"The Weekend in Stick": It's exactly what it sounds like -- a recapitulation of this weekend's most notable. No doink.
(Part I is here.)
Part I gave you all the big stories from this weekend; Part II is all about the little stories that are notable and adorable in easily digestible form.
Chris LaPierre took a gun shot to the chest from Forest Sonnenfeldt to preserve a 6-5 victory for the defending champion Cavaliers; the game was marred by sloppy play throughout long stretches of play, which makes my heart weep uncontrollably; Virginia moves on for a Sunday date with Notre Dame . . . Speaking of the Irish, Notre Dame used a 4-1 third quarter surge to push a two-goal halftime lead to an insurmountable 10-5 lead and an eventual 13-7 victory; Jim Marlatt had a strong day, going three-and-two and triggering what may be an Irish offense that could be finding itself . . . Johns Hopkins stomped all over Stony Brook's face, 19-9; we'll just pretend that it never happened because long term memory involving gruesome details is bad for the body and even worse for the head . . . Duke rode a 17-7 face-off advantage -- as well as Rob Rotanz and Jordan Wolf -- to a 12-9 victory over Syracuse in Durham, North Carolina; the Orange's season is mercifully over while the Devils proceed to Philadelphia for an intriguing game against Colgate on Sunday . . . Loyola looked like Canisius drugged their Gatorade with sleeping pills for much of the first half, but the Greyhounds eventually took care of business against the Griffins, securing a 17-5 victory at home; a slow start against Denver on Saturday -- the third time the Greyhounds will have met the Pioneers this season -- may signal the end of Loyola's season . . . Denver and North Carolina had a gentleman's agreement that defense was to be shelved for the night and the end result was a 16-14 victory for the unseeded (and undervalued) Pioneers; Denver has become a sexy pick for Championship Weekend after having geniuses pick apart their resume for the better part of the two weeks preceding the NCAA Tournament.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Two goalies put in hedge fund manager-type efforts this weekend with at least 15 saves: Conor Murphy (15, Colgate) and Matt Poillon (16, Lehigh). High honors this week go to Poillon who almost pushed the Mountain Hawks into the second round. (Although Murphy, who had been sitting behind Jared Madison, did notably work against Massachusetts' deathray offense.)
- Will Manny Award for Being Will Manny: Denver's Jeremy Noble. (I know, right?) Noble lost his mind Saturday night, going for three-and-seven and shredding apart North Carolina's woeful defense. (Will Manny went two-and-one, which says more about Colgate's Bobby Lawrence than it does Manny.)
- "Five-Goal Club and More!": Brandon Benn (5, Johns Hopkins); Mark Matthews (5, Denver); Marcus Holman (6, North Carolina); Mike Sawyer (5, Loyola).
- Rock 'n Roll Band: Anything but Seether. Stop assaulting my face, ESPN and ESPNU.
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.