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Lacrosse the Internet: February 9, 2015

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Photos, Reaction: No. 20 Army 12, UMass 7
An ominous and blustery beginning to the season for UMass saw Army walk away with a victory at McGuirk Alumni stadium. The Black Knights rode an early five-goal lead to a 12-7 victory, thanks to a couple of four-point performances from Cole Johnson (4G) and John Glesener (2G, 2A).

Photos, Highlights, Reaction: No. 9 Virginia 13, No. 7 Loyola 12
If this is going to be the trend of early February meetings between Loyola and Virginia… Well, in the words of Cavalier coach Dom Starsia, "People that don't want us to start the season this early — we'd miss out on games like this two years in a row."

Reaction: No. 4 Syracuse 21, Siena 7
Two startling revelations accompanied No. 4 Syracuse’s 21-7 dismantling of Siena on a snowy Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 2,740 in the Carrier Dome, SU’s earliest-ever opener. Each should serve notice to upcoming Orange opponents that two chinks in the perennial lacrosse powerhouse’s armor may no longer exist.

Photos, Reaction: No. 6 Johns Hopkins 16, UMBC 4
After one of the toughest, most emotional weeks in program history, the No. 6 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays opened the 2015 season with a thorough 16-4 romp over crosstown rival UMBC.

Reaction: No. 3 Duke 16, High Point 13
The look on High Point senior midfielder Dan Lomas' face said it all.

Virginia Fends Off Loyola Rally to Win Opener
Like he did for most of Virginia's 13-12 win over Loyola on Saturday afternoon, Cavaliers senior defenseman Davi Sacco, a former walk-on making his first career start, took in his first post-game press conference with a sense of calm.

Gallery: Virginia Edges Loyola in Thriller (MD1)
For the second straight season, Virginia took a nail-biting February win over Loyola, this time in Baltimore. Photos by John Strohsacker.

Syracuse lacrosse may have found its answer at faceoff X in Ben Williams
Ben Williams sat behind the podium, unassumingly and nervously talking his way through a bevy of questions after his first game as Syracuse's faceoff specialist.

Last-gasp shot sails high as Loyola lacrosse loses to Virginia, 13-12
Freshman midfielder Jared Mintzlaff's shot sailed over the goal as time expired and No. 9 Virginia held off No. 7 Loyola Maryland, 13-12, in the season opening game for both teams before an announced crowd of 3,387 at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

No. 9 UVa men's lacrosse team wins season opener over No. 7 Loyola
In Baltimore, No. 9 Virginia manufactured a five-goal third quarter and survived a late rally by No. 7 Loyola to win its season-opening game, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Virginia has won its season-opening game for eight straight seasons.

Bellarmine lacrosse loses at Michigan
Bellarmine University’s men’s lacrosse team led by two goals at halftime, but fell at Michigan 16-9 Saturday.

Maryland men's lacrosse offense starts fast in final scrimmage
The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team offense impressed early against Cornell in a five-period scrimmage on Saturday afternoon before a sparse smattering of fans at Byrd Stadium.

Whitman's Myles Jones is all smiles playing for Duke lacrosse team
Occasionally -- not often -- a defender will knock the ball from Myles Jones' stick. Even less often -- because Jones is a ruggedly strong 6-4, 240-pound midfielder for Duke with exceptional skill and athleticism -- he might even get knocked off his feet. But no opponent yet has managed to knock the smile off Jones' face.

Spider men win lacrosse season opener vs. St. Joe's
Redshirt senior transfer Mickey Hofmeister (Williamsburg, Virginia / Jamestown HS) put together a hat trick in his first game in a Richmond uniform and goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Virginia / Woodberry Forest School) posted 12 saves as the Richmond Spiders began their second season of lacrosse with a 9-5 home win over Saint Joseph's Saturday at Robins Stadium.

Syracuse lacrosse midfielder Jordan Evans misses opener with lower-body injury, week to week moving forward
Syracuse opened its 2015 season without sophomore midfielder Jordan Evans on Saturday.

Stony Brook earns season-opening 19-3 men's lacrosse win
The temperature was near freezing and there were snow flurries when Stony Brook's men's lacrosse team took the field against Manhattan Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

UMass men’s lacrosse drops Saturday’s season opener to No. 20 Army
While last season opened on a seven-game winning streak, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team struggled coming out of the gates this year, falling 12-7 to No. 20 Army.

Sunday Post: Emotional Day at Homewood, Upset Saturday, POTW Voting
Freshman defenseman Jeremy Huber was everywhere at Homewood Field Saturday.

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