The Weekend in Stick will look a little different from this point until the end of the season, featuring just one part. The weekend's biggest stories -- conference tournament winners and losers -- already received dedicated space on the site. You can see more here.
Stony Brook earned a trip to the America East Tournament with a 14-10 victory over Hartford; the Seawolves will face Albany in the first round in its home building; the Hawks are excluded from the tournament based on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Stony Brook . . . Drexel earned a quiet 11-8 win against High Point; the Dragons are lurking as a potential bid stealer in THUNDEROME! . . . Pennsylvania earned a solid 17-10 decision against St. John's, putting up their highest offensive output of the year agianst the Johnnies; the Quakers will face Cornell in the first round of the Ivy League Tournament with an opportunity for revenge . . . Delaware slammed Massachusetts, 15-7; the Minutemen's season is over, a somewhat insane ending to a year that offered early promise after a win against Ohio State early in the season . . . The possibility of total chaos in the MAAC came to fruition -- five teams (Canisius, Quinnipiac, Detroit, Marist, and Manhattan) all finished with 3-3 records; Marist's 13-7 win over Canisius, Siena's 8-7 victory against Manhattan, and Detroit's 11-6 triumph against Monmouth (ensuring the Hawks would finish with a winless campaign) created the deadlock in the middle of the league; of the five teams with identical records, Canisius (four-seed), Detroit (three-seed), and Marist (two-seed) will advance to the league tournament with Siena; Quinnipiac and Manhattan were excluded from the league's postseason on the basis of a deep multi-team tiebreaker . . . Sacred Heart ended Mount St. Mary's one-win season with a 14-10 win; the Pioneers have advanced to the Northeast Conference Tournament for the second season in a row . . . Albany taught Binghamton a lesson in pain tolerance in a 21-7 victory; the win gave the Danes the top spot in the America East Tournament and allows the Bearcats to avoid the Thompson Trio until the league's championship game . . . Denver's 17-9 destruction of Marquette earned the Pios the top seed in the Big East Tournament; Peter Barton Stadium is quickly becoming a party zone with one of the best atmospheres in the college game; the Pioneers have so many offensive weapons that NATO is considering action against Denver.
Brown moved past Dartmouth in a 12-8 victory; the Green ends the year with a winless Ivy League campaign, a tough pill to swallow for Dartmouth given how difficult the conference was this season . . . Bellarmine closed their season with a nice 13-6 stomping of Mercer; the Knights will enter what will become the Southern Conference next year with eyes toward the league's crown . . . Cornell locked up a share of the Ivy League regular season championship with a hard-fought 12-10 win against Princeton on Long Island (huh?); the loss creates all kinds of problems for the Tigers with respect to their NCAA Tournament hopes given the fact that Princeton will not participate in the Ivy League Tournament; Tom Schreiber was held to one point against the Red (scoring with just 31 seconds remaining in the game) . . . Harvard will host the Ivy League Tournament after dispatching archrival Yale in New Haven, 11-10; the Elis and the Crimson are going to have interesting at-large profiles if both fail to win the conference's automatic invitation to The Big Barbecue; the two teams will face each other again in the first round of the league's postseason . . . Providence pulled out a heroic 11-10 double overtime win against Villanova; the result did not significantly impact the Big East Tournament, but it does put some weight on the Wildcats' shoulders entering their championship date against Marquette . . . UMBC had a 10-0 second quarter against Vermont and cruised to a 17-14 win; the Retrievers will draw Binghamton in the semifinals of the America East Tournament; the Catamounts finished the year with five wins against teams that are, currently, 13-52 overall . . . St. Joseph's -- in their first year in the Northeast Conference -- will play host their conference's tournament after a 15-8 defeat of Hobart; the Hawks are not only a legtimate league champion, but they may be importantly stronger than Bryant (the league's lone ranked team); the Hawks have found their volition in a league more suited to their competitive level . . . Mark Cockerton had seven points in Virginia's 13-11 win against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament showcase game; down one entering the fourth quarter, Virginia put three on the board -- Cockerton had a hand in all three goals -- and held the 'Heels scoreless to earn the win; the Cavaliers likely erased any NCAA Tournament doubt with the victory.