Canadians in the NCAA 2013 – Edition 1

submitted by Jason Donville

Canadians in the NCAA 2013 – Edition 1

As many of you have reminded me, the NCAA season is now well underway and so far no “Canadians in the NCCAA”. Sorry folks. This thing gets harder and harder to do each year as I try to keep up with other things like my job, my kids, my laundry, etc. As such, while I continue to track the stats, my ability to keep up with the write-ups has been reduced dramatically.

Here’s a brief update on “Canadians in the NCAA” with a focus on Division I. In the next edition I will add in Division II and in the next edition, Division III.

Canadian men looking good but different in 2013

First of all, the number of Canadian men playing Division I lacrosse continues to rise with 123 players on rosters this year vs. 118 last year. The second thing to note in 2013 is the ascendancy of defensive players and/or two way players with great defensive stats. These include players like Dylan Webster, Jordan Houtby and Jason Noble, all of whom were strong performers in 2012, but also include some new names like Ethan O’Connor, Pat Root, Luc Magnan, Reid Acton and Jack Donnelly. The third thing to note is that this rookie class looks really strong with players like Dan Lomas, Nicholas Beaudoin, Pat Root, TJ Sanders, Challen Rogers, Kyle Jackson and Griffen Leclaire putting up big numbers in their inaugural season. This indeed might be the deepest Canadian rookie class ever. Finally, goalie Dillon Ward, who hails from the same hometown as “All World Goalie” Chris Sanderson, is having a tremendous season at Bellarmine that is not captured in the stats that I track. So as I said at the outset, the Canadians are looking good in 2013, but it’s not just about goal scorers anymore.

Canadian Div I “Impact”   Leaders – 2013
Rank Player School Hometown

Gp

G

A

GB

CT

IPG

1

Dylan Webster Quinnipiac Brampton

5

6

3

49

0

11.60

2

Jordan Houtby Detroit St Catharines

6

1

1

25

13

8.83

3

Mike MacDonald Princeton Georgetown

6

16

7

12

5

7.50

4

Ethan O’Connor Hobart Milton

4

1

0

27

1

7.50

5

Dan Lomas High Point Burlington

8

22

2

16

8

7.00

6

Jason Noble Cornell Orangeville

6

1

0

17

12

7.00

7

Robert Church Drexel Coquitlam

7

17

11

12

3

6.57

8

Mark Cockerton Virginia Oshawa

7

23

4

16

1

6.43

9

Jeremy Noble Denver Orangeville

6

9

6

18

2

6.17

10

Jake Hayes Robert Morris Calgary

7

15

7

16

2

6.00

11

Shayne Adams Detroit St. Cath.

4

10

2

10

1

6.00

12

Karsen Leung Bellarmine Victoria

7

6

17

14

2

5.86

13

Nicholas Beaudoin Robert Morris Welland

3

2

1

14

0

5.67

14

Logan Schuss Ohio State Delta

6

16

7

10

0

5.50

15

Pat Root Drexel Hamilton

7

0

1

19

9

5.43

16

Dan Taylor Lehigh Calgary

8

15

11

15

1

5.38

17

Cameron Mann Jacksonville Hamilton

6

6

5

16

2

5.17

18

Ben McIntosh Drexel Coquitlam

7

17

9

10

0

5.14

19

Wes Berg Denver New West

7

20

4

9

1

5.00

20

Luc Magnan Robert Morris Pine Falls

7

0

0

18

8

4.86

21

Jesse King Ohio State Victoria

6

14

7

6

1

4.83

22

TJ Sanders Penn State Orilla

6

18

3

7

0

4.67

23

Matt MacGrotty Bryant New West

6

0

0

8

10

4.67

24

Tyler Melnyk Marquette Calgary

5

7

7

9

0

4.60

25

Reid Acton Loyola Toronto

7

0

0

16

8

4.57

26

Reilly O’Connor Georgetown Brooklin

6

10

10

7

0

4.50

27

Scott Jones UMBC Port Moody

6

12

3

7

2

4.33

28

Mike Mawdsley Sacred Heart Innisfil

6

11

0

13

1

4.33

29

Zach Palmer J. Hopkins Oshawa

6

8

11

7

0

4.33

30

Jack Donnelly Penn State Toronto

6

0

0

9

8

4.17

31

Cameron Gardner Bellarmine Calgary

7

19

3

7

0

4.14

32

Kirby Zdrill Yale Edmonton

5

11

1

8

0

4.00

33

Nick Diachenko Delaware Courtice

8

16

2

5

4

3.88

34

Cam Flint Denver Georgetown

7

10

4

11

1

3.86

35

Challen Rogers Stony Brook Coquitlam

8

10

10

8

1

3.75

36

Turner Evans Ohio State Peterborough

4

7

3

5

0

3.75

37

Brandon Benn J. Hopkins Orangeville

6

19

1

2

0

3.67

38

Kyle Jackson Michigan Sarnia

8

11

6

12

0

3.63

39

Griffen Leclaire Wagner White Rock

7

13

5

3

2

3.57

40

Tyler Digby Robert Morris New West

7

7

2

10

3

3.57

41

Jacob Ruest Robert Morris Cornwall

7

5

2

16

1

3.57

42

Zach Herreweyers Loyola London

2

3

0

4

0

3.50

43

Chad Tutton N. Carolina Courtice

7

8

2

10

2

3.43

44

Dave Morton Robert Morris Orangeville

7

13

1

9

0

3.29

45

Patrick Corbett Lehigh Burlington

8

9

1

10

3

3.25

46

Luke Laszkiewicz Robert Morris Oshawa

7

6

5

10

0

3.00

47

M.Messenger High Point Surrey

8

4

4

8

4

3.00

48

AJ Masson Vermont Newmarket

7

4

8

7

1

3.00

49

Hugh Weir Canisius Saskatoon

6

0

0

11

3

2.83

50

Brody Eastwood Stony Brook Victoria

8

15

0

5

0

2.50

Canadian women looking different in 2013 too!

The number of Canadian women playing Division I lacrosse continues to rise slightly from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013. However, there has been a significant changing of the guard over the past year and many of the highest impact players in 2013 are freshman and sophomores. Vanessa VanderZalm, Kaylin Morrisette and Tori Quinn lead the youth movement but veterans Jen Freymond and Katie Guy remain high impact players on their respective teams.

Canadian “Impact”   Leaders In Woman’s Div I – 2013
Rank Player School Hometown

GM

G

A

GB

CT

IPG

1

Jen Freymond Liberty Lakefield

8

10

1

24

26

9.25

2

Vanessa VanderZalm Vermont Pelham

8

11

3

24

11

9.00

3

Kaylin Morissette Louisville Bowmanville

8

21

0

7

31

8.63

4

Tori Quinn Canisius Orangeville

7

19

9

11

6

7.14

5

Katie Guy Penn St. Whitby

8

0

0

23

16

6.75

6

Karli Mackendrick Vermont Whitby

4

1

2

7

3

4.75

7

Katie Donohoe Monmouth Peterborough

7

0

0

23

0

4.00

8

Cian Dabrowski Ohio State Orangeville

6

7

2

6

3

3.17

9

Erin Campbell Detroit Orangeville

8

8

7

8

1

3.13

10

Lexie McCormick Detroit Peterborough

8

0

0

23

0

3.00

11

Ellie Delich UC Davis Coquitlam

7

11

1

3

2

2.86

12

Rachael McKinnon Denver Brooklin

8

7

0

2

12

2.75

13

Jordan Lyons UMBC Peterborough

8

7

1

1

1

2.75

14

Janaye Dzikewich Louisville Whitby

8

0

0

11

6

2.63

15

Ashley Bull Canisius Langley

6

1

1

10

3

2.50

Final thoughts – It really feels like there is a changing of the guard with respect to Canadians in the NCAA. Even two or three years ago, Canadians (mainly men) who were playing in the NCAA had only the benefit of a few years of field lacrosse before they got to college – they arrived primarily as box lacrosse players and learned field rules and tactics on the fly. The current class of freshman is different. Most have been playing field lacrosse for a decade, have attended top prep schools and play in many cases non-offensive roles. From a Canadian fan perspective, it’s a really exciting development because it makes the game more interesting and means our national teams will be even more competitive. Lacrosse season has arrived and it feels so good!

Yours in lacrosse – JP Donville

Lacrosse Making a Popular Return

 submitted by Rebecca Wilcox

Once considered a prep-school game only played by those in the North East who didn’t have the space to field larger American games like football, Lacrosse is finally making the comeback that it deserves. This is becoming more clear as high schools and colleges around the nation pick up the sport and sink funds into programs so that they can compete with the well-known lacrosse schools. 

The increase in the sport’s popularity has led to the widespread availability of lacrosse sticks and other products like balls and heads from Lacrosse Monkey in sporting goods stores all around the country. In past years, people in the New England area were left to find supplies on the Internet. The new popularity is great news for lacrosse fans, who are likely to find new teams and more equipment starting to pop up all around them. 

One of the biggest, most recent developments in the sport is the rise of popularity in the Southern U.S. The commissioner of the South Eastern Conference recently said that the next sport he would like to see become competitive across the conference would be ladies lacrosse. Both Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida have women lacrosse teams, and both teams are competitive nationally. 

In fact, the Gator’s women’s lacrosse team reached the finals during the 2012 tournament, which shows that the Southern U.S has a chance at competing with the powerhouse teams of the North East in lacrosse college athletics. Other BCS schools including the University of Louisville, the University of Oregon and the University of Cincinnati also have added women’s lacrosse teams to their athletic programs. 

College isn’t the only arena where lacrosse is spreading in popularity. There is also a brand new indoor lacrosse league that is taking over arenas starting in 2012, and lacrosse teams are popping up across the country in areas that the sport was once unknown to. The Jacksonville Bullies are a new team in the Professional Lacrosse League in North Florida, an area that was previously unattached to any lacrosse program. This could mean a lot of new popularity for the sport in a region that was once dominated by football. The rise in collegiate and professional lacrosse is a surefire marker of the sport’s popularity among athletes and sport fans alike. 

In 2001 only 13 states sanctioned women’s and men’s lacrosse in high-schools. Less than ten years later that number was up to 21, with the number of total students playing the sport doubling. All around, lacrosse is becoming much more popular and this is made clear by the increase in youngsters who are playing the sport as well as the development of programs at both the college and professional level.

Canadians in the NCAA – Week 14 – May Madness Edition

submitted by Jason Donville

May Madness – Its Playoff Time in the NCAA

The NCAA lacrosse season now heads into its final headlong rush to crown national champions. This edition of “Canadians in the NCAA” focuses on those teams and match-ups where there is a significant Canadian influence to a team in terms of players, coaches or playing style. In terms of Canadian “flavored” teams that could go far, the teams to watch include Denver (Div I Men), Limestone and Mercyhurst (Both Div II Men) Limestone (Div II Women) and RIT (Div III Men).  Here’s my brief recap of the key games ahead.

