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.
Stony Brook hammered Massachusetts-Lowell, 20-9; the River Hawks own a single win this season, a triumph over NJIT; the game was tight early, but the Seawolves cruised into the half with a 13-5 lead and scored four of the six goals in the third period to build a 17-7 lead after 45 minutes . . . Marist pounded NJIT in Poughkeepsie, 20-4; the Highlanders squeezed off only 22 shots against the Red Foxes and Marist shot 52.63 percent as a team; Marist scored 17 of the game's first 19 goals and were never seriously challenged . . . Drexel earned a key overtime THUNDERDOME! victory against Delaware in Philadelphia, 9-8; the Dragons are willing themselves to victories, earning consecutive one-goal wins against league competition; the Blue Hens forced overtime with a goal with six seconds left in regulation and Drexel got the game-winning goal just under two minutes into the extra session on a Cole Shafer bucket . . . Johns Hopkins and Penn State played a twilight double overtime beauty with Joel Tinney earning the winner in a 11-10 victory for the Jays; the Nittany Lions knotted the scoreboard at 10 with 33 seconds remaining in regulation; Ryan Brown deposited five goals in the net but needed 13 shots to get his tallies . . . Lyle Thompson tied Rob Pannell's NCAA record for career points (354) in Albany's 15-11 win against Binghamton; the Bearcats hung around for most of the night, pulling within two of the Danes early in the fourth quarter until Albany scored the game's next three goals to build an insurmountable 14-9 lead; Albany secured the America East Tournament's top seed with the victory . . . VMI is still winless following a 5-13 setback to Furman; the Keydets didn't score in the second half despite taking 17 shots in the last 30 minutes of regulation; the Paladins are in the hunt for a Southern Conference Tournament invitation . . . Georgetown throttled Villanova, 17-8; the Wildcats have now lost five straight by an average of almost seven goals per game; the Hoyas get a crack at Virginia this week . . . Ohio State punished their archrivals from Michigan, 13-8; the win sets up a showdown between the Buckeyes and Maryland this coming weekend, the winner feeling good about May; Jesse King comes in and out of the picture, clear transmission and snowy reception all at once.
Quinnipiac has sole ownership of second place in the MAAC after dropping Canisius, 9-7; the Bobcats had eight different goal scorers against the Griffs; the loss puts Canisius in a group of three other teams with two league wins . . . Hartford earned their first win ever over Massachusetts in a 15-8 walloping of the Minutemen; Kevin O'Shea powered the Hawks with five goals on nine shots, three of his goals coming in successive fashion in the second period (the flashes gave Hartford a 7-2 lead); Massachusetts had as many turnovers as goals against the Hawks . . . Kevin Massa set the NCAA record for career faceoff victories in a 10-8 win against Robert Morris; the Bulldogs are comfortably in Northeast Conference Tournament contention with a 3-2 mark in league play; Bryant entered the fourth quarter down a goal but scored the first three goals of the final period to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish . . . Hobart needed overtime to defeat Wagner, 7-6; Sean Donnelly scored the game-winning goal with a second remaining in the extra session; the Seahawks only took 25 shots in the game . . . Princeton took care of business against Dartmouth, 16-5; the Tigers are tied with Cornell atop the Ivy League standings; Mike MacDonald and Kip Orban combined for nine of Princeton's 16 markers; the Green committed 21 turnovers against the Tigers (Princeton caused 12) . . . Bellarmine collared a solid 17-9 victory over Jacksonville in Southern Conference action; the Knights scored 11 goals in the first half -- including six in the first quarter -- to build a 11-4 lead at the break; the Dolphins are on the outside looking in at the Southern Conference Tournament at this point but close with Mercer and Furman . . . Denver put together a clinical 18-5 performance against St. John's in Queens; Wes Berg set Denver's points and goals records in the win; the Pios shot 52.94 percent . . . Matt Rambo netted the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to help Maryland hold off Rutgers, 9-8; the Terps were able to keep Joe Nardella under control, winning 10 of 21 total faceoffs; Maryland shot just north of 32 percent against Rutgers while the Scarlet Knights were only around 21 percent.
