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.
Navy unloaded on Holy Cross, 21-12; the Midshipmen have a completely different feel from their 2013 iteration, and that could create intrigue in the heart of the Patriot League . . . Lafayette hung around with Army but eventually fell to the Black Knights, 8-6; the Leopards pushed in the fourth quarter but Army did not yield . . . Albany waxed Harvard, 14-8; a 5-0, all-Thompson run that spanned the second and third quarters broke open a 4-4 tie and gave Albany an insurmountable lead . . . Vermont has won consecutive games after dropping Boston University, 13-9; the Catamounts could legitimately win six games in a row with upcoming dates against VMI, Richmond, Wagner, and Sacred Heart . . . Georgetown went to Long Island and came away with a 9-8 overtime loss to Hofstra; the Hoyas and Pride are in the fluid middle of the nation . . . Detroit groped its way to an 8-6 win over VMI; the Titans needed a four-goal run over 16:26 to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-goal victory . . . Penn State went into The Horseshoe and earned an 11-8 victory over Ohio State; the Nittany Lions were able to stem every run the Buckeyes made after building a 7-2 lead early in the third period . . . Drexel scored eight goals in the fourth quarter and beat the Robert Morris blur, 18-12; the game was played at 77 possessions, because of course . . . Bryant flew a little too close to the sun on wings of face-off wins and fell to Yale at home, 8-9; the Elis have started their 2014 with two solid wins (against Bryant and St. John's) . . . Massachusetts earned a somewhat surprising 15-2 victory over Brown; the Minutemen are taking care of business against pretty decent competition.
Cornell slipped past Michigan in overtime, 15-14; the Wolverines have shown fight since the plastering that Penn State put on the team early in the year . . . Furman took off the training wheels against Bellarmine, unleashing 31 shots, but fell to Bellarmine, 13-7; the Knights remain one of seven unbeatens in Division I . . . Colgate and Bucknell went back and forth in Hamilton with the Raiders earning a hard-fought 9-8 victory over the Bison; Bucknell hasn't quite delivered on their potential so far in 2014 . . . Villanova erased the equity it created with a win over Drexel with a loss to Delaware; the Blue Hens' 11-9 victory over the Wildcats gets Delaware above .500 with a manageable upcoming slate . . . Binghamton picked up a mega overtime victory over Hobart, 11-10; the Statesmen are now 0-3 on the year while losing to three consecutive Upstate New York teams (Siena, Cornell, and Binghamton) . . . Hartford unloaded on Manhattan, 12-7; the Hawks led by eight entering the fourth quarter, never truly earning a challenge from the Jaspers . . . Marist turned back Marquette, 16-12; while the Red Foxes have been scoring like crazy this season (Marist has accounted for 47 tallies in their first four games), the Red Foxes have also yielded a ton of goals (Marist has given up 56 goals through its first four games) . . . Dartmouth needed a four-goal run over the final 6:42 of regulation to move past Sacred Heart, 14-10; I don't know what to feel about the Green, but they could be in really tough shape in the Ivy League this year . . . Kieran McArdle earned his 200th career point in a 14-9 win over Siena; the Johnnies pivoted well from a tough defeat at Yale last weekend . . . Towson crushed Mount St. Mary's, 9-1; the Mountaineers are on shutout watch all season.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
UMBC kicked in Richmond's teeth, 14-5; the Retrievers showed a soul after meandering through a far-too-close victory over Monmouth last weekend . . . Wagner lost to St. Joseph's, 12-8; the Seahawks were within two with 7:37 to play, but the Hawks closed with two tallies in a minute to create the final margin . . . Quinnipiac earned a solid win over Providence at Bryant (what?), 16-9; this isn't a glamorous win for the Bobcats, but it does signal capability in Hamden . . . Rutgers took some reality medicine against Stony Brook (a 9-12 loss); the Scarlet Knights have now lost two in a row after pasting Manhattan and Wagner in their first two efforts of this season . . . High Point used a five-goal run in the fourth quarter to ditch Jacksonville, 8-7; the Dolphins have crashed through the atmosphere after giving Duke fits in their season-opening game.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Jake Hyatt (16, Lafayette); Niko Amato (17, Maryland); Luke Aaron (15, Duke); Blaze Riorden (15, Albany); Pete DeLuca (18, Jacksonville); Jason Weber (16, Detroit); Evan Windisch (19, VMI); Gunnar Waldt (15, Bryant); Conor Peaks (16, Delaware); Rich Akapnitis (16, Manhattan); Chris Klaiber (18, Mount St. Mary's); and Gill Conners (19, Quinnipiac). High honors this week go to Amato for staring into the abyss that is Duke's offense and not having it stare back at him.
- Five-Goal Club and More: T.J. Hanzsche (6, Navy); Sam Jones (5, Navy); Mike Chanenchuk (5, Maryland); Ryan Brown (5, Johns Hopkins); Kevin Ryan (5, Loyola); Miles Thompson (8, Albany); Cole Shafer (5, Drexel); Nick Mariano (5, Massachusetts); Matt Donovan (5, Cornell); Alex Love (5, Hobart); Bryan Badolato (5, Marquette); Joseph Radin (6, Marist); Matt Gregoire (5, UMBC); Dylan Webster (6, Quinnipiac); and James Pannell (7, Virginia).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: None. It's like people aren't even trying to totally ruin the lives of opposing defenses any more.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: There were a bunch of strong performances this weekend -- Matt Kavanagh's five-point effort against Carolina was solid, as was Ryan Brown's eight-point day -- but Chanenchuk earns the honor with his five-and-one show against the Devils. (Lyle Thompson went four-and-two against Harvard. He is, himself, a war machine.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.