Division I Men – Players and Teams to Watch

North Carolina vs. Denver – Denver is the poster child for the Canadian style of field lacrosse given that Denver’s offensive coach (Matt Brown) is from Coquitlam and he has quite the stable of Canadian talent.  However, North Carolina can play run-and gun with the best of them so expect this game to look like a Canadian Box Lacrosse game prior to the invention of Bowdum’s. Mark Mathews (Oshawa), who has scored 39 goals so far this year leads the Denver offence but he will be supported by three other compatriots in 20 goal scorer Jeremy Noble (Orangeville), 21 goal scorer Wes Berg (New Westminster) and 13 goal scorer Cam Flint (Georgetown).  North Carolina has its own Canadian threat in rookie Chad Tutton (Courtice) who has scored 18 goals in 16 games thus far this season.

Notre Dame vs. Yale – Notre Dame plays a defensive style of lacrosse that is particularly effective during the play-offs. However, Yale Coach Andy Shay is no tactical slouch and he is running an up-tempo offence that has surprised just about everyone in the Ivy League this year. Yale’s Deron Dempster (Orangeville) is the highest profile Canadian in the game and has been one of the pleasant surprises of the season as he has scored 33 goals in only 12 games so far this year. 

Johns Hopkins vs. Stony Brook – The fact that Zach Palmer (Whitby) is playing clutch lacrosse at this time of year should not be a surprise to anyone who lives within an hour’s drive of Whitby. Palmer, who has scored 23 goals in 14 games along with team mate Brandon Benn (Brampton), who has scored on 24 occasions will look to knock out a Stony Brook team that enjoyed a strong second half to the season.  Stony Brook Senior Robbie Campbell (Delta), who has scored 23 goals this season will look to graduate in style while JJ Laforet (Georgetown), Kyle Belton (Langley) and Greg Miceli (King City) will each look to help Campbell extend his NCAA career as long as possible.

Virginia vs. Princeton – There is a great rivalry here with Canadians on both sides of the ball to make it feel extra special.  For Virginia, Mark and Matt Cockerton (Oshawa) will look to add potency to the Wahoo offence while Princeton freshman Mike MacDonald (Georgetown), who has scored 22 goals so far this year, will look to continue to add to his scoring totals. This should be a great game as there is no clear favorite and has the feel of a “good old fashion Whitby vs. Halton Hills qualifier”.

Loyola vs. Canisius – Loyola in theory gets the easy first round game but Canisius coach Randy Mearns (St Catharines) has his team playing terrific lacrosse down the stretch. Reed Acton (Toronto) is the key Canadian playing for Loyola and will anchor one of the better defences in the NCAA. Canisius has an even more significant Canadian contingent and will be led by Simon Giourmetakis (Edmonton) who leads the team in scoring with 34 goals and Travis Gibbons (Owen Sound) who has scored 25 goals.

Lehigh vs. Maryland – This game, which is already sold out is an important game for both programs. Lehigh has just finished the best regular season in program history and wants to prove that they are more than a one-and-done team. Two rookies from north of the border will do their part as Patrick Corbett (Burlington), who has scored 18 goals this year and Dan Taylor (Calgary), who has scored 11 look to show that Lehigh has depth at the Attack position. That said, Maryland will be no push-over and will see this game as the first step towards a national championship.

Division I Women – Players and Teams to Watch

Penn State vs. Towson – Hard to pick a winner here but the homer says go with Penn State. Multi-purpose midfielder Katie Guy (Whitby), who has scored 5 times this year, while grabbing 22 GB’s, 23 DC’s and 11 CT’s will see lots of playing time in this game.

Division II Men – Players and Teams to Watch

Le Moyne vs. Limestone – Limestone boasts ten Canadians on their roster including some of the best scorers in Division II lacrosse. Limestone’s offence is lead by four prolific scorers in Riley Loewen (Burnaby), who has scored 46 goals so far this year, Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville) with 25 goals and 41 assists, Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody) with 25 goals and Jackson Decker (Port Moody) with 34 goals.

Mercyhurst vs. Dowling – Mercyhurst is the defending Division II Champion and enters the NCAA Tournament with the only undefeated record in Division II lacrosse. There are nine Canadians on Mercyhurst and four on Dowling. Mercyhurst will be led by 25 goal scorer Brady Heseltine (Elora), 24 goal scorer Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) and 15 goal scorer Matt Hummel (Kitchener). Sheldon Burns (Whitby), who is emerging as one of the top Canadian defenders in Division II will likely start for Dowling at Defense.

Division II Women – Players and Teams to Watch

Limestone vs. West Chester – Limestone has a very real chance to win a double championship in both Men’s and Women’s lacrosse in 2012. In order to do so, Sarah Oor (Uxbridge), Samantha Cock (Terra Cotta) and Jessica Tessman (Whitby) will have to continue to play well. Oor has scored 33 goals this year while Cock started 17 games and has grabbed 25 GB’s, 8 DC’s and 11 CT’s.

Division III Men – Players and Teams to Watch

 NIT vs. Western New England College – There are eight Canadians on the RIT roster and freshman sensation Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown), who has scored 33 goals this year, will be the key Canadian in the game. MacDonald will be backed up by Kyle Aquin (Hamilton) who has 15 goals on the season and Alistair Warren (Toronto) with 10, while Alex Crepinsek (Oakville), with 56 GB’s and 7 CT’s will be counted on to control the midfield.

Trinity vs. Tufts – Trinity is in tough against perennial favorite Tufts but Jeff Hebert (Cornwall), with 17 goals will be expected to bring his A game if Trinity is to upset.

Gettysburg vs. Stevenson – Gettysburg will be led by Team Captain Matt McMurray (Orangeville), a strong athletic middy who plays a variety of roles for the Bullets. 

 Games upcoming – There are two NCAA playoff games being played close to the Canadian border. They are both on Saturday and the first sees Mercyhurst host Dowling in Div II action and the second sees RIT host Western New England College in Div III play. Both games are roughly 2 hours drive from Toronto.

 Final Thoughts – Its playoff time and the games speak for themselves. 

Yours in lacrosse – J.P. Donville

Canadians in the NCAA – 2012 – Week 13 – Heros Edition

submitted by Jason Donville

Canadians in the NCAA – Week 13

The past two weeks have witnessed some extremely exciting late season lacrosse games that are having an amazing affect on the probabilities that a team may or may not make the final tournament.  With most regular season games now played, teams generally know where they stand and the excitement that comes from this week’s play is centered mainly in the conference championships (where they exist) as the Automatic Qualifier (AQ) represents the only way into the national tournament for many teams. By this time next week, spots in the national tournament will therefore be decided. Regardless, the lacrosse at this time of year is superb as players and coaches fight for the last few spots in the tournament and/or a position on next year’s team.  Looking back over the past weeks games, a number of Canadians performed strongly including Matthews, Church, Belton, Buchanan, Neufeld, Oosting, McCormick, Decker, Groothuis, Bowman and Johnston. Here’s my recap of the week that was in the NCAA from a Canadian perspective. 

Division I Men – Lehigh wins the Patriot

Lehigh has won the Patriot League Championship for the first time in its history. The Patriot League is quietly emerging as one of the better lacrosse conferences in the NCAA with the conference champion needing to defeat the likes of Colgate, Bucknell, Army and Navy. Lehigh capped off its marvelous run (so far) with a 13 to 7 win over Army in the semi-finals that saw Patrick Corbett (Burlington) score a pair and then follow this up with a 16 to 14 finals win over Colgate that saw Dan Taylor (Calgary) add a pair.  Denver also had a big win this week, 15 to 9 over Duke in front of 12,000 plus fans in Denver.  Mark Matthews (Oshawa) was impressive in the win with 5 goals and 2 assist while Wes Berg (New Westminster) added 2 goals and an assist.  Johns Hopkins also won big this week, defeating Loyola in a superbly contested match that ended in OT 10 to 9. Zach Palmer (Oshawa) had a big game scoring 2 goal and 2 assists for Hopkins. Princeton had an important Ivy League win over Cornell this past weekend with Mike MacDonald (Georgetown) scoring a pair while Jason Noble (Orangeville) scored a goal and grabbed 2 GB’s and 2 CT’s for the Big Red.  Robert Church (Coquitlam) had an impressive game for Drexel scoring 3 goals and 3 assists in a 10 to 9 win over St John. Kyle Belton (Langley) had a big week, scoring 5 goals and an assist as Stony Brook beat Albany 12 to 11. Bryan Neufeld (Virgil) continues to extend his scoring records at Siena with 2 goals and 5 assists in a 12 to 4 win over Manhattan. Robert Morris won for the eighth time in ten games, this time over #20 Bryant 13 to 12. Jake Hayes (Calgary) had 3 goals and 3 assists, while Kyle Buchanan (Nepean) had a goal and 5 assists and Dave Morton (Orangeville) had a hat trick for the Colonials. Finally, Yale has won its seventh in a row and Deron Dempster (Orangeville) scored a hat trick in a 10 to 8 win over Harvard.

