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College Crosse Prospectus: Albany Defeats Harvard; Ohio State’s New Facility

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What You Missed

Albany and Harvard was the only game of the day, and it was worth it.

Marquette earned themselves a nice nonconference win over Air Force on Tuesday.

Lacrosse The Nation

Let’s recap that Albany-Harvard game, which was a 13-11 win in favor of the Great Danes. It was a career night for Albany freshman FOGO TD Ierlan, who went 26-of-32 against Harvard’s James Sullivan and Robert Mencke and also picked up an insane 18 ground balls, which is more than triple than Harvard’s ground ball leaders, Connor McCroskey and Beau Botkiss, who both had five ground balls.

Connor Fields was contained pretty well for the entire night, as he was limited to only one goal and two assists. Others stepped up for the Great Danes, including Justin Reh scoring two goals and dishing out three assists. Freshman Jakob Patterson had a hat-trick and one assists, and Kyle McClancy and Sean Eccles both had two goals. JD Colarusso picked up eight saves and played especially strong in the third quarter.

For Harvard, Morgan Cheek and Tim Edmonds each had hat-tricks and one assist, while Joe Lang added two goals with an assist as well. Robert Shaw held his own in goal, stopping 15 shots.

The Crimson led 8-7 with about two minutes to go in the first half, before Albany scored three goals in a span of 23 seconds to take a 10-8 lead into the locker room, a lead they never gave up.

You can check out the box score here. Highlights are down below.

The other game of importance, Syracuse-Princeton in women’s lacrosse, happened last night, and the Tigers easily took that game.

St. Bonaventure’s new lacrosse team has a purpose, as USLaxMagazine.com’s Patrick Stevens writes.

There’s also a built-in constituency for lacrosse near St. Bonaventure, which fielded a Division III team from 1989 to 1993 before moving to the club level. The Seneca Nation is based in western New York, and St. Bonaventure is committed to fostering a bond between the school and the indigenous population.

“It’s using lacrosse as a sport that can help them and can create opportunities for them to be close to home,” [Tim] Kenney said. “It is their game. That relationship cannot be understated and we’ve started it already with certain initiatives. By bringing in a sport that as they call it is their Creator’s game, it will strengthen the relationship between St. Bonaventure and the Senecas over on the reservations.”

There was one league Kenney wisely dismisses as a possibility for his fledgling program.

“Someone mentioned that the ACC needs a team [to regain an automatic NCAA bid],” Kenney recalled. “I said, ‘What are you, nuts?’”

No, a start-up program’s best home would probably not be with five perennial postseason contenders. But make no mistake, the Bonnies are not adding the sport simply for the sake of having a team. With so many other schools finding relatively quick in the success in the sport and Kenney already understanding the impact of men’s lacrosse at its highest level, St. Bonaventure intends to invest in this program.

WORTH A SHOT!

Coach Kyle Bernlohr getting after it again!

ESPN & Gucci’s finest Paul Carcaterra goes up against Duke’s Danny Fowler.

Ohio State’s getting a new $40 million athletic complex as part of their Athletic District.

Maryland’s Dylan Maltz is fine with his other teammates getting all the love, pens Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun.

Despite his accomplishments (which include compiling career highs in goals and assists last spring), Maltz tends not to get much publicity from media outlets as they center their attention on [Matt] Rambo and [Colin] Heacock. Maryland coach John Tillman said Maltz’s absence of seeking credit has helped him blend in with his teammates since he transferred from Syracuse after his freshman year there in 2014.

“So I think he actually complements those guys pretty well, and I don’t think it really frustrates him because I think the guys in the locker room appreciate what he brings, and I think he sees himself complementing those two guys really well,” Tillman said. “I think if we got a third guy that was maybe more of an alpha male all of the time, maybe that would conflict. So I think he does balance the other guys pretty well, and I think he’s aware of that, and I think that makes our team better.”

Maltz said his first priority is capping his career with what has eluded the Terps since 1975: an NCAA Division I championship.

“As a senior, you have a greater sense of urgency,” said Maltz, who has played in the past two national title games. “You know that this is your last year and you only have a couple months left, and you know that this is your last chance to do it. I think a sense of urgency plays a key part in being a senior, and I don’t think you know and understand that when you’re a younger guy until you’re actually in that place. Now that I’m a senior and Matt’s a senior and Colin’s a senior and we have a bunch of seniors on the team, we know what it takes to get to where we need to be.”

Who doesn’t love Outback? But the bigger question is: Coconut Shrimp or Bloomin’ Onion? (Ed. Note: Coconut Shrimp is the way to go)

Speaking of Delaware, stand up Matt DeLuca!

UNC redshirt-senior defenseman Mark Rizzo pens a letter thanking the entire Tar Heel community for his time at the school.

Looking back, my athletic career wearing Carolina blue was not what I had envisioned it to be. The human anatomy is a complex thing. Rather than running up and down Fetzer on Saturdays, I often found myself following rehab protocol off to the side, working tirelessly for an opportunity to be able to join my teammates.

There were dark days, no doubt about it, but that’s what makes the victories that much sweeter. I came to this university to become a part of something bigger than myself. Donning the Carolina blue and representing the University of North Carolina with utmost excellence is something that I strive to do every day. Through the setbacks, defeats and failures, this university and its amazing people give me strength and support to keep pushing, keep fighting.

While the human anatomy and injuries may be difficult to understand at times, my love for UNC has never wavered. This ride that has become a journey of wondering what will come next for me in my athletic career has taught me one thing, and that is the thing that I am most grateful for: seeing the beauty in little things and celebrating the details. I am hopeful that I am leaving UNC as an even better place than when I got here, as hard to imagine as that is.

Michigan BOSS John Paul has his weekly radio appearance.

Get your freak on, Mercer!

I always love Lars Tiffany having to hold mics during his weekly press conferences.

Penn’s getting ready for another big game against Yale, writes David Figurelli of The Daily Pennsylvania.

“I wouldn’t say it’s do or die, but it’s definitely a big game, especially with some of the history behind Penn and Yale in the past,” said sophomore goaltender Reed Junkin. “They’ve been one of our major games every year. This win would bring us to 2-1 in the Ivy which would be big, but we’ve still got the rest of the season to go, so we’re just going to prepare as well as we can to get a victory on Saturday.”

If the Quakers hope to win, however, they will need to clean up their game considerably from last week’s game against Cornell. Though they were able to engineer a 10-9 win, the Red and Blue went a pedestrian 10-for-23 from the face-off spot and failed to clear the ball five times throughout the game. The Quakers were also outshot, picked up fewer ground balls, and committed 13 turnovers in the process. A win is a win, but those stats won’t be sustainable for Penn in the future.

Another worry for Penn comes in the form of Yale’s Ben Reeves, a member of the Tewaaraton watchlist as the top player in NCAA lacrosse. The junior attackman has racked up 15 goals and 14 assists in just seven games this season, good for tenth in the country for points per game. He had seven points in two games against Penn last season, and will certainly be looking for more this year.

“He’s excellent, he’s as good an attackman as there is in the country,” Penn coach Mike Murphy. said. “Thankfully, we’ve got our guy in Kevin Gayhardt who did a great job on him last year, so that’ll be his matchup again this week. But we’re going to have to be ready to support him out there as well with the rest of our guys. You’re never going to be able to shut him out, but if we can keep him from scoring four goals and three assists, that will certainly improve our chances.”

Syracuse’s nickname is the Orange. You wouldn’t even know it.

I think Lehigh may have jinxed this stat.

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wants to bring back the Kelly Green jerseys!

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