"The Weekend in Stick": It's exactly what it sounds like -- a recapitulation of this weekend's most notable. No doink.
(Part I is here.)
Part I gave you all the big stories from this weekend; Part II is all about the little stories that are notable and adorable in easily digestible form.
Maryland didn't have much trouble with Bellarmine, dispatching the Knights in 12-7 fashion; Joe Cummings is becoming a mechanized and heartless scoring machine once again, just at the right time in the year . . . Robert Morris and Bryant combined for 25 goals in the Colonials' 13-12 defeat of the Bulldogs; Bobby Mo will serve as the NEC's host and one-seed in its postseason tournament, which raises an interesting question: If a league doesn't have an automatic NCAA bid and no teams will earn an at-large invitation, is it merely imaginary? . . . Wagner will finish its season with one win after a 16-7 setback to Mount St. Mary's; I'll miss you like sin, Seahawks . . . Ohio State earned the ECAC Tournament's two-seed with a 8-3 curb-stomping of Fairfield; I'm not sure where the Stags stand for NCAA Tournament consideration, but that foundation has some sizable cracks due to water damage . . . Providence beat Villanova, 15-11; the Wildcats will get a solid education in "TAKE ALL THE LAPS!" on Monday.
VMI almost turned the MAAC Tournament into a disaster area with an 8-7 victory over Detroit; the Titans appear to be regressing as the season progresses, which is a win for potential-theory but a loss for the dozens of Detroit fans across this great nation . . . Brown dropped Dartmouth, 10-8; the bottom end of the Ivy League looks like a mass grave of "almost famous" . . . Canisius scooted past Marist, 7-5, and none of that really matters in the scope of existence . . . Drexel and St. John's went toe-to-toe and the Dragons came out on top, 10-9; the Johnnies are starting to figure this whole "We can play with anyone, y'all!" thing . . . Notre Dame raced out ahead of Syracuse 4-0 and salted away an 8-6 victory over the Orange; Syracuse is looking more and more like a ship with orders to "just sail towards the sunset, guys" . . . Hobart used an 8-3 halftime lead to keep Air Force at bay in its 12-8 triumph over the Falcons . . . Siena continued its assault on the MAAC with a 12-4 defeat of Manhattan; if you can name me eight teams with a better combination than Danny Martinsen and Bryan Neufeld I will pay you a small denomination of real American currency . . . Binghamton beat UMBC, 15-6; Y U NO WANNA PLAY LIKE ANIMALIA, UMBC?!? . . . Stony Brook beat Albany, 12-11, and helped assure that the America East will be the ugliest thing on the East Coast since I decided to grow a beard.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Ryan Hughes had 25 stops (!!!) in Sacred Heart's 12-9 defeat of Quinnipiac . . . Hartford needed overtime to drop Vermont, 10-9, on Senior Day in West Hartford; the Hawks enter the America East Tournament as the four-seed and are a legitimate title threat at 6-8 on the season (yikes) . . . Colgate used a Baum-krieg to toss away Bucknell in the Patriot League semifinals, 14-9 . . . Georgetown went on a second-half push against Rutgers to secure a 13-8 victory over the now-6-9 Scarlet Knights; the Hoyas aren't going anywhere this season because they're the Hoyas . . . Massachusetts stepped all over Delaware in a 17-6 victory; the Blue Hens finished their THUNDERDOME! campaign with only a single victory, which makes your heart hurt like watching a puppy have its tail removed . . . Pennsylvania actually played like the Quakers squad most expected this season but eventually fell to Virginia, 10-8; the Steele Stanwicks are nothing this season without Steele Stanwick . . . Lehigh didn't have too much trouble against Army in its 13-7 Patriot League semifinal, which should make the nation say, "Yut-oh!" . . . Denver got the big scalp it needed with its 15-9 victory over Duke; if there's a guy that plays with only one hand on his stick more than Mark Matthews, you're probably showing me a lacrosse player with only one arm.
More after the jump.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Five -- just five?!? -- backstops recorded at least 15 saves this weekend, one just about destroyed the will of Quinnipiac University by himself: Griffin Ferrigan (15, St. Joseph's); Matt Lindemann (17, VMI); Peter Zonino (16, Hobart); Ryan Hughes (25, Sacred Heart); and Ryan LaPlante (16, Denver). High honors this week go to Ryan LaPlante who showed up when the lights were the brightest -- Don't worry; he wasn't the victim of an alien abduction or anything -- and shut down Duke all night. Honorable mention to Griffin Ferrigan who almost single-handedly threw the THUNDERDOME! tournament into a tailspin.
- Will Manny Award for Being Will Manny: Colgate's Peter Baum. (I know, right?) The attack/midfield opened up the Baum-bay doors (sorry) to the tune of a nine-point carpet bombing on five goals and four assists against Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Then, the Oregon-native went Baum's away (sorry) against Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament final, accounting for another nine points on three goals and six assists. He deserves a nap. (Will Manny went all Will Manny on Delaware for an eight-point (six goals, two assists) Manny-like performance against the Will Manny-less Delaware Blue Hens. He is, once again, a destructive force without proliferation limitation.)
- "Five-Goal Club and More!": Mark Matthews (5, Denver); Steele Stanwick (6, Virginia); Will Manny (6, Massachusetts); Peter Baum (5, Colgate); Kyle Belton (5, Stony Brook); Ty Thompson (5, Albany); Alex Capretta (5, Princeton); Brandon Planck (5, Binghamton); and Jeff Ledwick (5, Colgate).
- Rock 'n Roll Band: Simon & Garfunkel. They were neat.
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.