Canadian Div I “Impact” Leaders – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Jordan Houtby Detroit St Catharines 14 1 1 64 39 10.29
2 Dylan Webster Quinnipiac Brampton 13 22 2 81 6 9.00
3 Joel Matthews Detroit St Catharines 10 24 15 16 10 7.50
4 Jeremy Noble Denver Orangeville 13 17 12 46 8 7.00
5 Kiel Matisz Robert Morris Stoney Creek 14 36 22 33 3 6.93
6 Bryan Neufeld Siena Virgil 14 37 36 20 2 6.93
7 Kyle Buchanan Robert Morris Nepean 13 15 22 40 4 6.54
8 Jake Hayes Robert Morris Calgary 14 40 18 27 3 6.50
9 Cameron Mann Jacksonville Hamilton 12 19 22 28 4 6.42
10 Mark Matthews Denver Oshawa 13 37 16 18 5 6.23
11 Logan Schuss Ohio State Delta 13 38 15 23 2 6.15
12 Shayne Adams Detroit St. Catharines 14 32 4 28 7 5.57
13 Reid Acton Loyola Toronto 12 0 1 34 15 5.42
14 Jason Noble Cornell Orangeville 11 1 1 33 12 5.36
15 Colton Clark Bellarmine Nanaimo 12 20 12 22 5 5.33
16 Robbie Campbell Stony Brook Delta 11 20 12 17 4 5.18
17 Zach Palmer Johns Hopkins Oshawa 13 18 21 16 4 4.85
18 Cam Flint Denver Georgetown 11 12 7 27 3 4.73
19 S. Giourmetakis Canisius Edmonton 11 29 10 11 1 4.73
20 Robert Church Drexel Coquitlam 14 24 18 23 0 4.64
21 Carter Bender Hartford Caledon 14 31 17 15 1 4.64
22 Scott Jones UMBC Port Moody 12 34 4 10 3 4.50
23 Dave Morton Robert Morris Orangeville 14 27 18 15 1 4.43
24 Kyle Bergman Drexel Toronto 14 16 13 27 3 4.43
25 JJ Laforet Stony Brook Georgetown 12 2 0 39 6 4.42
26 Travis Comeau Georgetown Red Deer 13 17 4 28 4 4.38
27 Ethan O’Connor Hobart Milton 13 3 1 43 5 4.38
28 Dillon Ward Bellarmine Orangeville 12 1 0 39 6 4.33
29 Adrian Sorichetti Hofstra Whitby 12 24 14 13 0 4.25
30 Kevin Brownell Robert Morris Burlington 14 15 8 22 6 4.07
31 Mike Mawdsley Sacred Heart Innisfil 13 30 0 19 1 3.92
32 Matt MacGrotty Bryant New Westminster 16 0 0 26 18 3.88
33 AJ Masson Vermont Newmarket 13 8 7 34 0 3.77
34 Arden Wipf Bellarmine Saskatoon 12 0 0 19 13 3.75
35 Jesse King Ohio State Victoria 13 13 7 18 5 3.69
36 Wes Berg Denver New Westminster 13 20 6 15 3 3.62
37 Patrick Corbett Lehigh Burlington 14 18 5 17 5 3.57
38 Aidan Genik Hartford Toronto 14 23 6 20 0 3.50
39 Mike MacDonald Princeton Georgetown 12 16 8 11 3 3.42
40 Brandon Benn Johns Hopkins Brampton 13 22 6 13 1 3.31
41 Travis Gibbons Canisius Owen Sound 11 22 6 8 0 3.27
42 Nathan Klein UMBC Coquitlam 12 2 1 22 6 3.08
43 Kyle Belton Stony Brook Langley 9 12 5 8 1 3.00
44 Brandon Bull Canisius Surrey 11 3 1 26 1 2.91
45 Deron Dempster Yale Orangeville 10 22 2 4 0 2.80
46 Greg Miceli Stony Brook King City 13 0 0 22 7 2.77
47 Jack Donnelly Penn State Toronto 14 0 0 15 11 2.64
48 Chad Tutton North Carolina Courtice 15 17 6 14 0 2.47
49 Mark Cockerton Virginia Oshawa 14 16 5 11 1 2.43
50 Tyler Digby Robert Morris New Westminster 14 8 12 7 3 2.36

Division I Woman – Canisius wins the MAAC….Again!

Canisius coach Scott Teeter has steered his team to a second consecutive MAAC Championship that culminated with a hard fought 15 to 11 win over Fairfield. Megan Oosting (Lakefield) had another terrific performance with 3 goals and an assist, while Carly Quinn (Orangeville) added 2 goals and 3 assists and Tori Quinn (Orangeville) contributed a goal and an assist. Detroit defeated Connecticut 14 to 11 for the teams  7th win of the season.  Lexie McCormick (Peterborough) was stellar in net with 14 saves while Emily Boissonneault (Brooklin) scored a hat trick and Corina Mahorn (Whitby) added a pair. Vermont lost a close one to Albany 12 to 10 but Karli Mackendrick (Whitby) played well nonetheless with a hat trick in the loss. Finally, Jen Freymond (Lakefield) put in a solid performance on the weekend, scoring 3 goals for Liberty which lost to Longwood 13 to 12.

Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div I – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Megan Oosting Canisius Lakefield 17 55 9 33 22 11.06
2 E Boissonneault Detroit Brooklin 14 46 9 27 30 10.71
3 Karli Mackendrick Vermont Whitby 17 23 11 36 22 7.94
4 Corina Mahorn Detroit Whitby 14 20 9 21 11 6.86
5 Jen Freymond Liberty Lakefield 14 3 0 43 25 6.07
6 Carly Quinn Canisius Orangeville 17 30 45 17 3 5.71
7 Tori Quinn Canisius Orangeville 18 19 5 17 16 4.28
8 Janaye Dzikewich Louisville Whitby 15 2 0 35 21 4.27
9 Katie Guy Penn State Whitby 16 5 1 22 11 3.63
10 Katie Donohoe Monmouth Peterborough 19 0 0 46 17 3.32
11 J Boissonneault Virginia Tech Brooklin 17 15 1 17 6 2.71
12 Lexie McCormick Detroit Peterborough 14 0 0 24 3 1.93
13 Taylor Landry Virginia Tech Whitby 15 0 0 13 11 1.67
14 Savannah Pearce Niagra Calgary 12 5 2 4 1 1.17
15 Shannon Kerr Connecticut Caledon 14 5 1 2 1 0.71

Division II Men – Mercyhurst remains undefeated at 12-0

Mercyhurst remains the team to beat in Division II men’s lacrosse, extending its wining streak with a 10 to 3 win over Dominican College. Brady Heseltine (Elora) score 2 goals and an assist while Kyle Lindsay (Whitby) grabbed 4 GB’s in the victory. Limestone continues to impress with a solid 17 to 7 win over Catawba being its latest achievement. Jackson Decker (Port Moody) scored 5 goals and added an assist while Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville) added a hat trick and Braden Artem (Acton) also had a hat trick for Catawba. Lake Erie had an impressive 19 to 13 win over Chestnut Hill that saw Trevor Tarte (Amhertsburg) score 6 goals and Keegan Bal (Coquitlam) score a hat trick while Mike Melnychenko (St Catharines) scored 5 for Chestnut Hill.  Lindenwood lost a close one to Pfeiffer 7-6. Given that this is Lindenwood’s first year in Division II, a close loss to a nationally ranked team such as Pfeiffer is clearly a moral victory of sorts and a strong validation of the coaches and players behind the program. Carter McCracken (Lakefield) scored a pair in the loss while McNein Hewiitt (Whitby) had a goal and an assist.

Division II Women – Lindenwood continues to roll through the west

Lindenwood posted a 19 to 7 win over Colorado Mesa with Justiene Groothuis (Kitchener) scoring 5 goals and an assist and Lindsay Palmer adding 2 goals and 2 assists.  Limestone, which are the Conference Carolina Champions beat Belmont Abbey 19 to 6 with Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in the Championship Final. Slippery Rock defeated Seton Hill 14 to 13 with Emily Fagan (Calgary) chipping in 2 goals and 2 assists in the loss.

Division III Men’s – Birmingham Southern Wins the SCAC Championship

Birmingham Southern defeated Colorado College to win their first SCAC Championship. Erik Klein (Coquitlam) had 2 assists in the victory.  Adrian belted Otterbein 14 to 3 with T.J. Cook (Caledon) and Coady Adamson (Bowmanville) each scoring a hat trick while Mitch Barnard (Barrie) added a pair while grabbing 8 GB’s. Carthage beat Augustana 11 to 2 with Keegan Bowman (New Westminster) scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists. Southern Maine defeated Salem State 12 to 8 with Mark White (Oakville) scoring a goal and 2 assists. Clark lost to MIT 8-7 and Jeff Wasson (Buckhorn) scored a pair in defeat. Finally, RIT hammered St Lawrence 15 to 5 with Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown) scoring 3 goals and adding an assist.

Division III Women’s – Adrian looking strong

Adrian defeated North Central Illinois 18 to 10 with Rachael Johnston (St Catharines) scoring 4 goals, Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) scoring 3 goals and an assist and Hannah Early (Shelburne) grabbing 5 GB’s and 4 DC’s. Morrisville beat Keuka State in overtime and Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa) was strong on defense with 3 GB’s a DC and a CT. Elmira picked up another win, this time a 17 to 8 decision over Alfred. Emma Scheppers (Elmvale) was sharp once again, scoring a pair of goals while adding an assist and 3 GB’s.

Games upcoming – Slim pickings this week

Most of the Division I regular season schedules are winding down. Games close to the border this weekend include Canisius at Detroit in Division I and Molloy at Mercyhurst in Division II.

Final thoughts – On heroes and champions

Over the past three weekends I have had the opportunity to travel to the US to watch both Collegiate and High School Lacrosse. While it is true that we live in a world of skeptics and cynics, I remain a believer in the student/athlete model. Sorry, that’s not strong enough – I am in awe of what these young women and men are doing with their lives. It’s fantastic!!!

The casual fan of lacrosse or any other sport typically watches games from the vantage point of their TV or perhaps a stadium seat. However, many of the people who read this column actually know many of the players I write about, have coached them, know them as daughters or sons, know their families or have seen them play against teams in their own communities. Not all are starters or straight A students but the ones that we know are all wonderful young people…..so we can assume that the ones that we don’t know are just as wonderful too.  That said, our admiration for what these student athletes have done and are doing is greater than just familiarity. We are inspired that they have had the courage to follow their dreams and to take on a challenge that will push their minds and bodies to the limits. If we think about it, we are also indebted to them. This is, because their accomplishments in the classroom, on the sports field and everyplace in between validate everything that we have tried to teach them as parents, coaches and friends. 

The next few weeks will see only one National Champion (per Division) crowned and then our glorious daughters, sons and student athletes will come home. All will be deserving of a hero’s welcome. All will be Champions!

Yours in lacrosse – JP Donville  

Canadians in the NCAA – Week 11 – Big House edition

submitted by Jason Donville

Lacrosse in the Big House! 

I’ve never been to a Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeye football game in the Big House (the Wolverines massive stadium) so I sure as heck wasn’t going to miss the first game in NCAA Division I lacrosse history between these two storied rivals.  Of course, Michigan is brand new to NCAA lacrosse – but they are not new to running a winning lacrosse program. That said, when these two schools collide in any sport whether it be football, hockey, tiddlywinks and now lacrosse, excuses don’t matter.  And so begins lacrosse’s next great rivalry with Ohio State up 1 game to 0. Of course, this rivalry will be no different than the one that exists between say John’s Hopkins and Maryland or Cornell and Princeton….except for one thing. It should quickly become the first significant lacrosse rivalry outside of the US Northeast and that’s great news for college lacrosse!    

