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    • March 10, 2014 2:56 AM EDT
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      Blue Devils Fall to No. 5 Loyola

       

      March 9, 2014

       

      BALTIMORE, Md.—Loyola’s Matt Sawyer and Nikko Pontrello combined for 11 goals to lead the fifth-ranked Greyhounds to a 14-7 victory over No. 4 Duke this evening at Ridley Athletic Complex. Christian Walsh led the Blue Devils with two tallies.

       

      Loyola improves to 5-1 overall, while Duke drops to 4-2 on the year with both losses coming to top-five opponents.

       

      “First off we’d like to congratulate Loyola University and Coach Toomey and his staff,” said head coach John Danowski. “It was a great coaching job. I thought their kids shot the ball terrifically and they played very very well. So we tip our caps to Loyola and we move on. We move on and look forward to playing Marquette Tuesday night.”

       

      Similar to the game eight days ago at Maryland, Duke traded goals with Loyola in an opening quarter that featured two lead changes and three ties. A Jordan Wolf goal put the Blue Devils up 4-3 after 15 minutes, but it was all
      Greyhounds in the next quarter as they ran off five unanswered and six of the next seven for an 8-5 lead at halftime.

       

      Loyola held Duke without a goal for 16:08 before Walsh notched his second of the evening to make it 8-5. Matt Sawyer threw in three scores for the Greyhounds during the run and posted four overall in the opening half. Overall, Sawyer and Pontrello combined for six of the Greyhounds’ eight tallies before halftime.

       

      The Greyhounds added two more in the third quarter before Duke sophomore Deemer Class put the Blue Devils on the board to make it 10-6. Duke’s defense stifled the Greyhound attack in the final eight minutes of the third, but was unable to get any closer than four.

       

      With plenty of time for Duke to rally from a four-goal deficit, Loyola quickly made life much more difficult for the Blue Devils with a pair of scores in the first 1:52 for a 13-6 advantage.

       

      Myles Jones stopped Duke’s 11-minute scoreless stretch at the 8:11 mark of the fourth, but the seven-goal deficit was too much to overcome for the Blue Devils.

       

      Sophomore Luke Aaron and Kyle Turri shared time in goal. Turri had five saves in 15 minutes of action, while Aaron finished with three saves in the loss. Loyola senior Jack Runkel finished with nine saves in 60 minutes.

       

      Loyola outshot Duke 39-31 and held a 35-34 edge in ground balls. Brendan Fowler won 13-of-23 restarts and picked up seven ground balls. Casey Carroll led the defensive effort with two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

       

      The Blue Devils take a day off before playing Marquette March 11 at 7 p.m. Duke hosts ACC rival North Carolina March 15 at 2 p.m., on ESPNU.

       

      #GoDuke

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      Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Downs Providence, 12-6

      Freshman Christian Trasolini posts six points

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 15, 2014) – In its first BIG EAST game of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team defeated Providence, 12-6, in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon. Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) paced RU with six points on three goals and three assists.

      The Scarlet Knights improved to 5-2 (1-0 BIG EAST), while the Friars moved to 3-4 (0-1 BIG EAST). Rutgers outshot Providence, 43-37, and held the advantage in ground balls, 31-26. Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 17-21 face-off attempts (.810 percent), while sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made 15 saves.

      RU scored the first five goals of the game, holding a 5-0 lead after the opening quarter. Trasolini assisted on the first three scores, while finding the back of the cage for the fifth. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.),who totaled a hat trick in the game, tallied the first goal of the game.

      PC recorded the first score of the second quarter, before Rutgers went on a 3-0 run, which included a goal by Trasolini, as well as one goal and two assists by freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, N.J.). The Friars tallied the next four goals of the game, extending to the 10:29 mark in the third quarter, to cut the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 8-5.

      Rutgers put together another 3-0 scoring streak, highlighted by Trasolini and Klimchak scoring again, giving RU an 11-5 lead with 10:36 to go in the game. Providence found the back of the net one more time, but Klimchak posted the final goal of the game to secure the victory for the Scarlet Knights.

      RU is next in action on Monday, March 17, hosting Richmond at High Point Solutions Stadium at 3 p.m.

      POSTGAME NOTES

      -           Rutgers won its BIG EAST opener for the first time since it downed Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.

      -           Freshman Christian Trasolini totaled a career-high six points. His previous best was five (3g, 2a) vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.

      -           Trasolini posted a career-high three assists. His previous best was two vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.

      -           Trasolini tied his career high with three goals. His also totaled three vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.

      -           Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) caused three turnovers in the game, an individual high for RU this season.

      -           Four Scarlet Knights produced multi-point games. Trasolini posted six (3g, 3a), Murphy recorded four (2g, 2a), Klimchak notched three (3g) and sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) totaled two (1g, 1a).

      -           Rutgers improved to 4-1 all-time vs. Providence.

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      ITHACA, N.Y. – The 59th season of Ivy League men’s lacrosse began today with No. 8 Cornell holding off a second-half Bulldog surge to hand No. 17 Yale an 11-9 loss.

      The Elis (3-2, 0-1 Ivy) held the 6-0 Big Red to one goal over the last 30 minutes, but there was too much ground to make up after a problematic second quarter. 

      Conrad Oberbeck, who had three goals, opened the scoring at 13:12 when he converted a pass from Alex Otero. After the home team evened the score, Austin Rocco notched his second of the year. Cornell answered again, so Sean Shakespeare’s cannon shot from the left flat two minutes later gave the Blue a 3-2 lead.

      The Big Red got the next two to take their first lead. Dylan Levings, who had an excellent first quarter but finished seven for 16 over the first 30 minutes, picked up the ground ball off the ensuing face-off and went the distance with his second goal of the year. He ended up taking 13 of 23 with six ground balls.

      Cornell got another with 14 seconds left in the first, one of five straight goals that enabled the Red to pull away in a rough second quarter for the Bulldogs. During the second, the home squad had 11 of the 16 shots and 12 of the 15 ground balls on the way to a five-goal halftime lead.

      Oberbeck ended the bleeding by converting a Brandon Mangan pass, one-timing it on a cut to the net for his second of the day.

      Yale began the third with momentum as Colin Flaherty ran in from the sideline and fired a waist-high shot. Then Shakespeare, who ran in from mid field, spun a defenseman around and then bounced one past the Cornell goalie to make it 10-7.

      The Elis jumped all over an extra-man opportunity to cut the margin to two with Oberbeck’s third, a lefty shot from the right wing that was the third straight for the Blue.

      Cornell ended the Yale run by making it 11-8 to close out the third. Nobody would have thought that would be the end of the scoring for the home team. The Yale defense, which held Lehigh to a pair of goals on Tuesday, deserves a lot of credit for holding the Red to three less goals than their season average.

      Shakespeare got his hat trick late in the fourth, but it was too late for another Yale run.

      Eric Natale finished with 11 saves in the Yale net as Cornell had a 41-34 advantage in shots.

      Steven A. Conn

      YALE UNIVERSITY

      Associate Athletics Director

      Director of Sports Publicity

      Box 208216 (20 Tower Parkway)

      New Haven, CT 06520-8216

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      Fletcher, Runkel Pace Defense-Led 7-6 Men’s Lacrosse Win Over Army

      BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland goalkeeper Jack Runkel made 19 saves on 45 U.S. Military Academy shots, and defender Joe Fletcher picked up five ground balls, as the second-ranked Greyhounds held off the Black Knights for a 7-6 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,624 fans at Ridley Athletic Complex.

      In addition to his ground balls, several of which came at key moments in the action, Fletcher held his Army’s leading scorer, John Glessner who entered the game with 15 goals and seven assists, to two goals on 22 shots.

      Loyola (6-1 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) entered the game ranked third nationally in shooting percentage, scoring on 37.9 percent of their shots this season. The Black Knights’ defense, which was first in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 5.33 goals in their first six games, held the Greyhounds to just 20 percent from the field (seven goals on 35 shots), its worst mark of the year.

      After Loyola scored the first two goals of the game, Army (4-3, 2-1) evened the game with just eight-tenths of a second left in the first period. Glessner, a high school teammate of Fletcher’s at West Genesse High School in Syracuse, went on the run down the right alley and snuck a hard shot inside the far post to tie the game at 3-3.

