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Albany Men’s Lacrosse vs. UMBC Men’s Lacrosse
Albany (10-1) loses to UMBC (3-7) 7-11. In the most surprising game of the weekend, in the battle of the dogs, UMBC continues to take down the number one team in the nation. Nobody saw this coming, and Albany took their first loss of the season while on the road. The Golden Retrievers got it done with great energy, hustle, and defense all game. Along with a big performance out of Freshman goalie Tommy Lingner with 16 saves. They were burying shots early and went into halftime up 8-2.
UMBC was led by middie Billy Nolan with a hat-trick on 11 shots and 2 assists. Albany could not connect on shots and missing key players Connor Fields and Justin Reh from the game. They were trying to catch back up all game but just couldn’t get there. With missing star senior attackman the Great Danes offense was not clicking at all. TD Ierlan even went 19 for 21 on face-offs with 11 ground balls so they had plenty of possession along with more shots. Tehoka Nanticoke and Kyle McClancy tried to pick it up for their team scoring 3 goals each and shooting almost half of the team’s shots. Their comeback in the fourth quarter was not enough to prevail and they took the first loss of the season.
Maryland Men’s Lacrosse vs. Penn State Men’s Lacrosse
Maryland (9-1) beats Penn State (7-4) 13-12 in a back and forth nail-biter. The Terps remain with one loss after getting this tough road win. It was an even game statistically besides Penn State winning the shot battle and a lot more faceoff wins. The Nittany Lions fought hard all game and started off hot going into halftime up by a goal. They spread their scoring around with 4 players recording 4 points, Mac O’keefe 4 goals, Dylan Foulds 3 goals 1 assist, Nick Spillane 2 goals 2 assists, and Ryan Keenan with 1 goal 3 assists.
Coming out of the second half, Maryland came out swinging and threw down some runs to win the second half. Star Connor Kelly had a career day putting in 6 goals and a dime. Freshman Logan Wisnauskas also helped with a hat trick and Jared Bernhardt added 2 goals 1 assist. Maryland was in a rare place having to fight back for the lead, but they got the job done in a big conference game.
Denver Men’s Lacrosse vs. Villanova Men’s Lacrosse
Denver (8-2) beats Villanova (8-3) 22-6. Another very shocking game over the weekend when The Pioneers played their best game of the season and on the road! The team had 12 players score a point, season high in goals, and a few individuals game highs. After a slow start on offense at the beginning of the season, Denver lays down a beating putting up 18 goals up the first half. Along with scoring more than 50 percent of their shots which is nuts. A lot was due to Trevor Baptiste going 27 of 30 at the X with 17 ground balls, 1 goal 1 assist. Along with his monster night was Ethan Walker with career-high 8 goals and an assist.
Other big performers for the Pios were Austin French with 3 goals 3 assists, and freshman Ted Sullivan putting up 4 goals and a dime. Denver also held the Wildcats to only 1 goal in the second half. For Nova, it is hard to win a game or get anything going when you never have the ball. Their solid attack put up most of their goals Christia Cuccinello with 2 goals, Keegan Khan 1 goal, and Danny Seibel with a goal and an assist.
John Hopkins Mens Lacrosse vs. Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
Johns Hopkins (8-2) beats Ohio State (5-6) 13-10. A very even game in what is always a good contest. Each quarter was tied except for the third quarter. Hopkins extends their win streak behind great passing and shooting. The team leader in goals Cole Williams put in 4 goals along with other great attackmen Shack Stanwick adding a goal and 3 assists, Kyle Marr with 2 goals. Stud middie Joel Tinney added 2 more dimes to his stat sheet and a goal. OSU is on the opposite end adding to their losing streak. For them, it was hard to get it going in the 6 on 6 offense and stopping Hopkins in the second half. They were led by star Tre Leclaire putting up a hat trick.
Duke Men’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse
Duke (10-2) beats Notre Dame (5-4) 8-2. A rather slow game, solid defense, and low scoring, Duke held the lead for the whole game and didn’t allow a goal in the second half. Notre Dame was without their 2 main dodgers and top scorers. There was long drawn out possessions from both squads and not a ton of shots. For the Blue Devils season low in scoring Justin Guterding and Sean Lowrie led the team with 2 goals apiece. You need to be able to win games in multiple ways and Duke showed it can lull teams to sleep and they don’t need a ton of goals to beat you. The Irish struggled to generate any offense but were led by Pierre Byrne who had a goal and assisted the only other one.
Virginia Men’s Lacrosse vs. North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse
Virginia (9-3) beats North Carolina (6-6) 15-12. A big conference matchup and solid game. North Carolina adds to their losing streak by going down by too much early. They went into halftime down 9-4 and just couldn’t mount the big enough comeback. The Tar Heels had three players with 4 points, William Perry 2 goals 2 assists, Timmy Kelly 1 goal 3 assists, and Matt Gavin with 3 goals 1 assist. Virginia came out ready to play and attacked the zone well. Their squad was led by their attack getting points all over. Star of the Cavaliers Michael Kraus with 3 goals 4 assists, Mike D’amario put in 4 goals, Ian Laviano with the hatty and Mikey Herring with a goal and 3 assists. Whenever UNC would go on a run Virginia would answer and shut it down.