submitted by Jason Donville
Friday Night Lights
Last Friday night before a crowd of close to 15,000 lacrosse fans, Syracuse (resplendent in their retro uniforms) and Virginia put on one heck of a lacrosse game which in the end could only have one victor and that was Syracuse. Both teams appeared a little tight in the first quarter but thereafter it was a game filled with superb goaltending, relentless checking, terrific team offence and defense and the extraordinary performance of one player in particular, Tim Desko who scored 5 goals for the Orange. Of course the Syracuse/Virginia match was a very nice lead-in to another great weekend of NCAA lacrosse that saw important games played throughout the weekend. Canadian laxers played a prominent role in a number of these games with Lincoln, Card, McBride, Noble, Matthews, Webster, Adams, Loewen, Sheppard, Pantelone, Beard, Johnston, and Boissoneault having particularly noteworthy performances. Here’s my recap of the week that was from a Canadian lacrosse perspective.
NCAA Div I – How About the New kids on the block! – Webster, Mawdsley, Bremner, Noble and Adams
The Syracuse vs. Virginia game was clearly the highlight of a weekend packed with important games and in that context it is worth footnoting that Stephen Keogh (Toronto) scored twice for Syracuse and Mark Cockerton (Oshawa) scored once for Virginia. Another important game saw Hofstra, which is now ranked #4 in the USILA Coaches Poll defeat Harvard 15-9 with Jaime Lincoln (St Catharines) scoring 5 goals and adding an assist while Jay Card (Caledon) added 3 goals, 3 assists and 4 GB’s. Stony Brook, which is ranked 2 places behind Hofstra at #6 beat Marist 13 to 7 with Jordan McBride (Stony Brook) scoring 4 goals and an assist along with 2GBs and a CT, while Kevin Crowley (New Westminster) had a hat trick to go with 3 GB’s. Cornell University came up against a tough goalie at West Point losing to Army 11 to 9. Cody Bremner (Victoria) scored a pair of goals in the loss while Jason Noble (Orangeville) grabbed 9 GB’s and a 3 CT’s in defeat. Denver had a couple of high scoring matches on the weekend. In the first game Denver defeated Jacksonville 20 to 8 with Mark Matthews (Oshawa) scoring 3 goals, 5 assists, 3 GB’s and a CT, while Cam Flint (Georgetown) had a pair of goals and Jeremy Noble (Orangeville) scored his first NCAA goal while also grabbing 8 GB’s. In the second game, Denver romped over Manhattan 17-6 with Matthew’s scoring 4 goals, 2 assists and adding 4 GB’s and a CT – Flint and Noble each scored singles. At Quinnipiac, rookie Dylan Webster (Brampton) had a breakout game scoring 3 goals and an assist while adding 3 GB’s and a CT as the Bobcats won their first game of the season over Holy Cross. Travis Comeau (Red Deer) also had a big game on the weekend as Georgetown defeated St John’s with Comeau scoring a hat trick while grabbing 2 GB’s and a CT. Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil) continues to hold a hot hand, scoring a hat trick in Sacred Heart’s loss to Dartmouth while Shayne Adams (St Catharines) scored 4 goals, I GB and 2 CT’s in a 13 to 9 loss to Lehigh.
NCAA Div II – Rookies Shining in Div II as Well – Check out Delaney, Sheppard and Melnychenko
Arguably the most important game played in Div II so far this year was the match between then #2 Le Moyne and # 4 Limestone this past Sunday. In the end, Limestone prevailed with a 11 to 9 victory. Leading the Saints was Riley Loewen (Burnaby) who scored 5 goals and grabbed 5 GB’s while teammates Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville) added a goal, five assists and a GB and Jackson Decker (Port Moody) who contributed 2 goals and 2 GB’s. Number 2 ranked Mercyhurst showed its prowess over the weekend by handling undefeated Mars Hill 12 to 6. Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) had a hat trick while Zac Reid (St Catharines) added 2 goals, 2 GB’s and a CT. Chris Cudmore (Whitby) grabbed 5 GB’s and 2 CT’s for Mars Hill. Pfeiffer now boasts a record of 4-1 and is one of the biggest surprises in college lacrosse so far this season. Rookie James Sheppard (St John) continues to put up huge numbers and last week he scored 5 goals and an assist while grabbing 9 GB’s and a CT in a win over Lake Erie while teammate Bob Hope (Peterborough) scored a goal and 4 assists. Dominican College lost its season opener by a goal to Franklin Pierce but rookie Chris Delaney (Port Coquitlam) had an impressive debut with 4 goals and 6 GB’s.
In this week’s statistical snap-shot we look at Division II scoring leaders. Jackson and Loewen lead the group with Farmer and Benesch not far behind and both pairings appear to be developing a chemistry not unlike Crowley and McBride at Stony Brook. Rookies Chris Delaney and James Sheppard are quickly emerging as two of the bigger offensive threats in Div II lacrosse.
|Canadian Scoring Leaders – Div II – As of Mar 6/2011|
|3||Ty Farmer||Mars Hill||Calgary||4||15||5||20||5.0|
|4||Chris Delaney||Dominican Coll.||PoCo||1||4||0||4||4.0|
|5||James Sheppard||Pfeiffer||St. John||5||18||2||20||4.0|
|6||Eric Benesch||Mars Hill||Bloomingdale||4||6||9||15||3.8|
|8||Mike Melnychenko||Chestnut Hill||St. Catharines||3||8||2||10||3.3|
|11||James Delaney||Seton Hill||Vancouver||3||5||2||7||2.3|
|13||Mat Thompson||Florida So.||Akwesasne||6||11||2||13||2.2|
|14||Jesse Peterson||Dominican Coll.||Saskatoon||1||1||1||2||2.0|
|15||Jackson Decker||Limestone||Port Moody||4||6||2||8||2.0|
|16||Zac Reid||Mercyhurst||St Catharines||2||4||0||4||2.0|
|17||Dylan Lefebrve||Seton Hill||Regina||3||5||1||6||2.0|
|19||Shane Morlock||Chestnut Hill||Whitby||3||2||3||5||1.7|
|20||Matt Delmonico||Seton Hill||Port Moody||3||1||4||5||1.7|
|22||Trevor Tarte||Lake Erie||Amherstburg||1||1||0||1||1.0|
|23||Tor Reinholdt||Limestone||Port Moody||2||1||1||2||1.0|
|24||Zach Tomkinson||Mars Hill||Barrie||4||1||3||4||1.0|
|25||Ethan Garland||Seton Hill||Victoria||3||1||2||3||1.0|
The “Impact” leaders in Div II are dominated by two long poles that play at Mars Hill. At the start of the year Chris Cudmore was touted as one of four finalists for ‘player of the year” in Division II and so far has lived up to his advanced billing. Mark Burnett (Pickering) has simply been a positive surprise. Offensive players with great defensive stats include Ty Farmer, James Sheppard and Riley Loewen.
|Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Div II – As of Mar 6/2011|
|1||Chris Cudmore||Mars Hill||Whitby||4||1||0||22||13||12.25|
|2||Mark Burnett||Mars Hill||Pickering||4||0||0||12||15||10.50|
|3||Ty Farmer||Mars Hill||Calgary||4||15||5||9||3||8.75|
|4||James Sheppard||Pfeiffer||St. John||5||18||2||18||1||8.00|
|8||Mike Melnychenko||Chestnut Hill||St Catharines||3||8||2||11||0||7.00|
|9||Eric Benesch||Mars Hill||Bloomingdale||4||6||9||2||5||6.75|
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