Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: April 8th, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Notre Dame Golden Domers hard fought 15-12 road win in Durham on Sunday was chapter one in what could be a multiple game affair with Duke. Pat Kavanagh and Liam Entenmann were the headliners. Under deeper […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: April 1st, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Notre Dame Golden Domers blew open a 3-3 game with Syracuse, building a 10-5 lead at halftime. They led 13-7 after three quarters but took their foot off the gas pedal in a 14-12 victory. A […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: March 25th, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Notre Dame Golden Domers took the weekend off. I spoke with Irish scorer Jake Taylor on the Quintessential Podcast this week. I enjoyed this conversation. Syracuse is at Notre Dame on Saturday at 2pm on the […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: March 18th, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Army Army – America’s team building an entourage, topped Lehigh 18-12 behind 54 shots to maintain their spot atop the polls. They are 7-0 for the first time in 66 years. Gunnar Fellows had five points. […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: March 11th, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Army America’s team skewered Holy Cross 18-8. Army began playing lacrosse in 1907. They captured pre-NCAA championships in 1923, 1944, 1945, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1969. Black Knights played in the 1971 and 1984 NCAA semifinals. They […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: March 4th, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Denver Pios holding pocket aces, wins over Johns Hopkins and Cornell. A 5-5 tie ballooned into a 15-6 win holding Lemoyne to one goal in the second half. Do I think Denver is the best team? […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: Feb 26, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Duke Devils (4-0) wrapped up February with a 23-7 Friday blowout win over Jacksonville. The Dolphins had won each of the past two meetings with Duke. Not this year. Brennan O’Neill has 28 points after four […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: Feb 19, 2024

My Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Duke Devils are 3-0 with wins over unranked Bellarmine, High Point and St Joe’s. Brennan O’Neill scored six goals on 13 shots and transfer student Josh Zawada had six assists in the latest 19-10 victory. A combined 23 shot raucous […]

Quint Kessenich’s Top 20: Feb 12, 2024

We jump into the storm with February rankings, my Top 20 presented by SPIRE Lacrosse, always a treacherous exercise. Love the enthusiasm and spirit that we witnessed this past weekend. The momentum and trajectory of men’s lacrosse is booming. Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 presented by Spire 1) Duke Devils are 2-0 after defeating High Point […]

Anatomy of a Comeback : Denver Pioneers

The Denver at Hopkins game on Saturday featured a handful of complex situational lacrosse scenarios. The tactical portion of the last four minutes and overtime proved to be critical to the outcome and is worthy of analysis. For coaches and players, these nuanced moments are worthy of study and practice. They often decide big games […]

A Star Is Born

The lacrosse opening day game that I remember most was on March 2, 2002. Hopkins hosted defending Champion and #1 ranked Princeton. I was along for the ride with Scott Garceau and Keith Mills on WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, back when 2Sports televised a game of the week. Princeton was knee deep in […]

The Second Wave

According to the sharpies in Las Vegas: Duke, Virginia and defending champion Notre Dame are the leading title contenders. Let’s take a look at the next wave of teams that can make a run to Philadelphia. Johns Hopkins At Hopkins (+1800) everybody is back, even Garrett Dagnon, who graduated from DeMatha in 2018. In high […]