Division I Men – Yale’s Deron Dempster continues to sparkle

The past few weeks have seen Deron Dempster (Orangeville) emerge as a new and potent element of the Yale offence. Friday’s 4-OT win over Brown saw Dempster only score twice but the second one was the one that ended the game.  Detroit had an impressive 8-7 win over Jacksonville with Shayne Adams (St Catharines) scoring 4 goals and Jordan Houtby (St Catharines) grabbing 5 GB’s and 4 CTs.  Robert Morris continues to roll up the wins, this week with a 17-14 win over Mount St Mary’s. Dave Morton (Orangeville) led the Colonials with 3 goals, 3 assists and a GB while Jake Hayes (Calgary) had 3 goals and an assist to go with 6 GB’s and a CT.  Stony Brook has now won three in a row with its most recent being a 10 to 8 victory over UMBC that saw Robbie Campbell (Delta) score 4 goals while grabbing a GB and a CT and Greg Miceli (King City) grabbing 3 GB’s, while Scott Jones (Port Moody) scored 5 goals for UMBC.  Bryan Neufeld (Virgil) continues to put up huge numbers for Siena scoring 2 goals and 4 assists in a 14 to 2 drubbing of Canisius. Hartford defeated Binghamton 11 to 7 and Carter Bender (Caledon) had 2 goals and 3 assists in the victory while Delaware beat St Joes 16 to 6 with Dan Keane (Elora) scoring 3 goals and an assist for the victors. Finally, at the Big House in Michigan, Logun Schuss (Delta) scored 3 goals and 2 assists while Jesse King (Victoria) added a pair of goals as the Buckeyes edged Michigan 12-9.

Division I Women – Boissoneault continues to produce

Canisius had a big win over Colgate this week 13 to 5. Megan Oosting (Lakefield) scored 3 goals and an assist in the win while Tori Quinn (Orangeville) had a hat trick and sister Carly Quinn (Orangeville) had a goal, 2 assists and a GB. It’s been a tough year for Detroit but Emily Boissoneault (Brooklin) continues to dominate, scoring a pair of goals while adding an assist in a 19 to 8 loss to High Point.  UMBC beat Vermont 19 to 11 on the weekend and Karli Mackendrick (Whitby) picked up an assist, 3 GB’s, a DC and a CT in the loss.  Katie Donohoe (Peterborough) picked up another win for Monmouth in their 18 to 6 defeat of Long Island. Manhattan beat Niagara 15 to 14 with Savanna Pearce (Calgary) scoring a goal and an assist while grabbing 2 GB’s and Sheehan Mulholland (Calgary) scoring a goal in a losing effort. Villanova topped Louisville 9 to 8 and Janaye Dzikewich (Whitby) picked up 2 GB’s and a CT in the loss.

Men’s Division II – Pecchia stands on head – twice in one week!!!

Last week unranked Catawba found itself facing two pretty formidable opponents. In the first game, Mars Hill got 32 shots on net but goalie Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) managed to stop 25 of them while teammate Braden Artem (Acton) did his part by scoring 4 goals in a 9 to 7 theft (read win). Then a few days later Catawba beat Florida Southern 7 to 6 with Pecchia making another 17 saves. In other Division II action undefeated Mercyhurst beat St Rose 19 to 6 with Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) scoring 2 goals and 4 assists, Brady Heseltine (Elora) scoring a hat trick and Mitch McAvoy (Sherwood Park) grabs 5 GBs.  Dowling had a big win over Chestnut Hill, 9 to 4 that saw Sheldon Burns (Whitby) grab 2 GB’s and 2 CT’s.  Finally, Danny McDermott (Vancouver) continues to play well with a CT and a GB in NYIT’s win over Seton Hill.  

Women’s Division II – Lindenwood is lindengood!

Lindenwood, in their inaugural season in Division II lacrosse posted another win, this time 15 to 12 over Regis.  Lindsay Palmer (Whitby) scored 4 goals while Justiene Groothuis (Kitchener) added a hat trick and Jordyn Constance (Calgary) added a single. Grand Valley defeated Notre Dame 22 to 20 with Jill Dixon (Fenwick) scoring a goal and an assist and 7 DC’s.  Limestone hammered Converse 21 to2 with Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) scoring 2 goals and 2 assists while grabbing 2 GB’s while Samantha Cock (Terra Cotta) grabbed 2 GB’s and a CT.  Emily Fagan (Calgary) picked up a goal, a GB and 2 DC’s in a 13 to 18 loss to Dowling while Kim McConnery (Welland) scored a pair for Catawba in a 16 to 5 loss to Savannah. Finally, Dara Hayes (Calgary) scored a goal and an assist in Merrimack’s 21 to 3 win over Southern Conneticut.

Men’s Division III – Adrian wins a pair

It was a good week for Adrian with two wins in the past week. In the first, Adrian took down Carthage 13 to 7 with Coady Adamson (Bowmanville) scoring a hat trick and Mitch Barnard (Barrie) grabbing 9 GBs. Keegan Bowman (New West) scored 4 for Carthage. In the second game, Adrian spanked Milwaukee Engineering 17 to 2 with T.J. Cook (Caledon) scoring a hat trick. Roanoke enjoyed a 25 to 14 romp over Randolph-Macon that saw Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam) score 4 goals while Braden Gerrie (Fergus) grabbed 7 GBs.  Ty Midwinter (Hamilton) scored a hat trick for Randolph-Macon while Jason Crawford (Burlington) made an impressive 25 saves in the loss. Binghamton Southern defeated Rhodes 17 to 2 and Erik Klein (Coquitlam) had 4 goals while Brian Gillis (North Vancouver) scored 2 goals and 4 assist in a lopsided win over Thomas. Finally, Concordia had a big win over Fontbonne 12 to 10 with Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg) scoring 4 goals, Danny Dahms (Calgary) adding a goal and 3 assist and Kyle Burrell grabbing 4 GB’s. Impact rankings for the Canadians in Division III lacrosse are presented below.

Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Div III – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Mitch Barnard Adrian Barrie 13 12 4 102 5 9.85
2 Pat Miles New Eng.Coll. Brampton 12 4 5 42 33 9.75
3 Keegan Bowman Carthage New West. 10 35 11 35 7 9.50
4 Dustin Gatt Elmira Welland 9 7 1 39 15 8.56
5 Brayden Gerrie Roanoke Fergus 13 6 2 50 22 7.85
6 Erik Klein Birmingham So Coquitlam 14 47 16 30 5 7.36
7 Bryce Wells La Roche Cochrane 14 11 4 55 16 7.29
8 Danny Dahms Concordia Calgary 11 21 10 33 8 7.27
9 Trent Thomas Utica Akwesasne 12 20 19 22 11 6.92
10 Tom Longland Morrissville St. Dunnville 10 1 0 35 16 6.80
11 Brock Levick Medaille Newmarket 8 26 9 14 2 6.63
12 Dustin Reykdal La Roche Red Deer 13 38 8 27 6 6.54
13 Sam Wladyka Concordia Winnipeg 11 19 13 25 6 6.27
14 Mark White Southern Maine Oakville 11 17 13 22 7 6.00
15 J.G. Thouin La Roche Laval 14 21 6 39 9 6.00
16 Jeff Wasson Clark Buckhorn 11 36 5 25 0 6.00
17 Daniel McQuade Whittier New West. 9 13 13 20 4 6.00
18 Tyler Midwinter Randolph Macon Hamilton 15 28 24 25 5 5.80
19 Richard Lachlan Roanoke PoCo 11 35 4 17 3 5.64
20 Brendan MacDonald RIT Georgetown 11 19 10 26 3 5.55
21 Dan Foote Albright St Catharines 12 32 7 21 3 5.50
22 Brian Gillis New Eng.Coll. North Van. 12 32 11 16 2 5.25
23 Brady Richards Elmira Cortice 9 16 9 17 2 5.11
24 Coady Adamson Adrian Bowmanville 13 27 17 12 5 5.08
25 Crawford Healey La Roche Calgary 12 19 8 22 5 4.92
26 Jared Toll Alvernia St Catharines 12 12 7 27 6 4.83
27 Mike Pantelone Neumann Aurora 12 28 3 25 1 4.83
28 Joe Kozovski Medaille Ajax 8 13 14 11 0 4.75
29 Brandon MacDonald Adrian Midhurst 12 0 0 26 15 4.67
30 TJ Cook Adrian Caledon 13 22 12 14 6 4.62
31 Tyler Tanguay Adrian Pt. Colborne 9 6 7 23 2 4.44
32 Alex Crepinsek RIT Oakville 11 1 7 38 0 4.18
33 Shawn Teixeira La Roche Calgary 12 0 4 30 8 4.17
34 Kyle Burrell Concordia Calgary 10 8 5 18 5 4.10
35 Brett Austin Randolph Macon Vancouver 15 27 12 17 2 4.00

Womens Division III – Adrian on a roll!

Adrian had a big win this past week over Sewanee 19 to 13 with several Canadians having an impact. Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) scores 2 goals and an assist, Hannah Early (Shelburne) had 2 goals, Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) had a goal and Katrina Rabishaw (Sharon) picked up 4 GBs. Morrisville State defeated Lancaster Bible 21 to 9 and Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa) scored a goal while grabbing 3 GBs, 2 DC’s, and 3 CT’s. Finally, Nazareth defeated Elmira 19 to 13 with Emma Schepers (Elmvale) scoring a goal and an assist in the loss. Impact points for the Canadian women in Division III are presented below.

Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div III – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Olivia Duncan Adrian Orangeville 13 34 8 18 8 7.00
2 Rachel Johnston Adrian St Catharines 13 32 21 13 10 6.69
3 Cassie Edmondson Morrisville Oshawa 12 11 0 34 12 5.58
4 Hannah Early Adrian Shelburne 13 9 0 20 5 4.31
5 Courtney Jamieson N.C. Wesleyan London 9 4 0 16 8 3.33
6 Emma Schepers Elmira Elmvale 10 12 7 10 0 2.90
7 Katrina Rabishaw Adrian Sharon 11 1 0 15 9 2.82
8 Jenna Nickle Pacific Port Moody 10 2 1 7 1 1.60
9 Meghan Gerrie Adrian Fergus 10 5 2 3 2 1.20
10 Emy Cote Manhattanville Saint Hubert 5 0 0 5 0 1.00
11 Madison Jerhoff Drew Calgary 5 1 1 0 0 0.80
12 Paige Ottaviano Buffalo State Port Colborne 13 0 0 7 1 0.77

Games upcoming – Head to Ithaca this weekend.

There are several games close to the border worth checking out with VMI at Canisius being the closest. Other Div I men’s games include Brown at Cornell, Georgetown at Syracuse and Bellarmine at Detroit. In women’s play, Yale plays at Cornell. My recommend in go to Cornell for the double header.

Final thoughts

The weather is warmer, and the focus shifts to the post season. There is stability in the polls and thus the only way to the NCAA Tournament is via the Automatic Qualifier route. Exams are winding down and our fine athletes will soon be heading home….the lucky ones will get to stay a little longer. Enjoy the last few weeks of the season. It should be exciting.

Yours in Lacrosse – JP Donville

Canadians in the NCAA – week 9 – Jamieson Kuhlmann Edition

submitted by Jason Donville

Let the second season begin! 

