Canadians in the NCAA – Week 8 – No Doubt About (aboot) it!

submitted by Jason Donville
(please excuse the formatting in the charts below)

 Hopkins and Mercyhurst are #1  – No Doubt about it!

One of the most exciting occurrences in any sports league is when the top teams get an opportunity to play head to head. This of course happens in NCAA lacrosse at the end of the season but during the season it is always exciting to see two top or near top seeds (as determined by the polls) play head to head in mid-season competition. This past weekend saw two such games and both games lived up to the hype. In the first, Johns Hopkins defeated Virginia in overtime while in the second Mercyhurst defeated Dowling 7-6 on the road. These games were of course the proverbial cherries on the top of what was another exciting weekend of NCAA lacrosse. Canadian lacrosse players also made their mark with Donohoe, Quinn, Giourmetakis, Schuss, Neufeld, Boissonneault, Delaney, Thompson, Cowx, Dixon, Oor, Klein, Foote, Acorn and Johnston having particularly strong performances. Here’s my recap of the week that was in the NCAA from a Northerner’s perspective.

Men’s Division I – Hopkins number one and Lehigh still winning

Johns Hopkins continues to do all the little things right and managed to be the last man standing in a game that lived up to all of the pre-game hype. Brandon Benn (Brampton) scored a hat trick in the win while Zach Palmer (Oshawa) added a goal, an assist and a GB.  Canisius had an important win on the weekend, 11 to 7 over Manhattan with Simon Giourmetakis (Edmonton) scoring 6 goals and an assists while adding 2 GB’s and a CT and teammate Travis Gibbon (Owen Sound) adding 3 goals and a GB. Cameron Mann (Hamilton) became the first player in Jacksonville history to go over the 100 point mark in leading his team to a 13 to 12 victory over VMI that saw Mann score a goal and 3 assists while picking up 3 GB’s and a CT. Adrian Sorchetti (Whitby) had a huge game against St John’s that saw him score 7 goals and 3 assist in a 14 to 10 win. Logun Schuss (Delta) also continues to score in bunches with 5 goals and 2 assists in Ohio State’s 13 to 2 win over Bellarmine. Bryan Neufeld (Virgil) also had a six point game in Siena’s 16 to 13 victory over Providence. Finally, Lehigh continues to roll with a 12 to 3 win over Holy Cross that saw Patrick Corbett (Burlington) score 2 goals, 2 assists while grabbing a GB.

At this stage in the season it’s worth a quick look at “impact points”. Impact points are an attempt to look at a players overall statistical impact on the course of the game that balances defensive statistics with offensive statistics.  This week we will look at impact points in Division I Men’s and Women’s play, moving on to Division II next week and Division III the week after. The year to date “impact point” standings for the top 50 Canadian men playing in Division I are presented below.