      A scoreless second quarter that saw Runkel make five saves and Army’s Sam Somers post three, Army took a 4-3 lead 2:23 into the third quarter when Shea Mullins scored his second of the game. Mullins rolled right-to-left 12 yards out and tallied a goal with a sidearm shot.

      Later in the third quarter, the Greyhounds had a protracted offensive possession, extended by Pat Frazier and Fletcher pickups after balls rolled to or over the midfield line.

      Somers made a save on a Brian Schultz shot from the left side, but the ball rebouned out of the crease and into traffic. An Army defender came up with the ball momentarily, but it was jostled away, Kevin Ryan picked up the loose ball and scored his second of the game to tie the score at 4-4 with 6:53 left in the frame.

      Loyola went back in front with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter as Justin Ward fed Schultz who was rolling the crease. Schultz got topside and scored to push the Greyhounds up one.

      Nearly a third of the way into the fourth quarter, Army went a man-down after an unnecessary roughness call, and the Black Knights were forced to play two short after a cross-check was flagged during the playout of the extra-man opportunity.

      Ward used the two-man advantage to the Greyhounds’ benefit, shooting a hard pass from the point to Nikko Pontrello on the top left of the crease, and Pontrello shot-faked Somers to score at 10:45.

      Less than two minutes later, Loyola pressed out to its largest lead of the game, 7-4, when it recorded a transition goal.

      Runkel made a save on a Glessner shot, and Fletcher picked up the ground ball as it rebounded out of the crease. Defender Pat Frazier made the run into the offensive box for Loyola, and Pat Laconi found him posted up four yards in front of the goal. Frazier scored his first career goal at 8:52, giving the Greyhounds a three-goal lead.

      Minutes later, Somers stopped a Schultz right-side attempt, but Zack Sirico came up with a ground ball in front of the crease from his knees. Sirico flipped an over-the shoulder shot from the ground, but Somers was there again to make the save.

      Somers sent an outlet over the top, and Army’s Jimbo D’Aprile ran the ball into the offensive end. He found Glessner on the doorstep of the left side, and he finished with his second goal of the game at 4:22.

      Loyola looked to run more time off the clock, but Pat Hart caused a turnover for the Black Knights. In transition, Tim Stackpole took a shot, but a Loyola defender checked his stick. The ball floated right to Will Mazzone on the close left side, and Mazzone scored at 2:18 to make it a 7-6 Loyola lead.

      Army won the ensuing faceoff, but Glessner’s first attempt was high, and Runkel saved the second to give the Greyhounds possession.

      Loyola successfully cleared the ball, and Ward broke out of a triple-team at the top left corner of the box. He threw a lob pass to Shultz on the opposite side of the crease, and Schultz dumped a one-time shot on goal. Somers, however, came sliding across to make a save, and Army cleared the ball with 30 seconds to play in regulation.

      An initial Glessner attempt went wide left, and the Black Knights took a timeout with just over six seconds left on the clock. Glessner tried to speed-dodge Fletcher from the end line, but he could not get an angle, and his shot went wide right and out of bounds with just over a second left.

      Led by the five from Fletcher, Loyola had a 34-25 advantage in ground balls, a mark that was 20-11 in the second half.

      The Greyhounds scored the first two goals of the game, opening up with a Ryan extra-man goal off a Ward assist at 13:01. Laconi then struck in transition at 10:34 after causing a turnover, picking up a ground ball and running a one-man clear.

      Mullins scored Army’s first at 5:54, but Pontrello posted up on his defender and scored from the left side at 2:41 to put the Greyhounds up, 3-1.

      Gunnar Miller used a long-range bouncer to pull Army within a goal with 60 seconds left in the first quarter before Glesener’s first strike tied the game.

      The Greyhounds are back in action quickly as they travel to Washington, D.C., for a 6 p.m. faceoff at Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The game from Multi-Sport Field will air live on CBS Sports Network.

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      March 15, 2014

      Harvard Subdues Bears, 16-10

      Boston, Mass. - With the score tied, 8-8 at the half, Harvard scored six unanswered goals to take control of the game and secure a 16-10 win over Brown Saturday evening at Soldiers Field Stadium in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The loss drops the Bears to 3-2 overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League, while Harvard improves to 4-2, 1-0 in league play.

      After Harvard scored on its first two possessions, Brown settled down and tied the game, 2-2, on goals by sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) with 8:35 left in the opening quarter.

      Three Harvard goals sandwiched around a Caputo goal for the Bears gave the Crimson a 5-3 lead after one quarter.

      The Bears fell behind by three goals, 8-5, midway through the second quarter, following a Crimson tally by Will Walker.

      The score could have been much worse had it not been for the tremendous play of Bears’ sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY). His strong play in goal with nine first half saves, enabled the Bears to back in the game.  Two straight goals by junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA), and another by Caputo, with five seconds left, tied the game, 8-8 at the half.

      The Crimson broke the game open at the outset of the second half with five unanswered goals in the third quarter and another at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull ahead by a 14-8 margin following a goal by Daniel Eipp with 11:20 left in the contest.

      Overall, Harvard out-shot the Bears by a 45-30 margin and had the advantage in the face-off-x, winning 17-of-28 face-offs.

      Three Brown players scored two goals each for Brown, senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO), Jacob and Caputo.  Landis finished with a goal and three assists, while Kelly made 15 saves overall.

      Eipp, Devin Dwyer and Walker, who each scored three goals, led Harvard’s attack.  Jake Gambiysky registered 10 saves in the Crimson goal.

      The Bears travel to Lewisburg, PA, to face Bucknell on Wednesday, March 19, in the first ever meeting between the two schools.  Face-off is 3:30 pm

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      Wolf Lifts Duke Over North Carolina in OT, 9-8

      March 15, 2014

      DURHAM, N.C. – Senior attackman Jordan Wolf’s goal at the 2:34 mark of the first overtime period propelled No. 6 Duke to a 9-8 win over No. 4 North Carolina in ACC men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

      “Christian Walsh came down and made a nice move,” said Wolf. “We’ve been playing together for a long time and have great chemistry and I knew he was going to throw it to me and set a pick. I attacked the ball, got to five-on-five, inside roll and stuck it fortunately.”

      The Blue Devils improve to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play while the Tar Heels fall to 5-2 overall and 0-2 in league action.

      “I thought it was a terrific college athletic event,” said head coach John Danowski. “It was a great crowd, two teams playing really hard and fans cheering for both teams. I just thought it was everything that is good about our sport. I thought it was a great display for college lacrosse.”

      Trailing 8-7 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth period, Duke notched the equalizer when junior Kyle Keenan utilized a roll dodge on the right-hand side for his career-high third marker of the day at the 1:47 mark.  The Blue Devils later had possession for the final 45 seconds of regulation, but the stingy Tar Heel defense did not surrender a shot attempt.

      “I was just looking for the slide to come to me and I got my hands free. The slide came and I had the opportunity to shoot. That last [goal] the ball came back around and I dodged both ways a couple times and just let it fly.”

      In overtime, Brendan Fowler won the faceoff, and following a Duke timeout, Wolf pushed the Blue Devils to their 17th win over North Carolina in the last 19 meetings.  Fowler had won just six of his previous 18 faceoff battles with UNC’s Stephen Kelly, who took all 20 draws for the Tar Heels, winning 13.

      Wolf’s overtime heroics capped a four-goal, one-assist performance for the Wynnewood, Pa., native, who now has career totals of 143 goals and 94 assists.  Deemer Class and Case Matheis each had one goal and one assist while Matheis, Luke Duprey and Henry Lobb registered five ground balls apiece.

      Both goalkeepers – North Carolina’s Kieran Burke and Duke’s Luke Aaron – were sensational all afternoon, both making 15 saves.  Aaron posted five of his saves in the fourth period.

      Two Tar Heels – Jimmy Bitter and Miachel Tagliaferri – carded three goals apiece while Joey Sankey had two tallies.

      Saturday’s tilt featured five ties and three lead changes.  Bitter’s third goal of the day with 1:33 left in the third quarter gave the Tar Heels a two-goal cushion at 7-5, but Class and Wolf had consecutive tallies at the 11:25 and 6:27 marks of the fourth period to knot the score.  North Carolina then responded

      with Tagliaferri’s third counter with 5:13 remaining.

