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.
Rutgers pounded NJIT in a 21-2 victory; the Scarlet Knights lead 12-2 at the break and were never seriously threatened by their neighbors from Newark; Rutgers travels to Johns Hopkins this weekend . . . Mercer scored three of the last four goals of regulation and the game-winner 3:10 into the first overtime to earn an 11-10 victory over Furman; the Bears are 2-0 in Southern Conference play after beating High Point and the Paladins in consecutive weeks; the game featured three goals -- two for Mercer and one for Furman -- in the last 44 seconds of regulation . . . Loyola started slow against Lafayette, falling behind the Leopards 5-2, but a seven-goal run from the 'Hounds over a seven-minute span in the second period helped Loyola to an insurmountable four-goal lead and, eventually, an 19-10 victory; Zach Herreweyers and Nikko Pontrello combined for eight goals on 22 shots; Lafayette was never closer than four goals in the second half . . . Fairfield dedicated Rafferty Stadium and paraded to an 11-4 victory against Villanova; the Stags' record ain't gorgeous at 5-4, but Fairfield is pretty dangerous; an eight-goal run from Fairfield that started at the 6:20 mark of the first quarter and ended with a T.J. Neubauer bucket at the 2:27 mark of the third period decided the game for the Stags . . . Monmouth stunned Siena in New Jersey in a 5-4 triumph for the Hawks; Monmouth held Siena scoreless for the last 22:29 of the game and deposited two goals to dispatch the Saints; Siena got goals from two players -- Chris Robertson (one) and Nate Barry (three) . . . Vermont took out some anger against Massachusetts-Lowell in an 18-10 drowning of the River Hawks; Cam Milligan had a four-and-six day for the Catamounts; Vermont had a desirable cushion on the scoreboard throughout the contest, never leading by fewer than five goals after the break . . . Brown unloaded 22 goals on Manhattan and yielded only nine in a dominant eradication of the Jaspers; Bruno led 11-2 at the half and 19-5 at the end of 45 minutes; the Bears triggered 56 shots while seeing Manhattan pop for only 28, which is absolutely insane . . . St. Joseph's cruised past Delaware, 14-6; the Hawks scored 10 of the game’s first 12 goals and led by as many as 10 with 3:51 remaining in the contest; I don't know what Delaware's fate looks like. . . .
Denver didn't eviscerate Penn State but the Pioneers did earn a 10-8 result against the Nittany Lions; the grind for Denver featured the Pios ripping off five of the game's last six goals to turn a 5-7 deficit into a two-goal victory; Connor Cannizzaro had four goals on 12 shots for the Pioneers . . . . Robert Morris scored the last five goals of the game but was not able to topple Sacred Heart in a 10-12 defeat; a nine-goal run from the Pioneers that started late in the second quarter and ended at the 6:13 mark of the final period built an indestructible 12-5 advantage for Sacred Heart; NEC gonna NEC . . . It wasn't pretty for Marist but the Red Foxes corralled a 9-7 win against Canisius in Buffalo; the Griffs raced out to an early 4-0 advantage on Marist but didn't hold a lead over the last 26:42 of regulation; this wasn't exactly a tempo-positive affair . . . UMBC has now lost three in a row after falling to Stony Brook, 6-12; the Retrievers have scored 17 goals in their last three games while giving up 36 markers to their opponents over the same stretch; the Seawolves remain a concern that deserves attention . . . WAGNER WON ANOTHER LACROSSE GAME; the Seahawks took care of Mount St. Mary's on Staten Island in a 6-5 overtime victory; Wagner has three victories on the season, and that's all kinds of crazy . . . Holy Cross continues to be weird after moving past St. John's in a 13-11 triumph; the Johnnies drew within one of the Crusaders with 1:39 left in regulation but couldn't close the deal; Holy Cross does whatever it wants seemingly whenever it wants . . . Richmond used two blasts -- a seven-goal run and a four-goal run -- to throw Jacksonville into the sea in a 17-8 win; the Spiders got scoring from 10 players, which is pretty impressive; Richmond has some time away from the Southern conference -- dates against NJIT and Virginia are next for the Spiders -- before meeting Furman on March 4th . . . Michigan fought but was unable to take down Drexel in Philadelphia in a 7-9 loss; the teams were tied at seven with seven minutes to play, but Drexel popped the game-winning goal with 4:09 remaining in regulation to seal the win for the Dragons; Drexel is slowly climbing out of the 0-4 hole that the team dug for itself to start the season . . . Quinnipiac and Detroit combined for 25 goals in the Bobcats' 13-12 victory over the Titans; Detroit shot 43 percent against Quinnipiac, which is straight up nuts; the two teams traded goals for most of the day in an incredible display of MAACtion. . . .
