The Weekend in Stick: We're Halfway There (Part II)

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.

ELSEWHERE

Princeton evened its Ivy League record to 1-1 (it'd be higher with a stronger Goldman Sachs recommendation); the Tigers earned an important 10-9 victory over Yale on Friday night . . . Towson and Delaware danced to overtime with the Tigers pulling out a gutty 7-6 victory; the Blue Hens are a tire fire at the garbage fire factory . . . Army took a ball-peen hammer to Lafayette's skull in a 15-6 massacre of the Leopards; Garrett Thul had a ton of goals because he is a bad, bad man . . . The MAAC is a mess behind Marist; Jacksonville beat Manhattan in Riverdale, 10-7, and everyone in the league is a fun shade of "meh" . . . Kieran McArdle is concentrated lightning; St. John's beat Robert Morris in a neutral site meeting, 17-11; the Johnnies are a fun party girl . . . Sacred Heart managed to keep its perfect record intact on Saturday with a 8-7 overtime loss to Vermont; Reverse Survivor crowns those who seek her . . . Quinnipiac continues to slide after an unblemished start and Binghamton continues to go in the right direction; the Bearcats beat the Bobcats, 11-9, in a game featuring nicknames of wild animals that nobody ever sees . . . Harvard beat Dartmouth, 9-6; in the Ivy League battle of color wheel components, the shade closest to blood always wins . . . Detroit, which entered its game winless, ended the day with an 11-6 victory over still-winless VMI; "Titans" may not be the most appropriate team nickname. . . .

MORE ELSEWHERE

Duke back?; the Devils continued their march back to relevancy in a 19-7 pipebombing of Georgetown at Koskinen . . . Fairfield registered an important 13-10 win over Hobart at The Boz; the Stags are now 2-0 in the ECAC, but every team worth a damn lies ahead on Fairfield's schedule . . . Mount St. Mary's had a brain fart at the wrong time of the season; UMBC dropped the Mountaineers, 10-8, and Mount St. Mary's is either a team you don't want to see in May if you're a top seed or just a hologram of a team you don't want to see in May if you're a top seed . . . Penn State uncorked an ass beating on St. Joseph's, ripping the Hawks a new one in a 9-2 win; when Shane Sturgis and Jack Forster play, the Nittany Lions are a true pain in the ass . . . Y U NO WANT TO WIN ANYMORE PROVIDENCE?; Siena won the kind of game that they've struggled to earn throughout the year, beating the Friars 13-11 . . . Ryan Walsh continues his assault on opposing goalies in a never-ending land campaign to earn all the points; Colgate smacked Navy upside the head in an 11-3 victory over the Mids . . . Lehigh edged Holy Cross, 8-5; I'm not sure what to feel about the Crusaders, but I'm definitely feeling some feelings . . . Michigan continues to search for its first victory of the season following a 10-3 loss to Loyola; Mike Sawyer squeezed off 15 -- 15! -- shots and is apparently right as rain again. . . .

EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE

Bryant took itself out of Reverse Survivor with a 10-9 victory over Stony Brook; I'm not really sure what to think about the Seawolves other than "Yeah, huh?" . . . Marist continues its charge toward a MAAC title following a 13-5 soul-crushing of Canisius; even if the Red Foxes haven't exactly played a schedule featuring cyborgs with lacrosse sticks, Keegan Wilkinson deserves some national love for his work this year leading Marist . . . Ohio State went to Kentucky and picked up an important ECAC win against Bellarmine, beating the Knights, 9-7; what's impressive is that a win against Bellarmine is an important league win for a team . . . Massachusetts blanked Hartford in the fourth quarter and gutted out a 13-11 win against the Hawks; any victory is a good victory for the Minutemen right now following a mid-week win over Lehigh . . . Notre Dame survived a trip to New Jersey in a 7-6 victory over Rutgers; Jim Marlatt scored all his goals in the fourth quarter but yeesh, it's the freaking Scarlet Knights . . . Brown is soaring after a 21-8 shellacking of High Point in North Carolina; I'm not exactly sure what to think about Bruno, but they're starting to enter the national conversation, which is good for the Bears. . . .

PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING

Your best individual performances from the weekend:

  • Backstop Circus: Kieran Burke (15, North Carolina); Jeff Lowman (15, St. John's); Gill Conners (15, Quinnipiac); Matt Lindemann (20, VMI); Chris Selva (16, Hofstra); Gerald Logan (15, Michigan); and Pierce Bassett (16, Johns Hopkins). High honors this week go to Burke for ruining things for Maryland and being a real piece of work.
  • "Five-Goal Club and More!": Only four guys managed to pump in at least five goals this week -- Garrett Thul (6, Army); Kieran McArdle (6, St. John's); Kyle Smith (6, Massachusetts); and Henry Blynn (5, Brown). That's rarified air for some of the nation's best goalie-abusers.
  • The Tom Schreiber is Killing Everyone from Everywhere Award: The big point producers for this week -- Army's John Glesener (4G, 3A), St. John's Kieran McArdle (6G, 7A), and Bucknell's David Dickson (3G, 4A) -- all accomplished their feats of offensive might against some bad defenses. However, someone needs to earn top honors this week and it's going to McArdle who is basically becoming Bugs Bunny against the Gas House Gorillas. (Tom Schreiber went one-and-three on five shots. People at starving artist markets paint his image on velvet next to a brooding tiger.)

Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.

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