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Lacrosse the Internet: April 6, 2015

Get caught up on a hectic weekend.

Two days into my new place and I haven't burned it to the ground yet. That has to be a record.


Sunday Post: Quick Turnarounds Test Postseason Mettle
Right-handed or left-handed. That is the extent of many scouting reports Albany coach Scott Marr says he prepares for his offense on an opposing goalie.

Highlights, Reaction: No. 1 Notre Dame 15, No. 7 Duke 10
Top-ranked Notre Dame gave No. 7 Duke all it could handle and beat the defending champions 15-10 in their ACC matchup in front of 3,265 in attendance at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday.

Reaction, Photos, Highlights: Loyola 17, No. 17 Navy 7
Following Loyola’s 11-4 loss to Colgate last week — a game that featured the Greyhounds' worst offensive output since 2010 — coach Charley Toomey and his staff put the outcome of Saturday's game against Cascade/Maverik No. 17 Navy into his players’ hands.

Reaction: No. 3 Maryland 12, Penn State 5
Fueled by a strong first quarter from its offense, No.3 Maryland defeated Penn State 12-5 Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Notching their eight consecutive win, the Terps improved to 9-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten, while Penn State fell to 3-7 and 0-2.

Reaction, Post Game: Drexel 8, Hofstra 7
In a rematch of last year’s CAA championship game, the 1,550 fans in attendance at James M. Shuart Stadium were treated to another classic CAA bout between Drexel and Hofstra. It involved rough-and-tough action, hard groundball battles and blue-chip performances that resulted in a late decision favoring the road team. Senior Ryan Belka scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining to give the Drexel the 8-7 victory. Belka’s third of the game came seconds after Hofstra had fought back from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter.

Reaction, Post Game: No. 4 Denver 15, Villanova 4
No. 4 Denver defeated Villanova Wildcats 15-4 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a chilly evening in Denver in front of a sellout crowd of 2,715. Senior attackman Wesley Berg led the Pioneers’ offensive effort with 10 points (7G, 3A), and sophomore Connor Cannizzaro contributed seven points (3, 4).

Highlights, Reaction: No. 4 North Carolina 10, No. 8 Virginia 6
No. 4 North Carolina improved to 11-1 (2-0 ACC) with a big win over No. 8 Virginia (8-3, 0-3 ACC) under the lights at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville. Joey Sankey led the way for UNC with four goals, and Virginia’s Matt Barrett shone in cage with 18 saves.

Nike/LM Division I Men's Top 20
The top four teams-- Notre Dame, Syracuse, Maryland and North Carolina -- remain indentical in name and order as last week, but there are plenty of changes beyond. Seven top-20 teams suffered losses, causing movement all over the rankings.

Eastwood Leads Stony Brook to 13-10 Win Over No. 13 Princeton
With five goals from Brody Eastwood leading Stony Brook to a 13-10 win over No. 13 Princeton on Saturday afternoon, Seawolves head coach Jim Nagle knew just how good his team is.

Four Hat Tricks Power Notre Dame Past Duke, 15-10
Ultimately, a win in early April 2015 does nothing to avenge a pair of NCAA finals losses, but Notre Dame will take it.

Selection Probabilities - Division I Lacrosse Tournament - 4/05
Teams can earn a berth in the NCAA tournament via automatic qualification (AQ), which is based on winning their conference tournament, or by being selected at-large. What are the chances that teams will land an invitation to the "dance"?

Inside Look: Syracuse Lacrosse Holds Off UAlbany, 17-12
On Thursday night at 7pm, not only did almost 7,000 New Yorkers get the game they wanted to see, the whole lacrosse world was riding the edges of their seats watching 2014 Tewaaraton Winner Lyle Thompson lead his #9 UAlbany Great Danes against their Upstate rival, the #2 Syracuse Orange, for one last time.

​Lacrosse on the offense
Mo Rocca has been doing some field research.

Ohio State men’s lacrosse knocks off Johns Hopkins, 15-12
For the first time ever, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated the nine-time NCAA Champions Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 15-12, Sunday night at Ohio Stadium.

Penn silences men’s lacrosse offense after trading lead back and forth
Looking to continue its unbeaten start in Ivy League play, the No. 10 men’s lacrosse team came up just short in Saturday’s contest against Penn, losing 14-11. The Bears (8-2, 2-1 Ivy) went into halftime with a one-goal lead but were held to only three goals in the second half as the Quakers pulled ahead and never looked back. Penn (4-6, 1-3 Ivy) needed the win to keep its Ivy League playoff hopes alive, and its desperation might have been the difference-maker.

Steve Pontrello propels UNC men's lacrosse to a 10-6 win
Everything Steve Pontrello does on the field is fast.

Harvard men’s lacrosse thwarts Cornell’s rally, 10-9
Dan Lintner’s game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play, and Domenic Massmilian’s ensuing faceoff win, seemed to have the No. 8 Cornell men’s lacrosse team right where it wanted to be against upset-minded Ivy League rival Harvard.

Men’s lacrosse falls to North Carolina
Offensively, the Virginia men’s lacrosse team had been clicking on all cylinders entering Friday night’s showdown against conference foe North Carolina.

Men's lacrosse upset by Stony Brook
Unlucky No. 13 men’s lacrosse (6-3 overall, 2-1 Ivy League) suffered its third loss of the season this past Saturday at No. 20 Stony Brook (9-2, 2-1 America East). A 4-1 first quarter Princeton advantage quickly evaporated as the Seawolves stormed back with a 6-2 second-period run, establishing a lead they would not relinquish despite the Tigers’ late efforts.

Fast start lifts Maryland men's lacrosse over Penn State
The players on the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team’s sideline stayed active in the first quarter Saturday.

Notre Dame stymies Duke lacrosse in title-game rematch
In Duke's eight consecutive trips to lacrosse's Championship Weekend, the Blue Devils have shaken off early-season losses to build momentum that has propelled them through postseason run after postseason run. But as ACC play winds down, it appears Duke is still yet to hit its stride.


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