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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  1. Notre Dame is not in the Big Ten. They play lacrosse (and all sports except football) in the Big East.

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