5/2/11 2:12 PM
The second to last weekend of the regular season saw plenty of exciting games as some of the nation’s top teams faced off. (Note: Rankings reflect the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Players in bold are Cannons draftees.)
This weekend’s marquee game saw #1 Notre Dame fall to #4 Syracuse, 11-8 on the road. The Fighting Irish opened up an early 2-0 lead before ‘Cuse went on a 8-1 run to build an 8-3 lead four minutes into the second half. After trading goals in the third and fourth quarters, Notre Dame scored three straight at the end to close the deficit to 11-8. But the final score does not demonstrate how dominant Syracuse was for a majority of the game.
Senior attackman Steven Keogh scored four goals to lead all players, including a nifty between the legs shot that earned his a spot on SportCenter. On the back end, senior defenseman John Lade had a school record six forced turnovers and senior goalie John Galloway made 12 saves. Senior middie Zach Brenneman scored three goals for the Irish in the loss.
Saturday also saw Harvard take down #14 Yale, 9-5, to leap frog the Bulldogs and locked up the three seed in the Ivy League tournament. Harvard’s defense played well throughout, holding one of the country’s best offenses to only five goals, including just one in the first half.
Sophomore goalie Harry Krieger led the way for the Crimson, making an impressive 16 saves while senior attackman Dean Gibbons, two goals and two assists, and junior midfielder Kevin Vaughan, two goals and one assist, powered the Harvard offense. Senior midddie Jack Flaherty led Yale with two goals.
One of Division I’s best lacrosse rivalries was renewed when #3 Johns Hopkins topped #17 Loyola Maryland 8-7 on Saturday. Hopkins led 8-4 early in the fourth quarter before the Greyhounds made a late rally, but it wasn’t enough and the Blue Jays held on for the win.
Hopkins was led by a pair of sophomore middies as John Rangan, two goals, and John Greeley, a goal and an assist, each had two points. Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett played well yet again, making seven saves. Senior attackman DJ Comer led Loyola with two goals and an assist.
Rounding out this weekend’s action was a contest that saw #10 Virginia route #15 Pennsylvania 11-2 in Charlottesville. UVA jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and coasted to the victory in a dominant performance on senior day.
Junior attackman Steele Stanwick had a big game for the Cavaliers, notching five assists in the win, while eight different players found the back of the net. Freshman goalie Brian Feeny made 14 saves and senior attackman Corey Winkoff and junior defenseman Will Koshansky each scored a goal in the loss for the Quakers.