submitted by Jason Donville
Playing lacrosse in the Wild West!
Let’s face it – just about every fan of Division I lacrosse would love to see a dark horse team win the “big enchilada”, AKA the NCAA Tournament. Further, given the performances that we have seen over the past few weeks we now know that the leading candidates to accomplish this feat in 2011 are no longer based in Long Island but instead hail from the western fringes of Division I lacrosse. Here we are specifically talking about Notre Dame and Denver. Notre Dame has been quietly putting together another stellar season while Denver has only lost twice this season and those losses came at the hands of the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country.
Denver’s win over Duke this week was a major statement game for the Pioneers which move them to a #6 ranking in the USILA poll while Notre Dame, which came from behind to beat Georgetown on the weekend sits and waits for Syracuse to stumble. If that doesn’t happen soon, both teams will meet at the end of the month to decide interim bragging rights ahead of the season ending tournament. Elsewhere, Maryland, Bucknell and Colgate continue to gain luster in the eyes of the pollsters while Duke and North Carolina are losing momentum.
From a Canadian perspective it’s been another impressive week, with strong performances from the likes of Keogh, Comeau, Masson, Mann, Webster, Schuss, Pecchia, Triolo, Delmonico, Levick, Mahorn, Oor and Johnston. Here’s my recap of the week that was from a Canadian perspective.
Men’s Division I – Keogh, Comeau and Masson bringing their “A” game
Syracuse’s leading scorer Stephen Keogh (Toronto) continues to act like a man with a mission as evidenced by his 3 goals, an assist and 2 GB’s in a 13 to 11 win over Duke early last week which was followed up with another hat trick in a 7 to 5 win over Princeton a few days later. Travis “Might Mouse” Comeau (Red Deer) has been similarly potent scoring 3 goals, 2 assists, while grabbing 4 GB’s, in a win over Mount St Mary’s and then scoring 3 goals while grabbing 7 GB’s in a tough 7-6 loss to Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Vermont is having a great season and the emergence of sophomore AJ Masson (Newmarket) is an important part of the story. Masson has been particularly strong of late as evidenced by his 4 assists, 2 GB’s and 3 CT’s in a 11 to 6 win over Albany which he followed up with a goal, 2 assists, a GB and a CT in a 15 to 5 win over Holy Cross. Siena had a clutch road win over Jacksonville 13 to 12, with Bryan Neufeld (Virgil) scoring a goal, 2 assists, and 3 GB’s, while the Dolphin’s Cameron Mann (Hamilton) relied with 5 goals, 3 assists, 2 GB’s and 2CTs. Dylan Webster (Brampton) was named NEC “Rookie of the Week” for the fourth time this year, this time for scoring a goal, 3 assists, while grabbing 7 GB’s and 2 CT’s as Quinnipiac defeated Robert Morris 19 to 15. Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam) had 5 goals and 2 assists, and Corby Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam) had 2 goals, 3 assists, 4 GB’s and a CT for the Colonials. Finally, Logan Schuss (Delta) was sharp as usual for Ohio State who defeated Hobart 11 to 4 and saw Schuss score 4 goals and 3 assists to go with 3 GB’s. Impact rankings for Canadians in Div I are presented below.
|Canadian Div I “Impact” Leaders – As of Apr 10/2011|
|1||Jordan Houtby||Detroit||St Catharines||12||2||2||77||40||13.42|
|2||Kevin Crowley||Stony Brook||New West||9||21||16||25||7||8.44|
|5||Dan Coates||Canisius||St Catharines||8||1||0||34||12||7.38|
|11||Trevor Moore||Robert Morris||PoCo||10||29||8||20||3||6.30|
|14||Travis Comeau||Georgetown||Red Deer||10||23||5||28||1||5.80|
|15||Logan Schuss||Ohio State||Delta||10||24||13||17||2||5.80|
|16||Kyle Buchanan||Robert Morris||Nepean||10||13||9||28||4||5.80|
|18||Jordan McBride||Stony Brook||New West||9||19||5||18||3||5.33|
|19||Shayne Adams||Detroit||St Catharines||12||29||5||23||3||5.25|
|20||Corbyn Tao-Brambleby||Robert Morris||Coquitlam||10||14||6||28||2||5.20|
|22||Kiel Matisz||Robert Morris||Stoney Creek||10||6||11||22||5||4.90|
|25||Mike Mawdsley||Sacred Heart||Innisfil||10||21||6||18||1||4.70|
|28||Zach Palmer||Johns Hopkins||Oshawa||10||14||15||16||0||4.50|
|29||Jaime Lincoln||Hofstra||St. Catharines||11||25||8||15||0||4.36|
|30||Mitch McMichael||Cornell||Port Perry||10||5||6||26||3||4.30|
Men’s Division II – Meet the Goalies behind the Goal Scorers
Canada is known for producing lacrosse players who can put the ball in the net but let’s not forget that all of those goal scorers came from teams that also employed some fairly decent goalies. Catawba’s Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam) is a case in point. Catawba has put together a very fine season, including two wins over ranked opponents and last week’s 6 to 5 win over Belmont Abbey showed once again that Pecchia, who made 14 saves in the victory, should be considered amongst the best goalies in Div II. Speaking of best, Limestone remains #1 in the USILA polls and defeated Pfeiffer 9 to 4 last week in a game that saw Riley Loewen (Burnaby) score a hat trick while Pfeiffer’s Mike Triolo (Toronto) scored a goal, grabbed 8 GB’s and 3CTs in defeat. Seton Hill won a gutsy victory over Chestnut Hill that saw Matt Delmonico (Port Moody) score 6 goals, 2 assists and grab a GB and Ethan Garland (Victoria) score 2 goals and 2 assists, while Mike Melynchenko (St Catharines) scored 4 goals and an assist while scooping up 3 GB’s for Chestnut Hill. Mat Thompson (Akwesasne) continues to score in bunches, this time scoring 6 goals and an assist as Florida Southern topped St Leos 17 to 4. American International defeated New Hampshire 11 to 8 and the game saw Dan MacIssac (Port Perry) score 5 goals and Eric Whettel (La Salle) grab 9 GB’s. Finally, Alex Jones (St Albert) scored 4 goals, 2 assists and grabbed 2 GB’s in Dominican Colleges 13 to 17 loss to NYIT. Impact rankings for Canadians in Div II are presented below.