      Duke will travel to Furman Tuesday evening before hosting Syracuse next Sunday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m.  The game will be televised by ESPNU.

      #GoDuke

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      Contact: Trey Miller (cell: 814-574-8468; email: tmiller@scarletknights.com)

      Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Richmond, 10-7

      Joe Nardella goes 18-for-18 in face-offs

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 17, 2014) – Behind a dominant 18-of-18 performance at the faceoff “X” by junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.), the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team defeated Richmond, 10-7, at High Point Solutions Stadium on Monday afternoon. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) added four goals and one assist to pace RU on the offensive end.

      The Scarlet Knights improved to 6-2 on the season, while the Spiders fell to 1-7. Rutgers held a 46 to 30 advantage in shots and a 42 to 24 edge in ground balls. Nardella scooped 16 ground balls, one shy of his career high, while sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made 15 saves.

      Rutgers held a 4-0 advantage after the first quarter, which included two goals and one assist by Klimchak. Richmond responded, scoring three of the four goals in the second quarter to cut RU’s lead to 5-3 at the break.

      The Scarlet Knights came out hot in the second half, with three straight goals coming from junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), his second of the game, Nardella and redshirt senior Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) to push the lead to 8-3 with 13:16 to go in the third quarter.

      The Spiders scored the next two, before Klimchak tallied back-to-back scores, one assisted by sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) who had one goal and two assists, to give RU a 10-5 lead with 13:18 to remaining in the game. Richmond posted the final two goals, but it wouldn’t be enough as Rutgers held on to secure the win.

      The Scarlet Knights are back in action on Saturday, March 22, taking on Denver in Denver, Colo., at 3 p.m. ET.

      POSTGAME NOTES

      -           Rutgers collected a season-high 42 ground balls, its most since scooping 44 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.

      -           The 105 goals for RU in the first eight games of the season are the most for the squad through the first eight games of the season since the 1998 team posted 115 through eight contests.

      -           Junior Joe Nardella put together the fifth-best 1.000 percent face-off performance in NCAA Division I history and the best all-time in the BIG EAST.

      -           Nardella tied his season-high for most face-off wins in a game. He also did it vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8) and at Wagner (Feb. 18).

      -           Redshirt senior Scott Klimchak posted four goals, his 12th four-plus goal game of his career.

      -           Senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) posted a career-high two caused turnovers. His previous beste was one at Villanova on April 6, 2013.

      -           Five Scarlet Knights posted multi-point games: Klimchak-5, Bieda-3, senior Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.)-3, Goss-2, Terranova-2.

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      RUmlax’s Alleyne Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

      Christian Trasolini earns weekly honor roll recognition

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 17, 2014) – Rutgers men’s lacrosse sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) earned conference weekly honor roll recognition, the conference announced Monday.

      Alleyne anchored a Rutgers defense that allowed just six goals in its BIG EAST opener. The sophomore made 15 saves against 21 shots on goal (.714 percent), helping the Scarlet Knights to a 12-6 victory over Providence on March 15. He also collected three ground balls.

      Trasolini posted a career-high six points in the 12-6 win at Providence (March 15). The freshman tallied a personal-best three assists, while tying his career high in goals (three) and ground balls (two).

      This marked the fourth time in his career that Alleyne has received league weekly honors and the first time for Trasolini. It’s Alleyne’s first BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

      Alleyne earned his second honor of the season, while Trasolini joins Alleyne, senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), freshman Connor Murphy (Cliftion, Va.), and junior M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.), who also received conference weekly honors this season. Klimchak was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 24. 

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      Fletcher, Runkel Repeat As Patriot League Weekly Honorees

      CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland senior Jack Runkel won his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award, and senior Joe Fletcher earned his third Defensive Player of the Week honor in four weeks, on Monday, the League office announced.

      The pair led Loyola’s defense in an 7-6 win over the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

      Runkel made a season-high 19 saves in goal for the second-ranked Greyhounds (6-1 overall, 3-0 Patriot League), three off his career-high, and he yielded just five goals off settled situations. He is also in the running for Inside Lacrosse’s Brine National Player of the Week.

      Over Loyola’s last five games, Runkel has played to a 5.25 goals against average and made saves on 70.9 percent of the shots on goal he has faced. This year, in seven games, Runkel has allowed a 7.27 goals against average and made saves 61.8 percent of the time. His overall save percentage is fourth nationally, and his goals against average is seventh.

      Fletcher was matched up against his former high school teammate John Glesener, the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Glesener took 22 shots in the game, but most were from long-range, and he put only seven on goal. Runkel made saves on five of those shots, and Glesner finished with just two goals.

      Fletcher also picked up five ground balls, all contested in traffic to help the Greyhounds to a 34-25 advantage in pickups. He leads the team with 30 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers this season.

      Loyola is back in action midweek, playing at Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in a game that will air live on CBS Sports Network.

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      Setting the Scene

      • Duke picked up its first ACC victory with a 9-8 overtime win over North Carolina Saturday

      • The Blue Devils are 6-2 and 1-1 in the ACC

      • Duke is playing its fifth game in 17 days

      • Furman is 0-7 in its first year of lacrosse

      • Duke returns home following the midweek tilt to host ACC newcomer Syracuse March 23

      The Series History

      • Duke and Furman are meeting for the first time

      • The Paladins are in their first year of lacrosse

      • Furman head coach Richie Meade faced the Blue Devils six times as the head coach at Navy - Duke is 6-0 in those meetings

      Tale of the Tape

      Category

      Duke

      Furman

      Overall Record

      6-2

      0-7

      Shots/Game

      37.2

      27.4

      Goals/Game

      11.88

      6

      Assists/Game

      7.25

      3.86

      Points/Game

      19.13

      9.86

      Shot % 

      0.319

      0.219

      GAA

      9.1

      14.15

      GBs/Game

      34.1

      21.7

      EMO

      5-24 (.208)

      5-30 (.167)

      Man Down

      22-34 (.647)

      13-19 (.684)

      Clears

      131-148 (.885)

      98-126 (.778)

      Faceoff %

      116-193 (.601)

      72-165 (.436)

      By the Numbers

      3 – Wins shy of reaching win No. 500 for the Duke men’s lacrosse program

      6 – Assists needed by Jordan Wolf to become the fourth player in Duke history and 14th in ACC history to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists

      8 – Game win streak for the Blue Devils at Koskinen Stadium heading into the tilt with Syracuse Sunday

      4.5 – Points per game for senior Jordan Wolf after his 13 points last week

      .576 - Luke Aaron’s save percentage after making 15 saves on 23 shots on goal

      0-2 – Record on the road this season heading to Furman with losses to Maryland and Loyola

      345 – Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players and just 55 shy of becoming the first Blue Devil with 400 GBs

      2-2 – Duke’s record against top five opponents this season

      5 – Ground balls for Henry Lobb against North Carolina - a career-high in his third game back from injury

      6 – Games in 22 days Duke will have played when it hosts Syracuse Sunday – Maryland (March 1), Loyola (March 9), Marquette (March 11), North Carolina (March 15), Furman (March 18), Syracuse (March 23

      9 – Goals by Kyle Keenan, a career-best and one more than he had his previous two seasons combined

      Scouting Furman

      Furman, in its first season of lacrosse, is 0-7 overall ... The Paladins’ closest game was an 11-9 setback to Michigan at home ... Furman also has played ACC foe  North Carolina, losing 19-3 ... Kenny Meinsen has a team-high 13 goals, while Graham Dabbs’ 14 points (8g, 6a) are tops ... Hil Blaze handles the faceoff duties and sports a .442 win percentage (61-of-138) ... Ben Yeatman and Joe Stone both have four caused turnovers, while Jake Gavin and Frazer Kinsley have split time between the pipes ... Gavin is 0-3 with a 17.42 goals against average and a .406 save percentage, while Kinsley is 0-4 with a 12.5 GAA and .508 save percentage.