Believe it or not the NCAA lacrosse regular season is roughly 70% complete. For most teams, if they are not currently ranked in the top 10 nationally, then their post season chances now rest on conference play and playoffs. Thus, April represents a second season of sorts, a chance for underachieving teams to prove that disappointments earlier in the season were not indicative of what their team is really made of.  And of course, what makes this time of year doubly exciting is that the pathway to redemption leads directly through their fiercest rival’s backyard.  The past week has been a good one for Canadians playing south of the border, with players such as Boissonneault, Buchanan, Dempster, Campbell, Neufeld, Cudmore, Sheppard, Barnard, Loewen, Oor and Duncan having particularly noteworthy performances. Here is my recap of the week that was in the NCAA.

Division I Men – Dempster scores 5 while Neufeld breaks the 200 point barrier

Conference play is the focus this time of year and Deron Demspter (Orangeville) picked a good time to go on a hot streak with a 5 goal performance in Yale’s 10 to 9 win over Penn. Robert Morris picked up a couple of key wins this week. In the first, a 15 to 11 win over Canisius, Jake Hayes (Calgary) scored 4 goals and 2 assist, while Dave Morton (Orangeville) and Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek) each added a pair of goals and an assist. In the second game, the Colonials upended Wagner 22 to 10 with Hayes scoring 4 goals and an assist, Morton scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists and Kyle Buchanan (Nepean) scoring a goal and 3 assists while grabbing 12 GB’s and a CT.  Patrick Corbett (Burlington) continues to shine at Lehigh, which sports a 9 game winning streak – best in the nation! On Friday night in a win over Navy, Corbett scored a hat trick while adding an assist and 4 GB’s.  Bryan Neufeld (Virgil) had a huge game for Siena in its 12 to 9 win over Jacksonville, scoring 3 goals and 3 assists while picking up 3 GB’s and in the process went over the 200 point milestone. Stony Brook got a key win over Vermont on the weekend and Robbie Campbell (Delta) was sharp with 3 goals, an assists, 4 GB’s and a CT in the victory. Quinnipiac won again, this time beating Mount St. Mary’s 12 to 8 with Dylan Webster (Brampton) getting a goal and an assist while picking up 7 GB’s. Robert Church (Coquitlam) scored 4 goals in Drexel’s 11 to 8 win over Delaware while Scott Jones (Port Moody) scored 4 goals for UMBC in their 16 to 12 win over Hartford. Finally, Mark Matthews (Oshawa) scored 4 goals, Wes Berg (New Westminster) had a hat trick and Jeremy Noble (Orangeville) score a pair of goals in Denver’s 15 to 8 win over Hobart.

Division I Women – Detroit back in the win column and Donohoe wins again!

Emily Boissonneault (Brooklin) had a terrific game on the weekend as Detroit defeated Liberty 19 to 5. Boissonneault scored 6 goals and an assist while grabbing 3 GB’s, 5 DC’s and 4 CT’s. Teammate Corina Mahorn (Whitby) scored a hat trick and an assist. Canisius also picked up another win, with a 17 to 9 win over Manhattan that saw the Quinn sisters have a particularly strong day. Carly Quinn (Orangeville) scored 2 goals and 5 assists while sister Tori scored 2 goals and 2 assists.  Vermont also had a strong game over the weekend, defeating UNH 18 to 8. Karli Mackendrick (Whitby) had another solid outing, scoring a goal and an assist while grabbing a CT and 5 DC’s. Finally, Katie Donohoe (Peterborough) picked up another win in backstopping Monmouth to a 9 to 7 win over Sacred Heart.

Division II Men – Mercyhurst remains undefeated

Division II defending champ Mercyhurst continues to hang on to a perfect season, defeating C.W.Post 8 to 5 in a low scoring match that saw Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) score 3 goals and add an assist and Mitch McAvoy (Sherwood Park) pick up 4 GB’s. Pfeiffer hammered Lees-McRae 19 to 1 and James Sheppard (St John) scored 7 goals while Luke Gillespie (Vancouver) grabbed 3 GB’s and a CT. Mars Hill continues to impress with a 13 to 10 win over Wingate. Chris Cudmore (Whitby) scored a goal while picking up 8 GB’s and 3 CT’s, while T.J. Cowx (Delta) added a hat trick and Cade Zulak (Ajax) had a pair of goals and assists. Seton Hill won a hard fought battle over Chestnut Hill 7 to 3. James Delaney (Vancouver) had 2 goals and 2 assists in the win while Matt Delmonico (Port Moody) added 2 goals, 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s. Lindenwood added another win to its inaugural season record with an 11 to 8 victory over Notre Dame de Namur. Grame Hossack (Port Perry) had 6 GB’s and a CT while Carter McCracken (Lakefield) added 2 goals and an assist and Greg Cameron (Sturgis) added a pair of 2 goals. Catawba won a hard fought victory over Rollins in overtime that saw Braden Artem (Acton) score 4 goals and an assist and Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) grab the win with 13 saves. Dowling spanked Lake Erie 18 to 10 but Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg) managed to score 4 goals in defeat and Keegan Bal (Coquitlam) and Reagan Harding (Saskatoon) each added a pair. Finally, Limestone rolled over Queens 17 to 6 with Riley Loewen (Burnaby) leading the way with 2 goals and 5 assists and Jackson Decker (Port Moody) and Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville) each adding hat tricks. Impact points rankings for Division II are presented below.

Canadian Div II “Impact” Leaders – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Chris Cudmore Mars Hill Whitby 11 0 8 68 30 12.36
2 M Kristiansen Shorter Edmonton 9 35 23 37 1 10.78
3 Luke Gillespie Pfeiffer Vancouver 10 5 3 53 14 8.90
4 A Bakular-Evans Lake Erie Courtenay 5 1 1 16 12 8.40
5 T.J.Cowx Mars Hill Delta 11 35 14 33 5 8.36
6 Braden Artem Catawba Acton 10 24 16 32 2 7.60
7 Grame Hossack Lindenwood Port Perry 8 2 1 30 11 6.88
8 Riley Loewen Limestone Burnaby 10 35 5 16 6 6.80
9 Keegan Bal Lake Erie Coquitlam 5 7 5 17 2 6.60
10 Reagan Harding Lake Erie Saskatoon 5 10 6 11 2 6.20
11 James Sheppard Pfeiffer St. John 11 31 11 15 5 6.09
12 M Melnychenko Chestnut Hill St. Catharines 7 22 6 6 4 6.00
13 Shayne Jackson Limestone Bowmanville 10 13 31 14 1 6.00
14 Tor Reinholdt Limestone Port Moody 10 17 8 26 4 5.90
15 Matt Delmonico Seton Hill Port Moody 8 29 5 7 1 5.38
16 David Beaumont Mars Hill New West 11 0 1 28 14 5.18
17 Zach Tomkinson Mars Hill Barrie 11 7 2 25 10 4.91
18 Jackson Decker Limestone Port Moody 10 16 7 14 5 4.70
19 D McDermott NYIT Vancouver 9 0 0 18 12 4.67
20 Sheldon Burns Dowling Whitby 4 0 0 6 6 4.50
21 Chris Delaney Dominican Coll. PoCo 5 10 2 8 1 4.40
22 Jimmy McBride Mars Hill New West 11 10 5 17 8 4.36
23 Nick Amendt American Intl Ponoka 6 9 4 9 2 4.33
24 James Delaney Seton Hill Vancouver 8 6 15 11 1 4.25
25 Tyler Buchan Wheeling Jesuit Burnaby 8 13 5 16 0 4.25

Division II Women – McConnery has big game for Catawba

This is Catawba’s first year in Division II lacrosse so every victory has a magnified importance.  Thus, the 18 to 2 win over NC Wesleyan is a nice affirmation for a program that is just getting going.  Kim McConnery (Welland) was a big part of the win, scoring 4 goals and an assist while grabbing 4 GB’s and 2 CT’s, with fellow Canuck Jessica Leroux (Ajax) adding 2 goals and 2 assists along with a pair of GB’s and DC’s. Courtney Jamieson (London) grabbed 4 GB’s for NC Wesleyan. Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) continues to sparkle at Limestone, scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists in a 22 to 8 win over Belmont Abbey. Jill Dixon (Fenwick) is also playing well as evidenced by her 3 goal, 3 assist performance in Notre Dame’s 19 to 8 win over Urbana. Alanna Bauche (Calgary) also had a decent game for Post in a recent loss to GCU that saw her grab 4 GB’s and 3 DC’s. Impact leaders in Division II are presented below.

Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div II – 2012
Rk Player School Hometown GM G A GB CT IPG
1 Justiene Groothuis Lindenwood Kitchener 8 24 11 22 10 11.25
2 Sarah Oor Limestone Uxbridge 11 18 35 15 2 6.45
3 Emily Fagan Seton Hill Calgary 7 18 7 7 4 6.00
4 Lindsey Palmer Lindenwood Whitby 8 21 4 9 3 5.75
5 Sara Walters Converse Burnaby 9 0 1 34 13 5.56
6 Jordyn Constance Lindenwood Calgary 8 9 7 10 8 5.38
7 Jill Dixon Notre Dame Fenwick 9 16 4 17 2 4.33
8 Alanna Bauche Post Calgary 8 7 3 13 1 3.63
9 Kim McConnery Catawba Welland 8 5 4 12 2 3.00
10 Jessica Leroux Catawba Ajax 8 2 3 5 1 2.13
11 Samantha Cock Limestone Terra Cotta 10 0 0 13 6 1.90
12 Dara Hayes Merrimack Calgary 6 0 3 3 3 1.50
13 Jessica Tessman Limestone Whitby 5 0 0 4 2 1.20
14 Samantha Hall Adams State Toronto 3 0 0 3 0 1.00
15 Joelle Scott Mercyhurst Calgary 1 0 0 1 0 1.00

Division III Men – Midwinter in midseason form

Randolph Macon won a close game over Guildford and Ty Midwinter (Hamilton) was a big part of the story, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists while grabbing a GB and a CT.  Adrian also had a big game on the weekend, toasting Hanover 11 to 4 in a game that saw Coady Adamson (Bowmanville) score 2 goals and 3 assists and Mitch Barnard (Barrie) pick up 10 GB’s. Carthage defeated Fontbonne 13 to 7 and Keegan Bowman (New West) led all scorers in the game with 4 goals. Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg) scored 4 goals for Concordia in its loss to Trine while Jeff Wasson (Buckhorn) had a hat trick in Clark’s 11 to 5 loss to Wheaton. Erik Klein (Coquitlam) continues to score in bunches for Birmingham-Southern which defeated Hendrix 18 to 8 on the weekend and saw Klein score 2 goals and an assist. Brian Gillis (North Van) scored 2 goals and 4 assists in New England Colleges 22 -1 romp over Jackson State.

Division III Women –  Adrian wins again!

Adrian remains one of the top women’s lacrosse teams in the Midwest. Over the past weekend Adrian defeated Lynchburg 16 to 12 with Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) scoring 5 goals and an assist along with 2 GB’s and a CT, while teammate Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) add 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 GB’s, 3 DC’s and  a CT. In other Division III action, St John Fisher defeated Elmira 18 to 5 and Emma Schepers (Elmvale) had a goal and grabbed a GB for Elmira.