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Towson held off a serious fight from Binghamton in a 9-8 victory for the Tigers; Andrew Hodgson did not go for Towson; the teams went into the half knotted at five and traded goals until Towson popped for two in a row midway through the third period, giving Towson the two-goal lead the Tigers would ride to victory . . . Hobart claimed itself a win against Bryant in overtime, 7-6; Alex Love had three goals on 11 shots for the Statesmen while Kevin Massa won just nine of 16 faceoffs against Hobart; the Bulldogs are 1-6 on the year with the team's only win coming against Hartford in late February . . . High Point met future Southern Conference member Air Force in North Carolina and walked away with a 10-9 victory; the Panthers never trailed the Falcons but also never lead by more than three goals against Air Force; High Point beat Air Force on run of play groundballs, 17-10, and were three turnovers stronger than the Falcons . . . Hey there, UMass!; the Minutemen went to Shuart Stadium and fled the Island with a 9-7 victory against Hofstra; Massachusetts used two big runs -- a five-goal push in the first half and a three-goal push in the second half -- to build its victory; the Minutemen have won their last three games after dropping its first five of the year . . . Albany flooded Hartford in a 24-6 win; the Danes led 14-3 at the break and didn't seem to slow down in the second half; Albany took 54 shots and connected on 44 percent of their attempts, which is just mean (the team scored seven goals on 15 shots in the fourth quarter alone) . . . Bellarmine blew out VMI, 17-7; the Knights lead 11-1 at the intermission; VMI is in trouble, man . . . Georgetown snapped Marquette's perfect start to the season in a 10-9 victory over the Eagles in Washington, D.C.; Marquette mounted its usual fourth quarter charge, tying the game at nine with six minutes to play, but the Hoyas bucketed the last goal of the game with 3:45 on the clock; both of these teams are solid, but the lingering question is how solid they are compared to Denver. . . .
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Tyler Behring (16, Fairfield); Jon Flood (18, Sacred Heart); and Jason Weber 17, Detroit). High honors this week go to Behring for slowly ruining Villanova's heart.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Dylan Donahue (5, Syracuse); Joe LoCascio (5, Maryland); Ryan Tucker (5, Virginia); Brian Goss (5, Rutgers); Nikko Pontrello (5, Loyola); Ryan McGee (6, St. Joseph's); and Connor Fields (5, Albany); .
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Cam Milligan (10, Vermont). The attackman threw four goals in the net and helped on six others in Vermont's eight-goal win against Massachusetts-Lowell. Milligan is having himself a season.
- The Chloroform-Soaked Rag Award: Notre Dame pitched The Beautiful Shutout against Ohio State and earns the award this week. The Buckeyes have some offensive problems, but the Irish limited Ohio State to 24 total shots -- 17 in the second half -- while causing 14 turnovers against the Bucks.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Let's go with Dylan Donahue this week. The attackman went five-and-two on 10 shots against Duke and had a hand in five of Syracuse's first 12 goals against the Devils. (Thompson went three-and-one against Hartford, showing some compassion for the Hawks.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.