Part II gives you all the big stories from the weekend; Part I is all about the little stories that are notable and adorable in easily digestible form.
Army earned an 8-7 win over Colgate on Friday night; the Raiders pushed late but found hard sledding against the Black Knights' solid defense . . . Lehigh crushed Lafayette -- the Mountain Hawks' sworn enemy for the duration of existence -- in a 17-6 win; the Leopards haven't beaten Lehigh since 2009 . . . North Carolina needed four goals in 10 minutes to turn an 8-7 lead into an eventual 12-8 win against High Point; Chad Tutton blew the conch shell late for the 'Heels, scoring two of Carolina's last four goals . . . Mercer earned a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season championship in a 9-8 victory over Furman; the Atlantic Sun remains a glorious something . . . Drexel used an eight-goal second half to turn a 5-4 halftime advantage into a 13-7 win against Towson; the Dragons are set to host a semifinal THUNDERDOME! game . . . Hartford took its turn in the America East to make Vermont's ass red, putting an 11-7 beating on the Catamounts; the Hawks will play an elimination game against Stony Brook this coming week . . . Boston University earned its second victory ever in a 9-8 decision against Holy Cross; the Terriers will finish the year with a better conference record than the Crusaders and Lafayette . . . Albany raced away from UMBC in the second half, uncorking nine goals and earning a key 18-14 America East win over UMBC; the win kept the Danes in the hunt for the league regular season title (Binghamton and Albany will throw hands to determine the conference's champion) . . . Yale beat Michigan, 13-7; that's all that needs to be said about that.
Penn State kept its somewhat meager NCAA Tournament hopes alive in a 10-6 win against Delaware; the Lions are now 6-6 with two games to play -- home to Hofstra and away to Drexel . . . Canisius stuck a stake through VMI's heart in a 19-7 win; the Griffs scored the first eight goals of the game and it was probably over well before then . . . Syracuse brought home the Kraus-Simmons Trophy in a 15-9 win against Hobart in Geneva; the Orange outscored the Statesmen 6-1 in the fourth quarter to secure the win . . . St. Joseph's unleashed the fury in a 21-9 assault of Sacred Heart; the Hawks kept running "Pain!" over and over and over again . . . Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak in a 12-8 victory against Bellarmine; after knotting the game at six late in the first half, the Cavaliers used a 6-2 run to pull away from the Knights . . . Ohio State knocked off Air Force, 8-6, to claim at least a share of the ECAC title; the Buckeyes will close with Fairfield . . . Marist continued Monmouth's winless season in a 12-9 win; the Red Foxes are in a dangerous spot in the MAAC right now with a 2-3 record . . . Bryant eliminated Robert Morris from NEC Tournament consideration in a 13-6 win; the Colonials are a mere one win better than Mount St. Mary's in conference play . . . Binghamton moved past Stony Brook in sharp fashion, 14-11; the Bearcats are unbeaten in the America East and that may be one of the biggest stories of the year . . . Penn crushed Dartmouth, 9-3, in Ivy League play; the Green are not anywhere near where the rest of the conference is.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Siena locked up the MAAC regular season championship in an 18-12 win over Quinnipiac; the Saints needed a 9-3 second half to secure the victory . . . Duke played Rutgers and there was blood; the Devils' 17-8 win featured six players with at least two points, including a one-goal, five-assist effort from the increasingly Brasky-esque Myles Jones . . . Providence hung around early but Denver finally shook loose in the second half, leaving New England with a 14-6 win; the Pioneers look to have few true peers in the Big East . . . MOUNT ST. MARY'S WON A DIVISION I LACROSSE GAME; THE VICTIM WAS WAGNER; MORE THIS WEEK ON THIS INCREDIBLE STORY . . . Cornell thumped Brown in a 14-9 win; Brown got hot over the last four minutes of regulation, but the Red had already built a nine-goal lead . . . Richmond beat Jacksonville, 13-12; the result (1) eliminates VMI from the Atlantic Sun Tournament; (2) makes Mercer the conference's top seed; and (3) makes High Point the conference's second seed . . . Hofstra beat Massachusetts at Garber, 11-6; the Pride are currently unbeaten in THUNDERDOME! play while the Minutemen have crumbled to bits after starting the season hot.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Eric Schneider (17, Johns Hopkins); Zach Oliveri (15, Massachusetts); Blaze Riorden (20, Albany); Dan Willis (19, Villanova); Hayden Johnstone (15, Stony Brook); Chris Klaiber (15, Mount St. Mary's); and Pete DeLuca (15, Jacksonville). Klaiber earns high honors this week because Mount St. Mary's won an actual lacrosse game with scores and everything.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Dan Taylor (7, Lehigh); Cole Shafter (5, Drexel); Mike Malave (5, Hofstra); Miles Thompson (6, Albany); Nate Lewnes (5, UMBC); Conrad Oberbeck (6, Yale); Richie Hurley (5, Siena); and Jordan Wolf (6, Duke).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Miles Thompson put up six-and-four against UMBC, a dominating effort against one of the America East's best four teams. He's now his own economy.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Kieran McArdle had three-and-four against Villanova, including the game-winner in overtime that kept the Johnnies in the discussion for Big East Tournament participation. (Lyle went two-and-five against UMBC. Between he and Miles, Baltimore County is still burning.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.