Games Upcoming – Lehigh at Colgate is the game to watch.

For Canadian lacrosse fans wanting to watch NCAA lacrosse close to the border, this weekend upcoming is a feast. In men’s Divison I play, Siena plays at Detroit, Harvard plays at Cornell, Lehigh plays at Colgate, Ohio State plays at Hobart and Princeton plays at Syracuse. In womens play, Canisius hosts Fairfield. The Lehigh vs Colgate game is my top choice and the Ohio State versus Hobart game is reasonably close to the borderfor the less ambitious.

Final thoughts

I wear a lot of hats and coach is one of them. Starting in February I get emails from kids I coach saying, “Hey coach, have you got  us a spot in the Jammer?” The “Jammer” is that tournament that was named after Jamieson Kuhlman, the kid from the Beaches who died a few years back playing a sport that is sometimes called “the Creator’s Game”. The Jammer Classic now represents the kick-off event for the Ontario Field Lacrosse season and getting a spot in the tournament is tough given that supply exceeds demand.

Of course, the tournament is a nice legacy to a kid who loved the game the way kids do. And in addition to the legacy of the tournament that continues to build and grow, we are both fascinated and humbled by the actions of his former teammates and coaches, many of whom have chosen to wear his number 45 throughout their NCAA careers and keep his memory alive.  This year’s tournament kicks off this Friday morning at Cherry Beach and carries on for the entire weekend. 

Barry Mano once wrote that “Sports is life with the volume turned up”. If you are driving by Cherry Beach Fields this weekend, be sure to have a listen.

Yours in Lacrosse – JP Donville

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

Canadians in the NCAA – Week 5 – Oh Little Team From Bethlehem!

Oh Little Team from Bethlehem!

Lehigh is one of the prettiest university campuses in the US and the school enjoys a superb reputation for both scholastic and athletic achievement. But this week it is known in lacrosse circles as the home of the GIANT KILLERS.  For those not paying attention, in another week of NCAA lacrosse that saw tons of upsets, unranked Lehigh knocked off both #19 Penn and #4 North Carolina and both wins came on the road. Other upsets included Hofstra’s win over Harvard and Delaware’s victory over Villanova.  Several Canadians featured prominently in the headlines this week including Comeau, Noble, Donnelly, MacGrotty, Oosting, Donohoe, Pecchia, Gillespie, Fagan, Oor, Richards and Johnston. Here’s my recap of the week that was in NCAA Lacrosse.

Men’s Division I – If Lehigh ever had a better week I can’t remember it

Lehigh might have just completed its best week of lacrosse in program history with two huge upset wins on the road. In the first game, Lehigh knocked off #19 Penn, 10 to 4 with Patrick Corbett (Burlington) scoring 2 goals, while grabbing 2 GB’s and 2CT’s and Dan Taylor (Calgary) adding 2 goals, an assist and a GB. In the second game Lehigh defeated #4 North Carolina 9 to 8.  Cornell also started the season with two big wins this week. In the 18 to 7 win over Army, Jason Noble (Orangeville) grabbed 9 GB’s, 6 CT’s and an assist.  Travis Comeau (Red Deer) had a great day Saturday in Georgetown’s 12 to 7 win over Detroit that saw him score 6 goals while picking up 4 GB’s.  Colgate defeated Robert Morris 24 to 14 and Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek) managed to score 6 goals in the loss. Penn State has been one of the surprise teams of the season and continued its winning ways with a 5 to 2 win over Ohio State. Jack Donnelly (Toronto) is starting as a freshman defenseman with Penn State and had 2 GB’s and a CT in the Nittany Lions win over the Buckeyes.  Matt MacGrotty (New Westminster) is having a similarly strong season with Bryant, picking up 4 GB’s and a CT in Bryant’s 15 to 8 win over Vermont.  Denver defeated Hartford 11 to 10 and Mark Matthews (Oshawa) scored 3 goals and an assist along with 3 GB’s and a CT while Jeremy Noble (Orangeville) had a goal, 2 assists and 4 GB’s.  Johns Hopkins defeated Princeton 10 to 8 to remain undefeated and Zach Palmer (Oshawa) scored a goal, 3 assists and grabbed 3 GB’s in the win. Loyola defeated Bellarmine 11 to 8 with Colton Clark (Nanaimo) scoring 2 goals and 3 assist in the loss while Dylan Ward (Orangeville) made 13 saves. Finally, Taylor Wray (Edmonton) picked up his second win of the season as St Joe’s beat Wagner 6 to 5.

Women’s Division I – Canisius Starts season with two wins

Canisius is off to a great start with two wins. The first was an 11 to 10 win over Robert Morris and the second a 19 to 11 win over Monmouth. In the second game, Carly Quinn (Orangeville) scored 5 goals and 3 assists while Megan Oosting (Lakefield) had 4 goals and an assist to go along with 2 GB’s and 2 CT’s and Tori Quinn (Orangeville) had a goal and a CT.  Katie Donohoe (Peterborough) picked up her first NCAA win this week in a 10 to 9 victory over St Joe’s that saw her make 8 saves. Virginia Tech won again, this time 18 to 14 over UC Davis. Jacquie Boissoneault (Brooklin) scored a goal while grabbing 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s while Taylor Landry (Whitby) picked up a GB and 2 CT’s.

Men’s – Division II – Pecchia stellar in Catawba wins

Offence wins games and defense wins championships or so the cliché goes. In that respect Catawba is getting both offence and defense with two big wins this week. In the first, Catawba beat Pfeiffer 9 to 8 with Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) making 15 saves and Braden Artem (Acton) scoring a goal, an assist and grabbing 3 ground balls. James Sheppard (St John) had a hat trick and Luke Gillespie (Vancouver) picked up 7 GBs and 2 CT’s in the loss. In the second win for Catawba over Chestnut Hill, Pecchia once again made 15 saves while Artem added 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 GB’s. Limestone also had another big week with two wins. In the first a 15 to 4 drubbing of Lenoir-Rhyne, Riley Loewen (Burnaby) scored 5 goals while picking up a GB and a CT, Jackson Decker (Port Moody) scored 4 goals and Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody) scored 2 goals and an assist. In the second game, Limestone handled St Leo 19 to 7 with Reinholdt scoring 2 goals, 2 assist and 3 GB’s while Decker added 2 goals, an assist and 2 GB’s and Shayne Jackson (Bowmansville) pocketed a goal, 3 assists and a GB.  Wheeling Jesuit won its home opener, 19 to 3 over Ohio Valley. Tyler Buchan (Burnaby) scored 5 goals, an assist and grabbed 4 GB’s while Tyler Wickett (Ladner) scored a goal and 2 assists. Finally, Mercyhurst rolled over Chestnut Hill 17 to 5 with Matt Hummel (Kitchener) scoring 4 goals while picking up a GB and Zac Reid (St Catharines) scored 2 goals and a GB.

Women’s – Division II – Fagan Scores four times for Seton Hill

Seton Hill had a big 11-4 win over Millersville and Emily Fagan (Calgary) had a great game, scoring 4 goals while picking up 2 GB’s and a CT.  Samantha Oor (Uxbridge) continues to play well for Limestone with a 19 to 9 win over Gannon that saw Oor score a hat trick while adding an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT.  Alana Bauche (Calgary) had a great game for Post in their 16 to 13 loss to BPTW that saw he score a goal and an assist while grabbing 3 GB’s.  Converse College lost a close one to Erskine 11-10 and Sarah Walters (Burnaby) picked up 4 GB’s in the loss. Finally, Adam’s State dropped a 16 to 9 decision to Colorado Mesa and Samantha Hall (Toronto) grabbed 2 GB’s in the loss.

Men’s Division III – Pantelone has big game over Neumann

Roanoke defeated Adrian 16 to 7 with Canucks prominent on both sides of center. Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam) scored 2 goals and 2 GB’s for Roanoke while Cody Adamson (Bowmanville) had 2 goals, an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT and Tyler Tanguay (Pt Colborne) added a goal and 5 GB’s for Adrian. Elmira had a convincing win over La Roche 19 to 8 with Brady Richards (Cortice) scoring 2 goals and an assist while picking up 3 GB’s and Dustin Gatt (Welland) added an assist, 2 GB’s and 3 CT’s for Elmira. On the other side of the field Dustin Reykdal (Red Deer) scored 4 goals and grabbed a CT while Crawford Healey (Calgary) had 3 assist and 2 GBs in the loss. RIT opened the season with a win with Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown) leading the way with 3 goals and 3 GB’s and Elliott Cowburn (Oakville) chipping in 2 GB’s and a CT. Tom Longland (Dunnville) is off to a good start once again this year picking up 5 GB’’s and a CT in Morrisville’s 10 to 8 win over Brockport. Wittenberg downed Concordia-Wisconsin 11 to 6 with Danny Dahms (Calgary) scoring a goal, 3 GB’s and a CT, Kyle Burrell (Calgary) adding 2 Goals, an assist a GB and a CT and Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg) grabbing 4 GB’s and a CT. Finally, Mike Pantelone (Aurora) scored 4 goals and an assist while grabbing 4 GB’s in Neumann’s 9-8 win over Frostburg State.

Women’s Division III – Rachel Johnston scoring in bunches; what’s new?

Women’s Division III lacrosse is slowly getting going. On the weekend, Adrian beat Pomona – Pitzer 13 to 11 with several Canucks having great outings. Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) led the way with 3 goals, 3 assists 2 GB’s and a CT, while Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) had 3 goals, 2 GB’s and 3 CTs. Also contributing for Adrian were Hannah Early (Shelburne) with2 goals and 3 GB’s and Katrina Rabishaw (Sharon) with 2 GB’s and 3 CT’s. Elmira also had a 13 to 8 win over Morrisville State 13 to 8. In the win, Emma Schepers (Elmvale) scored a goal, an assist and a GB while Cassie Edmonson (Oshawa) had 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s for Morrisville.

Games upcoming – Vanderbilt at Canisius on Sunday is the game to watch!

There are plenty of good games close to the border in the week upcoming.  In Men’s Division I action Denver plays at Penn State on Friday and Robert Morris plays at Ohio State on Saturday. In Women’s Division I action, Canisius hosts Binghamton on Friday while on Sunday St Bonny plays at Detroit and Vanderbilt plays at Canisius.

Final thoughts

Parity, parity, parity. For decades the same 4-5 Division I men’s lacrosse teams had a lock on all of the spoils at the end of the season. This began to change a few years back but no one can really envision a season where a Syracuse vs. Virginia final is not a foregone conclusion. But in a single-elimination system, upsets happen and they reverberate throughout the tournament. This week’s “poster child” for huge upsets is Lehigh, that “little team from Bethlehem”. But of course, next week it will be somebody else. And yes it’s March now, so games are really starting to count. Buckle up and hold on for the ride. It gets really fun from here on in.

