Huge Wins, Heartbreaking Losses Continue as NCAA Season Rolls On
Now past the halfway point in the season, NCAA lacrosse is heating up. Perennial contenders are showing why they have had previous success, and unexpected contenders are proving that they belong with the cream of the crop.
The Albany Great Danes are battling to keep their season on track as the season nears its end. Unfortunately, the Danes lost a heartbreaker to Harvard by a score of 13-12. Indigenous sophomore Tehoka Nanticoke collected a goal and an assist in the loss to reach 100 points in his career while Mitch Laffin and Jakob Patterson both scored two goals and added singular assists. Ron John also tallied one goal and three assists.
The Danes outscored Harvard in the final quarter 5-4 but fell just short against their Ivy League opponents. Conversely, Albany regrouped to win their second contest of the week against Hartford, 14-10. Nanticoke again showed why he is a force to be reckoned with by scoring five goals and adding one assist. Patterson added a goal, and five assists and Chaunce Hill scooped up a ground ball in the victory. With four regular-season games remaining, Mitch Laffin noted that Albany’s confidence is still present.
“We have learned that we can play with anyone,” he said. “We have done some really good things the past couple games, and even though we have had a few losses, we are seeing what we can do, and we just have to improve day by day.”
Albany will travel to take on Vermont on Saturday.
After a nice win against High Point last week, the Jacksonville University Dolphins fell to Air Force by a score of 14-7 despite holding them scoreless in the third quarter. Freshman Wake:Riat BowHunter did his best to keep his team alive on the offensive end, collecting a hat trick. The Dolphins have a bright future ahead of them, but they sit at 3-7 on the season. They will look to create some more forward progress as they take on the Richmond Spiders on April 6.
Kason Tarbell played stout defense as his Cornell squad defeated Dartmouth, 15-5. Tarbell also collected a ground ball in the effort. Cornell’s defensive play was quite impressive, holding Dartmouth to two goals or less in each of the four quarters. Sitting at 6-3 on the season, Tarbell and Cornell will take on Harvard on Apr. 6 in an attempt to win their seventh game of the season.
Devon Buckshot and the High Point Panthers collected their eighth win of the season against Furman. The Panthers consistency was on display, scoring four or more goals in every quarter on their way to a 17-10 victory. Their next test will come when they take on Air Force on Saturday.
Loyola improved to 7-2 on the season with a dominant 21-7 win over Colgate on Saturday. Indigenous freshman Chase Scanlan recorded a hat trick and added an assist as Pat Spencer, and Kevin Lindley both recorded 10 points on the day. An eight-goal second quarter combined with a third quarter in which the Greyhounds prevented Colgate from scoring at all proved to be more than enough on their way to victory. An excited Chase Scanlan noted that the Greyhounds continual improvement is fun to be a part of.
“We continue to click and know our personnel better as the season goes on,” he said. “Our coaches have continued to push us.”
Dan Burnam and the Drexel Dragons fell to UMass by a score on 10-9. UMass scored four goals in each of the last two quarters to propel them to a victory after trailing 6-2 at halftime. The Dragons will aim to get back to .500 on the season as they take on the Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday.
Indigenous senior Jake Fox led a solid defensive effort for Johns Hopkins as they dismantled Michigan by a score of 14-8. The win moved the Blue Jays to 5-4 on the season with a Saturday contest against Rutgers awaiting them.
The Syracuse Orange had an up and down week as they fell to No. 12 ranked Syracuse on March 30, 13-10, and then defeated Hobart 17-5 on Tuesday. Indigenous defenseman Tyson Bomberry collected five ground balls in the loss to the Fighting Irish and the win against Hobart. His consistent presence has helped the Orange to their 6-3 record. Syracuse will take on Cornell on Tuesday, April 9 as they aim for their seventh victory of the season.
Unfortunately for Matt Duncan and St. John’s, they fell in heartbreaking fashion in both of their games this past week. In the first contest, the Providence Friars defeated the Red Storm 8-7 in overtime after outscoring St. John’s 3-1 in the final quarter to tie the game. Next, Duncan’s squad fell to Stony Brook by a score of 12-11; once again being outscored 3-1 in the final quarter. Duncan scored one goal and scooped up a total of nine ground balls combined in the two losses. St. John’s will look to bounce back from the two devastating losses as they take on Marquette on April 6.
In their latest matchup with No. 10 Towson, Hofstra fell by just one goal, bringing their record to 3-7 on the season. Indigenous freshman Kyran Sunday and the Pride will take on UMass Saturday.
Eric Miccio’s Onondaga Lazers continued to steamroll their competition, defeating Tompkins Cortland Community College by a score of 22-1 just three days after demolishing Jefferson Community College 29-0. The Lazers are riding a four-game win streak in which they have outscored their opponents by a total of 89-17.
In their most recent victory, Owen Hill notched two goals and an assist, Percy Booth scored a goal and added two assists and Lars Stout scored a single goal. Coach Miccio and his group will look to continue their unbelievable hot streak when they take on Finger Lakes Community College on April 5.
Although Genesee Community College is sitting at .500 on the season, their latest win was much like those in the Lazers recent hot streak. The Cougars owned every aspect of play in a 30-3 victory over Mohawk Valley Community College. Konner Sunday scored three goals and added four assists, Dante David added a goal and an assist, Darcy Redeye tallied two goals, and three assists and Kyle Isaacs added another two goals and four assists in the blowout win.
In the last few weeks of action, there will inevitably be some heartbreaking defeats and prideful victories as the 2019 regular season wraps up. As for now, it is still too early to tell who will take home a National Championship at seasons end.