Alot happened this week in college lacrosse. Alot was learned as well.
As I was getting ready to hail Chris Bocklett as THE official attackman for Virginia, Steele Stanwick goes and has a career day against Mt. Saint Marys, putting up eight points (3g, 5a). The sophomore Bocklett however can straight up play and he put up four goals and one assist Saturday in a 12-9 win over #20 Drexel. The Drexel win was far more impressive than the 22-6 crushing they put on the Mount.
Dont know what happened with Adam Ghitelman in the opener against Drexel, but he was back in net Tuesday and made nine saves.
It was an impressive victory for Virginia only because of how badly they beat the Mount on a Tuesday after a hard fought victory on Saturday.
Still too early to tell if Hopkins is for real this year but they came out of the gate very strong, beating Towson 10-6 and then beating a good Delware team 18-5. The #9 ranked Blue Jays are averaging 14 goals per game and have seen a great amount of scoring from their attack unit of Chris Boland, Zach Palmer and Kyle Wharton. If that unit can play this way all year, it will be back to the glory days for coach Dave Pietramala.
I was very impressed with Notre Dame this weekend as they started slow (shooting 0-10 in the first 14 minutes) but came back after two Duke goals in the second quarter. The Irish went on to beat #5 Duke 12-7 in a rematch of last years National Championship game.
John Kemp opened alot of people's eyes to the fact that the Irish' defense will once again be very good. If their offense can play the way they did on Sunday, dont be suprised to see the Irish on Memorial Day weekend. Kemp finished with 10 saves and showed the nation that there is life after Scott Rodgers.
The Irish got scoring from many different area's and Zach Brenneman looked like a true Tewaaraton candidate. The senior put up five points (3g, 2a). Junior Sean Rogers also impressed me as he sparked a 4-0 Notre Dame run midway through the second with two goals.
More to come in the AM....