Week 7 in NCAA Men’s Division 1 lacrosse was one full of upsets. Lots of teams we didn’t expect to get the W walked away as the winners in the end. Probably the most notable upset, Syracuse over Duke, went into OT and was a real nail bitter. These wins and losses only make the end of the season that much more interesting. May is approaching quickly, and there’s not that much more time to make a name for yourself if you haven’t yet.
Denver fights back to beat Towson 7-6
In the Pioneers first game back in about 2 weeks, they hand the Tigers their 3rd straight loss. This was a defensive battle plagued with some turnovers by both teams. It took 9 minutes of gameplay for the first goal to be scored during the slow start.
The first half was back and forth action having each team score twice during both initial quarters. This included a wild own goal, an unfortunate mistake happening to Towson. Statistically, Denver won everything besides faceoffs; which we aren’t used to seeing for the Pios. The second half started off with Towson dominating and taking a 6-4 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter
The Tigers were led by Timmy Monahan with 2 goals and Luke Fromert with a goal 2 assists. The whole game only had 3 assists altogether; very rare to see. Denver was able to find some shots they liked in the 4th quarter and can them to find the late lead and W. Ted Sullivan helped the Pios in the big win scoring hat trick and getting an assist. Coach Bill Tierney will return to face his old team Princeton next, while Towson will try to find what they had to start the season and get out of the slump against Hofstra.
Ohio State beats Notre Dame in OT 11-10
The Buckeyes stay undefeated in a nail biter. This one also took 10 minutes for the first goal to be scored in another slow start. Lots of runs in this game changed momentum often, and Notre Dame went into
Shortly after the half, Ohio State decided to play and went on a 4 goal streak closing the scoring gap. Eventually, the Buckeyes took the lead in the 4th, but Notre Dame wouldn’t go away. Thanks to Brian Willetts and Bryan Costabile, both with hat tricks, they were able to force
Ohio State went down and scored after and won in the first minute of OT. They had solid offense all day and were led by Jackson Reid with 4 goals and 1 assist. The Buckeyes were also helped along by Tre Leclaire and Jack Jasinski, both with 3 points. This was a really big road win
Penn scraps past Cornell 16-15
The Big Red
Penn was able to put up a lot more shots and had well timed extra-man opportunities during the game. They also had a solid day on faceoffs where Cornell has struggled all year.
Cornell played well most of the day and all around the field, but their hopes fell apart at the end when it matters most. Jeff Teat bounced back with a hat trick and 3 assists after his last dismal performance. John Piatelli had 4 goals and 1 assist while Clarke Petterson was held to 1 goal and 1 assist. The Big Red have now lost 3 out of their last 5 games, so they need to get it together fast. Cornell’s one good mark on defense on the day was LSM Brandon Salvatore who had 5 caused turnovers and 14 ground balls
The Quakers had a lot of offense coming from key players at opportune times during the victory. Led by Senior Tyler Dunn with 5 goals and 1 assist, Adam Goldner and Freshman Sam Handley scored 5 points each. Penn has had a great season so far and are now on 4 game win streak going into a huge game against Yale.
Virginia downs Johns Hopkins 16-11
This rivalry game started off as a back and forth battle changing leads every couple minutes. Until early in the third things were messy, but then the Cavaliers decided they wanted the game and went on a 9-2 scoring run to secure the W.
Statistically, it was a very even game at the end; despite being one of the biggest wins for Virginia in the rivalry history. They had offense coming from all over and were led by Michael Kraus with 5 points and several others with 3 points. This gives them 5 wins in a row and the Cavaliers are getting hot at the perfect time.
Hopkins played hard and fought all throughout the game but were just shut out at the end. They had a lot of production coming from freshmen, Joey Epstein with 5 goals and Evan Zinn with 2 goals. Kyle Marr and Cole Williams, the other 2 parts of the fierce attack trio, were held to 4 points between the pair. They hope to bounce back with conference play starting next game against Michigan.
Syracuse stuns Duke in OT 9-8
A huge comeback from the Orange in the second half, after being down 6-2, lead to this momentous victory. Syracuse has continued their high powered offensive ways by putting up a lot more shots, capitalizing on all 4
Duke looked dominant in the first half, and I expected them to easily pull away, but they really struggled to get anything going in the second half. They collapsed on both sides of the ball. For scoring, Joey Manown put up 2 goals and 1 assist along with Joe Robertson’s 2 goals. The Blue Devils could not score or stop Syracuse when it mattered. That loss ended their 7 game win streak as they