Just when we thought the cold weather was gone, the Midwest got slammed with a late March cold surge and some snow that made game conditions very difficult this weekend. We saw some great matchups throughout the week that will make life difficult for pollsters this upcoming week.
Coaches Poll: USILA Week 7
D3 Weekend Recap
#1 RIT (16) – #5 St. John Fisher (15)
The game of the week showcased one of the main reasons why D3 lacrosse is so great. A Top 5 matchup on a Wednesday night kept fans entertained from start to finish. The defending champs were pushed to the limit by SJF who will most certainly be in the mix come tournament time. RIT jumped out to a nice lead in the first half, but the Cardinals clawed their way back in what was a highly contested second half. A two goal run late in the fourth broke the tie, but this one came down to the final seconds as SJF made it a one goal game with a minute left.
Illinois Wesleyan (18) – Transylvania (17) Overtime
A high scoring game that took a major second half run from IWU to force OT and win the game. Transylvania went into halftime with a lead that grew to 15-10 late in the third quarter, but IWU wouldn’t go away. They scored 6 of the last 7 goals with the last 3 coming from the Kiichle brothers. The CCIW will be a fun conference to watch for the remainder of the season.
#19 Bowdoin (16) – #15 Wesleyan (10)
Death, taxes, and the NESCAC being stacked is the reality of the world we live in. Bowdoin has quietly put together a 7-0 start to the season and they cruised to a 16-10 win over a Wesleyan team that has been ranked near the Top 10 the last few weeks. The coaching change hasn’t deterred the Polar Bears as their hot start is bound to see them climb in the rankings. Bowdoin jumped out to an 8-1 lead against the famous Wesleyan zone and never looked back. A huge week for the Bears as they have both Babson and Amherst this week.
D2 Weekend Recap
Catawba (17) – #19 Anderson (13)
A huge win for Catawba in comeback fashion as they overcame a 7-1 first quarter deficit to take down the Trojans. Coming off the biggest win in program history, Anderson looked like they were going to walk away with this one, but Coach Bourque and boys had other plans. Faceoffs and goalie play in the second half were the difference in this one as Catawba controlled the X and groundball to help them walk away with the win.
#15 Lenoir-Rhyne (13) – #17 Queens (11)
A tremendous back and forth game between two extremely talented teams. Just when it looked like LR was going to pull away, Queens went on a run to keep the game within a goal. A 4 goal run in the first half turned an 8-3 game for the Bears into an 8-7 game at halftime. In the second half, Queens went on a 3 goal run to make the game 12-11, but a late LR goal sealed it for the Bears.
#3 Adelphi (15) – #11 St. Anselm (14)
A nail biter from start to finish saw the Panthers hold off a fourth quarter run to win against the visitors. Adelphi controlled the faceoffs, but was bit by the turnover bug that almost cost them the game. The real difference came down to clearing as the Panthers forced 8 Hawk turnovers and allowed them to gain momentum.