The sixth week of NCAA Men’s Division 1 College Lacrosse was filled with thrilling games. We’ve got the top five matches from March 16th. There’s still time for teams to make a case for themselves to be a contender this year. Conference play is heating up too, and teams are trying to secure those automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. Catch up on these latest games before another great weekend of NCAA Men’s Division 1 College Lacrosse.
Yale spanks Cornell 16-11
Definitely did not expect to see this outcome between these two powerhouses. It was a rough day for the Big Red in about all aspects of the game. The Bulldogs played very well once they settled in, and then they lead all day.
This gameday was also a big day for the Ierlan family. TD Ierlan had a fantastic day winning 24 out of 30 faceoffs along with scooping 17 ground balls. His brother Chase Ierlan, the freshman goalie for Cornell, kept the Big Red in the game as much as he could with 15 saves.
Cornell has two players who are top 10 in the nation for goals per game and they still produced in the five-goal loss. Clarke Petterson with 6 points and John Piatelli with 5 points kept their averages up there. Big Red’s star Jeff Teat was held to a season-low 1 goal &1 assist.
The Bulldogs were able to hold onto the ball for a majority of the game and get the shots they wanted all day. They had a freshman, Matt Brandau, burst onto the stage with an 8 point day in an enormous game for the lad. He’ll definitely have a target on him now though. His other 2 attackmen counterparts also put up some numbers. The Undertaker, Matt Gaudet, buried 5 goals, and Jackson Morrill found 4 points.
Cornell was able to bounce back from the bad loss with a big 18-3 win over Saint Bonaventure on Tuesday. Yale then follows with another big Ivy league game next up against Princeton.
Syracuse over Rutgers 18-14
The Orange almost set a new record over the weekend for shots in a game during this victory. They made opposing keeper, Max Edlemann, think twice about his position choice as they put up 57 shots, 3 away from Syracuse’s record. Max Edelmann, a top 10 in saves per game, did what he could manage and had 19 saves.
Rutgers was actually in the lead for most of the game behind some great early offense. A lot was coming from Adam Charalambides, who put up 6 goals 2 assists, also helping him was Kieran Mullins with a goal and 6 assists. Failure to hold onto the lead was mainly due to faceoffs.
Syracuse had a slow start, but an 8 goal fourth quarter to take the lead propelled them to a W. They had several players with at least 3 points, so it really was a team effort too. The Orange were, however, led by Nate Solomon and Jamie Trimboli with 4 goals 1 assist for both of them. That was a real big win for Syracuse, especially since they showed some grit coming back in the end when it matters most. They do have another tough one next game against Duke though so they best reset and get ready.
Duke silences Towson 12-10
This top five matchup did not disappoint at all. Back to back road losses for the Tigers now, while it is now 7 straight wins for Duke. It was a real slow start; taking more than 7 minutes for the first goal to be scored. The rest of the way it was back and forth action with lots of ties and lead changes
Statistically, it was a very even matchup, except in turnovers where Towson had 25. Once Duke captured the lead near the end of the game, they never let go. It was also a very fast-paced game even during the initial scoring drought
The Blue Devils had several players get a point on the day. They were led by Brad Smith and Joey Manown; both with 4 points. Duke let Towson just kinda fell apart near the end when the Tigers were plagued by turnovers.
The Tigers were led by senior leader Brendan Sunday with 4 goals 1 assist. They hope to bounce back in this great season so far against Denver. Duke goes on a very tough stretch to end the season as they hope to keep themselves rolling strong to the NCAA tournament.
Virginia slices up Notre Dame 13-11
Virginia finally wins in regulation. After 3 straight OT wins the Cavaliers are able to figure it out in 60 minutes. It did still take them all the way to the end to capture the winning lead on a 5 goal streak
Notre Dame had a good start to the game and had solid defense through most of it. They were led by Wheaton Jackoboice with 4 points and Brian Willetts with 3. The Irish fell down when Virginia fought hard to get the win in the end, and this ended as a big conference win for the ‘Hoos.
Cavaliers had solid play all over the field but were led by Ian Laviano’s 5 goals. This win can go a long way for Virginia’s momentum the rest of the season as they play Hopkins next. The Irish were able to get back to winning on Tuesday by beating Michigan 12-9.
Johns Hopkins over Delaware 12-10
In the battle of the birds, the Blue Jays take down the Blue Hens. Hopkins had control most of the game, but Delaware was able to keep it close. Hopkins took an early lead putting in 5 in the first quarter. They won most of the statistical categories that matter most on their home field as the raced to the win. It was all about runs through the game, and Hopkins just had bigger ones. Along with the final 4 goal run by the Blue Jays. Their big runs were due to Connor Williams and Kyle Marr; both with 5 points. The o