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Lacrosse the Internet: February 16, 2015

It was cold this past weekend. Really cold.

You guys get your gift-wrapped hypothermia this weekend?


Quint's Top 20: Michigan, Marquette, Richmond All in Top 20
I saw tremendous mental and physical toughness on display last weekend. I’m not talking about the players — but from the diehard fans and school support staffs who readied the facilities for action. Freezing temperatures, wind and snow blanketed the northeast, yet lacrosse fans bundled up, and cheered until frost bite rendered their hands useless. Hopefully you're thawed out now, sitting by the fire, warming up for another nasty week of arctic weather. Dress smart (focus on head, hands and feet while using a first layer of Nike Hyper-warm apparel) and watch the ice; spring is only another month away.

Reaction: No. 4 Syracuse 14, No. 8 Cornell 6
The request was to comment on Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach John Desko’s 200th career victory, the threshold for entrance into the sport’s Hall of Fame. In doing so, Cornell coach Matt Kerwick also summed up the Orange’s 14-6 victory over his Big Red on Sunday in the Carrier Dome.

Sunday Post: New Program Expectations, New Starting Goalies
Outside Villanova Stadium after No. 6 Johns Hopkins’ 13-10 win against the Wildcats, coach Mike Corrado rattled through the day’s early results.

Photos, Reaction: No. 1 Denver 17, No. 3 Duke 13
No. 1 Denver opened the 2015 season with a quality 17-13 win over defending champion No 3 Duke Blue Devils Saturday at the Cobb County Classic in Kennesaw Georgia.

Photos, Analysis: No. 7 Loyola 8, Penn State 6
Loyola topped Penn State 8-6 in a defensive slugfest that featured 22 saves. That 61% stopping rate wouldn't have been a huge surprise if Jack Runkel and Austin Kaut were in cage; it's a little more noteworthy given the guys manning each crease are Pat McEnerney and Connor Darcey, who'd combined for two career starts prior to Saturday.

Photos, Reaction: No. 6 Johns Hopkins 13, Villanova 10
No. 6 Johns Hopkins capitalized late, topping Villanova 13-10 in a snowy affair at Villanova Stadium on Saturday.

Photos, Analysis: No. 10 Maryland 8, Navy 1
Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and junior longstick midfielder Mike McCarney were doing more than starting their first career games on Saturday.

Reaction, Highlights: No. 9 Virginia 14, No. 18 Drexel 10
No. 9 Virginia notched a 14-10 win over No.18 Drexel in snowy Charlottesville to improve to 2-0. It was the second win against a ranked opponent in a week after the Cavs topped No. 7 Loyola a week ago.

Reaction: No. 5 UNC 20, UMass 8
The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels smothered the UMass Minutemen and posted a 20-8 win in front of 954 at Fetzer Field on Saturday.

Nike/LM Division I Men's Top 20
After the first two full weekends of the college lacrosse season, all but two of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Presesaon Top 20 have played at least one game. Some have been bigger than others.

ICYMI: Denver-Duke and Trouble with Live Streams
I'm not sold on streaming.

Inside Lacrosse Media Poll Insider: My Top 20
Welcome to my personal Top 20, where I share my Inside Lacrosse Media Poll votes with the public (why keep them private?) and talk a little bit about why I ranked my teams the way I did. Thanks to Inside Lacrosse for asking me to join the Media Poll, and for including so many different people. That’s the way to do it.

Loyola Vs Penn State: Photos, Video, Recap
Loyola Vs Penn State was not a warm affair to remember, but it was a good game, with Loyola coming out on top, 8-6 after building up a 7-2 advantage. Matt Florence put Penn State up 1-0 early in the first, but Loyola scored the next three goals to create an early lead. Penn State opened the second quarter in a similar matter, with a goal. Loyola responded in similar fashion, scoring three goals to enter the half with a 6-2 lead.

CT offensive dynamo Luke Finneran is bound for Bryant lacrosse
For Luke Finneran, a post-grad season helped him realize his dream of playing Division I lacrosse.

Division I Rookie Watch: Guterding, Baptiste, Wynne And Others Impress To Begin 2015
College lacrosse is back and freshmen are turning heads everywhere, both at Top 20 programs, middle-of-the-road schools with needs after graduation and new Division I programs.

Highlights: Virginia 14 Drexel 10
The second half was played in incredible conditions.

