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The Weekend in Stick: The Ides of March (Part II)

"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.


Maryland remained unbeaten after surviving Villanova, 12-10; the Wildcats scored the last four goals of the game, but it wasn't enough to topple the Terps . . . Mercer slipped past VMI, 8-3; the Keydets' victory over Air Force earlier in the season still makes reasonable people walk the streets in their underpants . . . Boston University earned its first Division I win in a 12-7 defeat of Lafayette; look at me, I'm a winner . . . Siena and Marist channeled the soul of the MAAC and played a 9-8 smokeshow; Conor Prunty's tally with 9:12 remaining in regulation gave the Saints the win . . . After giving Hobart their first win of the season, Canisius rebounded with a 5-4 victory over Monmouth; Dan Bloodgood had three goals for the Hawks because his name is freaky deadly . . . Delaware challenged but eventually fell to Hofstra, 9-11; Ryan will have more on this game later this week . . . Denver finished off a solid week with a 9-5 win against Ohio State; Jesse King recorded only one point against the Pioneers . . . Lehigh pounded Navy, 13-2; the Mountain Hawks are weird, in both good and bad ways . . . Vermont beat Wagner in double overtime, 11-10; this is what it sounds like when doves cry . . . Richmond battled but was unable to beat St. Joseph's, falling 4-7 to the Hawks; St. Joseph's owned the second half . . . St. John's avenged their loss to Georgetown in 2013 with a 15-7 defeat of the Hoyas; the Johnnies are on the fringe of the top 20, a solid position to sit in as mid-March develops . . . Hartford continued to chug along in a 12-10 win over Sacred Heart; the Hawks used a five-goal run in the third quarter to turn a three-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.


Rutgers taught Providence a lesson in the Scarlet Knights' 12-6 defeat of the Friars; Rutgers' schedule has been pretty soft, but the Scarlet Knights are playing well . . . Hobart is drunk on winning and is turning into a menace; the Statesmen's 8-6 win over Robert Morris starts Hobart 1-0 in the NEC . . . Stony Brook still can't buy a break this season following a 13-15 loss to Fairfield; the Stags opened an eight-goal lead in the first half . . . Michigan earned its first ECAC win ever in a 11-10 overtime defeat of Bellarmine; the Knights have lost back-to-back games after starting the year with four consecutive wins . . . Colgate's 10-9 win against Binghamton marks the third one-goal game that the Raiders have played this season (Colgate is 2-1 in these games); the Bearcats now have back-to-back 9-10 losses against opponents they could have dropped . . . Loyola and Army played the defensive game of the year thus far, a 7-6 win for the Greyhounds; John Glesener somehow uncorked 22 -- !!! -- shots against Loyola . . . It's time to start seriously considering Bryant as a legitimate threat in 2014; the Bulldogs' 12-11 win against formerly-adored Albany is telling in numerous ways . . . Quinnipiac earned its first MAAC conference win in a 10-7 smushing of Manhattan; the Bobcats turned a one-goal halftime lead into a four-goal lead midway through the third quarter and extended it to five in the fourth quarter . . . Drexel beat Mount St. Mary's, 9-6; the Mountaineers remain winless but adorable . . . Jacksonville hasn't done much since putting some fear into Duke's face early in the season; the Dolphins' 12-15 defeat at the hands of Air Force drops the Dolphins to 1-5 on the year and without guarantees in the Atlantic Sun.


Bucknell still has a lot of time to find the purpose that many thought the Bison had at the sunrise of the season; the Herd's 18-8 demolition of Holy Cross is a step in the right direction . . . High Point is undefeated in its last six games after beating UMBC, 17-15; the Panthers' schedule hasn't been imposing over its last six dates, but High Point is still winning 'em . . . Marquette and Detroit played a 15-penalty game, everything necessary to make you wonder if someone replaced their shaft with a lead pipe; the Golden Eagles won 15-10, probably because it bled less than the Titans.


Your best individual performances from the weekend:

  • Backstop Circus: Mike Nugent (16, Mercer); Jack Kelly (15, Brown); Dave Scarcello (15, Marist); Luke Aaron (15, Duke); Kieran Burke (15, North Carolina); Justin Rosenberg (15, Vermont); Nick Gibaldi (18, Wagner); Benny Pugh (17, Richmond); Joseph Danaher (16, St. John's); Tyler Himes (15, Providence); Kris Alleyne (15, Rutgers); Jack Murphy (15, Fairfield); Brandon Burke (15, Colgate); Jack Runkel (19, Loyola); Sam Somers (16, Army); Blaze Riorden (17, Albany); and Zach Oliveri (15, Massachusetts). High honors this week go to Aaron for slowing down Carolina's serial killers and helping the Devils to a big win.
  • Five-Goal Club and More: Zach Miller (5, Denver); Dan Taylor (5, Lehigh); Mike Rooney (6, Stony Brook); T.J. Neubauer (5, Fairfield); Matt Springer (5, Binghamton); Todd Heritage (5, Bucknell); Matt Gregoire (5, UMBC); Tyler Melnyk (5, Marquette); and Ryan Brown (8, Johns Hopkins).
  • The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: None. There were a handful of seven- and eight-point guys this week, though. Do more work.
  • The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: How about Princeton's Mike MacDonald? The Princeton attackman went two-and-five against a stout Pennsylvania defense, recalibrating his existence as a distributor instead of just finishing anything near his face. (Lyle went two-and-five against Bryant in a losing effort. He is the one who knocks.)

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