le (54 face-off wins) at midfield.

The Tigers, who finished their season undefeated, captured its third-straight Liberty League crown on Sunday, May 4 when they defeated Union, 13-11. RIT, which has appeared in the semifinals seven times in program history and will be making its second-straight trip, third in four years.

The Series: Tufts is 2-1 against the Tigers with all three meetings occurring in the postseason. Last year, the Tigers defeated the Jumbos in the quarterfinals, 14-5, while Tufts earned back-to-back wins over RIT in 2012 (quarterfinals) and 2011 (semifinals).

Up Next: A win would send RIT or Tufts to Baltimore next Sunday to face-off against the winner of Salisbury-Washington (Md.). Salisbury earned a semifinal bid with a 15-5 win over Denison, while Washington edged Stevenson, 12-11.

Mass. College Lax: UMass Earns Spot On USILA Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan 

On Monday, LaxPower.com posted the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) Division I men’s lacrosse preseason coaches poll, and University of Massachusetts earned a spot on the poll, as well as 104 points.

The Minutemen won 15 consecutive games last season before Colgate dislodged them from the first round the NCAA Div. I tournament.

UMass will return to the grass for the first time this season on Saturday, February 9 when they host non-conference foe Army. The Minutemen’s first match in the Colonial Conference will occur on March 16 when they Penn State.