      About The Blue Devils

      Duke is coming off of a thrilling 9-8 overtime win over No. 4 North Carolina Saturday ... The Blue Devils are 6-2 overall and 1-1 against ACC foes ... Senior Jordan Wolf has 36 points off of 23 goals and 13 assists, while Josh Dionne has 16 goals to his name ... Duke has four players - Wolf, Dionne and Deemer Class and Case Matheis - with at least 10 goals ... Brendan Fowler is winning 61 percent of his draws (105-of-172) and has picked up 63 ground balls ... Luke Duprey help anchors the defense with 12 caused turnovers, while Casey Carroll owns a team-high 17 ... The trio of close defensemen - Carroll, Chris Hipps and Henry Lobb - join Luke Aaron in protecting the crease ... Aaron is 5-2 and sports an 8.51 goals against average and a .576 save percentage.

      A Win Over Furman Would

      • Make Duke 202-124 in the month of March

      • Give head coach John Danowski his 337th career victory and 118th at Duke

      • Be the program’s 498th victory

      • Be Duke’s 141st win since 2005

      Duke In the Month of March

      Duke is 201-124 all time in the month of March and an impressive 44-11 since 2007 ... Seven of Duke’s 11 losses in March have come against Maryland (4) and Loyola (3).

      On The Road

      Since 2007, the Blue Devils are 20-8 in games played on an opponent’s campus ... The Blue Devils are 0-2 in true road games this season with losses at Maryland and Loyola.

      Reaching the Perfect 10

      Since 2007, Duke is 103-7 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 13-24 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 30-25 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 85-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.

      Wolf Riding Point Scoring Streak

      With eight points against Marquette, Jordan Wolf extended his nation’s-best point scoring streak to 49 games  ... He has 112 goals and 74 assists for 186 points in that span ... Wolf has failed to score a point in just five games in his career and Duke is 1-4 in those contests ... Wolf was last held scoreless in the 2011 NCAA semifinal against Maryland - May 28, 2011.

      Keenan Eyeing Breakout Season

      Inside Lacrosse wrote in December that it thought Kyle Keenan was a prime candidate for the ACC’s “Breakout Stud” ... Keenan is off to a strong first half of the season with nine goals and four assists ... Keenan has surpassed his goal production from both 2012 and 2013 and has already matched his point total from last season.

      Keenan Career Scoring Breakdown

      Year

      GP-GS

      G

      A

      Pts

      2012

      15-3

      4

      2

      6

      2013

      18-0

      4

      6

      10

      2014

      8-0

      9

      4

      13

      #GoDuke

      Meredith V. Rieder

      Assistant Sports Information Director

      Duke University

      115 Cameron Indoor Stadium

      Box 90557 | Durham, N.C. 27708

      (P): 919-684-3328 | (F): 919-684-2489 | (C): 919-812-6741

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      WIDENER MEN’S LACROSSE CRUISES TO 15-6 TRIUMPH OVER IMMACULATA

      Chester, PA (Mar. 19, 2014) – Widener put up a seven spot in the first quarter and dominated throughout for a convincing 15-6 victory over Immaculata at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

      The Pride exploded to a 4-0 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes and continued the pressure through the remainder of the period for a 7-2 cushion. Freshman Chris Sanchez (Flanders, NJ/Mount Olive) scored twice in the quarter with sophomore Kyle Gratz (Worthington, OH) adding a goal and an assist.

      The second quarter produced five goals and a 17-2 shots edge, making it a 28-9 shots advantage in the first half. Sophomore Tim Taylor (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Ryan) had a goal and an assist in the period for Widener, which ended the half with a 12-3 lead.

      Taylor and Gratz each closed with two goals and two assists, Gratz and freshmen Vince Marra (Morton, PA/Springfield) and Tyler Schulte (Southampton, NJ/Seneca) each netted two with senior Robert Clemens (Aston, PA/Sun Valley) dishing two assists for the Pride. Sophomores Anthony Cipriano (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick), Matt Natale (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove), Fred Hew (Walden, NY) and Bryan Shields (Nazareth, PA) along with Marc Feldman (Macungie, PA/Emmaus) also scored.

      Senior All-America Mac Nestler (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) made four saves over 41 minutes and sophomore Richard Carrier (Naperville, IL) won 14-of-17 face-offs for Widener (2-3).

      Rocco Piliero had two goals and an assist, Doug Hughes also scored twice and Brien Cullen amassed 11 saves over 45 minutes for the Mighty Macs (0-5).

      Widener is on the road Monday to visit Alvernia in Commonwealth Conference play, starting at 7:00 pm.

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      Neumann University

      3/19/14

      Women’s Lacrosse

      Neumann 15, Immaculata 3

      IMMACULATA, Pa. – The Neumann University women’s lacrosse team opened Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) action with a convincing 15-3 win over Immaculata University on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

      Lex McIntyre (so. Mullica Hill, N.J. / Kingsway) and Jordan Hopkins (so. Aston, Pa. / Sun Valley) each netted three goals and an assist to lead the Knights. Rebecca Dolenti (so. Pottstown, Pa. / Pottsgrove), Lexy Wilkinson (sr. Marlton, N.J. / Cherokee), Mandy Fedak (jr. Norristown, Pa. / Pope John Paul II) and Koula Gregor (sr. Sewell, N.J. / Clearview) each notched a pair of goals. Sam Kotowski (sr. Wilmington, Del. / A.I. Dupont) made 13 saves in net. Emily Sanders (jr. Georgetown, Del. / Sussex Central) picked up eight ground balls.

      McIntyre and Fedak gave Neumann an early 3-0 lead. The ended the half with six straight goals, including three within 1:20 span. The Knights held a 9-1 lead at the half.

      Neumann continued its dominance into the second half and scored the first four goals of the half. The teams traded goals during the final 15 minutes and the Knights came away with the 15-3 win.

      Neumann (3-2, 1-0 CSAC) will host the College of New Jersey on Saturday. Action is slated to get underway at 12:00 PM.

      Men’s Lacrosse

      Richard Stockton 19, Neumann 9

      GALLOWAY, N.J. – The Neumann University men’s lacrosse team dropped a 19-9 decision at Richard Stockton College on a rainy Wednesday evening.

      Ryan Eber (so. Syracuse, N.Y. / Corcoran) led the Knights with five goals. Ryan O’Kane (jr. Folsom, Pa. / Ridley) had two goals and an assist. Alex Becker (sr. Wilmington, Del. / Mount Pleasant) made 13 saves in net.

      The Knights were able to net a goal in the each of the first two quarters. O’Kane notched an up goal in the second quarter. The Ospreys held a 10-2 lead at the half.

      Neumann came out and scored the first three goals of the third quarter. Stockton then netted three goals to take back their lead. O’Kane was able to get the Knights on the board again in the quarter, but the Ospreys ended the third with three goals and took a 16-6 lead into the final 15 minutes.

      Eber netted a goal with 13:38 left on the clock before lightning showed up and put the game in an hour delay. After the delay, the team traded goals to finish out the game and Stockton came away with the 19-9 win.

      Neumann (1-5) travels to Lebanon Valley on Saturday for non-conference play. Action gets underway at 1:00 PM.

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      Pontrello Scores Late To Push Men’s Lacrosse Past Hoyas

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nikko Pontrello scored his third goal of the game with 51.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and David Manning had a caused turnover on the defensive end with less than seven seconds left to seal a 10-9 win for the No. 2 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team at Georgetown University.

      Pontrello tied the game with his second goal of the night with 7:55 left, and with a 30-second warning on, he dodged from behind the crease and rolled back toward the goal, sticking a low shot past Hoyas goalkeeper Jake Haley for the winner.

      The Greyhounds (7-1 overall) overcame a night when Georgetown won 15-of-22 faceoffs and the Hoyas picked up four more ground balls, 30-26.

      Georgetown (3-5) scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to take a 9-8 lead when Bo Stafford fed a cross-crease pass to Reilly O’Connor, and O’Connor scored with 11:19 left.

      O’Connor’s goal game just eight seconds after Devon Lewis created the game’s sixth tie with his second of the night.

      Georgetown had another possession after O’Connor’s goal, but Joe Fletcher caused a turnover on the defensive side for the Greyhounds. Haley, however, made a save on a Pat Laconi shot in transition to get the ball back for the Hoyas.

      In settled offense, Georgetown’s Peter Conley had his shot blocked by a Loyola defender, and Ryan Fournier came up with the ground ball for the Greyhounds, starting a transition run. The ball was worked to Ward on the high left side, and he found Pontrello rolling from behind the cage. Pontrello danced along the crease and shot-faked Haley for the goal at 7:55 to tied the game at 9-9.

