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NCAA Prospect Watch: Poli Remains Bright Spot Amid Bryant's Struggles

March 19, 2016
While the Bryant men's lacrosse team is still searching for its first win this season, LSM Mason Poli's play has been a bright spot. He is currently tied for second on the team in points, with 11.

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

Saturday, March 16: #19 Albany (4-2) @ Bryant (0-6) Final: 17-15

Bryant got on the board first, but Albany took an 8-6 advantage into halftime that it never relinquished. The Great Danes extended their lead to 13-7 heading into the final period, but the Bulldogs would not go away quietly, and responded by scoring the first four goals of the fourth quarter to pull back within two, 13-11. The teams traded back-to-back goals, pushing Albany’s lead to 17-13 with less than three minutes to play. Bryant made a late rally with consecutive goals in the final 2:06, but the Great Danes held on for the victory. Poli had a big day for the Bulldogs, tallying four points on two goals and two assists.

Next Up: Bryant (0-6) at Harvard (2-3), Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 16: #8 Loyola (5-2) @ Air Force (4-4) Final: 13-7

Loyola led 4-2 after the end of the first quarter, and the teams managed just one goal each in the second to put the Greyhounds up 5-3 at the break. Loyola then scored five of the second half’s first six goals to take a six-goal lead late in the third quarter en route to the 13-7 defeat of Air Force. Sawyer was held pointless on the day.

Next Up: #8 Loyola (5-2) @ Georgetown (3-3), Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00pm ET

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

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

Saturday, March 16: #1 Maryland (6-0) @ Villinova (1-5) Final: 10-7

Villanova jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but Maryland responded and tied the game going into the intermission. The teams traded goals in the third to keep the game tied, 5-5, at the 8:49 mark, but then Maryland went on a 3-0 run to open up an 8-5 lead. Villanova pulled back within one, 8-7, in the fourth quarter, but the Terps were able to grind out to more goals and secure the 10-7 victory. Haus and Blye had one goal each, while Blye added an assist as well.

Next Up: #1 Maryland (6-0) vs. #6 North Carolina (3-3), Saturday, March 23 at 12:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 16: #12 Ohio State (5-1) @ #9 Virginia (5-3) Final: 11-10

Ohio State trailed 4-1 late in the first quarter, but went on a four-goal run to take a 5-4 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. The teams traded goals in the final 1:10, giving the Buckeyes a 6-5 advantage at halftime. The score was tied at 8-all with 7:46 left in the third quarter, but the Buckeyes tallied back-to-back goals to regain the lead, 10-8. Virginia scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 1:48 remaining, but the Buckeyes 17 seconds later caused a turnover after the ensuing faceoff and were able to score and solidify the 11-10 win. White had one assist in the loss.

Next Up: #9 Virginia (5-3) vs. #4 Johns Hopkins (5-2), Saturday, March 23 at 4:30pm ET

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

Saturday, March 16: #17 Duke (5-4) vs. Towson (3-5) Final: 12-4

Duke never trailed in the contest after scoring the first four goals of the game and taking a 4-1 lead into halftime. Towson pulled within 4-2 early in the third quarter, but Duke used an 8-1 run to pull away 12-3 midway through the fourth quarter. Tripucka tallied one goal on the day.

Wednesday, March 13: #17 Duke (4-4) @ #6 North Carolina (3-3) Final: 11-8

After trading goals in a first quarter that featured three ties and left Duke ahead 4-3, the Blue Devils put together a 4-1 run in the second quarter for a an 8-4 advantage at halftime. However, North Carolina held Duke scoreless in the third quarter and gradually chipped away at the Blue Devils’ lead to make it 8-7 after three quarters. Duke responded by scoring three of the game’s final four goals to solidify the 11-8 victory. Tripucka contributed two assists in the win.

*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: #17 Duke (5-4) vs. Marist (5-0), Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm ET

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

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

Saturday, March 16: #2 Cornell (6-0) vs. #15 Yale (3-2) Final: 12-10

The first half featured six ties and two lead changes as neither team managed to take more than a one-goal advantage through 30 minutes. But Cornell scored four unanswered goals to close the second and open the third quarter to take a 9-6 advantage. Yale began to come back, pulling the game within one, 10-9 at the 6:09 mark of the fourth quarter. The teams traded goals but Cornell scored again with 1:32 to play to seal the victory. Van Bourgondien contributed one goal for the Big Red, while McCormack recorded a goal, five groundballs and caused two turnovers for the Bulldogs.

Next Up: #15 Yale (3-2) vs. #7 Princeton (4-2), Friday, March 22 at 5:00pm ET

                #2 Cornell (6-0) vs. Bucknell (6-1), Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 16: Georgetown (3-3) vs. Providence (5-1) Final: 16-8

Providence had a 2-1 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first, but Georgetown went on a seven-goal run to go ahead 9-2. The Friars added two goals before halftime, and scored quickly to start the third quarter, making the score 9-5. The Hoyas scored back-to-back goals before a three-goal run by Providence brought the score to 12-7, but Georgetown scored the last four goals of the game to clinch a 16-8 win. Casey contributed an assist in the victory.

Tuesday, March 12: Mount St. Mary’s (4-4) vs. Georgetown (2-3) Final: 14-6

Mount St. Mary’s was able to take control of the game in the second quarter by scoring four goals, while keeping Georgetown off the board to take a 10-3 halftime lead. The Mountaineers extended their lead to eight goals, 14-6, in the third and both teams were scoreless in the final quarter. Casey carried the offense for the Hoyas, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Next Up: Georgetown (3-3) vs. #8 Loyola (5-2), Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 16: Bucknell (6-1) @ Lafayette (2-6) Final: 13-6

Bucknell led 4-2 after one period and 7-3 at the half, but Lafayette got back in it by posting the only two goals of the third quarter to pull the Leopards within 7-5. But the Bison regained control with three straight goals and outscored Lafayette 6-1 in the fourth quarter en route to the 13-6 victory. Feeney made nine of his 10 saves in the second half.

Tuesday, March 12: Bucknell (5-1) vs. #13 Drexel (4-2) Final: 17-8

Bucknell rode an 11-goal first half to a 17-8 rout of Drexel. The Bison, leading 11-4 at the half, tacked on three more goals in both the third and fourth quarters, and Feeney and the defense took it from there. Feeney made eight of his 10 saves in the second half, and Bucknell held Drexel more than five goals under its season scoring average.

Next Up: Bucknell (6-1) @ #2 Cornell (6-0), Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00pm ET