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 continued their year of retribution, beating Lafayette, 11-3; the Mids are in the midst of crossing the Rubicon . . . Towson quietly dispatched Marist on Friday night, 12-9; the Tigers are 4-2 and are accelerating toward a big mid-week date against Navy . . . Rutgers continues its feast of low-grade predators after shellacking Monmouth, 20-4; the Scarlet Knights are a menace this season, but not because they're crushing incapacitated fools . . . Hobart remains winless after a 10-13 loss to Brown; the Statesmen are arguably better than their record, but Hobart is more than a simple tweak away from beauty . . . Jacksonville held on for a 9-8 victory over Marquette; the Dolphins' three-goal lead with 7:31 to play would be enough to secure the team's first win of 2014 . . . Detroit continued their struggles with the depths of Division I, skirting past Wagner, 9-8; I didn't know this, but Detroit has men's and women's fencing teams . . . Richmond earned their first win in program history in a 12-11 victory over Vermont; the Spiders led by as many as six in the third period, but the Catamounts refused to die in a neutral site game in Durham, N.C. . . . Sacred Heart put a number in their win column after an 11-10 victory over Providence; the Friars are 3-2 but this doesn't feel like 2013 for Providence . . . VMI challenged High Point but couldn't overcome the three-goal deficit the team faced at the start of the fourth quarter; High Point's 9-8 victory gives the team five in a row, a solid streak even if the competition wasn't elite . . . Hartford and Siena played a wild four-overtime, nonsensical game in West Hartford; Siena limped away with an 11-10 victory and needed a five-goal fourth quarter to even push the game into extra sessions.
Colgate slipped past Boston University, 7-5; it is starting to look more and more like the Raiders are apt to play to the level of their competition . . . Brian Kormondy scored at the buzzer to give Delaware a 10-9 victory over Binghamton; the Bearcats have played back-to-back one-goal dates and could pick up a big victory over Colgate this coming weekend . . . Air Force erased the memories of a disastrous loss to VMI a week ago and dealt Bellarmine their first loss of the season; the Falcons' 13-9 victory stands as the team's best win of the season . . . Ohio State continued their long march toward potential ECAC salvation following a 5-7 loss to Hofstra; I'm not sure that any team has been as disappointing -- from a win-loss standpoint -- as the Buckeyes so far this year . . . Hopkins needed a late push to put away UMBC, 15-8; the Retrievers were down one before a six-goal fourth quarter from the Jays . . . Stony Brook acquitted themselves nicely in an 8-11 loss to Maryland; almost 3,000 people packed LaValle Stadium to see Maryland take on the Seawolves, a solid mark for an early-March date . . . Harvard beat Georgetown, 15-7; the Crimson featured three players -- Will Walker, Ian Ardrey, and Peter Schwartz -- with hat tricks . . . Michigan salvaged a swing through the south with an 11-9 victory over Furman; a 5-1 run over the first 23:13 of the second half gave the Wolverines the cushion they needed to put the Paladins away . . . Army curbstomped Holy Cross, 13-3; the Black Knights held the Crusaders scoreless for a 30:37 stretch starting at the 13:01 mark of the second quarter . . . Lehigh thumped Bucknell, 9-3; the Bison are in a bad way in a lot of ways right now.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Pennsylvania earned some Philadelphia bragging rights in an insane 12-11 victory over Villanova; the Quakers used a five-goal run over the game's final eight minutes, getting the final bucket with 2:00 remaining in regulation, to secure the victory; the Wildcats' three losses this season are by a combined four goals . . . St. Joseph's went to Moon Township and smacked Robert Morris, 11-8; the Hawks used a four-goal run that spanned all of the third quarter and the first eight minutes of the final period to turn a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead . . . Mount St. Mary's remains winless after a 7-8 defeat at the hands of Manhattan; look on the bright side, Mountaineers fans: [ ].
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Jake Hyatt (15, Lafayette); Jason Weber (18, Detroit); Tommy Cordts (16, Siena); Gunnar Waldt (17, Bryant); Connor Gordon (16, UMBC); Blaze Riorden (18, Albany); Jake Gambitsky (18, Harvard); Sam Grinberg (15, Bucknell); and Christian Knight (15, Cornell). High honors this week go to Waldt for continuing to exist despite opponents trying their damndest to turn his body into one big bruise.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Stevie Kirkup (5, High Point); Ryan Johnston (5, Boston University); Brandon Benn (5, Johns Hopkins); Erik Adamson (6, Denver); Miles Thompson (6, Albany); Ty Thompson (5, Albany); Matt Sawyer (6, Loyola); and Nikko Pontrello (5, Loyola).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Lyle Thompson (11 (4G, 7A)). Jay-sus.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Look: This is going to the Thompson Trio for their 23-point performance of infinite pain. There are other reasonable contenders -- Kevin Rice: Syracuse (4G, 4A); Colin McLinden: Fairfield (1G, 6A); Cody Marquis: Sacred Heart (3G, 5A) -- but the Thompson Trio lost their damn minds against a solid Massachusetts team: Lyle (4G, 7A); Miles (6G, 1A), and Ty (5G) were beyond reason.
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.