      Loyola earned possession after Pontrello’s goal via a faceoff violation by the Hoyas, but Haley made a save on a Brian Sherlock shot. After a Georgetown turnover, he came up with another save – he finished with 11 – on Jeff Chase’s attempt, getting the Hoyas another opportunity regain the lead.

      Laconi trail-checked Charles McCormick to give Loyola the ball back, but after a Greyhounds’ timeout, a turnover put Georgetown back on offense.

      Stafford dodged free of his defender on the right side, but Jack Runkel was there to save his shot attempt at 2:19, preserving the tie for the Greyhounds and setting up the possession that led to Pontrello’s game-winner.

      Runkel posted nine saves in the win for Loyola.

      After Pontrello’s go-ahead go in the final minute, Tyler Knarr won his 15th faceoff of the night, picking up his 15th ground ball, and Georgetown called a timeout with 20 seconds left.

      Stafford tried to speed-dodge from behind goal-line extended, but Manning checked the ball away, and Fletcher came up with the groundball to secure the win.

      Georgetown opened up a 2-0 lead in the game’s first 58 seconds thanks to a pair of faceoff wins by Knarr. Lewis scored unassisted 52 seconds into the game, and Knarr won the restart and scored six seconds later.

      Runkel made a save on the Hoyas’ third shot after they gained possession again, and Laconi finished a transition run with his fifth goal of the year.

      Matt Sawyer then used a Tyler Albrecht pass to score from the right side at 9:06, tying the game at 2-2. The teams traded goals evenly over the next eight-plus minutes as Ward’s stick off a Kyle Duffy ground ball and assist at 14:11 in the second quarter tied the game at 4-4.

      Albrecht then got free down the left side and scored at 12:07, giving the Greyhounds their first lead of the contest.

      Peter Conley, however, scored back-to-back goals for the Hoyas, and Georgetown led 6-5 at halftime. Charles McCormick had the second half’s first goal at 11:30 to make Georgetown’s lead two, but Brian Schultz bookended a Pontrello goal, and Loyola used a 3-0 run to lead 8-7 at the end of the third quarter.

      Ward finished the night with five points, scoring a goal and assisting on four others. Pontrello scored all three of his goals in the second half, and both of Schultz’s came in the third quarter.

      Loyola reenters Patriot League play at home on Saturday, March 22, when the Greyhounds host Lafayette College at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex. The game is the first of a doubleheader in which the Loyola women host Lehigh University at 4 p.m.

      - loyolagreyhounds. com-

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      For Immediate Release:

      March 19, 2014

      Bears Fall To Bucknell, 13-8

      Lewisburg, PA - Bucknell utilized a 6-0 second quarter spurt to take control of the game and come away with a 13-8 non-league lacrosse win over Brown Wednesday afternoon at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.  The Bears fall to 3-3 overall with the loss, while Bucknell improves to 4-4 overall.

      The Bison jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one quarter on goals by Joe Ryan, Todd Heritage and Thomas Flibotte, with sophomore Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) finding the back of the net for the Bears.

      Bucknell opened the flood gates at the beginning of the second quarter with six straight goals to grab a 9-1 advantage with 7:21 remaining in the half following a goal by Peter Burke.  Bears’ sophomore Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) scored his first goal of the game with 5:08 left in the half to trail, 9-2.  A late Bucknell goal gave the Bison a 10-2 lead at intermission.

      Bellistri netted the opening goal of the second half for the Bears, but back-to-back goals by the Bison gave Bucknell a 12-3 advantage with 2:53 left in the third quarter.

      Brown got consecutive goals by Tills, Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and Tills again to trail 12-7 late in the fourth quarter.

      Tills provided most of the scoring punch for the Bears with four goals, while Bellistri added two goals. The Bears split time in goal with Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) making two saves while allowing 10 first half goals, and Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) registering four second half saves.

      The Bison were led by Todd Heritage, who netted two goals, and Sean Doyle, who added three goals.

      Brown hosts cross-city rival Providence College on Saturday evening, March 22, in the opening game of the Ocean State Cup.  Game time is 7pm at Stevenson Field.

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      Brown Battles Cross-Town Rival Providence In Ocean State Cup

      Providence, R.I. – Brown returns home on Saturday, March 22 to host Providence College in the opening game of the Ocean State Cup at Stevenson Field. The Bears and Friars will face-off for the 20th time at 7pm and Brown fans can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

      The Bears: Brown looks to rebound against the Friars after dropping a midweek match-up at Bucknell on Wednesday to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Bears have earned wins over Quinnipiac and Hartford, with losses to UMass and Harvard.

      The Friars: Providence (3-4) is coming off a 12-6 loss to Rutgers last Saturday. The Frairs have earned wins over Vermont (8-6), Boston U. (10-7), and Fairfield (14-11), with losses to Quinnipiac (16-9), Sacred Heart (11-10) and UMass (16-11).

      The Brown-PC Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 19 times, dating back to 1989, with the Bears holding a 19-0 series advantage over the Friars.  Last year, Brown earned a hard fought 7-6 win over the Friars behind Will Round’s 13 saves.

      The Ocean State Cup: Brown’s defense of the Ocean State Cup starts Saturday with the Bears hosting PC in the battle for Rhode Island bragging rights.  Rhode Island’s three Division I schools – Brown, Providence and Bryant – each play each other in a round robin competition to determine the Ocean State Cup Champion.  The Bears and Bryant face each other on April 22 at Stevenson Field, while the Friars and Bulldogs play on March 25 on the PC campus. 

      Bellistri Scores Against Bucknell:  Sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri scored a career high four goals against Bucknell on Wednesday.  Bellistri is Brown’s fourth leading scorer with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists).

      Hurster on The Attack: Senior captain Sam Hurster, who netted 22 goals a year ago, is Brown’s second leading scorer with 16 points (10 goals and 6 assists). He exploded for a career high six goals in Brown’s win over Hartford.

      Bear Facts:  Junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), sophomore Will Gural (Haverford, PA), freshman Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), and freshman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) each scored their first career goals in Brown’s win over Hobart…Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 26 ground balls…Brown ranks second in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 82-of-146 face-offs (.562)… Junior Jordan Schocket (Plano, TX) stepped up in a big way against Hobart by capturing 19-of-23 face-offs to give the Bears a 20-27 overall advantage in the face-off x.  He also scored his first career goal against the Statesmen.  Schocket came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford.

      From The Midfield:  Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield, with Caputo registering six goals and six assists, and Jacob netting five goals.

      Molloy Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week For Second Time: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Brown’s win over Hartford, and netting three goals and picking up seven ground balls in a victory over Hobart. His 11 goals lead the Brown team.

      Kelly Leads Ivy League In Save Percentage: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) is off to a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves) and Hobart (10 saves).  He ranks second in the Ivy League with a save percentage of .531, and has posted a 11.48 goals against average. Kelly started nine games for the Bears a year ago and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record. 

      Attack Reshuffle:  With injuries to last year’s top scorer Henry Blynn ‘16 and fourth leading scorer, Nick Piroli ‘15, head coach Lars Tiffany has reshuffled his lineup at attack. Joining Sam Hurster and Dylan Molloy on attack are sophomore Kylor Bellistri, Brown’s third leading scorer with 5 goals and six assists, and sophomore Bailey Tills, who has three goals and two assists.

      Defensive Unit:  Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who will anchor a young defensive unit that will feature junior Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT), an outstanding man down defender, who had an outstanding fall, freshman long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and freshman close defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). A two-year starter, Pierce ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers as a sophomore and picked up 25 ground balls a year ago.

      Did you Know?:  Brown is competing in its 64th season of intercollegiate lacrosse…Brown’s February 22nd game vs. Quinnipiac was the second earliest start date ever for Brown lacrosse.  The Bears opened the 2009 season at Lehigh on February 21st.

      This Date In Brown Lacrosse History – March 22, 2008: Brown’s 2008 Ivy League Championship team posted a 9-5 win over Dartmouth at Stevenson Field.  Jordan Burke ’09 made 17 saves, while Thomas Muldoon ‘10 and Zach Caldwell ’10 netted two goals each. The Bears finished the 2008 season with an 11-3 mark, 5-1 in the Ivy League.

      Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Lars Tiffany '90, a two-time Brown lacrosse captain, returned to his alma mater as head men's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year. Tiffany occupies the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse, an endowed position.

      Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.

      Next Game:  Brown will stay in the region for Spring Break and travels to Poughkeepsie, New York on Tuesday, March 25 to face Marist College.  Face-off is 7:00 pm.

      2014 Brown Lacrosse Schedule

      2/22     Sat.      at Quinnipiac              13-6, W

      3/1       Sat.      UMASS                      2-15, L

      3/5       Tue.     HARTFORD              12-7, W

      3/8       Sat.      vs Hobart @ Hofstra  13-10, W

      3/15     Sat.      at Harvard                   10-16, L

      3/19     Wed.    at Bucknell                  8-13, L

      3/22     Sat.      PROVIDENCE          7 pm

      3/25     Tue.     at Marist                     7 pm

      3/29     Sat.      PRINCETON            3 pm

      4/5       Sat.      at Penn                                    1 pm

      4/11     Fri.      YALE                          7 pm

      4/19     Sat.      at Cornell                    12 noon

      4/22     Tue.     BRYANT                    7 pm

      4/26     Sat.      DARTMOUTH          2 pm

      5/2-      Fri.-     Ivy League Tournament (TBA - Highest Seed)

      5/4       Sun.     Ivy League Tournament  (TBA - Highest Seed)

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      Wolf’s Six Goals Guide Duke Past Marquette, 20-9

      March 11, 2014

      DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf scored a career-high six goals to lead the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 20-9 victory over visiting Marquette at Koskinen Stadium Tuesday night.

      With the win, the Blue Devils snap a two-game losing streak to improve to 5-2 while the Golden Eagles, playing just their second collegiate season, fall to 1-5.

      Duke scored the game’s first four goals and held a 10-1 lead at the end of the opening period. Wolf netted four of his six markers in the opening frame while Case Matheis logged three assists. Thanks to two goals by Tyler Melnyk, Marquette outscored Duke by a 4-3 count in the second quarter to make the score 13-5 at intermission.

      Wolf highlighted the second half with a pair of goals and an assist. His six goals were the most by a Blue Devil since Zach Howell netted seven against Siena Feb. 12, 2011.

      Other Blue Devils with multiple goals were Josh Dionne, who recorded the 19th hat trick of his career, and Deemer Class with a pair. Matheis finished with one goal and three helpers. Brendan Fowler won 17-of-22 draws while Luke Aaron and Kyle Turri split time in the net, each registering three saves.

      Logging their first career goals were sophomores Joe Kruy and Ben Scharf and rookie Jack Bruckner. Duke had 12 different goal scorers, netting 20 tallies on just 35 shots.

      For the Golden Eagles, Melnyk had three goals and one assist while Kyle Whitlow added two tallies. Marquette utilized three goalkeepers in Jimmy Danaher (12 goals allowed; 3 saves; 23:00), Matt Barone (5 goals allowed; 1 save; 22:00) and J.J. Sagl (3 goals allowed; 3 saves; 15:00).

      Duke hosts ACC rival No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

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      Hofstra men's lacrosse 11, Drexel 9

       





      Philadelphia,
      Pa. – Hofstra scored three straight goals to break an 8-8 tie and defeated
      Drexel, 11-9, at Vidas Field in the Inaugural HEADstrong Hero Bowl, a new
      collegiate men's lacrosse event helping to promote blood cancer awareness and
      advance the mission of the HEADstrong Foundation™.


      With
      the score even at eight, Hofstra (5-3, 2-0) goalkeeper Chris Selva made a big
      save on Drexel’s (4-4, 0-1) Ben McIntosh to keep it tied. Moments later, with
      7:31 left, Drew Coholan put the Pride ahead for good when he converted a pass
      from Lance Yapor. That was just the start of an outstanding fourth quarter for
      Coholalan. The senior scored the next two goals to put the Pride up by three. He
      scored those three goals in a span of 5:25 and finished the day with five goals.
      Drexel’s Mitch de Snoo’s man-up goal with 1:09 to play cut the lead to 11-9, but
      Drexel, despite having possession, couldn’t get any closer.


      Hofstra
      opened the game with three straight scores before Drexel finally got on the
      board with 2:45 to play in the first period. Mike Malave, Yapor and Sam Llinares
      each had unassisted goals for the Pride. McIntosh fed Jules Raucci who rifled a
      shot past Selva to break Drexel’s scoring drought. Just six seconds later, the
      Dragons trimmed it to 3-2. Nick Saputo won the face-off clean and fed Cole
      Shafer for his first of the game. That would be the last goal of the first
      quarter. Each team added one goal in the second. Jared Boudreau tied the game
      with 2:39 to play before intermission, but then Coholan gave the Pride the lead
      back with just :56 remaining.


      In
      the third, the teams exchanged goals before Hofstra went on a three-goal run to
      take its biggest lead of the game at 8-4. Torin Varn scored the first two goals
      of the stretch, the first on the man-up, and Coholan followed with his second of
      the game. Drexel settled in and responded with four straight goals of its own.
      Drexel went on the man-up and Ryan Belka converted. The Dragons added one more
      before the period ended when McIntoshy took a pass from Nick Trizano behind the
      net to make it 8-6. The Dragons added a Shafer goal on the man-up goal early in
      the final quarter and tied it up when McIntosh scored his 22nd of the
      year. The Dragons held the Pride scoreless for a stretch of 10:21 before Coholan
      put Hofstra ahead for good.


      Yapor
      and Llinares each recorded four points for Hofstra. McIntosh and Bourdreau
      finished with four points for Drexel. McIntosh moved into Drexel’s top 20 in
      career goals and is now 19th all-time with 74 goals. Will Gabrielsen
      made nine saves in goal for the Dragons. Selva had 12 saves for the Pride. The
      Dragons dominated face-offs once again. Saputo won 16 of his 24 face-offs and
      the junior had a game-high 12 ground balls. The Dragons outshot Hofstra, 36-32,
      and converted all three of their man-up opportunities.  


      The
      HEADstrong Hero Bowl will be held annually between both teams. The event pays
      homage to cancer survivors and serves as a tribute to those who have lost their
      battle against the diseases. The uniqueness surrounding this event is that it
      will follow the regular season CAA schedule, providing an opportunity for
      service and volunteerism for students on both campuses. Both teams helped raise
      blood cancer awareness by wearing HEADstrong's lime green shoelaces and crew
      socks. The goals were also be strung with HEADstrong's lime green nets. Warrior
      Sports, who is a proud supporter of the HEADstrong Foundation and the official
      team equipment and uniform supplier of Hofstra and Drexel University, outfitted
      members from both teams with the latest from their Relentless27 collection,
      inspired by Nicholas Colleluori's fight and supporting the
      Foundation.


      Drexel
      will visit Saint Joseph’s in a non-conference game on Tuesday night.

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      men's college lacrosse: Yale 16, Princeton 15

      NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mark Glicini had a feeling the ball might come to him with the score tied and the clock running down on a crucial Ivy League contest.  The sophomore midfielder did get the ball and fired a shot over the goalie’s shoulder from about 18 feet out with 38 seconds left to give the No. 16 Yale men’s lacrosse team a 16-15 win over No. 13 Princeton before a packed house at Reese Stadium.

      Glicini, who took a J.W. McGovern pass from behind the cage, took a step and sent a shot that bounced four feet from the goal line and kicked up over Princeton goalie Eric Sanschagrin, who had dropped too low. The ball sailed over his left shoulder to put the Blue up by one.

      “It was back and forth the entire time, so I knew it would come down to one play,” said Glicini, who had two goals and four points. “It wasn’t an individual effort, our whole team did it. I thought it might come my way and I just wanted to make it count at the end.  All of us knew to take our time, to find the right opportunity, and I’m glad I finished it but it was a great team effort.”

      That goal may not have happened if not for Sean Shakespeare’s ground ball with about two minutes to play. The Yale junior was unable to catch a pass, but fought to get the ball back and prevent the visitors from having a chance to take the lead. 

      “We were clearing the ball and the pass from Jimmy Craft tipped off my stick and the Princeton guy picked it up. I knew that would be the game if they got the ball and went down to the other side of the field,” said Shakespeare. “I gave it everything.  I tried checking it out of the guy’s stick just to get the ball back in our possession, and the ground ball happened to bounce my way.”

