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The Weekend in Stick: What's Now is Now (Part I)

"The Weekend in Stick": It's exactly what it sounds like -- a recapitulation of this weekend's most notable. No doink.


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.


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.


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.