The Weekend in Stick is exactly what it sounds like -- a recap of all the important things that happened in the universe while you were enjoying two days of not-work. Part II is all about the little stories that are notable and adorable in easily digestible form.
Hobart used a six-goal fourth quarter to pull away from Siena and earn a solid 12-8 win; the Saints have opened 2015 with losses to Syracuse and the Statesmen, a tough way to meet a campaign expected to be filled with promise . . . The dreams of an undefeated season for Wagner is over after the Seahawks' 5-10 loss against visiting Lafayette; Wagner would have won (maybe) if the 'Hawks didn't give up seven goals in the second half . . . Michigan is 2-0 after putting a beating on Detroit, 15-6; the Wolverines hammered home seven goals in the second half to put away the Titans at Oosterbaan . . . Marist took care of business against Air Force in a pointed 7-6 victory; the Red Foxes only took 21 shots, but that's all they needed to dust the Falcons . . . St. John's exploded late against Stony Brook, pouring in the game's last seven goals to turn a one-goal deficit into a five-goal victory; the 13-8 win for the Johnnies could jumpstart the Red Storm before they meet Yale in early March . . . Colgate beat Vermont, 10-8, and this should not make you go "WHAA?!"; the Raiders will face Lafayette next weekend, but the team's date with Bucknell at the end of the month has some heat behind it . . . Johns Hopkins met Villanova in snowy Philadelphia and departed with a 13-10 win; the teams went into the break tied at five and Hopkins held only a one-goal lead going into the final period, but a big push from the Jays over the first 10 minutes or so of the fourth quarter sealed the victory for Hopkins . . . Princeton smacked Manhattan in the face, 14-4; there were 15 penalties in the game, which means that prison rules lacrosse is alive and well in New Jersey . . . Penn beat UMBC, 10-8; the box score reads: "Weather: Percent day for lacrosse! Cold, snowy" . . . Yale wasn't tested against Massachusetts-Lowell in the Elis' 19-4 victory; the River Hawks debut was just that -- a start.
Georgetown hung around with Notre Dame but couldn't pull the upset, falling 14-12; the Hoyas fought valiantly despite committing 10 unforced turnovers . . . Ryan McGee bucketed the game-winner for St. Joseph's with two seconds left in regulation to secure a 12-11 victory for the Hawks; it was snowing, because SPRING SPORT . . . Mount St. Mary's got on the board early and didn't stop hammering the brick in an 11-8 victory over VMI; the 11 goals from the Mountaineers exceeds the team's best single game output from a season ago . . . Opening day at Rafferty Stadium was bittersweet for Fairfield following a 9-10 loss to Holy Cross; the Stags looked like the superior team in the boxscore, but 13 saves from Michael Ortlieb steadied the Crusaders to the upset victory . . . Richmond took no lip from Rutgers and turned the Knights into mush in a 15-7 triumph; Rutgers went on the scoreboard first but trailed for the last 51-ish minutes of the game . . . Maryland shutout Navy over the first 38-ish minutes of the game in a 8-1 rout of the Midshipmen; Navy shot almost four percent as a team, which is almost impossible to do; Matt Rambo went two-and-one after having his suspension lifted . . . Boston University cruised to a 13-9 victory against Canisius; Tim Edwards only took two shots for Canisius, which seems way too low for an offensive machine of his caliber . . . North Carolina made a special goal delivery to Massachusetts, piling on the buckets in a 20-8 shellacking of the Minutemen; the Tar Heels have scored approximately a billion goals in their first three games of the season . . . Marquette knocked off another ranked opponent in a 11-10 victory over Hofstra on Long Island; Blaine Fleming uncorked an unassisted tally with 1:18 left in regulation to seal the win; the Eagles' final lead was its first of the game . . . Bellarmine evened their record in a 13-10 win over Robert Morris; Bobby Mo is in some early trouble -- at 0-2, the Colonials' next three games are against Detroit, High Point, and Siena.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Bryant is reeling after a 5-7 loss to Bucknell in Lewisburg; Kevin Massa won a million faceoffs again, but faceoffs -- on their own -- don't make the scoreboard blink; the Bison head south to Annapolis for an important Patriot League meeting with Navy next weekend . . . Lehigh struggled to put away Furman but ended up with a 14-11 win against the Paladins; the Hawks needed a 4-0 run over the game's last 6:50 to put the Paladins away . . . Connor Cook went for four goals in Army's 20-4 stomping of Jacksonville; the Black Knights don't have an enhanced profile, but the team may have a shot to do some real damage in the Patriot League . . . Ohio State continues to pivot from the team's loss to Detroit; a 10-3 torching of Delaware may have righted the ship in Columbus, especially following what the Buckeyes did to Robert Morris earlier in the week . . . Duke clobbered Mercer in a 16-6 win; back-to-back gamedays is tough, but earning a victory against any team after dealing with Denver the day before is impressive.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Jason Weber (Detroit, 17); Joseph Danaher (St. John's, 16); Alex Govenettio (Canisius, 15); Mike Nugent (Mercer, 22); and Luke Aaron (Duke, 19). High honors this week go to Danaher for backstopping the Johnnies to the win.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Ian King (Michigan, 6); Chris Walsch (Air Force, 5); Conrad Oberbeck (Yale, 5); Jack Bobzien (Denver, 6); Mikey Wynne (Notre Dame, 6); Dan Lomas (High Point, 6); Mitch Goldberg (Richmond, 5); Austin Shanks (Bellarmine, 6); Dan Taylor (Lehigh, 5); Kenny Meinsen (Furman, 6); and Jesse King (Ohio State, 5).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Dan Taylor (Lehigh) went five-and-five for a 10-point day against Furman. Maybe the most impressive aspect of Taylor's effort was that he got his five buckets on only five shots.
- The Chloroform-Soaked Rag Award: Maryland's defense. You keep an opponent from putting up a crooked number, you win the award.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Let's go with Connor Cannizzaro's three-and-five day against Duke. The death machine spread out his kills and bagged two big buckets in crunch time to help the Pios to the win. (Lyle Thompson was not in action this weekend, instead plotting his course for certain destruction.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.