Yours in Lacrosse – JP Donville

 

 

Note: Canadians in the NCAA will be silent for two weeks as I travel to Kenya and Rwanda – I return on the 18th of March and will look to get back on schedule shortly thereafter.

) pocketed a goal, 3 assists and a GB. Wheeling Jesuit won its home opener, 19 to 3 over Ohio Valley. Tyler Buchan (Burnaby) scored 5 goals, an assist and grabbed 4 GB’s while Tyler Wickett (Ladner) scored a goal and 2 assists. Finally, Mercyhurst rolled over Chestnut Hill 17 to 5 with Matt Hummel (Kitchener) scoring 4 goals while picking up a GB and Zac Reid (St Catharines) scored 2 goals and a GB. Women’s – Division II – Fagan Scores four times for Seton Hill Seton Hill had a big 11-4 win over Millersville and Emily Fagan (Calgary) had a great game, scoring 4 goals while picking up 2 GB’s and a CT. Samantha Oor (Uxbridge) continues to play well for Limestone with a 19 to 9 win over Gannon that saw Oor score a hat trick while adding an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT. Alana Bauche (Calgary) had a great game for Post in their 16 to 13 loss to BPTW that saw he score a goal and an assist while grabbing 3 GB’s. Converse College lost a close one to Erskine 11-10 and Sarah Walters (Burnaby) picked up 4 GB’s in the loss. Finally, Adam’s State dropped a 16 to 9 decision to Colorado Mesa and Samantha Hall (Toronto) grabbed 2 GB’s in the loss. Men’s Division III – Pantelone has big game over Neumann Roanoke defeated Adrian 16 to 7 with Canucks prominent on both sides of center. Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam) scored 2 goals and 2 GB’s for Roanoke while Cody Adamson (Bowmanville) had 2 goals, an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT and Tyler Tanguay (Pt Colborne) added a goal and 5 GB’s for Adrian. Elmira had a convincing win over La Roche 19 to 8 with Brady Richards (Cortice) scoring 2 goals and an assist while picking up 3 GB’s and Dustin Gatt (Welland) added an assist, 2 GB’s and 3 CT’s for Elmira. On the other side of the field Dustin Reykdal (Red Deer) scored 4 goals and grabbed a CT while Crawford Healey (Calgary) had 3 assist and 2 GBs in the loss. RIT opened the season with a win with Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown) leading the way with 3 goals and 3 GB’s and Elliott Cowburn (Oakville) chipping in 2 GB’s and a CT. Tom Longland (Dunnville) is off to a good start once again this year picking up 5 GB’’s and a CT in Morrisville’s 10 to 8 win over Brockport. Wittenberg downed Concordia-Wisconsin 11 to 6 with Danny Dahms (Calgary) scoring a goal, 3 GB’s and a CT, Kyle Burrell (Calgary) adding 2 Goals, an assist a GB and a CT and Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg) grabbing 4 GB’s and a CT. Finally, Mike Pantelone (Aurora) scored 4 goals and an assist while grabbing 4 GB’s in Neumann’s 9-8 win over Frostburg State. Women’s Division III – Rachel Johnston scoring in bunches; what’s new? Women’s Division III lacrosse is slowly getting going. On the weekend, Adrian beat Pomona – Pitzer 13 to 11 with several Canucks having great outings. Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) led the way with 3 goals, 3 assists 2 GB’s and a CT, while Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) had 3 goals, 2 GB’s and 3 CTs. Also contributing for Adrian were Hannah Early (Shelburne) with2 goals and 3 GB’s and Katrina Rabishaw (Sharon) with 2 GB’s and 3 CT’s. Elmira also had a 13 to 8 win over Morrisville State 13 to 8. In the win, Emma Schepers (Elmvale) scored a goal, an assist and a GB while Cassie Edmonson (Oshawa) had 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s for Morrisville. Games upcoming – Vanderbilt at Canisius on Sunday is the game to watch! There are plenty of good games close to the border in the week upcoming. In Men’s Division I action Denver plays at Penn State on Friday and Robert Morris plays at Ohio State on Saturday. In Women’s Division I action, Canisius hosts Binghamton on Friday while on Sunday St Bonny plays at Detroit and Vanderbilt plays at Canisius. Final thoughts Parity, parity, parity. For decades the same 4-5 Division I men’s lacrosse teams had a lock on all of the spoils at the end of the season. This began to change a few years back but no one can really envision a season where a Syracuse vs. Virginia final is not a foregone conclusion. But in a single-elimination system, upsets happen and they reverberate throughout the tournament. This week’s “poster child” for huge upsets is Lehigh, that “little team from Bethlehem”. But of course, next week it will be somebody else. And yes it’s March now, so games are really starting to count. Buckle up and hold on for the ride. It gets really fun from here on in. Yours in Lacrosse – JP Donville Note: Canadians in the NCAA will be silent for two weeks as I travel to Kenya and Rwanda – I return on the 18th of March and will look to get back on schedule shortly thereafter.

Canadians in NCAA – Week 4 – Welcome to Painesville!!

Imagine this story. A lacrosse coach from Nanaimo moves to the US Midwest somehow convinced that he can build an NCAA contender in a small college town in Ohio. No, not in Maryland or upstate New York where there is lots of lacrosse talent but in Ohio. The college town is called Painesville. It’s the perfect name for a lacrosse town. Painesville. But it’s not a story; it’s happening. And while its only the program’s third season and we shouldn’t read too much into one big win, it’s caught our attention. “Welcome to Painesville”.

Week 4 of the NCAA lacrosse season has featured a number of exciting games and upsets. Penn State’s win over Notre Dame was the biggest or at least highest profile upset but Division II men’s lacrosse saw at least three upsets amongst ranked teams. Canadian lacrosse players fared well in weekend action with players such as Guy, Hayes, Mackendrick, Matisz, Artem, Bal, Tomkinson, Groothuis, Corbett, Palmer, Constance, Church, and Magnan enjoying particularly stellar performances in. It is also worth noting that Taylor Wray picked up his first NCAA coaching win with St Joe’s 12-4 victory over VMI.  Here’s my recap of the week that was in NCAA lacrosse.

Division I Men – Johns Hopkins looking good

The Blue Jays rattled off two quality wins this week suggesting that they once again have a legitimate shot at a National Title. In the first win, an 8 to 6 victory over Delaware, Brandon Benn (Brampton) scored 3 goals and an assist while in the second, a 9-5 win over Siena, Zach Palmer (Oshawa) scored 2 goals and 2 assists while grabbing 3 GB’s and a CT.  A couple of rookies continue to shine in Bethlehem, PA as Lehigh defeated Manhattan 13 to 0 and Patrick Corbett (Burlington) scored 3 goals and an assist while grabbing 4 GB’s and Dan Taylor (Calgary) scored a pair while picking up a GB and a CT.  Robert Church (Coquitlam) is back to his scoring ways with 5 goals and an assist in a 13 to 8 win over Albany. Kyle Bergman (Toronto) also added 4 goals for Drexel.  Robert Morris is 3 and 0 on the season and in their 17 to 14 win over Air Force Jake Hayes (Calgary) scored 7 goals and an assist while grabbing 2GB’s and a CT, while Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek) had 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 GB’s and 2 CT’s and defensive team mate Luc Magnan (Pine Falls) had an assist to go along with 3 GB’s and 2 CTs.  Princeton rookie Mike MacDonald (Georgetown) had a great start to his NCAA career scoring a hat trick in his first college game ever in a 12-6 win over Hofstra. Finally, Aiden Genik (Toronto) scored 3 goals, 2 assists and grabbed 2 GB’s in an overtime loss to Holy Cross.

Division I Women – Katie Guy and the Nittany Lions off to a strong start

Katie Guy (Whitby) continues to perform well scoring 2 goals and grabbing 4 GB’s in Penn State’s 14 to 10 win over Lafayette.  Karli Mackendrick (Whitby) was similarly strong at the other end of the field with 4GB’s and 2 CT’s in Vermont’s 18 to 12 win over Colgate.  Janaye Dzikewich (Whitby) continues to emerge as a top defender in the NCAA as evidenced by her 3GB, 2CT performance in Louisville’s 19 to 8 win over Longwood.  Katie Donohoe (Peterborough) is getting a lot of playing time for Monmouth. In a recent 13 to 4 loss to Navy, Donohoe kept it respectable with 12 saves to go along with 3 GB’s and a CT. Jacquie Boissonneault (Brooklin) scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in Virginia Tech’s 9 to 6 loss to William and Mary.

Division II Men – It’s raining upsets

Lake Erie started its third season of NCAA lacrosse with its first win ever over a ranked opponent by defeating No. 10 ranked Pfeiffer 11- 8 on the road (so technically, the game was not actually played in Painesville but the team is from there nonetheless). Keegan Bal (Coquitlam) who has been at Lake Erie from the beginning scored 3 goals and added 3 GB’s while Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg) scored 5 goals and added a GB. Adam Bakular-Evens (Courtenay) was also huge on defense for the Lakers grabbing 6 GB’s and a CT while Reagan Harding (Saskatoon) had 4 assists to go with 2 GB’s and MacGregor Johnson (Nanaimo) scored 2 goals and grabbed a GB.  In another upset, Chestnut Hill knocked off #9 Mercy 7-6 in triple overtime. Shane Morlock (Whitby) had 3 GB’s and 3 assists in the win while Mike Melnychenko (St Catharines) scored a pair of goals. The third upset in Division II saw #11 Seton Hill knock off #4 CW Post 11 to 10. Matt Delmonico (Port Moody) had 4 goals, 1 GB and 1 CT in the win. Lindenwood also had a terrific weekend, earning a 14 to 9 win over Lees-McRae in its debut in NCAA Division II lacrosse.  Graeme Hosack (Port Perry) had 5 GB’s and 3 CT’s while Joe Roy (West Whitby) added a pair of goals and a GB.  Unranked Mars Hill continues to rack up the wins including a 14 to 6 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne. Zach Tomkinson (Barrie) had a great game, recording 3 goals, 4 GB’s and a CT while TJ Cowx (Delta) continues to score in bunches with 2 goals, 2 assists and 3 GB’s. Mercyhurst opened the season with a convincing 10 to 3 win over Wingate with Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) scoring 2 goals, 2 assists and 2 GB’s while Brady Heseltine (Elora) scored 3 goals and an assist.  Finally, Catawba won again (this time over St Leo) with Braden Artem (Acton) scoring 4 goals, while grabbing 8 GB’s and a CT and Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) got the win making 14 saves.

