The Weekend in Stick: It's Coming Down (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

Mercer beat Lafayette in overtime on Friday, 9-8; the Leopards needed two goals in the final 3:32 of regulation to knot the scoreboard and force the extra period . . . Stony Brook played a game off of Long Island -- what?! -- and fell to UMBC in overtime, 12-11; the Retrievers got the game-winner from Pat Young with just 9.6 seconds remaining in the extra period . . . Albany throttled Vermont in the most expected result of the weekend, a 20-9 beating that was locked at four after the first quarter; a 12-2 run for the Danes in the second and third periods put the game away . . . Hofstra beat Towson in a pivotal THUNDERDOME! meeting; the Pride's 9-7 win gives Hofstra a 3-0 record in THUNDERDOME!, definitively out in front of the pack . . . Canisius couldn't earn two wins in New York's Capital Region in the same week, falling to Siena, 10-7; Richie Hurley had a big day for the Saints, tallying seven points and driving Siena's offense . . . St. John's went to Providence and came away with a 14-7 win over the Friars; the Johnnies' attack remains a dirty bomb . . . Ohio State crushed Jacksonville's face, 13-2; Jesse King was back in action this week for the Buckeyes and had a three-and-four day . . . Binghamton earned a valuable America East win against Hartford; the Bearcats' 11-10 victory is the fourth one-goal game that Binghamton has played this season . . . Lehigh erased Holy Cross from existence in a 20-4 curbstomping of the Crusaders; it was over when the Mountain Hawks built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter . . . Villanova looked the part of a top 20-type of team in a 9-7 victory over Penn State; the Nittany Lions are in a deep pile of problems right now.

MORE ELSEWHERE

It looked like a long shot at the start of the day but Sacred Heart beat Robert Morris, 9-7; the result raises questions as to whether there is a legitimate threat to Bryant in the NEC this season . . . Navy stung Boston University early and pushed through the final 30 minutes, evening their Patriot League record with a 13-7 victory against the Terriers; the Mids look pretty locked in to the Patriot League Tournament . . . Drexel gave away a five-goal lead in the third quarter but survived against Delaware, 9-7; the Blue Hens outscored the Dragons 5-2 over the last 25:29 of regulation . . . Bellarmine is officially eliminated from the ECAC Tournament after a 3-9 setback against Fairfield; the Stags didn't explode like they have in the past, but it wasn't necessary against the Knights . . . Air Force moved past Michigan in a 15-12 victory in Colorado Springs; the Wolverines were competitive against the Falcons, but never truly challenged Air Force . . . Cornell abused Dartmouth, 19-4; the Big Red went into the half with a 10-2 lead and it only got uglier from that point on . . . Massa had a perfect day at the dot and buoyed Bryant's 9-6 win over Richmond; the Spiders were feisty but the Bulldogs never lost control of the game . . . Marquette earned their first-ever Big East win against Rutgers in a ridiculous 14-13 win; things went plaid when the Golden Eagles blew a two-goal lead with 1:28 to play but pocketed the winner with just 16 seconds left in regulation . . . Furman continued its winless adventure after a 7-15 loss to High Point; the Panthers and Mercer look like the class of the Atlantic Sun at the moment.

EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE

Thanks to an 8-5 victory against Mount St. Mary's, the Statesmen have won three of their last four after starting the year with five straight losses; The Mount's offense remains a frowny face . . . Army led Bucknell by only two at the half, but used a 5-2 second half to put away the Bison, 11-6; I don't know where Bucknell goes from here, but the Bison need to find some momentum before sunset . . . Detroit and Quinnipiac went nuts in a 10-9 overtime win for the Bobcats; there were eight ties on the day with Quinnipiac getting the winner just 52 seconds into the extra period . . . Duke turned back a dangerous Harvard team, 17-11; the Devils got a bunch of production from their midfield, a solid sign for Duke as April looms . . . Denver assaulted Georgetown in a 17-9 win; Wes Berg had nine points because he's a noted Hoya Hater . . . Mercer closed their weekend with a 16-5 trouncing of Wagner; the Bears are assured of a non-losing season, their first ever.

PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING

Your best individual performances from the weekend:

  • Backstop Circus: Connor Gordon (15, UMBC); Joseph Danaher (17, St. John's); Pete DeLuca (16, Jacksonville); Jack Kelly (16, Brown); and Brian Bohn (16, Robert Morris). High honors this week go to Kelly for helping send Princeton to a farm in Pennsylvania.
  • Five-Goal Club and More: Brody Eastwood (5, Stony Brook); Lyle Thompson (5, Albany); Joey Sankey (5, North Carolina); Ryan Payton (7, Manhattan); Connor Buczek (6, Cornell); Tyler Melnyk (5, Marquette); John Glesener (5, Army); Christian Walsh (5, Duke); Wes Berg (6, Denver); and Zack Ward (6, Mercer).
  • The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: None. I guess everyone was preoccupied with writing their scripts for Maid in Manhattan: II.
  • The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Let's go with Syracuse's Kevin Rice. The attackman had four-and-two against Notre Dame's defense, including the game-winner. (Lyle went five-and-two against Vermont. He's what defensive coordinators think lurk in the dark under their beds.)

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

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