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.
Duke went with four keepers and put the screws to Mercer, 15-3; Jordan Wolf put up six points on four goals and two assists and has decimated overmatched opponents this season . . . Jacksonville hung around with Ohio State for most of the day, but a 3-1 fourth quarter ultimately gave the Buckeyes their second somewhat frustrating victory of the season; Logan Schuss only put two goals on the board, which tells me that he was abducted by aliens last night and played tired today . . . Army stomped VMI, 14-8; Garrett Thul put seven goals on the board, which tells me that aliens may have abducted him last night and gave him Schuss' powers . . . Robert Morris rebounded from its loss last week to Bellarmine and beat UMBC, 12-9; the Colonials are the bee's knees . . . Air Force is quietly 2-1 after an 11-9 defeat of Rutgers; the Scarlet Knights kept pace with the Falcons, good news for year two of the Brian Brecht era . . . Colgate poured it on late and dropped Vermont in Burlington, 13-7; Brendon McCann had a big day with five goals and saved a kitten in a tree . . . High Point couldn't get its second victory of its freshman campaign, falling to St. Joe's, 8-5; the biggest story of that matchup is that both are already eliminated from Reverse Survivor . . . Maryland hates its opponents this year and wants to just immolate everything that stands in its way; Hartford didn't stand a chance against the Terps, falling 16-4. . . .
After getting shellacked by Villanova last season, Lehigh traveled to Philadelphia and prevailed over the Wildcats, 11-9; there aren't too many tandems more deadly than what the Mountain Hawks have in David DiMaria and Dante Fantoni (they combined for 12 points on Saturday) . . . Michigan continued the Michigan tradition of staying close and having things fall apart in a 12-6 defeat against Bellarmine; there is no indication whether the Knights ate a metric ton of broccoli after the game just because . . . Hofstra knocked off Sacred Heart 14-9 and led 10-3 at the half; if you were looking for options outside of Adrian Sorichetti, Torin Varn would like to submit his five goals and two assists against the Pioneers as proof that there are alternatives . . . Johns Hopkins put three goals on the scoreboard in each quarter to race past Shawn Nadelen's Tigers, 12-6; the Jays got eight goals out of their attack and I'm not really sure what that means given how much scoring the team got out of its midfield against Siena . . . Providence beat Wagner, 17-6 (duh); the Chris Gabrielli era begins with a win and a successful escape from Staten Island . . . Tucker Hull put up six points in an 11-7 defeat of Detroit; the Titans now have losses to the Mids and Ohio State and are quietly existing as a team that almost has enough juice to do some damage. . . .
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: It was a big weekend for ball-stoppers with 12 putting up at least 15 saves in their efforts. The list: Jack Connelly (16, Providence); Nick Gibaldi (20, Wagner); Kris Alleyne (19, Rutgers); Will Gabrielsen (15, Drexel); Dan Marino (15, Virginia); Matt Poillon (16, Lehigh); Gerald Logan (17, Michigan); Dillon Ward (18, Bellarmine); Zach Oliveri (18, Massachusetts); Austin Geisler (16, High Point); Jake Hyatt (16, Lafayette); and Matt Lindemann (19, VMI). High honors this week go to Zach Oliveri for surviving North Carolina's vaunted offense and helping Massachusetts to a victory the size of a delicious steak.
- "Five-Goal Club and More!": Torin Varn (5, Hofstra); Owen Blye (5, Maryland); Cameron Gardner (5, Bellarmine); Brendon McCann (5, Colgate); Jim Marlatt (5, Notre Dame); Eric Rankel (5, Robert Morris); Garrett Thul (7, Army); and Ty Thompson (5, Albany).
- The Tom Schreiber is Killing Everyone from Everywhere Award: There are all kinds of guys that you could give this award to this week; I don't think there's quite been a week where so many players had huge days in winning efforts. Regardless, Albany's Lyle Thompson takes home the prize this week for his two-goal, six-assist effort in the Great Danes' victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Honorable Mention honors also go to: Andrew Scalley of Mount St. Mary's (3G, 5A); Kieran McArdle of St. John's (3G, 6A); David DiMaria of Lehigh (3G, 4A), Nick O'Reilly of Virginia (2G, 6A); Torin Varn of Hofstra (5G, 2A); Cam Stone of Hobart (4G, 2A); and Navy's Tucker Hull (3G, 3A). (Tom Schreiber was not in action this weekend, but he probably put pins into a stuffed goalie doll to send a curse to netminders around the country.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.