Figure 1 – Canadian Division I “Impact” Leaders in Men’s Lacrosse – 2012

Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Jordan Houtby Detroit St Catharines 8 0 1 41 22 10.75
2 Jason Noble Cornell Orangeville 5 0 1 22 12 9.40
3 Dylan Webster Quinnipiac Brampton 6 14 1 39 1 9.33
4 Jeremy Noble Denver Orangeville 6 7 8 26 6 8.83
5 Joel Matthews Detroit St Catharines 8 22 13 14 9 8.38
6 Kiel Matisz Robert Morris Stoney Creek 7 21 11 16 3 7.71
7 Mark Matthews Denver Oshawa 6 17 10 12 2 7.17
8 Zach Palmer Johns Hopkins Oshawa 7 11 15 11 4 6.43
9 Logan Schuss Ohio State Delta 7 21 6 15 1 6.29
10 Colton Clark Bellarmine Nanaimo 5 7 9 9 2 5.80
11 Shayne Adams Detroit St. Catharines 8 18 2 14 6 5.75
12 Matt MacGrotty Bryant New West 6 0 0 16 9 5.67
13 Arden Wipf Bellarmine Saskatoon 5 0 0 12 8 5.60
14 Dillon Ward Bellarmine Orangeville 5 1 0 23 2 5.60
15 Cameron Mann Jacksonville Hamilton 7 11 16 8 2 5.57
16 Cam Flint Denver Georgetown 6 8 4 17 2 5.50
17 Reid Acton Loyola Toronto 6 0 1 18 7 5.50
18 Travis Comeau Georgetown Red Deer 5 9 2 11 2 5.20
19 Jake Hayes Robert Morris Calgary 7 19 6 7 2 5.14
20 Kyle Bergman Drexel Toronto 8 9 9 22 0 5.00
21 Mike Mawdsley Sacred Heart Innisfil 6 15 0 13 1 5.00
22 Nick Soubry Sacred Heart Oakville 2 0 0 2 4 5.00
23 Kyle Buchanan Robert Morris Nepean 6 4 9 14 1 4.83
24 Robbie Campbell Stony Brook Delta 5 7 5 8 2 4.80
25 S. Giourmetakis Canisius Edmonton 3 10 2 2 0 4.67
26 Greg Miceli Stony Brook King City 6 0 0 16 6 4.67
27 Carter Bender Hartford Caledon 7 15 11 6 0 4.57
28 Robert Church Drexel Coquitlam 8 11 10 15 0 4.50
29 Bryan Neufeld Siena Virgil 6 13 7 5 1 4.50
30 AJ Masson Vermont Newmarket 7 5 6 20 0 4.43
31 Brandon Bull Canisius Surrey 3 0 1 12 0 4.33
32 Aidan Genik Hartford Toronto 7 15 5 10 0 4.29
33 Scott Jones UMBC Port Moody 5 12 2 3 2 4.20
34 Karsen Leung Bellarmine Victoria 2 3 1 2 1 4.00
35 Ethan O’Connor Hobart Milton 5 1 0 16 1 3.80
36 Nathan Klein UMBC Coquitlam 5 0 0 11 4 3.80
37 Connor Eustace Hobart Newmarket 4 0 0 9 3 3.75
38 Brandon Benn Johns Hopkins Brampton 7 15 4 7 0 3.71
39 Patrick Corbett Lehigh Burlington 7 8 2 9 3 3.57
40 Mark Cockerton Virginia Oshawa 8 14 4 8 1 3.50
41 Kevin Brownell Robert Morris Burlington 7 7 2 11 2 3.43
42 Luc Magnan Robert Morris Pine Falls 7 0 1 17 3 3.43
43 Travis Gibbons Canisius Owen Sound 3 6 3 1 0 3.33
44 Mike MacDonald Princeton Georgetown 6 8 3 7 1 3.33
45 JJ Laforet Stony Brook Georgetown 6 0 0 16 2 3.33
46 Wes Berg Denver New West 6 7 3 7 1 3.17
47 Adrian Sorichetti Hofstra Whitby 6 10 5 2 0 2.83
48 Jack Donnelly Penn State Toronto 6 0 0 5 6 2.83
49 Andrew Bromley Providence Surrey 4 0 0 9 1 2.75
50 Michael Cudmore Hartford Ashburn 7 1 6 12 0 2.71

Women’s Division I – Canisius back on track

Canisius has had three Canadian players win conference accolades in the past few weeks. Carly Quinn (Orangeville) won Offensive Player of the week and her sister Tori Quinn (Orangeville) won Rookie of the week. Megan Oosting (Lakefield) was the MAAC preseason player of the year and she is currently the MAAC offensive player of the week. All three were impressive in Canisius’ 20 to 8 victory over Bonaventure that saw Carly Quinn score 4 goals and 4 assists to go with 3 GBs and a CT and Megan Oosting score 3 goals, 2 GB’s and 2 CTs. Katie Donohoe (Peterborough) has picked up her second win of the season with another brilliant performance in Monmouth’s 11 to 6 victory over St Francis that saw her make 9 saves while grabbing 3 GB’s and a CT.  Detroit is going through a tough season but Emily Boissoneault (Brooklin) remains focused as evidenced by her 6 goal, 1 assist and 2 GB performance in a 14 to 13 loss to Niagara. Lexie McCormack (Peterborough) also picked up 4 GB’s in the loss. Janaye Dzikewich (Whitby) had a good outing in a loss to Notre Dame that saw her score twice while grabbing a GB and 2 CT’s. Finally, Jen Freymond (Lakefield) grabbed 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s in Liberty’s loss to Bucknell. Impact points standing for Division I women are presented below.

