The last full weekend of regular season lacrosse. Next week starts conference tournament play for some and final regular season games for others. Selection Sunday is right around the corner and every game is essential for conference play and NCAA seeding. This weekend had some close games featuring UIndy and some unexpected results with Lindenwood which will both have an impact on the lacrosse RPI.
Coaches Poll: USILA Week 11
D3 Weekend Recap
Illinois Wesleyan (18) – Whittier (17) – OT
The Poets flew to the Midwest and nearly took one from IWU. Whittier controlled faceoffs all day and held a 17-13 lead with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold off IWU as they finished the game on a five goal run to take this one. IWU’s signature fast paced transition based offense proved to be the difference as they forced overtime on a goal with 28 seconds left in regulation. IWU won the initial faceoff in overtime and wasted no time netting the game winner.
#19 Amherst (14) – Middlebury (9)
A 6-1 first quarter proved to be too much for Middlebury to overcome in this one. The Panthers dominated the stat sheet, but great shooting from Amherst really kept the Panthers on their heels and never really allowed them to get themselves back in the game. The NESCAC is loaded as usual and it should be fun as conference play wraps up and we get into the conference tournament.
#3 Salisbury (10) – #12 Cabrini (9) – 2OT
Huge character win for the Seagulls, especially after a tough loss at CNU last week. The Seagulls jumped out to a three goal lead at halftime, but got blanked in the 3rd quarter by the Cavaliers. Cabrini was able to put together a nice run that saw them take a 9-6 lead with 3:30 left in regulation, but the Seagulls wouldn’t be denied. A three goal run forced overtime that turned into double overtime until Cross Ferrara buried the game winner for Gulls. Ferrara is currently one goal behind Jason Coffman for the career goal lead in Salisbury lacrosse history.
D2 Weekend Recap
#7 UIndy (11) – #6 Mercyhurst (8)
The UIndy lacrosse program had a statement win on Saturday, downing No. 6 Mercyhurst in Indianapolis by a score of 11-8. The Lakers entered the game with the best offense in Division II, averaging 18.73 goals per game, but the Hounds held them to their fewest goals in a game this season. UIndy is slowly becoming one of the toughest places to play in D2 lacrosse, an honor that Mercyhurst has had for close to twenty years. The difference in this one came down to turnovers as the Lakers turned the ball over 20 times compared to UIndy’s 11.
Rockhurst (11) – #8 Lindenwood (10) – OT
Huge win for Rockhurst as they clinched a share of the GLVC Regular Season Conference Championship and the No.2 seed for next weeks conference playoffs. The Hawks rallied back from an 8-3 deficit that saw them take a 9-8 lead in the 2nd half. Lindenwood was able to tie the game and force overtime, but the Hawks were able to put on away and clinch a share of the conference title. No rest for the weary as these two teams will meet this coming week in the GLVC semi-final with a chance to go to the conference title game on the line.