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.
Ryan McNamara had four goals and an assist for Marquette in the Eagles' 12-10 victory against Jacksonville; Marquette didn't trail going into the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins and Eagles were locked at 8 entering the final period . . . Providence used a five-goal second quarter to push to a 6-4 lead at the half, using the two-goal cushion as the basis for the team's 11-8 win over Sacred Heart; Peter Badgley had 20 saves for the Friars, which is like surviving carbon monoxide poisoning . . . Monmouth's winning ways came to a halt against St. Joseph's in a 2-9 defeat; all of Monmouth's scoring came in the second period, buckets sandwiched by four- and five-goal runs from St. Joe's . . . Albany didn't uncork the kind of whooping that the team put on Massachusetts in 2014, but the Great Danes did earn a 10-9 triumph over the Minutemen; Blaze Riorden had 21 saves for Albany; the Danes scored only one goal over the game's final 25 minutes . . . Vermont won a triple overtime doozy against Air Force, 11-10; the Catamounts got the game-tying goal with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter and Cam Milligan rammed home the winner 20 seconds into the seventh period . . . Fairfield showed fight but bowed in overtime to Yale in New Haven, 8-9; the Elis got the game-winning goal from Eric Scott about a minute into the extra session; neither team had more than a one-goal lead after halftime . . . Mount St. Mary's didn't trail Furman in the fourth quarter but needed to wait until 2:05 remained in regulation to get the game-deciding goal from Clayton Wainer in a 7-6 victory; the Paladins aren't bagging a bunch of wins, but the team is showing some stones early in the season . . . Dartmouth is a winner after beating Wagner, 11-10; the victory marks Brendan Callahan's first as a head coach; WAAAAAAAAAAAGNER! . . . Richmond throttled VMI in a 20-1 win; 13 different players scored at least one goal for the Spiders; the Keydets, as a team, finished with 22 saves.
Robert Morris earned its first win of the season in a 12-10 win against Siena in Moon Township; the teams entered the final period of regulation tied at 8, but a three-goal run from the Colonials over the first nine minutes of the final quarter -- all on Eric Rankel tallies -- gave Bobby Mo the win . . . Ohio State got itself a solid 9-8 victory over Hofstra in The Horseshoe; the Buckeyes trailed the Pride just once; Jesse King had four goals for Ohio State, including two in the final period that gave Brutus all the lead it would need to shelve Hofstra . . . Towson strangled UMBC in a 11-7 win; the game was marked by runs -- the Tigers used a four-goal spurt to rush ahead in the first quarter, UMBC battled back with a three-goal run in the second quarter, and a four-goal push from the Tigers in the final period sealed the win for Towson . . . Ryan Belka had six points on four goals and two assists in a 11-8 win against Bryant; the Bulldogs are now 1-4 with its lone victory coming against Hartford; the Dragons have some time to find their volition before THUNDERDOME! play starts . . . Villanova fans are probably still in hoops mode but the school's lacrosse team is doing things; the Wildcats scored a solid 17-11 victory against Pennsylvania, popping for six goals in the penultimate period; Villanova isn't flashy, but the 'Cats have shown very well in recent weeks . . . Syracuse started slow -- the Orange and St. John's went into the half with the Johnnies holding a 4-2 advantage -- but exploded in the second half in a 14-6 rout of the Red Storm; the Orange held St. John's scoreless for the final 15:09 of regulation . . . Massachusetts-Lowell earned their first win in program history in a 9-7 triumph over NJIT; look at the River Hawks (they're a winner) . . . Griffin Feiner got the overtime game-winner for Hartford in a 10-9 victory against Quinnipiac; the Hawks needed an excitable fourth quarter to force overtime, bucketing three goals in the final period, including the game-tying goal with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
