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.
Sacred Heart built a five-goal lead at the half and didn't stop accelerating in the game's final 30 minutes in a 21-17 victory over Vermont in Connecticut; Alex Dodge went four-and-two for the Pioneers in the win; Sacred Heart shot 38.89 percent in a 21-54 effort . . . Air Force dumped Detroit in Colorado Springs, 9-6; Jason Weber tallied only seven saves, which is surprisingly low for the keeper; a four-goal fourth quarter helped the Falcons blow open a game that was knotted at five after three periods . . . Furman collared a huge 9-7 Southern Conference victory against Bellarmine in South Carolina; the Paladins outshot the Knights 14-7 in the final quarter, getting the final two goals of the game midway through the final period to earn the two-goal victory; oddly, the final 11 goals of the game were all unassisted . . . A six-goal run over the game's final 24:52 pushed Siena to a 9-6 victory over Quinnipiac; the Bobcats took only 11 shots over the game's final 30 minutes, canning just one; Conor Prunty and Richie Hurley paced the Saints down the stretch, each scoring two goals in the team's decisive push . . . St. John's kept Drexel scoreless for the final 19:40 of regulation while dumping in four goals to turn a 6-9 deficit into a 10-9 win for the Johnnies; the Dragons are massively weird; the Red Storm have a huge date against Hofstra coming up on Tuesday . . . Marist clubbed Monmouth in a 10-3 victory in Poughkeepsie; the Hawks didn't deposit their first goal until the 10:42 mark of the fourth quarter, snapping a 49:18 scoring drought to open the game; the Red Foxes are hanging around the meaty middle of the country, and that's not a backhanded compliment . . . Mercer dropped High Point in overtime, 12-11; this may be the most unexpected result in the Southern Conference at this point in the season; the Panthers tallied the game-tying goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Bears pushed home the game-winner with 1:47 left in the overtime period on a Scott Baird bucket . . . Michigan and St. Joseph's attempted to play forever in a 9-8 victory for the Wolverines in four overtimes; Peter Kraus parked himself on crease and netted the winner for Michigan in the game's eighth period; the game would not have attempted to melt time had the Hawks not scored six of the game's final seven goals in regulation, including the game-tying goal with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Fairfield bagged a solid 13-9 victory against Colgate; Alex Corboy led the Stags with four goals on seven shots against the Raiders; the Stags are only 3-4, but upcoming games against Massachusetts-Lowell and Villanova could get Fairfield right before the team jumps into its inaugural run through THUNDERDOME! . . . Hartford hosted Massachusetts-Lowell and uncorked a 13-5 beating on the River Hawks; the Hawks led 8-2 at the break and built a nine-goal advantage through three quarters; the Heartbeat will run into two huge opportunities against Holy Cross and Albany this coming week . . . Canisius didn't mess around in a 8-4 win over Manhattan; the win pulls the Griffins out of Reverse Survivor contention; Canisius never trailed the Jaspers and blew open a 4-3 halftime lead in the second half . . . Princeton handled Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in a 17-11 triumph for the Tigers; the Quakers just aren't the team they were a season ago; Kip Orban and Ryan Ambler combined for 12 goals while Mike MacDonald threw six assists around the yard for Princeton; Penn made it a game right around the half, but a five-goal spurt from the Tigers in the third quarter gave Princeton the cushion it would need to move past the Quakers . . . Boston University unloaded on Lafayette in a 17-8 rout; the Terriers used a 12-goal run -- !!!!!!!! -- to build a 12-2 lead at the half and were never seriously challenged by the Leopards; Lafayette took all of nine shots in the game's first 30 minutes while committing eight turnovers in the same span . . . Richmond took a run at North Carolina but the Tar Heels were too much for the Spiders in a 16-11 victory for Carolina; Mitch Goldberg triggered 12 shots for Richmond but only connected with net twice; a five-goal run from the Heels over a nine-minute stretch in the third quarter turned a 9-8 lead for Carolina into a 14-8 advantage, one that the Spiders could not erode over the final 16 or so minutes of regulation . . . Albany withstood a valiant effort from Stony Brook and fled Long Island with a 17-15 victory; Stony Brook looked like the kind of team that can give the Great Danes fits in the America East, going into the fourth quarter tied with Albany at 13 and answering many of the Danes' blows in the final period; upcoming league dates against UMBC and Vermont should allow Stony Brook to transition well from the loss.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Massachusetts has now won two in a row after taking care of business against Penn State, 12-8; a five-goal push from the Minutemen that started with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter and extended to the 6:00 mark of the final period opened up a 7-7 game and gave Massachusetts the victory; I don't know where the Nittany Lions are going, but the trip looks ripe with oil slicks and land mines . . . Binghamton continued to change the outlook on UMBC in a 13-4 shellacking of the Retrievers in Baltimore; a seven-goal run built a 7-2 lead for the Bearcats while a five-goal push for Binghamton in the second half gave the Bearcats a powerful 12-3 advantage on the scoreboard; UMBC is now 2-4, beating only Monmouth and Richmond, with an aggregate goal differential of -21 against a schedule that LaxPower ranks 29th in the nation . . . Jacksonville held VMI to one goal in the second half in a 8-3 win against the Keydets; the Dolphins and VMI entered the break with Jacksonville holding a mind-boggling 3-2 lead; the Dolphins held the Keydets scoreless for a 39:27 stretch to secure the win . . . Rutgers traveled to Delaware and did some damage to the Blue Hens in a 17-12 victory; the Scarlet Knights built their lead to 15-10 at the start of the fourth and was never truly in danger in the final period; the victory snaps a three-game losing streak for Rutgers . . . Sam Llinares led Hofstra with four goals and four assists to lift the Pride to a 15-4 demolition of Providence; Hofstra held a 6-2 lead at the half and went for eight straight goals in the third quarter to create a 14-3 lead when the final period started; the Pride don't really have a bad loss on their resume, but the team is still searching for a win against an opponent with some heat . . . Towson withstood a second half rush from Hobart to earn a 9-6 victory against the Statesmen at Johnny Unitas Stadium; the Tigers went into the break with a 5-0 lead, but Hobart was able to bucket five of the game's next six goals to pull within 6-4 of Towson; the Tigers aren't blowing teams away, but Towson is still chugging along.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Bryan Moore (17, Harvard); Gerald Logan (18, Michigan); Alex Govenettio (16, Canisius); Benny Pugh (17, Richmond); Kieran Burke (15, North Carolina); and Grant Limone (18, Loyola). High honors this week go to Logan for (a) stopping a billion shots, and (b) standing in the crease for a billion minutes as St. Joseph's threw 49 shots in his general direction (26 were on goal).
- Five-Goal Club and More: Dyson White (5, Vermont); Kip Orban (7, Princeton); Ryan Ambler (5, Princeton); Jon Vogel (5, Holy Cross); Luke Goldstock (6, North Carolina); Mike Rooney (5, Stony Brook); Scott Bieda (5, Rutgers); Mikey Wynne (5, Notre Dame); and Zach Herreweyers (6, Loyola).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Lyle Thompson exploded for 12 points on two goals and 10 assists in Albany's win. The attackman accounted for over 70 percent of the Great Danes' scores against Stony Brook. The Seawolves are counting the days until Lyle's graduation.
- The Chloroform-Soaked Rag Award: Marist's defense gets the nod this week. The Red Foxes put Monmouth on #shutoutwatch for almost 50 minutes, yielding only three goals in Marist's total effort.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Let's go with Duke's Myles Jones. The midfielder had eight points on three goals and five assists and chewed up Georgetown's defense. (Thompson went for a dozen points and remains a nuclear weapon.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.