Figure 2 – Canadian Division I “Impact” Leaders In Women’s Lacrosse  – 2012

Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Karli Mackendrick Vermont Whitby 9 14 7 21 14 7.78
2 Jen Freymond Liberty Lakefield 8 1 0 29 16 7.75
3 Emily Boissonneault Detroit Brooklin 7 22 2 12 8 7.43
4 Megan Oosting Canisius Lakefield 8 23 2 14 10 7.38
5 Carly Quinn Canisius Orangeville 8 14 16 8 1 5.00
6 Janaye Dzikewich Louisville Whitby 8 2 0 16 10 4.75
7 Tori Quinn Canisius Orangeville 8 6 2 9 9 4.38
8 Katie Donohoe Monmouth Peterborough 9 0 0 23 8 4.33
9 Corina Mahorn Detroit Whitby 7 9 3 9 4 4.14
10 J Boissonneault Virginia Tech Brooklin 10 9 1 13 5 3.30
11 Lexie McCormick Detroit Peterborough 7 0 0 16 2 2.86
12 Taylor Landry Virginia Tech Whitby 8 0 0 8 7 2.75
13 Katie Guy Penn State Whitby 9 5 1 10 3 2.44
14 Taylor Smith Canisius Ashburn 4 0 0 2 1 1.00
15 Shannon Kerr Connecticut Caledon 8 4 0 1 1 0.88

Men’s Division II – Mercyhurst winning important games

The quest to repeat as a national champion is a noble one but extremely difficult to complete. For Mercyhurst, so far so good. On Saturday Mercyhurst went to Long Island where they eked out a 7 to 6 win over Dowling that saw Matt Hummel (Kitchener) score a goal, while picking up 2 GB’s and a CT.  NYIT had an important win over CW Post and Danny McDermott (Vancouver) continues to shine, grabbing 4 GB’s in the win. Mat Thompson (Akwesasne) continues to do great things for Florida Southern as evidenced by his 5 goal, 3 GB and one CT performance over Belmont Abbey, while teammate Dane Sorenson (Victoria) added 4 goals. Mars Hill continues to surprise. In a 16 to 10 victory over Catawba, T.J.Cowx (Delta) scored 6 goals, 2 assists while grabbing 3 GB’s. Jimmy McBride (New Westminster) added 3 goals and Zack Tomkinson (Barrie) had a pair of goals to go with an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT. Seton Hill had a convincing win over Robert Wesleyan that saw Matt Delmonico (Port Moody) score 5 goals, 2 assists, 2 GB’s and a CT and James Delaney (Vancouver) score 3 goals, 4 assists, 2 GB’s and a CT. Finally, Pfeiffer defeated Queens 13 to 10 with James Sheppard (St John) scoring 4 goals and an assist, Cole Sheen (Edmonton) scoring a hat trick while grabbing a GB and Robert Hope adding a goal, 2 assists and 2 GB’s. 

Women’s Division II – Limestone looking rock solid

Limestone continues to build up a string of wins, the most recent being a 18 to 9 triumph over Queens that saw Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) score 2 goals and 5 assists while grabbing a CT while teammate Samantha Cock (Terra Cotta) grabbed 2 GB’s and a CT.  Notre Dame picked up an important win over Tiffin this week with Jill Dixon (Fenwick) scoring a goal, while picking up 8 GB’s and a CT. Emily Fagan (Calgary) had another nice outing for Seton Hill with 4 goals and 2 assists in a 20 to 13 win over Sheppard. The ladies from Lindenwood are making a name for themselves. In a recent win over Regis, Justiene Groothuis (Kitchener) had a goal and an assist to go with 3 GB’s and a CT while Lindsay Palmer (Whitby) had a hat trick and Jordyn Constance (Calgary) had a goal, an assist and a CT. Dara Hayes (Calgary) picked up a GB and a CT in a loss to Merrimack while Alanna Bauche (Calgary) had 3 GB’s in a loss to Chestnut Hill. 

