This past weekend we were treated to a ton of great men’s college lacrosse action. I’ll run through the big results and point out any shocking scores you might have missed!
Everyone watched the Cuse – UVA game on ESPN this Sunday. It was a fantastic game even though Virginia won by more than many expected. I made the argument that more teams should press with their poles like UVA and Cuse both did. It’s a valid argument. Also on Sunday, Michigan got its first D1 win ever. Congrats to the Wolverines for taking down Mercer 14-4. Not too shabby! On friday, UMich lost to Jacksonville by 1 in OT, 9-8. On Sunday Jacksonville lost to Holy Cross13-11. I honestly did NOT see that one coming. Fairfield kept the close game thing going with a 10-9 OT win over UMBC.
Bucknell beat Navy 14-9 and Cornell took down Army handily by an 18-7 score. Delaware beat Villanova 13-9, and proved they are definitely dangerous when they play well. Denver only beat Hartford 11-10, and I’m not shocked that DU is giving up some goals. But I am surprised that their offense isn’t clicking better. I thought we’d see a lot more 15+ goal games from the Pioneers with their offensive personnel. Hofstra beat Harvard 7-6.
In a big shocker, Lehigh beat UNC 9-8. With UNC’s stacked offense, they should be putting up bigger numbers more consistently on offense. Like Denver, I’m surprised they’re struggling to break 15 goals in most games. Lehigh definitely looks up this year, and the program continues to improve. UNC still seems a little stagnant at the Top 10-20 level. In other ACC action, Maryland beat Duke 10-7 for a big win. The Terps are for real again in 2012.
UMass took down Brown 12-7 in the end, and the Minutemen are really rolling along nicely. The UMass guys definitely have something special going on in Amherst, MA. Notre Dame and Drexel had a low-scoring game (what a shocker!), which ND won 6-5. Penn State and Ohio State scored even fewer goals, as PSU won 5-2. I’m surprised OSU isn’t able to generate more offense. It seems like teams know to key on certain guys now, and OSU is struggling. Yale beat Albany 13-7 for a pretty impressive win. Albany is another one of those underperforming offensive teams, but Yale is going to be a tall order for anyone.
In NCAA D2 action we only have a couple of games to talk about. Limestone took down Tampa 13-7, but Rory Whipple has made Tampa a legit program in year 1. It has been impressive when it comes down to wins. Queens also took home a good win over Rollins 12-6. Adelphi, CW Post and NY Tech all won. Dowling beat Seton Hill 11-8 for a big win. Seton Hill had just beaten Post 11-10, so this win means something!
In NCAA D3 games, we saw some interesting results. I thought Springfield would beat Stevens, but I was wrong. Stevens Tech won 11-5. The Ducks are legit, eh? This win certainly points to yes. Whittier got by Trine 10-8. Thought they’d win by more, but a W is a W. Babson beat Hartwick, and the Beavers are definitely moving up in the eyes of many in the DIII world. Cortland beat Union 6-4, and Union seems like a no-brainer as a top 20 team. Cortland has a solid D, but needs more production on offense to contend up North.
Dickinson beat Montclair State 15-8, and I think this is just further proof that Dickinson might not be THAT good. They’re certainly competitive, but if they were a true contender, I think they would have won this one by more. Lynchburg beat Cabrini 8-7, and now I don’t know what to think about either of these teams. But I’m leaning towards they are good but beatable and probably each in the Top 10 to 20 range. Nazareth beat Geneseo 8-3, and Genny’s drop has been sad to watch.
RIT beat Endicott 11-8 for a good win. The Gulls are good! RIT seems better. RPI beat Keene State 10-9, and Keene continues to drop close games. Their offense just isn’t what it used to be. Salisbury only beat Gettysburg 11-6, so maybe the calls for them to go D1 will stop for now. Skidmore beat Bates 14-10 in an emotional game in honor of Morgan McDuffee, and Stevenson squeaked by WNE 6-4.
And then we get to the MCLA, where literally ANYTHING is possible! These scores NEVER fail to surprise me. Let’s get after it!
Arizona State beat Michigan State 9-8 and ASU’s goalie scored an end to end goal. Game changer! Westfalls still getting involved in the ASU offense! Storylines galore, huge win for ASU. Colorado State scrimmaged Colorado College (NCAA DIII) and won big. Nice. Georgia beat Bama 8-7 for a HUGE SELC win. Idaho beat Portland State 9-6. Kansas scored over 20 and let in under 10 in back to back games against Nebraska and North Texas. Wowzers. Oregon beat SFU 20-13. Pitt got by Tennessee 6-5. VTech beat FSU in a convincing manner, 18-6, tripling up the ‘Noles. WVU beat Butler and Auburn in one day!
Ok, nothing TOO crazy… just wait for it.
Cal Poly won 10-6 over BC in a big, big win. I’m loving Cal Poly right now, and think they could make a serious run at things this year. Chapman beat UCLA 11-1. At least they avoided a naked lap. I still think Chaptown should be scoring more goals though. Indiana beat Toledo 12-6, and IU is definitely better than they were last year. Making strides! Michigan State rebounded from their ASU loss to beat Arizona 10-8. A win is a win here! Oregon State beat Idaho 15-8, and these Beavers, like Babson in DIII, are also looking hot!
Like I said above, Pitt only beat Tennessee by 1. But when they played Bama, they BROUGHT IT! Pitt took the win 16-4 in what has to be an absolute SHOCKER. I’m shocked. Maybe it’s just me. Santa Clara brought me back on board with an 11-6 win over Texas A&M. When healthy, SC is dangerous! Simon Fraser proved they have some serious fight left in them as they downed Florida 15-9. UF is down, but it’s good to get a win!
And then there was the biggest shocker of the weekend: BC losing to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 13-4! I did NOT see that one coming. It hit me right in the face. Big win for UCSB and BC needs to regroup it seems. Two California teams, two losses. Rough trip West for the Eagles, but it gives them the chance to refocus and come back better when it counts.
In MCLA D2 action, Coast Guard got a big 18-3 win over Emory. GVSU beat PBAU 18-9. Westminster beat Montana 15-8. Colorado School of Mines beat both CSU Pueblo and New Mexico. Elon beat Coast Guard 9-6.
In JuCo action, ASA College lost their first game ever to Suffolk 16-6. Nassau CC beat the Army JV 8-5. Harford snuck by Delaware Tech 8-7 in OT. And Navy Prep beat Anne Arundel 16-4.
In the NCLL, Albany’s club team came away with 3 wins over WNE, Westfield State, and Oneonta. They lost to Ithaca club in OT. Ithaca also beat Oneonta 10-2. Rutgers club beat Fairfield club 11-6, and Delaware’s club team Towson’s club 8-3, but lost to Salisbury’s club 10-9. Fairfield also dropped a game to Hofstra’s club team.