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.

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