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.
High Point was looking to replicate their upset of Towson from 2013, but ultimately fell to the Tigers, 11-8; the Panthers led at the half, but a five-goal run gave Towson a 9-5 lead and all the cushion they'd need to secure the win . . . It was the grind-the-game-into-dust effort that everyone expected, and Massachusetts left West Point with a 6-5 win over Army; the game was marked by streaky scoring: Massachusetts scored the first three, Army answered with three of their own, the Minutemen went on a three-goal run, and the Black Knights countered with two consecutive goals in the final period . . . Duke's 16-10 victory over Jacksonville looks like an expected outcome, but the Devils didn't unleash the all-out assault that Duke was capable of against the Dolphins; a mega-effort from Jacksonville's Peter DeLuca kept the Dolphins in a game that could have gotten out of hand quickly had he not been on his game . . . Mount St. Mary's had that dream where they showed up to work in their underwear, suffering a 16-3 defeat at the hands of Maryland; the Terps have outscored the Mountaineers 39-9 in the last two seasons (woof!) . . . Mercer dispatched Boston University in the Terriers' debut, 17-6; the Bears' offensive output matches a program high (Mercer scored 17 against Carthage -- whatever that is -- in 2011) . . . Penn State smashed Michigan, 22-7; the Lions raced out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back, arguably making things uglier than they needed to be . . . Rutgers beat the tar out of Manhattan, 13-5; the Scarlet Knights used a nine-goal run to open up a 9-2 lead and cruised to the victory . . . North Carolina unloaded on Furman, 19-3; 14 Tar Heels scored and the only Carolina players with more than one goal were Joey Sankey (3), T.J. Kemp (2), Spencer Parks (2), and Brent Armstrong (2).
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Rich Akapnitis (15, Manhattan); Peter DeLuca (16, Jacksonville). High honors this week go DeLuca for dumping anthrax into Duke's water system.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Zack Ward (6, Mercer); Shane Sturgis (6, Penn State); T.J. Sanders (5, Penn State); Scott Klimchak (5, Rutgers); Josh Dionne (5, Duke); Wes Berg (5, Denver); Jesse King (5, Ohio State).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Sam Jones (10 points (4G, 6A), Navy).
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: There were a bunch of impressive performances this past weekend -- Maryland's Matt Rambo putting up six points in his debut; Jones out-pointing most teams against VMI; Mitch Goldberg with a shocking three-and-two against Virginia; Jordan Wolf with a necessary two-and-four against Jacksonville; and Jack Bobzien's four-and-two against Air Force was a show -- but two efforts stand out: Jesse King (5G, 1A) and Wells Stanwick (1G, 5A) putting six points each on the board. The two cats share the award this weekend, mostly because they accounted for 64 percent of the scoring in Ohio State-Hopkins at Homewood. (Lyle Thompson wasn't in action this weekend, but he thought real hard about ways to ruin the lives of opposing keepers.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.