Peter Conley scored eight -- !!!!!!!!!! -- goals in Georgetown's 15-10 victory over Hobart; the Hoyas aren't sexy, but the team is 3-2 with three straight victories; the Hoyas never trailed the Statesmen . . . High Point made things interesting with a four-goal run late in the game, but Marist was able to dispatch the Panthers in a 10-9 win; a seven-goal blast from the Red Foxes that spanned the second and third quarters locked up the deal for Marist; Dave Scarcello had 19 saves for the Foxes and deserves a massage . . . Harvard notched another win after moving past Penn State, 12-9; the Crimson held T.J. Sanders to just two assists and two shots; the Crimson aren't steamrolling people, but Harvard is on the right side of .500 with tough dates against Holy Cross, Brown, and North Carolina coming up . . . Johns Hopkins didn't lose this week; an eight-goal first half sustained the Jays in a 13-8 pasting of Navy; Hopkins scored eight of the game's first nine goals and were never seriously, perilously challenged by the Mids . . . North Carolina exploded on Manhattan, 26-6; when you adjust for lacrosse inflation, the Heels won 236-3; 15 different players scored for Carolina against the Jaspers . . . VMI hung around but was unable to topple Air Force in a 8-12 defeat; the Keydets didn't take at least 10 shots in any of the four quarters against the Falcons; the game changed at the 3:29 mark of the third quarter when Air Force went on a five-goal run that blew open a one-goal game . . . Binghamton collared a solid 11-7 victory against Delaware; the win stands as the first for the Bearcats in 2015 while the Blue Hens have now played seven games; Delaware has alternated wins and losses this season, which means that Rutgers is on red alert . . . Marquette clubbed Mercer, 14-6; the Eagles had a 9-1 advantage at the half and cruised through the last 30 minutes of play; the Bears went 0-7 on the man-up, and that cannot be good . . . Rutgers built an early 3-0 lead on Stony Brook but the Seawolves pivoted well from their poor start, scoring seven of the game's next eight goals en route to a 13-9 win over the Scarlet Knights; Rutgers now has five losses in their last six games . . . Brown's offense continues to smother opponents after the Bears put 22 on Michigan in a 22-12 win; the Bears' strength of schedule increases over its next two games with home dates against Harvard and Bucknell; Brown has scored 74 goals through its first four games.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Bass Barfield (16, Jacksonville); Peter Badgley (20, Providence); Garrett Conaway (15, Monmouth); Blaze Riorden (21, Albany); Zach Oliveri (15, Massachusetts); Doug Gouchoe (15, Air Force); Matt Poillon (16, Lehigh); Grant Limone (15, Loyola); Matt Barrett (21, Virginia); Jackson Brown (18, Hobart); Dave Scarcello (19, Marist); and Connor Darcey (18, Penn State). High honors this week go to Matt Barrett for keeping Cornell in line and growing into the kind of keeper that Virginia needs.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Adam Schaal (5, Boston University); Eric Rankel (6, Robert Morris); Randy Staats (5, Syracuse); Matt Donovan (5, Cornell); James Pannell (6, Virginia); Matt Carroll (5, Hartford); Luke Goldstock (5, North Carolina); Chris Walsch (5, Air Force); Paul O'Donnell (5, Binghamton); Mike Rooney (5, Stony Brook); and Dylan Molloy (8, Brown).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Dylan Molloy had 13 points on eight goals and five assists against Michigan. He had more shots on goal (13) than Michigan had tallies (12). He is friggin' evil.
- The Chloroform-Soaked Rag Award: VMI isn't an offensive juggernaut, but holding a team to just one goal is impressive regardless of the opponent. Shutout Watch was in massive effect in Richmond with the Spiders holding the Keydets scoreless for the game's first 51:30 of play, yielding fewer than 20 shots over the course of the entire game (only 11 were on goal).
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: There are a few strong candidates this week -- Denver's Zach Miller, Villanova's Jack Curran, etc. -- but Boston University's Adam Schaal gets the heat. He had five goals on five shots -- all came over the course of the game's first 17:33 of play -- to help the Terriers blow past Colgate in Hamilton. (Lyle Thompson went one-and-six against Massachusetts. He's starting to get going, but it is a little concerning that he has more turnovers (16) than points (13) right now.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.