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College Crosse Roundup: Baptiste’s Big Day; Buckeyes, Tar Heels Get Big Conference Wins

The junior FOGO had a career day, while Ohio State and North Carolina keep their at-large hopes alive.

NCAA Lacrosse: Quarterfinals - Denver University Pioneers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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.

College Crosse Scoreboard For April 9, 2017

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Denver 16, Villanova 11 Denver Recap Denver (8-2, 2-0): @ St. John's (4/15); Villanova (6-5, 1-1): @ Georgetown (4/15)
Ohio State 13, Johns Hopkins 9 Ohio State Recap Ohio State (10-2, 1-1): @ Michigan (4/15); Johns Hopkins (6-4, 1-1): vs. Penn State (4/15)
North Carolina 15, Virginia 12 North Carolina Recap North Carolina (6-5, 1-1): vs. Syracuse (4/15); Virginia (7-5, 0-3): vs. Robert Morris (4/11)

Game Recaps

Denver 16, Villanova 11: Trevor Baptiste dominated the face-off X as usual, going 23-of-28 with an outrageous 17 ground balls. But he also scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, and recorded his first assist of the season. One of his assists went to Connor Cannizzaro, who added two more goals and an assist, while freshman Ethan Walker led all players with five points (2 Gs, 3 As). The Wildcats tied the game at four midway through the second quarter, before eventually letting Denver control the rest of the game. Jack Curran had a hat-trick, Christian Cuccinello had a pair of goals and assists, and Jake Froccaro scored a goal and won all of Villanova’s six face-off wins. Denver has St. John’s next week, while Villanova has a gritty Georgetown team on the road.

Ohio State 13, Johns Hopkins 9: None of the starters made big impacts on offense in the game. Tre Leclaire had a goal, while Eric Fannell and Colin Chell each had a goal and an assist. But it was Jack Jasinski, a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama, who led the way for the Buckeyes with four goals and three assists. Lukas Buckley and Johnny Pearson each scored two goals, and FOGO Jake Withers added a score along with going 19-of-26 from the face-off X against Hunter Moreland and Craig Madarasz and scooped up 10 ground balls. The two FOGOs combined for just two ground balls on the night. Shack Stanwick scored two goals and dished an assist for the Blue Jays, while Joel Tinney put up two goals as well. Brock Turnbaugh made seven stops, but was replaced by Gerald Logan with 2:38 left in the game. Is there another goalie change brewing?

North Carolina 15, Virginia 12: One team got their first ACC win of the season. The other is out of the ACC Tournament, again. The “again” part should have told you that North Carolina won and Virginia lost. The Heels entered the half leading 9-2 thanks to a 6-0 second quarter, but the Cavaliers had a 6-2 third quarter to get the game within three. But UNC held their lead and left Klöckner with a much-needed win. Luke Goldstock scored three goals and one assists, and Michael Tagliaferri, William McBride, and Tanner Cook put up two goals each. Stephen Kelly dominated from the face-off X, going 23-of-30 on draws, and Brian Balkam made 13 saves. Austin Pifani had three caused turnovers.

The Wahoos were led by three goal and one assist performances from Ryan Conrad and Zed Williams, who arrived late as he traveled directly near his home in Silver Creek, New York via an anonymous UVA lacrosse parent’s plane at 5 pm. As Anish Shroff pointed out on the ESPNU telecast, there is a 10-day mourning period after the loss of a loved one in Williams’s Native American culture. He Facetimed with assistant head coach Sean Kirwan Saturday to go over the gameplan for UNC. His assist to Mike D’Amario was a thing of beaut.

Griffin Thompson stopped 15 shots in the loss. With the loss, the Cavaliers will miss out on their fourth straight ACC Tournament, dating back to when Syracuse and Notre Dame were added to the conference. Prior to that, all four teams (UVA, UNC, Duke, and Maryland) always played in the conference tournament. Virginia needs to win at least one of their final three games (Robert Morris, Duke, Penn) to finish the season at least 500 and be eligible for the NCAA Tournament.


BOSS Joe Breschi postgame. It was also his birthday.

What’s Next

Monmouth hosts VMI tomorrow at 2:30.