This week’s marquee D-1 men’s lacrosse contest between #1 ranked Loyola and #2 ranked Maryland featured three of the Hounds’ top four draftees in action:
Mike Sawyer – A (1st round, 8th overall)
John Haus – M (2nd round, 15th overall)
Owen Blye – A (3rd round, 24th overall)
Saturday, Feb. 23: #2 Mayrland (3-0) @ #1 Loyola (2-1) Final: 12-10
Haus tied his career high with four goals to lead Maryland past defending champion Loyola. Sawyer gave the Greyhounds the early 1-0 lead, but that would be the last lead Loyola would enjoy for the game. Maryland went on a 5-0 scoring run to take control of the game in the opening quarter, starting with a goal from Haus. Loyola opened the second quarter with an extra-man goal to make it a 5-2 game at the 10:15 mark. After trading goals, Maryland closed out the first half with Haus netting his second of the game for a 7-3 advantage. The third quarter was an up-and-down affair with Loyola outscoring the Terps 5-4 in the period to pull within three. Neither team could get on the board until late in the fourth, but it was the Terps who broke through and took a 12-8 lead off of a nice feed from Blye with 3:08 to play. The Greyhounds wouldn't concede and tallied back-to-back goals, but Maryland make a huge save with 10 seconds to play that sealed the win for the Terps. Haus now has 13 points on the season, while Blye has eight. Sawyer has seven points on the year for Loyola.
Next Up: #2 Maryland (3-0) @ #14 Duke (2-3), Saturday, March 2 at 11:00am ET
#1 Loyola (2-1) vs. UMBC (1-1), Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00pm ET
Wednesday, Feb. 20: #1 Loyola (2-0) @ Towson (0-3) Final: 14-9
Sawyer scored four goals to lead Loyola to a 14-9 victory over Towson. He opened the scoring 2:59 into the game and Loyola built a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes in. After a Towson goal with 1:09 left in the first quarter, Loyola tallied the first two of the second period. But Towson scored the next three to cut the deficit to 6-4. The Greyhounds responded with a pair of goals, the first coming from Sawyer, to push Loyola's lead to 8-4 at the break. Loyola scored the first two of the second half, and Sawyer’s fourth of the game gave the Greyhounds a six-goal lead, 10-4. Towson closed it to three in the fourth quarter, but two Loyola goals with an empty net provided the final five-goal difference.
There was another matchup this week featuring Hounds draftees playing against each other:
Mason Poli – LSM (4th round, 27th overall)
Kyle Feeney – G (8th round, 59th overall)
Saturday, Feb. 23: Bucknell (2-1) vs. Bryant (0-3) Final: 10-8
The key stretch in the game came at the end of the first half, when Bucknell scored four straight goals to bust open a 4-4 deadlock and take an 8-4 lead into halftime. It took more than nine minutes for either side to score in the second half, as both defenses locked in. Poli brought Bryant within 8-5 with 5:51 left in the third quarter, but Bucknell responded only 36 seconds later. The Bulldogs closed within 9-7 with two goals late in the third, but Bucknell's defense was terrific in the fourth quarter to carry the team to the 10-8 victory. While Poli had two goals and an assist in Bryant’s losing effort, Feeney made nine saves to help Bucknell solidify the win.
Up Next: Bucknell vs. Navy, Saturday March 2 at 1:00pm ET
Bryant @ Vermont, Saturday March 2 at 1:00pm ET
Matt White – A (4th round, 28th overall)
Tuesday, Feb. 19: #6 Virginia (2-0) vs. Virginia Military Institute(0-3) 18-4
VMI started the scoring with a man-up goal at 13:07, but Virginia held the Keydets scoreless for the next 44:08. When VMI scored its next goal at 13:59 in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers had already reeled off 15-straight goals. VMI found the net three times in the fourth, but Virginia tallied three goals as well, including the game’s final two goals to cap off the 18-4 victory. White scored one goal in the contest.