|Canadian Div II “Impact” Leaders – As of Apr 10/2011|
|1||Chris Cudmore||Mars Hill||Whitby||13||5||4||61||38||11.23|
|2||Mike Melnychenko||Chestnut Hill||St. Catharines||9||30||6||30||4||8.22|
|4||Mark Burnett||Mars Hill||Pickering||13||1||0||33||33||7.69|
|5||Ty Farmer||Mars Hill||Calgary||13||41||11||28||9||7.54|
|6||Eric Benesch||Mars Hill||Bloomingdale||13||27||21||30||7||7.08|
|7||Brandon Ree||St Andrews||Barrie||16||5||3||52||25||6.88|
|11||Eric Whettel||American Intl||La Salle||9||0||0||44||5||6.00|
|12||Dave Marrese||Dominican Coll.||St Albert||11||0||0||35||15||5.91|
|13||Dan MacIssac||American Intl||Port Perry||8||22||1||15||4||5.75|
|14||James Sheppard||Pfeiffer||St. John||10||27||3||23||1||5.50|
|17||Alex Jones||Dominican Coll.||St Albert||11||25||9||18||2||5.09|
|18||Dylan Lefebrve||Seton Hill||Regina||9||15||10||20||0||5.00|
|21||Bal Keegan||Lake Erie||Coquitlam||9||16||3||13||5||4.67|
|22||Jesse Peterson||Dominican Coll.||Saskatoon||11||17||15||13||3||4.64|
|23||Matt Delmonico||Seton Hill||Port Moody||9||19||10||9||1||4.44|
|26||Chris Delaney||Dominican Coll.||PoCo||8||13||2||17||1||4.25|
|27||Trevor Tarte||Lake Erie||Amherstburg||9||18||3||10||3||4.11|
|28||Shane Morlock||Chestnut Hill||Whitby||9||7||12||13||1||3.78|
|29||James Delaney||Seton Hill||Vancouver||9||14||11||8||0||3.67|
|30||Mat Thompson||Florida So.||Akwesasne||13||28||5||13||0||3.54|
Men’s Division III – Longland Has another Big Game for Morrisville State
The number of Division III teams without a loss is now down to a handful and #4 RIT is one of the chosen few. RIT won twice last week with the more important of the two victories being an 11 to 9 win over upstate New York rival Ithaca College. Jordan Macintosh (Oakville) had another strong game with 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 GB’s and a CT while MJ Kiekebelt (Caledon) grabbed 5 GB’s and 5 CT’s. Tom Longland (Dunnville) continues to perform yeoman’s service as Morrisville State beat Penn State Abington 16 to 4 with Longland grabbing 6 GB’s and 2 CT’s. Medaille College found itself on the fun side of a 24 to 16 shootout that saw Brock Levick (Newmarket) score 8 goals and an assist and Joe Kozovski (Ajax) score 4 times while grabbing 3 GB’s. Finally, La Roche College won again with Dustin Reykdal (Red Deer) scoring 4 goals and 2 assists while grabbing 3 GB’s and Crawford Healey (Calgary) adding a hat trick and an assist to go with 3 GB’s. Impact rankings for Canadians in Div III are presented below.
|Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Div III – As of Apr 10/2011|
|2||Tom Longland||Morrissville State||Dunnville||8||0||2||39||18||9.63|
|3||Keegan Bowman||Carthage||New West.||11||33||29||22||8||9.09|
|7||Dustin Reykdal||La Roche||Red Deer||7||14||9||21||3||7.14|
|9||Crawford Healey||La Roche||Calgary||7||14||4||30||0||6.86|
|12||Tyler Tanguay||Adrian||Pt. Colborne||10||19||14||17||5||6.00|
|13||Pat Miles||New Eng.Coll.||Brampton||13||4||4||39||11||5.31|
|14||J.G. Thouin||La Roche||Laval||7||13||3||17||2||5.29|
|15||Mark White||Southern Maine||Oakville||9||11||8||19||4||5.11|
|17||Tyler Midwinter||Randolph Macon||Hamilton||11||17||12||19||3||4.91|
|19||Jason Crawford||Randolph Macon||Burlington||10||0||0||35||6||4.70|
|25||Shawn Teixeira||La Roche||Calgary||5||1||9||9||0||3.80|
|26||Mitchell Banister||La Roche||Okotoks||7||1||1||18||3||3.71|
|28||Daniel McQuade||Whittier||New West.||8||12||3||11||1||3.50|
Women’s Div I – Mahorn, Oosting and Quinn have big week
Detroit split a pair of games this week in Division I women’s play with the more noteworthy result being a 15-14 victory over Presbyterian that saw Corinna Mahorn (Whitby) score 4 goals and an assist while grabbing 3 GB’s and 2 CT’s and Emily Boissonneault (Brooklin) contributing 3 goals and 2 assists while scooping up 6 GB’s and 3 CT’s. Canisius split a pair of games this week as well. In the first game, the Gryphon’s beat Marist 15-8 with Megan Oosting (Lakefield) scoring 4 goals while grabbing 4 GB’s and a CT and Carly Quinn (Orangeville) scoring a hat trick. Allison Daley (Peterborough) made 8 saves in net for the win. In the second game, a 12 to 8 loss to Fairfield Oosting scored a hat trick while Quinn had a goal and 3 assists. Impact rankings for Canadians in Division I are presented below.
|Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div I – As of Apr 10/2011|
|4||Jayme Beard||Ohio State||Hawkstone||12||16||15||17||6||5.00|
|7||Natasha Blackburn||Ohio State||Mississauga||12||0||0||16||7||2.50|
|8||Katie Guy||Penn State||Whitby||11||4||0||9||5||2.09|
Women’s Div II and III – Sarah Oor has a Magical Week
Limestone freshman Sarah Oor (Uxbridge) had an amazing week as she tallied 12 assists and four goals in two games and was voted the NCAA Div II Conference Carolina player of the week. Limestone, which is undefeated this year is currently ranked 4th in the IWLCA polls. Rachel Johnston (St Catharines) also had a big week scoring 6 goals and grabbing 2 GB’s in Adrian’s 24 to 16 victory over Sewanee. Fellow Canuck Olivia Duncan (Orangeville) scored 4 goals in the victory. Morrisville State defeated Wilson College 17 to 4 and Cassie Edmonson (Oshawa) scored 2 goals while grabbing 3 GB’s and a CT. Impact rankings for Canadians in Div II and III are presented below.
|Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div II – As of Apr 10/2011|
|2||Lauren Martin||Lees Mcrae||Whitby||2||3||1||4||0||4.00|
|5||Jill Dixon||Notre Dame (OH)||Fenwick||11||6||6||8||4||2.55|
|8||Samantha Cock||Mercyhurst||Terra Cotta||11||0||0||6||1||0.73|
|10||Ally Phillips||Notre Dame (OH)||St Catharines||0||0||0||0||0||NA|
|Canadian “Impact” Leaders In Woman’s Div III – As of Apr 10/2011|
|2||Rachel Johnston||Adrian||St Catharines||16||60||11||14||12||6.81|
|3||Courtney Jamieson||N.C. Wesleyan||London||12||10||4||28||8||4.83|
|8||Courtney Kerslake||N England Coll.||Sarnia||9||2||4||8||0||1.56|
|9||Paige Ottaviano||Buffalo State||Port Colborne||11||0||0||2||3||0.73|
MCLA – SFU Splits Games With Ranked Opponents on Weekend
SFU, which entered the weekend ranked #16 in the MCLA polls split a pair of games this past weekend in Oregon. In the first game SFU fell to conference rival and #15 ranked Oregon Ducks 22-14 while in the second game SFU edged #7 ranked Cal Poly 17-15. SFU’s next two games are in Arizona against Arizona State (April 15th) and Arizona (April 17th). SFU’s next home game is on the 24th of April at 12:00PM at the SFU Campus against the Montana Grizzlies.
Games Upcoming – Stevens at RIT is the Game Worth Traveling For
There are not a large number of game options close to the border this weekend. In Divison I, Bellarmine plays at Hobart and Providence plays at Syracuse. In Division III, #6 Stevens plays at #4 RIT and this should be a terrific match between two superb programs. In Women’s Division I play, Detroit hosts Howard.
As the NCAA season works its way through April, one should not lose sight of the fact that these are student athletes that we are reading and writing about each week. While the pressure to excel on the field is huge let’s not forget that sometimes term papers and exams get in the way of lacrosse – and that’s the way its suppose to be! Managing a full academic course load while playing in the NCAA is an incredible achievement that goes unrecognized so for my part I just want to congratulate all of our student athletes for a job well done so far and the best of luck as you head into the final weeks of your “academic” season.
Yours in lacrosse – JP Donville.
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