      Eight different Bulldogs found the net in Yale’s highest scoring game of the season and the second-highest scoring game in the series. Brandon Mangan had a career-high five goals and seven points, while Conrad Oberbeck (3-3-6), Glicini and Michael Bonacci (2-1-3) also found the net multiple times.

      The final statistics made no sense in a wild game that included three lead changes and a tie score at six different times. Dylan Levings dominated the X and took a career-high 25 of 35 face-offs while scooping up 14 ground balls. That made sense given the senior’s amazing productivity against the Tigers over his career.

      What didn’t make sense – considering the rough day on the X for four different Tigers - was Princeton’s 45-32 advantage in shots, and the Tigers’ also had a season-low five turnovers. 

      The area of the game that worked best for the visitors was their special teams. Princeton converted four of seven extra-man chances while stopped two of three Yale advantages.

      “We knew it was going to be a grind and it was going to be a very tough league opponent,” said Andy Shay, the Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach, who has played five straight one-goal, regular-season games against Princeton. “The kids knew they had a challenge ahead of them.  We tried to get as many groundballs (35-21 Yale) as we could. We knew they were going to score goals, but we didn’t plan on them scoring 15.”

      Glicini’s goal did not clinch the game for Yale. Bulldog goalie Eric Natale, who made 10 saves, stopped a Kip Orban shot from close range with six seconds left and then fired the ball the length of the field to run out the last few seconds.

      “You got to make one more save than you let in, and he did that,” said Shay about his junior goalie.  “He has a tendency to do that, and he came up big when we needed him to today.” 

      Yale (4-2, 1-1 Ivy), which opened the game with a 4-0 run, didn’t allow a possession by the visitors until the face-off after the fourth goal. The Elis saw the Tigers (4-3, 1-1) score eight of the next 10 to make it 7-6 Princeton at halftime. Sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro had six of his Princeton-record 10 goals (ties the mark set in 1951) during that surge.

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      Molloy’s Overtime Goal Leads Brown Over Providence, 12-11

      Providence, R.I. – Freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored his third goal of the game with 2:13 left in the second overtime period to lift Brown to a thrilling 12-11 come-from-behind win over Providence College in an Ocean State Cup game at Stevenson Field.

      Brown improves to 4-3 overall with the win, while Providence falls to 3-5.

      Brown had never lost to the Friars in 19 previous meetings, but trailed by two goals, 11-9, after a Providence goal by Nolan Fillet with 8:20 remaining in regulation.

      Bears’ sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) scored consecutive goals for the Bears, the first with 2:55 remaining and then the game-tying goal with 1:50 remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

      Both teams had opportunities to win the game in the first overtime period, with Brown sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) making two point-blank saves, and Providence goalie Tyler Himes also making two saves.

      Molloy’s game-winning goal came on a one-on-one move at the crease, rolling past his defender to beat Himes, and give Brown the victory.

      Molloy finished the game with five points on three goals and two assists. Bears’ senior middy Stephen Chmil (Garden City, NY) was equally impressive with a hat-trick and two assists.  Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and Bellistri netted two goals each for the Bears.

      Kelly was impressive when the Bears needed him most and finished the game with 12 saves.

      Providence was led by Andrew Barton with seven points, scoring five goals while handing out two assists.  Sean Wright added two goals for the Friars.

      Himes was also outstanding in goal for the Friars, making 16 saves.

      Brown will stay in the region for Spring Break and travels to Poughkeepsie, New York on Tuesday, March 25 to face Marist College.  Face-off is 7:00 pm.

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      SUBJECT: Katie Spence’s Final Two Goals Gives Wilmington Women’s Lacrosse a
      13-11 CACC Victory over Chestnut Hill

       

      DATE: March 22, 2014
      djl

       

      NEWARK, Del. - - Junior Katie Spence’s free-position shot with
      under nine minutes remaining broke a late game tie, allowing Wilmington
      University to squeak by Chestnut Hill, 13-11, in Central Atlantic Collegiate
      Conference women’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics
      Complex.

       

      Chestnut Hill (0-7, 0-2 CACC) rallied from a four goal deficit in
      the second half to tie the match at 11-11 with 9:36 to play in regulation, but
      Spence tallied back-to-back goals, the game-winner with 8:37 to play, to give
      Wilmington (3-3, 2-0 CACC) the two-goal victory.

       

      The Wildcats made it a habit of jumping out to multiple goal
      leads throughout the course of the game, but the Griffins came back after every
      rally, taking their only lead, 5-4, midway through the first half.

       

      Maddie Hewitt put the Wildcats ahead, 4-1, with her second goal
      of the game with 19:14 to play in the first half, but the Griffins scored four
      unanswered goals to take a brief 5-4 lead with 9:56 to go before the break.

       

      Hewitt started another run for the Wildcats, as she knotted the
      game with her eighth goal of the season with 8:25 to play before Penelope Fantis
      scored her second goal of the game to give the Wildcats a 6-5 lead with 3:28
      showing on the scoreboard. Megan Keffer and Ashley Kroll made it four
      consecutive goals for the home team, before Chestnut Hill’s Courtney Weidner
      ended the run and the first half scoring with a mark with 29 seconds remaining,
      bringing the halftime score to 8-6.

       

      Wilmington jumped out quickly in the second half with the first
      two goals, as Rebekah McCurry got on the board, followed by Spence’s second goal
      of the game, putting the Wildcats ahead 10-6.

       

      The Griffins didn’t roll over, however, as they made a run of
      their own, scoring three straight and five of the next six goals in the game to
      bring the contest to a standstill with 9:36 remaining in regulation.

       

      But Spence converted on her free-position shot with 8:37 showing
      on the board to give the Wildcats the lead for good. She capped the scoring with
      her fourth goal of the game with 3:09 to play, icing the contest. The Wildcats’
      goalkeeper Corinne Dries picked up a ground ball after a caused turnover by
      Fantis and the Wildcats executed their final clear attempt before running the
      final minute of play out in the offensive zone.

       

      Spence led the way with four goals and an assist for five points,
      while Hewitt added a hat trick as well, scoring three goals on the afternoon.
      Dries picked up the win in goal for the Wildcats, making nine stops.

       

      The Griffins were led by Lea Sanders hat trick, while Alicia
      Herbert and Emorie Keimig tallied two goals apiece. Keimig finished with a team
      high four points, tallying two assists as well. Chestnut Hill’s net-minder Katie
      Joe Lang recorded 11 saves in goal, but was given the loss.

       

      The Wildcats finish their four game home stand with a 2-2 record,
      and take the road for the first time since March 5 for their next contest. They
      head to Georgian Court for another CACC South Division game on Thursday with the
      opening draw slated for 4:00 p.m.

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      Air Force Defeats Binghamton, 10-8

      VESTAL, N.Y. –Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) tallied seven points to lead the Air Force lacrosse team to a 10-8 non-conference road victory over Binghamton on Sunday afternoon. With the win, their third in a row, the Falcons improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Bobcats fall to 2-5.

      Crampton finished with four goals and three assists to lead the Falcons, while classmate Tommy McKee (Holt, Mich.) added a hat trick, his third of the season.

      The Falcons were the first to find the back of the net, with Crampton scoring his first goal of the game just over five minutes into the opening period. Binghamton responded with a pair of goals in the next two minutes to take the lead, while Crampton followed with his second goal at the 7:18 mark. The Bobcats took a 3-2 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first period, before Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) scored with five seconds on the clock to tie the game at 3-3 going into the second quarter.

      McKee tallied his first goal of the game to give Air Force a 4-3 lead midway through the second period, while Crampton added his third score with 4:14 on the clock. After Binghamton ended its scoring drought with two and a half minutes left in the first half, senior Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) registered a man-up goal to give Air Force a 6-4 advantage going into the intermission.

      After the break, the Falcons got back on the board quickly, as McKee scored off a face-off win by senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) to open the period. The Bobcats were next to score, cutting the margin to 7-5, while a score by junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) have Air Force an 8-5 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third period. However, Binghamton responded with three straight goals to bring the score to 8-8 heading into the final stanza.