Saturday, Feb. 23: #6 Virginia (3-0) @ Stony Brook (1-2) Final: 13-7
Virginia held only a one-goal lead going into the intermission, 6-5, before coming out in the third quarter and scoring back-to-back goals to take an 8-5 lead. But the Cavaliers were held scoreless for the final 11:16 of the third quarter and Stony Brook made a run of its own. The Seawolves scored back-to-back goals to pull within one, 8-7, but Virginia held them scoreless for the final 19:14, while the Cavaliers added five more goals of their own to solidify the 13-7 victory. White tallied six points on three goals and three assists to reach 100 career points. He finished the game with 102 career points.
Next Up: #6 Virginia (3-0) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (2-1), Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00pm ET
Brian Casey – M (6th round, 48th overall)
Sunday, Feb. 24: Georgetown (1-1) vs. Navy (2-2) Final: 9-8 OT
Casey had two goals and two assists to lead Georgetown to its first win this season, defeating Navy 9-8. The Hoyas started the scoring just seven seconds into the game, but Navy went on a run and was in front 4-1 with 6:45 remaining in the first half. Georgetown stormed back to tie the game at 6-6 with 5:26 left in the third quarter. The teams traded goals through the rest of regulation. Navy took the lead with 2:44 to play, but Casey tied the score with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Georgetown won the opening face-off and less than two minutes later scored the game-winner, sealing the Hoyas first win. Casey now has nine points in two games.
Next Up: Georgetown (1-1) vs. Dartmouth (0-1), Saturday, March 2 at 1:00pm ET (will be played at SMU in Dallas, Texas)
Jake Tripucka – M (6th round, 42nd overall)
Friday, Feb. 22: UPenn (1-0) vs. #14 Duke (2-3) Final: 14-9
Duke scored first, just 52 seconds in, but a frantic first period ended with UPenn carrying the 6-5 advantage. Duke scored the only goals of the second quarter, and took a 7-6 lead into halftime. The Blue Devils got the scoring started in the third quarter, as well, but UPenn responded to tie the game at 8-8, and a little less than three minutes later the Quakers scored again to take a lead they would not relinquish. UPenn scored its fourth straight to start the fourth quarter before Duke ended a goalless streak of 15:50 with 11:04 left in the contest. It would be the Blue Devils’ last goal of the game though, and UPenn tallied four more goals to take the 14-9 victory. Tripucka had one assist in the game.
*The Hounds also hold player rights to Duke
Casey Carroll (3rd round, 18th overall), who tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2013 NCAA season.
Next Up: #14 Duke (2-3) vs. #2 Maryland (3-0), Saturday, March 2 at 11:00am ET
Michael McCormack – D (7th round, 51st overall)
Saturday, Feb. 23: St. John’s (2-0) @ #17 Yale (0-1) Final: 10-9
St. John’s scored in the final minute of play to secure the 10-9 victory over Yale. The Bulldogs opened the scoring and held a 3-1 advantage after the first quarter, but St. John’s rallied in the second to take a 5-4 lead into the intermission. Another Yale goal to open the second-half tied the game once again at 5-5, but back-to-back goals from the Red Storm put St. John's back on top 7-5. The Red Storm took an 8-6 advantage into the final quarter, but Yale would make things interesting with a pair of goals to tie the game 8-8 with 6:42 to play. The teams traded goals again before St. John’s late tally for the win. McCormack scooped up two groundballs and caused one turnover in the losing effort.
Next Up: #17 Yale (0-1) @ Albany (1-1), Sunday, March 3 at 1:00pm ET
Max Van Bourgondien – M (6th round, 43rd overall)
Sunday, Feb. 24: #7 Cornell (1-0) @ Hobart (1-1) Final: 19-11
Cornell jumped out to a 7-3 lead before the intermission, then followed up with 12 goals in the second half to pull away from Hobart and secure the 19-11 victory. Van Bourgondien contributed one goal to the win.
Next Up: #7 Cornell (1-0) vs. Binghamton (0-1), Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4:00pm ET