We had two thrilling games, and a top-five matchup that lived up to the hype yet again!
Below is today’s Big Board with all of today’s results, box scores, and winning team recaps. Clicking on any box score will take you to that game’s box score. Clicking on the recap cell will take you to that team’s recap.
Big Board Scores For March 12
|Box Score||Game Recap||Next Game|
|Box Score||Game Recap||Next Game|
|Mercer 6, Wagner 5||Mercer Recap||Mercer (3-3): vs. Air Force (3/18); Wagner (4-4): @ Hobart (3/18)|
|Drexel 12, St. Joe's 8||Drexel Recap||Drexel (2-4): @ St. John's (3/18); St. Joe's (3-4): @ Delaware (3/18)|
|Denver 11, Notre Dame 10||Denver Recap||Denver (5-1): @ Ohio State (3/19); Notre Dame (3-1): @ Virginia (3/18)|
Denver 11, Notre Dame 10: The game of the day and probably the game of the week coming into the weekend. Denver had a 5-3 lead to end the first before Notre Dame tied it up at six. It was even for the remainder of the game, until Connor Cannizzaro decided that he wasn’t a fan of #WhitneyInOT and did this:
Connor Cannizzaro wins it at the buzzer! pic.twitter.com/984X56rB8y— Dan Aburn (@danaburn2423) March 12, 2017
.@ConnorCanz_40 #SCTop10 winner from today's @NCAA_Lax top-5 clash at #PeterBartonLS— Denver Mens Lacrosse (@DU_MLAX) March 13, 2017
Audio: #ESPNDenver1600/@1043TheFan (@TylerMaun) pic.twitter.com/BJjWLjetEA
This game was pretty even for the most part, except, of course, the face-off battle. Trevor Baptiste went 19-of-24 at the face-off X against Notre Dame’s P.J. Finley and Jon Travisano Jr., yet the Irish were still in the game! Cannizzaro, along with starting midfielders Tyler Pace, Colton Jackson, and Connor Donahue, each had two goals and one assist, and Alex Ready made nine saves in net. Ryder Garnsey had two goals and four assists, while Mikey Wynne and Drew Schantz had a pair of goals each. Shane Doss made 13 stops. It looks like we’ll have a new number one this week once again. Because this season couldn’t get any crazier.
Mercer 6, Wagner 5: It was a low-scoring affair, but Bryan Gibson’s man-up goal with 2:54 left in the game ended up being the deciding goal in this one. The last three goals of this game were also on the EMO. The Bears outshot the Seahawks 7-0 in the opening quarter, including a Lucas Wittenberg goal late in the period. Mercer also went 10-of-14 from the face-off X, and forced Wagner to go 1-for-10 on extra man opportunities. Bradley Hodoval stopped 12 shots for Mercer. Both teams are now at .500.
Drexel 12, St. Joe’s 8: The Dragons are hot, winning their last two games, and defeated St. Joe’s for the second straight year. Drexel scored nine of their 12 goals in the second and third quarter to prevail over the Hawks. Cole Shafer and Reid Bowering each had four goals for the Dragons, while Jason Kelly had four goals for the Hawks. Michael Meuer had three caused turnovers for Drexel, and Jimmy Joe Granito made 16 saves.
#DU1NATION pic.twitter.com/4aS8pGZWZH— Denver Mens Lacrosse (@DU_MLAX) March 12, 2017
#ICYMI Tyler Pace's behind the back goal in the second half. #DU1NATION #DENvND #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/YTZ1O7k2c8— Denver Mens Lacrosse (@DU_MLAX) March 12, 2017
The sights and sounds from today's win over St. Joe's pic.twitter.com/UzkJdNFsOu— Drexel Men's Lax (@DrexelMLax) March 12, 2017
NEW: Reservoir Dogs themed #Laxitorial Cartoon: Crazy times. #lacrosse #lax #polls #Tarantino #mascots #cool #UNCasMrPink #NinetiesLive pic.twitter.com/1PdAEzGlUv— jimfenzel[dot]com (@JimFenzel) March 12, 2017
We now have five games, up from three previously, with Boston University-Colgate and Siena-Bryant being moved to this day due to cold or impending snow. Richmond also takes on North Carolina in a big showdown of teams down south.