      The stalemate continued until the 2:38 mark in the fourth quarter, when McKee completed his hat trick with an assist from Crampton, giving Air Force the 9-8 advantage. Crampton tacked on another score with 1:06 remaining to ice the win for the Falcons.

      Air Force outshot Binghamton for the game, 40-25, and held a 36-19 advantage on ground balls. In addition, the Falcons dominated at the face-off X, winning 17-of-22 draws. Price won 9-of-13 face-offs for Air Force, while Smith was 8-of-9 at the X, picking up a team-high eight ground balls.

      Michael Antinozzi led Binghamton’s offense with three goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Max Schefler came up with 16 stops for the Bearcats.

      “Mike Crampton led the way for us today—he came to play,” said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. “Erik Smith had two big face-offs at the end when we really needed it. Despite a third-quarter lull, we grinded it out. I’m proud that we played to the end.”

      Air Force starts a three-game homestand next weekend, March 29, when it hosts ECAC foe Michigan. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.

      Air Force 10, Binghamton 8

      Air Force          3       3      2      2      10

      Binghamton     3       1      4      0      8

      AF Scoring: Goals: Crampton 4, McKee 3, E. Smith, Cassady, Dreyer. Assists: Crampton 3, Walker 2, Cassady, Burgess, Dreyer.

      BU Scoring: Goals: Antinozzi 3, Springer 2, Deluca, O’Donnell, Donigan. Assists: Maher 2, Nelson 2, O’Hara, Hauck, Cove, Antinozzi.

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      Class Nets 10 Points as Duke Downs Syracuse, 21-7

      March 23, 2014

      DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore midfielder Deemer Class scored six  goals and handed out four assists to lead No. 3 Duke past No. 6 Syracuse, 21-7, in ACC men’s lacrosse action on a rainy afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

      Duke also received five goals each from Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf while Christian Walsh dished out a career-high six assists.  The 10 total points for Class fell one shy of the school single-game record of 11 set on nine previous occasions, most recently by both Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani against Sacred Heart in 2010. The midfield line of Class, Jones and Walsh finished with 23 points overall on the day, while Walsh’s six assists were the most since Crotty had six against Johns Hopkins in 2010.

      “Just working hard all week in practice and trying pick spots, good fundamental shooting,” said Class about what was working for him on his outside shots. “I just stepped in with confidence and shot it and I know Myles did the same. Confidence and keep working to get better every day is our team focus.”

      The Blue Devils (8-2, 2-1 ACC) pushed their winning streak to four games and have now defeated Syracuse four consecutive times.  The 21 goals mark Duke’s highest offensive output in ACC action since a 22-tally performance against N.C. State on March 1, 1973.

      Playing its first season as a member of the ACC, the Orange (4-3, 0-3 ACC) dropped its third league contest in as many outings.

      Duke faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler enjoyed the afternoon by winning a season-high 24-of-31 draws and securing a career-high 18 ground balls.  Against the Orange in the 2013 NCAA championship game last May, Fowler won 20-of-28 faceoffs while totaling 14 ground balls en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors as Duke won the national title.

      Syracuse claimed a 2-1 lead less than four minutes into the game with goals by Derek DeJoe and Nicky Galasso, but the Blue Devils responded with 10 straight goals  over a span of just 12:23 to take an 11-2 advantage on a marker by Class at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter.  Class had all six of his goals in the first half as Duke built a 13-4 cushion at intermission.

      “[The looks] were a product of great ball movement,” Class said. “Guys like Christian Walsh and one mores and in our zone offense we’d try to draw two and move it move it move it. I was just on the receiving end of a lot of them so my success was a product of my teammates moving the ball.”

      Defensively Duke’s defense was outstanding in holding the Orange scoreless for 19:19 and to just one goal on four man-up chances. On the other end of the field, the Blue Devils scored four times on six extra man opportunities.

      Starter Luke Aaron (5 saves, 7 goals allowed in 51:30) and reserve Kyle Turri (1 save, 0 goals allowed in 8:30) shared duty in the Duke cage.  For the Orange, starter Dominic Lamolinara (5 saves, 13 goals allowed) and Bobby Wardwell (11 saves, 8 goals allowed) split the 60 minutes.

      Syracuse was led offensively by Randy Staats, who logged two goals and one assist.

      “Your fear is don’t let this game be the peak of a season,” said head coach John Danowski. “Allow this game to show you the possibilities if you practice well, prepare well and play right. We don’t want this game to define us. We need to learn from this and we need to grow and get better and be very critical of ourselves at this point.”

      Duke will host Harvard next Saturday at 12 p.m.

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      Delaware Boys and Girls Lacrosse Report for 3-22-14
      Boys Lacrosse Cape Henlopen Boys Vikings Lacrosse squad was
      defeated by Bullis School from MD by a 10-6 score.  Cape was led by John Benson
      and teammate Todd Keen with 2 goals each. 

      St. Marks was defeated by Chestnut Hill Academy by a 7-5 score. 
      Dalton Ziemba led the Spartans with 2 goals.


       

      7 goals by Davonte Sesco, 2 each by Ramazan Arslan and Jesse Bryce
      paced the Colonials of William Penn to an 11-4 win over the Green Knights of Mt.
      Pleasant.

       

      6 goals by Luke Rankin and teammate David Schmidt paced the Riders
      of Caesar Rodney to a 17-5 win over the Cavaliers of Middletown.  Dylan Suarez
      led the Cavaliers with 3 goals.

       

      6 goals by Paul Wolfe, 5 goals by Justin Carroll and 3 goals by
      Michael Weaver paced the Seahawks of Delaware Military Academy to a 15-12 win
      over the Raiders of Concord. 

       

      7 goals by Colin Duffy, 3 by Benjamin Revak, 2 each by Ryan Beatson
      and teammate Robert Baxter paced the Auks of Archmere to a 19-3 win over the
      Bulldogs of Brandywine.

       

      4 goals each by Ryan McQuaide and teammate Asani Evans, 2 by Jamir
      Sinex and Kobe Morris paced the Dover Senators to a 17-4 win over North
      Joppatowne of MD.

       

      Girls Lacrosse

       

      4 goals each by Kennedy Murphy and Katelyn Payne, 2 goals by
      Presley Conaty paced the Lady Auks of Archmere to a 16-0 win over the Lady
      Bulldogs of Brandywine.

       

      5 goals by Abigail Reed, 4 goals each by Lauren Phillips and
      OIivia Duarte, 3 by Samantha Ringler paced the Lady Bucs of Caravel Academy to a
      23-8 win over the Lady Tigers of AI.  For the Lady Tigers, Elizabeth Shields led
      with 5 goals and 2 goals by Charlotte Groves.

       

      6 goals by Heather Estle and 4 goals by teammate Madaleine
      Davis paced the Lady Raiders of Concord to a 13-1 win over the Lady
      Yellowjackets of Newark.

       

      3 goals by Kathryn Richardson 2 by Rebecca Shirey along with
      the game winning goal by Jamie Trabaudo paced the Lady Panthers of Polytech to a
      7-6 overtime win over the Lady Ravens of Sussex Tech.  For the Lady Ravens,
      Dorian Zimmerman led with 5 goals and 1 by Torrie Huk.

       

      3 goals by Madaleine Hughes, 2 each by Lexi Goldberg, Brooke
      Schmeusser paced the Lady Raiders of Ursuline Academy to a 17-6 win over the
      Lady Lions of Red Lion Christian Academy.

       

      7 goals by Alexa Moore, 4 by Kate Walker and 3 by Ryan Taylor
      paced the Lady Green Knights of Mt. Pleasant to a 15-9 win over the Lady Ravens
      of St. Thomas More Academy.   For the Lady Ravens, Joanna Petrosky led with 4
      and teammate Katie McMahon with 3

       

      Karalyn Joseph scored the winning goal with a little over
      2:00 left to paced the Lady Vikings of Cape Henlopen to a 7-6 win over Academy
      of Holy Cross of MD. She also won the the last two draws of the game. Kat Judge
      & Tess Berheimer guarded Holy Cross's top scorer and held her scoreless.
      Goalie Sam Broadhurst however was the key to Cape's win. She had 13 saves and
      did a great job on clears.

       

      This post was edited by David Willauer at May 11, 2016 10:58 PM EDT

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