Division II Women – Lindenwood picks up a pair of wins

Lindenwood is now 3-1 in their debut NCAA season with two big wins this past week. Lindenwood defeated Lake Erie 19-4 with Justiene Groothuis (Kitchener) scoring 5 goals, 2 assists, 2 GB’s and 1 CT while Lindsay Palmer (Whitby) had 2 goals and an assist. In the second win, Lindenwood defeated Colorado Mesa 21 to 4 with Jordan Constance (Calgary) scoring 3 goals and an assist while grabbing 4 GB’s and 3 CTs’. Sarah Walters (Burnaby) had a great game for Converse College which defeated Lees McRae 18 to 0 and which saw Walters grab 3 GBs and 2 CT’s. Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) continues to shine as Limestone beat St Leo 20 to 8 with Oor scoring 3 goals and an assist along with a GB. Finally, Lemoyne spanked Notre Dame (OH) 17 to 1 but Jill Dixon (Fenwick) managed to score the lone marker for the vanquished.

Division III Lacrosse – Still quiet

Most Division III programs we follow have yet to play their first game and many have yet to post their 2012 rosters. More on Division III lacrosse next week.

Games upcoming

For fans of NCAA lacrosse there are several exciting games close to the border this weekend. In Division I action, Army plays at Cornell and that rivalry is both historic and heated; it should be a great game! For those who want something closer to home, Binghamton plays at Hobart and in Division II play, Chestnut Hill visits Mercyhurst. Both of these latter games are about 2 hour’s drive from Toronto. Finally, for the ambitious Penn State plays at Ohio State which is about a seven hour drive from Toronto.

Final thoughts

We love David versus Goliath stories and so we should. Years ago, a hockey team comprised mainly of kids from small towns in the US Midwest played in a tournament in Lake Placid and on paper at least one would not have expected this team to finish any higher than 6th.  Of course they won and some have even called it a miracle. On this side of the border and from that same generation of kids came a young man from a small town in western Canada who got the crazy idea that he would run across the country for a cause that he believed in, one marathon at a time. Of course, it was a crazy idea at the time and it still is and he never made it all the way across the country anyway. But there aren’t trophy cases or hall of fames big enough to honor the way we feel about this “David”. The world of sport is full of David’s taking on Goliaths and while not all of them will perform a miracle on ice or inspire a nation, we need to be on the constant outlook for them. And this is not simply because they make us feel really good inside.  As importantly, the David’s of the world teach us and inspire us to be noble and heroic in ways that few other things can.

Long live sports teams from small college towns in places like Ohio that think they can be the best in the world! 

Yours in lacrosse – JP Donville  

Canadians in the NCAA (2012) – Week 3

submitted by Jason Donville

Let the upsets begin!

Week 3 of the NCAA lacrosse season has been a blast and while there were not a large number of games played this past weekend there were several exciting upsets. Ohio State’s win over #5 Denver was the highest profile upset but Notre Dame’s win over Duke and Loyola’s win over #19 Delaware were all indicative of the parity that exists in Division I lacrosse. This week also saw the announcement of the Tewaaraton watch list (the long version) as well as several rookies in both men’s and women’s action getting their first noteworthy performances in. Players such as Schuss, Berg, Palmer, Magnan, Guy, Boissonneault, Cowx, Groothuis and Lachlan all had great games this past week. Here’s my recap of the week that was in Division I lacrosse.

Tewaaraton List Announced

The Tewaaraton watch list for 2012 has been posted and there are eight Canadians who have made the long list. My understanding is that a second, short-list will come out at mid-season. The eight Canadians on the long list are as follows;  Carter Bender – Hartford/Caledon, Travis Comeau – Georgetown/Red Deer, Shayne Jackson – Limestone/Bowmanville, Kiel Matisz – Robert Morris/Stoney Creek, Mark Matthews – Denver/Oshawa, Joel Matthews – Detroit/St Catharines, Bryan Neufeld – Siena/Virgil, Logan Schuss – Ohio State/Delta.  Congrats to all eight of you and good luck!

Division I Men’s – Here comes the Logun Schuss show

In a game that featured two of the top “Canadian” flavored offences in the NCAA, un-ranked Ohio State defeated #5 ranked Denver 10 to 9, led in part by the 5 goal performance of Logun Schuss. Jesse King (Victoria) was also a factor with a goal and an assist while Mark Matthews had 2 goals and an assist for Denver and rookie Wes Berg (New Westminster) added 2 goals and an assist.  Johns Hopkins has had a good start to the year and with the Duke and Denver losses should see itself sitting pretty the next time the polls come out. Hopkins started the season with a convincing 12 to 6 win over Towson with Zach Palmer (Oshawa) scoring 3 goals, 3 assists and adding a CT while Brandon Benn (Brampton) chipped in 2 goals and 2 GB’s. Robert Morris continues to play well with a 10 to 8 victory over UMBC. Luc Magnan (Pine Falls) played a terrific game once again with 5 GB’s and a CT while Jake Hayes (Calgary) had a goal and 2 assists and rookie Jacob Ruest (Cornwall) recorded his first NCAA goal. North Carolina is also looking solid and Chad Tutton (Courtice) had a strong performance against Detroit, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists while grabbing a GB in an 18 to 8 win over Detroit. Joel Matthews (St Catharines) replied for Detroit with 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 GB’s and a CT and Jordan Houtby (St Catharines) had 6 GB’s and 4 CT’s. Finally, Lehigh lost to Villanova this week but rookies Dan Taylor (Calgary) scored 2 goals and an assist while Patrick Corbett (Burlington) had a goal and an assist.

Division I Women’s – Boissonneault makes strong rookie debut!

In Division I women’s play there was several noteworthy performances. Penn State opened its season with a 19 to 3 win over Bucknell and Katie Guy (Whitby) scored a hat trick to go along with a GB and a CT. Virginia Tech also started its season with a win and talented rookie Jacqueline Boissonneault (Brooklin) was stellar with 2 goals, 3 GB’s and a CT in her NCAA debut.  Finally, Ohio State spanked Louisville 21 to 7 but Janaye Dzikewich (Whitby) had a good outing for Louisville with 2 GB’s and a CT.

Division II Men’s – Mars Hill is still undefeated

Mars Hill had a great week with two big wins in Men’s Division II action. In a 12 to 3 win over Lees-McRae, T.J. Cowx (Delta) scored twice, along with 2 assists while grabbing 5GB’s and 3 CT’s. Chris Cudmore (Whitby) added 8 GB’s and CT while Anthony Malcolm (New Westminster) had 4 GB’s. In the second game, Mars Hill beat Florida Tech 17 to 3 with Cowx scoring 5 times and adding 2 assists and 2 GB’s. Cudmore had 8 GB’s and 3 CT’s while Blake Mattinson (Coquitlam) added 2 goals, an assist and 4 GBs. Pfeiffer had a nice win over Coker with Luc Gillespie (Vancouver) scoring a goal while grabbing 6 GB’s and a CT. James Sheppard (St John) was also strong for Pfeiffer with 2 goals, an assists and 2 GB’s while Robert Hope (Peterborough) scored a goal and grabbed 6 GB’s. Catawba had a nice start to the season beating Coker 12 to 6 as Braden Artem (Acton) had 3 goals and 3 assists and Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) made 13 saves for the win. Limestone is showing great early season form as evidenced by its 14 to 4 win over Florida Southern. Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville) scored 3 goals, added 2 assists and grabbed 3 GB’s in the victory while Jackson Decker (Port Moody) scored 2 goals, an assist and grabbed 3 GB’s and Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody)had a goal, an assist, 2 GB’s and a CT. Finally, Matt Delmonico (Port Moody) scored 4 goals and James Delaney (Vancouver) scored a pair in a loss to LeMoyne.

Division II Women’s – Lindenwood has arrived

Lindenwood kicked off its debut in Division II lacrosse this past weekend with a win and a loss. In the first game, Lindenwood defeated St Leo 23 to 5 with Justiene Groothuis (Kitchener) scoring 4 goals, an assist and a GB while Lindsey Palmer (Whitby) had a hat trick and Jordan Constance (Calgary) added 2 goals, 2 GB’s and 2 CTs and Meghan Chase (Sherwood Park) scored twice and grabbed a GB. In the second game, Lindenwood lost to Florida Southern 18 to 16 with Groothuis scoring 4 goals, an assist and grabbing 5 GB’s, while Lindsey Palmer scored another hat trick while picking up 3 GBs and a CT. In the other game of note, Limestone beat Lees-McRae 22 to 0 with Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) scoring a goal and adding 4 assists.

Division III – Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse – all quiet

Pretty quiet in Division III this week with many teams not having even posted their lineups for 2012. The only game worth noting was Roanoke’s 12-6 win over St Mary’s in near blizzard like conditions (check out the pictures on the Roanoke lacrosse website).  Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam) led the way through the snow with four goals while somehow picking up 6 GB’s from the snow covered ground.

Games upcoming

There are several noteworthy games coming up this week but only one close to the border. On Saturday, Hobart hosts Cornell and if you really want to watch a great game and are prepared to drive seven hours there is UMASS at Ohio State. Both teams have had a great start to the year and the winner of this game will be highly ranked in the subsequent polls. Many of the top women’s programs of interest such as Canisius and Detroit don’t get going until closer to the end of the month.

Final thoughts

Can you imagine an NCAA Division I lacrosse final featuring an ACC team vs. a team from the Big Ten?  Well, it actually occurred (2010) although lacrosse doesn’t have an official Big Ten conference just yet.  However, the excitement of the Denver vs. Ohio State game this week and Notre Dame’s upset win over Duke make’s the thought of a Big Ten lacrosse conference extremely tantalizing. Besides this past weekend’s results we also have the resurgence of lacrosse at Penn State and the addition of Michigan and Marquette to Division I lacrosse – and yes I realize these are not all Big Ten schools. But these developments are important in the evolution of NCAA lacrosse and extremely important for Canadian lacrosse! Why is that? I am guessing that most kids in Maryland or Long Island don’t grow up dreaming about playing lacrosse in Ohio or Wisconsin in the middle of the winter. But for a lot of Canadian kids that don’t have NCAA teams on their door-step, there are actually advantages to playing in the Midwest over the East Coast and that advantage is distance. If your son or daughter plays in Detroit for example and you are from Southern Ontario, then you can actually watch your kid play on a weekly basis without getting on a plane. It is also worth noting that college towns such as Columbus, Ohio, South Bend, Indiana and even Marquette are closer to Toronto than Boston and certainly much closer than Duke or North Carolina. And even for kids coming from Vancouver, while Denver is obviously the closest Division I school, the Midwest is still a lot closer than the East Coast. Thus, as lacrosse expands throughout the Midwest, so do the opportunities for kids who want to play close to home and given the Big Ten’s proximity to the northern border, you know what that means. Now, if only a few more Big Ten teams could add Division I lacrosse. 

 Yours in Lacrosse – JP Donville

 

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