Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
"The Weekend in Stick": It's exactly what it sounds like -- a recapitulation of this weekend's most notable. No doink.
Part I gave you all the big stories from the weekend; Part II is all about the little stories that are notable and adorable in easily digestible form.
A week after getting bitten on the face by Lafayette, Georgetown earned a tough overtime victory over Navy, 9-8; Kevin Warne still looks like he can raise some hell with the Hoyas this season . . . Towson went to overtime against Mercer (wait, what? yes, okay) and pulled off a 9-8 win; Thomas DeNapoli can really play, but at 1-3, I have no idea what the Tigers are this season . . . Syracuse solved Sam Somers just enough to get its first win of the year, a 6-2 victory over Army; Garrett Thul did not score, which mean that the world is preparing to implode into nothingness . . . Robert Morris keeps doing Robert Morris things (which are totally radical things); the Colonials dropped Detroit, 9-5, on the back of six Jake Hayes points (and the refreshing power of water!) . . . Everyone is picking on Delaware this season, and that's not nice; Mount St. Mary's were the Blue Hens' latest providers of a kill shot, beating Delaware, 15-12 . . . Virginia used a five-goal fourth quarter to beat Stony Brook, 13-7; the Seawolves are 1-2 and haven't played as well as Albany to start the year (which, in the America East, means nothing) . . . Johns Hopkins put a boot in Michigan's ass, 17-8; ouchies! . . . Colgate kept its record unblemished, but it took some work against Dartmouth; the Raiders snatched up a 13-10 victory and Peter Baum is just getting started . . . Important fact: Marist is currently unbeaten; second important fact: they beat Sacred Heart, 15-12, and may be the best team in the MAAC . . . Quinnipiac beat Brown with a four-goal fourth quarter that buoyed the 9-7 victory; those young Bobcats may be coming around a lil' bit. . . .
Air Force notched a nice win against Canisius in Colorado, winning 10-8; it was a nice weekend for the Falcons, also dropping Lehigh on Sunday afternoon . . . Massachusetts is chugging along after beating Harvard, 8-6; any wins without Will Manny are good wins, friends . . . An 11-7 victory over Rutgers evened UMBC's record to 1-1; I'm not sure where Rutgers is going this season, but after playing Air Force fairly tight last week, I thought the Scarlet Knights could have gotten the win against the Retrievers . . . Bucknell took home a nice one against Bryant, 10-8; the Bulldogs may be the best winless team in the country . . . Manhattan is out of Reverse Survivor, you guys; the Jaspers beat Lafayette -- which was coming off a win against Georgetown and playing Stony Brook tough -- in fairly strong fashion, 11-7 . . . Drexel and Albany decided that goalkeeping was illegal and put 39 combined goals on the board; the Dragons' 20-19 defeat of the Great Danes may signal that Massachusetts is going to have serious competition in THUNDERDOME! . . . St. Joseph's smashed VMI, 10-3; VMI-Wagner is going to be the greatest thing ever . . . Siena earned a 9-8 victory over upstate brethren Binghamton; if you feel confident about the Saints this year, you may have blood leaking from your ears . . . Bellarmine put the screws to High Point in a 12-5 victory; the Knights are kind of quietly existing at this point, but the schedule gets more difficult next weekend when they visit Loyola. . . .
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
St. John's played another tight one, beating Yale, 10-9; Kevin Cernuto is a smooth jazz soloist . . . Chris Gabrielli is undefeated at Providence after beating Vermont, 13-5; these may be the softest two wins in the country, but that's not a bad thing for a program trying to find itself . . . Princeton opened its 2013 campaign with a 10-7 victory over Hofstra; Torin Varn put four goals on the board, but Princeton's patchwork and fresh defense held together . . . Holy Cross beat Hartford, 11-9; again, Holy Cross beat Hartford, 11-9; the Crusaders appear improved from 2012 and Jim Morrissey might have something nice on his hands (relative to Holy Cross' recent history) . . . Penn added to Duke's misery on Friday, beating the Devils in Philadelphia, 14-9; I still believe in Dino, but this is not the start that I expected from Duke this year . . . Denver crushed Canisius 11-4 because of course . . . Rob Pannell accounted for nine points in a 19-11 defeat of Hobart; there can be only one Highlander. . . .
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Brian Feeney (15, Pennsylvania); Frank Piechota (15, Hartford); Jeff Lowman (17, St. John's); Dillon Ward (16, Bellarmine); Will Gabrielsen (18, Drexel); Gill Conners (20, Quinnipiac); Dan Shaughnessy (19, Stony Brook); Nolan Hickey (15, Navy); and Sam Somers (18, Army). High honors this week go to Will Gabrielsen for casting a curse on the Thompson Trio, having it sort of work, and then living to tell the tale.
- "Five-Goal Club and More!": Marcus Holman (5, North Carolina); Scott Klimchak (5, Rutgers); Mike Mawdsley (5, Sacred Heart); Mike Begley (5, Marist); Mark Cockerton (5, Virginia); Nick Diachenko (5, Delaware); and Steve Mock (5, Cornell).
- The Tom Schreiber is Killing Everyone from Everywhere Award: It was another week of strong individual offensive performances, but Tim Schwalje's three-goal, five-assist effort against Duke stands alone at the top of the mountain. Honorable mention treatments go out to Eric Law (3G, 4A) against Lehigh, Lyle Thompson (3G, 6A) in a losing effort to Drexel, Aaron Prosser's (3G, 3A) performance against Albany in Drexel's win, and Andrew Scalley (3G, 6A) for his work in The Mount's win against the Blue Hens. (Tom Schreiber went for two goals and an assist against Hofstra. He remains dangerous and at-large.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.