Men’s Division III –  Erik Klein finding the back of the net

Erik Klein (Coquitlam) is having a terrific rookie season and in his most recent game scored 7 goals and an assist to go with 5 GB’s in Birmingham-Southern 17 to 4 win over Southwestern. Dan Foote (St Catharines) is off to a similarly strong start with 6 goals, 5 GB’s and a CT in Albright’s 21 to 7 victory over Neumann. Rick Acorn (Barrie) has not forgotten how to score. In a recent loss to Brockport. Acorn scored a hat trick while adding 2 assists, 4 GB’s and a CT.   Mitch Barnard (Barrie) had a huge game against Wittenberg that saw him grab 13 GB’s. In the same game, Coady Adamson (Bowmanville) scored twice while adding 3 assists and 2 GB’s and T.J.Cook (Caldeon) added 2 goals and an assist and a GB.  Randolph Macon rolled over Randolph 17 to 6 and Ty Midwinter (Hamilton) scored 2 goals, 3 assists while adding a GB and a CT and Brett Austin (Vancouver) had 3 goals and 3 assists. Concordia defeated Albion 14 to 13 and in the game Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg) scored a hat trick while adding an assist and a GB, Kyle Burrell (Calgary) scored a pair while adding an assist and 3 GB’s and Danny Dahms (Calgary) added 2 goals, an assist and a GB.

Women’s Division III –  Rabishaw having big season

Adrian lost a heartbreaker to Fredonia St 15 – 14 but it was not for a lack of trying. In the game, Katrina Rabishaw (Sharon) grabbed 6 GB’s and 3 CTs while Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) scored a pair and assisted on 3 more while also grabbing 3 GB’s and Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) had 4 goals and 3 GB’s. Elmira had a nice 15-8 win over Lycoming with Emma Scheppers (Elmvale) scoring a goal and a an assist while potting a GB. Finally, Cassie Edmonson (Oshawa) scored a goal and grabbed 3 GB’s in Morrisville State’s 17 to 19 loss to Potsdam.

Games upcoming – CW Post at Mercyhurst is the game to see

There are a couple of games close to the border this weekend that should be of interest to Canadian lacrosse fans. On Saturday, Mercyhurst hosts CW Post in Men’s Div II play while Manhattan visits Canisius in Div I women’s play. On Sunday, in women’s Division I play, Detroit hosts Longwood.

Final thoughts – The NCAA basketball tournament is now well underway, a tournament that has evolved over the past 25 years into one of the true gems of the north American sporting cycle. It’s also at this time of year that I put forward my proposal for a re-look at the way the NCAA lacrosse tournament is played. My wish would be to see a 64 team lacrosse tournament that would combine teams from Division I, Division  II and Division III. After all, when a #15 seed in basketball knocks off a #2 seed, is this not the equivalent of RIT knocking off UNC, or Dowling beating Army? And if you really want to make it exciting, seed the top 32 Division teams in the top half and best 32 Division II and III teams in the bottom half.  Thus, if the NCAA played my format, we would get games like a regional #8 Air force vs. a regional # 9 Mercyhurst, or a regional #8 Towson vs. a regional #9 Limestone. That is, the best teams in Division II and Division III would start the tournament by playing the weakest qualifying teams in Division I.

I am sure there are a millions reasons why my idea to revamp the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament  can’t be done or won’t be done. But years ago there were a million reasons why the NCAA Basketball Tournament could not compete with the NIT. The what you ask? If you are under 30 years of age you probably don’t even know what the NIT is. But look how many millions watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament today who wouldn’t have even thought about it 30 years ago, many of whom don’t really consider themselves to be basketball fans. Food for thought….and by the way I’d bet a buck on Mercyhurst.

Yours in lacrosse – JP Donville

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  1. Did you get the $1 bet down on Mercyhurst?
    Some interesting stats for week 9… after #1 Hurst’s 8-5 win over #12 CW Post, Canadians are responsible for 41 of the 6-0 Lakers’ 71 total goals so far this season – attackmen Kyle Kallay (Orangeville ON) 13, Matt Hummel (Kitchener ON) 11, Brady Heseltine (EloraON) 10, midfielders Zac Reid (St. Catharines ON) 6, Mitch McAvoy (Sherwood Park AB / The Hill Academy) 1.
    McAvoy is Hurst’s #1 drawman, going 45-34 (57.0%) to date.
    9 Canadians on a roster of 46 (19.6%) accounting for 57.7% of goals to date… no wonder they play O Canada (complete with french 2nd verse) along with the Star Spangled Banner prior to all home games in Erie.


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