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  

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  1. Who would know of these heroes and champions accomplishments were it not for JP Donville!


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