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Bryant hurt Wagner's feelings in a 15-7 win; the Bulldogs are on a collision course with St. Joseph's for the Northeast Conference title, providing some heat around the conference's tournament that has been missing in the league's short history . . . Three teams -- Fairfield, Ohio State, and Air Force -- will share a piece of the ECAC's regular season title after the Stags dropped the Buckeyes in Connecticut, 7-5; Michigan will enter the ECAC Tournament as the four-seed, but due to the league's tiebreaker rules (which includes an RPI element), the ECAC will not officially announce the top three seeds in its tournament until Monday . . . Quinnpiac picked up a solid victory against Air Force, 15-10; the Bobcats' season is over -- wipes a single tear -- but Quinnipiac showed glimpses of strength in 2014 (in very odd ways) . . . Mickey Hofmeister scored the game-winning goal in a 7-6 double overtime win for VMI against Richmond; the Keydets earned the win just a few days after a team manager -- Eric Alter -- passed away; the loss pushed the Spiders into the Atlantic Sun Tournament's fourth seed, forcing a date against top-seeded Mercer on the Bears' home field . . . Rutgers locked up a bid to the Big East Tournament -- and consequently excluded St. John's from participation -- following a 12-8 shellacking of Georgetown; Rutgers built a 10-3 advantage early in the third period and never looked back; the Scarlet Knights will face Denver in the first round of the tournament, a tough form of congratulations for Rutgers . . . Michigan played angry in a 19-10 ass-beating of Robert Morris; the Wolverines may really turn the corner in 2015; Robert Morris has meandered through a campaign that has seen the Colonials finish with a 5-9 record with three consecutive losses -- to Notre Dame, Bryant, and Michigan -- coming at the end of their season . . . Penn State eeked past Hofstra, 8-7; THUNDERDOME! may have earned a phyrric victory in excluding the Nittany Lions from the THUNDERDOME! Tournament as including the Lions in the tournament could have (1) increased the league's postseason competitiveness, and (2) potentially increased the number of bids destined for THUNDERDOME! members . . . Jacksonville and Furman played a game of lacrosse and the Dolphins won that game of lacrosse, 13-11; Jacksonville will enter the Atlantic Sun Tournament as the three-seed, far from where most people expected the Dolphins to finish in 2014.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Austin Geisler (20, High Point); Will Haas (15, Bellarmine); Mike Nugent (16, Mercer); Christian Knight (16, Cornell); Jason Weber (18, Detroit); Gill Conners (18, Quinnipiac); Jake Andersen (15, Rutgers); Bass Barfield (15, Jacksonville). Knight earns high honors this week for helping Cornell past Princeton and the Tigers' prolific offense.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Kieran McArdle (5, St. John's); Tom Hollad (5, Delaware); Johns Glesener (5, Army); Lyle Thompson (6, Albany); Matt Gregoire (5, UMBC); Nate Lewens (7, UMBC); Shayne Adams (6, Detroit); Mickey Hofmeister (5, VMI); JonPatrik Kealey (5, Robert Morris); Kyle Jackson (5, Michigan); Randy Staats (5, Syracuse).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Lyle Thompson had 10 points on six goals and four assists in a key America East date against Binghamton. LYLE COMIN'!
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: There were a bunch of really great performances this weekend, but Matt Kavanagh's four-and-two against Syracuse in the ACC Tournament championship game gets the nod. (Lyle went six-and-foiur against Binghamton and takes exactly zero lip from anyone.)
- The Ether-Soaked Rag Award: Loyola's defense picks up the honor this week. The Greyhounds' defense yielded just 13 goals in its two Patriot League Tournament games this weekend with Joe Fletcher making Dan Taylor's life an extended nightmare in the final.
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.