Highlights: Colgate 10 Vermont 8
Snowy conditions in Vermont, which sounds weird for a game played outside in mid February.

Highlights: Boston 13 Canisius 9
Boston improves to 2-0 on the season.

UAlbany’s Lyle Thompson ready to take the reigns
Lyle Thompson is not like other guys.

Duke lacrosse falls to top-ranked Denver, experience pays off for Pioneers
In Duke’s first test against the nation's best, the inexperienced Blue Devils had an early season wakeup call.

Men’s lacrosse weathers snow, Drexel
The scene Saturday night was not reminiscent of the usual lacrosse played at Klöckner Stadium. As the first half came to a close, the wind began to blow and snow began to fall.

Dolphins lose lacrosse opener
Jacksonville’s opening to its fifth season didn’t go as well as planned at the Moe’s Southwest Grille Classic with a 20-4 loss to Army on Sunday at D.B. Milne Field.

Penn men’s lacrosse trumps UMBC in close season opener
The first one is always the hardest.

Duke men's lacrosse takes down Mercer, Danowski picks up win No. 350
Following their first loss of the season, the Blue Devils rebounded to give head coach John Danowski his 350th career win.

Men's lacrosse wins first game handily against Manhattan College
Princeton men’s lacrosse (1-0) could hardly have hoped for a better start to their 2015 season. Manhattan College’s Jaspers (0-2) visited 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon and left with a 14-4 drubbing not even as closely contested as the scoreline would indicate.

Ohio State men's lacrosse thrashes Delaware for second straight victory, 10-3
After losing its first game of the 2015 season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is starting to hit its stride.

MEN’S LACROSSE: Elis cruise to first win
Twelve straight goals from the men’s lacrosse team set the tone against UMass-Lowell.

Late Rally Falls Short As No. 14 Men's Lacrosse Loses To No. 7 Loyola
Penn State men’s lacrosse scored four unanswered goals in the final period against No. 7 Loyola in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to dig themselves out of an early hole, as the Nittany Lions lost 8-6.

Defense impresses in Maryland men's lacrosse season-opening win at Navy
Navy coach Rick Sowell sat at a table in front of reporters Saturday, his eyes fixed on the stat sheet from his team’s 8-1 loss to the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team. He kept his gaze down and spoke with a dispirited tone.

Sowell says Navy's one-goal output, 21-goal outburst are both 'aberrations"
Navy’s offense looked like a well-oiled machine during the men's lacrosse season opener against Virginia Military Institute. The Midshipmen moved the ball crisply and shot it impressively during a 21-7 rout as 11 different players scored goals.

COLLEGE LACROSSE: Hobart pulls away from Siena
A good start and even better finish propelled the Hobart lacrosse team to a road victory in their 2015 debut Friday.

Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins shakes off snow, slow start to top Villanova
The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team overcame slick, snowy conditions and a strong start by host Villanova to pull out 13-10 victory against the Wildcats in Villanova, Pennsylvania, on Saturday afternoon.

Wynne leads Irish with six goals in season-opener
No. 2 Notre Dame survived a scare from Georgetown on Saturday, holding off the Hoyas, 14-12, at Loftus Sports Center en route to earning its 13th straight season-opening victory.

King breaks school record in victory over Detroit
Ian King made sure his coach’s taunts about his scoreless game last weekend were put to rest.

UNC boasts depth in rout of Massachusetts
The No. 5 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team is building on three consecutive wins this season, even without much help from two of the players who were leading the team at this point in 2014.

Rutgers unable to sidestep trap set by Spiders in Richmond
On occasion, a team’s schedule will pair games together that vary in terms of quality of competition.

Possession key for Michigan against in-state rival
Detroit may not be the Michigan men’s lacrosse team’s biggest rival, but that didn’t stop the Wolverines from bringing loads of intensity into Saturday’s matchup.

Q&A with ESPN lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra
ESPN lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra will call the Feb. 28 game between No. 6 Johns Hopkins and Princeton in Baltimore, and a March 1 tilt between No. 9 Virginia and No. 4 Syracuse. The former Syracuse midfielder provided his thoughts on the past weekend of college lacrosse.

Attackman Matt Rambo didn't start, but played in Maryland men's lacrosse opener at Navy
Matt Rambo, who had been indefinitely suspended for his role in an incident Oct. 22 in College Park, played in No. 10 Maryland’s season-opening 8-1 victory against Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


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