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NCAA Prospect Watch: Cornell, Van Bourgondien Keep Rolling

March 19, 2016
It was a busy week of NCAA lacrosse -- Cornell and Maryland remained undefeated, while unranked Duke upended defending champ Loyola. Here's how the Hounds' draftees fared:

Matt White – A (4th round, 28th overall)

Max Van Bourgondien – M (6th round, 43rd overall)

Saturday, March 9: #3 Cornell (5-0) @ #8 Virginia (5-2) Final: 12-11

Cornell scored five goals in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 13 seconds left, to outlast Virginia 12-11. The Cavaliers were first on the board, going up 2-0 early, and carried a one-goal lead, 6-5, into the break. Virginia also jumped out to a 3-0 run in the third quarter, extending its lead to four goals, 9-5. But Cornell went on a 6-1 run to grab an 11-10 lead with 2:12 remaining in the game. Virginia was able to tie it, 11-11, with 39 seconds to go, but Cornell won the ensuing faceoff to set up the game-winning goal. Van Bourgondien put up two goals and an assist, while White was held to just one goal.

Next Up: #3 Cornell (5-0) @ Yale (3-1), Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm ET

                #8 Virginia (5-2) vs. #11 Ohio State (4-1), Saturday, March 16 at 3:00pm ET

Both Van Bourgondien and White played earlier in the week as well:

Tuesday, March 5: #3 Cornell (4-0) at Canisius (0-4) Final: 18-7

Canisius took an early 2-0 lead and the game remained close as Cornell led only 6-4 at halftime and 8-7 with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. But the Big Red scored 10 unanswered goals over the final 19 minutes of play to eventually take an 18-7 victory. Van Bourgondien contributed two goals and an assist.

Tuesday, March 5: #8 Virginia (5-1) vs. Vermont (1-4) Final: 12-10

Virginia quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead, but Vermont used two, three-goal runs to take a 6-3 advantage with 4:32 remaining in the first half. Virginia responded with back-to-back goals, and it was White who brought the team within one, 6-5, going into the break. Vermont remained strong to start the second half, holding a 9-7 lead with 12:04 to play. Virginia roared back, and it was all even at 10 with 4:45 to go. Virginia took the lead for good, 11-10, with 4:14 remaining in the game, and net the insurance goal with 1:31 to play for the 12-10 victory. White recorded two goals in the win.

Mike Sawyer – A (1st round, 8th overall)

Jake Tripucka – M (6th round, 42nd overall)

Friday, March 8: Duke (3-4) vs. #4 Loyola (4-2) Final: 9-8

Duke jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes, but Loyola responded with four consecutive goals of its own before the Blue Devils knotted the game at 4 early in the third period. The two teams then traded a pair of goals to make it 6-6 with 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Duke made it a two-goal game again, 8-6, scoring less than one minute apart midway through the fourth quarter. After pushing their lead to 9-7 at the 3:45 mark of the fourth period, the Blue Devils held off the Greyhounds, who pulled within one goal, 9-8, with 1:13 left in the game. Sawyer was held to just one goal, while Tripucka recorded two assists.

*The Hounds also hold player rights to Duke defenseman Casey Carroll (3rd round, 18th overall), who tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2013 NCAA season.

Next Up: Duke (3-4) @ #9 North Carolina (3-2), Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm ET

                #4 Loyola (4-2) @ Air Force (4-3), Saturday, March 16 at 2:00pm MT

John Haus – M (2nd round, 15th overall)

Owen Blye – A (3rd round, 24th overall)

Sunday, March 10: #1 Maryland (5-0) vs. Stony Brook (4-3) Final: 13-7

Maryland held Stony Brook scoreless through the opening 16:48 of the game while building up a 5-0 lead. Once Stony Brook finally got on the board, Maryland answered with back-to-back goals to increase its lead to 7-1 with 10:11 remaining in the half. The Seawolves closed out the scoring in the first half at the 7:12 mark, cutting the Maryland advantage to 7-2. But the Terps defense then held Stony Brook scoreless again until just under the seven minute mark in the third quarter, while extending their lead to 11-2. The Seawolves ended the Maryland run at 6:52, and the teams traded goals to make it a 12-4 game heading into the fourth quarter. Stony Brook did outscore Maryland 3-1 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to make the comeback. Blye finished with two goals on the day, while Haus had one.

Next Up: #1 Maryland (5-0) @ Villanova (1-4), Saturday, March 16 at 7:00pm ET

Mason Poli – LSM (4th round, 27th overall)

Saturday, March 9: #14 Drexel (4-1) vs. Bryant (0-5) Final: 11-5

Drexel scored the first six goals of the game and held a 6-1 advantage at the half. Bryant scored the first two goals in the third, but Drexel responded with 3:49 remaining in the quarter to up its lead to 7-4. That goal also started a 5-0 run Dragons, as Bryant didn’t score again until 4:33 was left in the game. Poli was held pointless.

Next Up: Bryant (0-5) vs. Albany (3-2), Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm ET

Brian Casey – M (6th round, 48th overall)

Saturday, March 9: Harvard (2-2) vs. Georgetown (2-2) Final: 8-6

The first nine minutes of the game were scoreless before Casey sandwiched goals around a score by Harvard. The Crimson then scored 30 seconds apart early in the second quarter to swing the momentum back in its favor, and take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Three straight scores in the third quarter put the Hoyas back in the driver's seat before Harvard evened things up, 6-6, midway through the period. But the Crimson held the Hoyas scoreless in the fourth quarter to seal an 8-6 victory. Casey finished the day with the two first-half goals.

Next Up: Georgetown (2-2) @ Mount Saint Mary’s (3-4), Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00pm ET

Michael McCormack – D (7th round, 51st overall)

Saturday, March 9: Yale (3-1) vs. #17 Fairfield (3-3) Final: 12-8

Fairfield got on the board first and held a 4-1 advantage 35 seconds into the second quarter. But Yale roared back to take a 6-5 lead into halftime, and continued its run into the third to extend the lead to 8-5. However, the Stags pulled within one, 9-8, with 1:55 remaining in the quarter. The teams traded goals 40 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a one goal lead, 9-8, for the Bulldogs. But it would be Fairfield’s last tally before Yale finished with a three-goal run, making the final to 12-8. McCormack contributed a goal, two groundballs and a caused turnover.

Tuesday, March 5: Yale (2-1) @ Sacred Heart (0-4) Final: 14-6

Yale dominated Sacred Heart in all facets of the game en route to a 14-6 win. The Bulldogs had built an 8-2 lead by halftime, and the Pioneers were unable to get out of the hole. In the second half, the closest the game ever got was a six goal differential, 10-4, in the 3rd quarter. McCormack finished the day with two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Next Up: Yale (3-1) vs. #3 Cornell (5-0), Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm ET

Kyle Feeney – G (8th round, 59th overall)

Saturday, March 9: Bucknell (4-1) vs. #9 UMass (3-3) Final: 7-4

Feeney stopped 14 shots to backstop a suffocating defensive performance and lift Bucknell to a 7-4 win over UMass. The Bison held the Minutemen scoreless until the 13:18 mark of the second quarter. Several of Feeney's stops were from in close, and he made five saves alone in the final 2:29 to keep UMass off the board and seal the victory.

Next Up: Bucknell (4-1) vs. #14 Drexel (4-1), Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00pm ET

* Feeney was named Patriot League Goalkeep of the week following his performance against UMass. He now owns the League's second-best goals-againts average of 6.59.