EVEN MORE ELSEWHERE
St. Joseph's is 4-0 in the Northeast Conference following a 16-4 domination of Mount St. Mary's; the Hawks scored the first 12 goals of the game and didn't need orange slices at the half; all of Mike Dougherty's goals (three) and shots (three) came in the first seven minutes of the game . . . Siena snapped a three-game losing streak in a 14-6 pasting of Manhattan; the Jaspers are 1-12 on the season and are lucky NJIT appeared on their schedule; Richie Hurley had six points in the win for the Saints . . . Vermont continued UMBC's woes in a 11-10 victory in Baltimore; the Retrievers are 4-7 on the season and are an awful 0-4 in America East play this season; UMBC is 2-5 in their last seven and will close with Massachusetts-Lowell and Albany . . . Richmond kicked in High Point's teeth in a 20-9 dismantling of the Panthers; the Spiders have to be considered the heavy favorite to win the Southern Conference and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament (the Spiders have never had a season in which the team did not earn an invitation to The Big Barbeque) . . . Mercer's four-game winning streak is dead following a 7-10 loss to Air Force; the Bears scored three goals in the last two minutes of regulation to tighten the scoreboard but not materially impact it; a five-goal run from the Falcons over a 14:14 stretch in the second half sealed the win for the Falcons . . . Detroit scored five goals in the fourth quarter to turn a 4-8 deficit into a 9-8 victory against Monmouth; the Titans shut out the Hawks over the last 18:10 of regulation to earn the win; Jason Weber had only eight stops for Detroit . . . Cornell damaged Hofstra, 14-5; the Pride are 0-6 against teams with winning records in 2015; the Red's goalkeepers combined to make two saves . . . Marquette went to Providence and came away with a 14-10 win; the Eagles held a two-goal lead at the half and ballooned its advantage to five before the start of the fourth quarter; Marquette closes its regular season with visits from Duke and Denver . . . Lehigh stunned Stony Brook on Long Island, 12-10; Brody Eastwood did not score 10 goals against the Mountain Hawks (he mustered only one goal on two shots); the game-winning goal for Lehigh came at the 3:37 mark of the final quarter on a Reid Weber man-up goal.
PUMMELING AND PUMMELING AND PUMMELING
Your best individual performances from the weekend:
- Backstop Circus: Grant Limone (17, Loyola); Kieran Burke (17, North Carolina); Danny Fowler (18, Duke); Matt Barrett (17, Virginia); Brett Anton (15, Delaware); Blaze Riorden (15, Albany); Nick Marrocco (18, Georgetown); Justin Rosenberg (18, Vermont); and Garrett Conaway (15, Monmouth). High honors this week go to Burke for stymieing Syracuse in Chapel Hill.
- Five-Goal Club and More: Eric Joseph (5, Lafayette); Dylan Donahue (5, Syracuse); Jack Bruckner (7, Duke); Dylan Malloy (5, Brown); Brody Eastwood (10, Stony Brook); Ryan Brown (5, Johns Hopkins); Seth Oakes (6, Albany); Kenny Meinsen (5, Furman); Reilly O'Connor (5, Georgetown); Kevin O'Shea (5, Hartford); Mike MacDonald (5, Princeton); Nate Lewnes (5, UMBC); and Dan Lintner (5, Cornell).
- The Power Plant: Double-Digit Point Generation: Brody Eastwood had 10 goals and an assist against Massachusetts-Lowell, using only 11 shots to can his 10 goals. His 10 tallies were one goal shy of tying the NCAA record of 11 (three players share that honor). That's just obscene.
- The Chloroform-Soaked Rag Award: Denver held St. John's to five goals on 28 shots (17.86 percent), causing nine of the Red Storm's 15 turnovers. The Pioneers were evil.
- The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Lehigh's Dan Taylor went two-and-five against Stony Brook to help the Mountain Hawks potentially revive their season. (Thompson went one-and-six against Binghamton. The NCAA record for crushing souls is almost in his grasp.)
Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.