Two games (thanks to UMass Lowell-Quinnipiac delaying yesterday’s game to today) on this first post-Super Bowl Sunday. The final ACC team makes their debut today, while one team opens up their brand new stadium.
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. Let’s go to the Big Board!!
- Detroit Mercy vs. Notre Dame - The Irish get their 2018 season started with some new weapons. Ryder Garnsey and Mikey Wynne return at attack, but the midfield will look a little different without Sergio Perkovic. The first midfield might as well be called the “BBB” unit if Bryan Costabile, Brendan Gleason, and Brendan Collins are there.
I’ll also be interested to see some of the freshmen play. Connor Morin might get some time at attack, as well as Mikey Drake and Wheaton Jackoboice somewhere on offense. But the freshman that might make the biggest impact is defenseman Arden Cohen, who might start on defense. Owen Molloy is likely to get the starting nod in goal.
The Titans return their three top scorers from a year ago, including Matthew VanGalen, who recorded 26 goals and 21 assists as a sophomore. He’s part of 25 letter-winners coming back, and part of over 70% of the offense returning.
But Detroit Mercy needs to find a solid replacement for goaltender Jason Weber as they start their 10th year as a program. It will be a battle between junior Michael Turnbull, redshirt freshman Logan Shamblin and freshman Steven Warren for bragging rights.
The Irish are 5.5 goal favorites today with an over/under set at 17.5 goals, according to Lax Vegas Lines.
- UMass Lowell vs. Quinnipiac - Quinnipiac will play a game on campus for the first time since beating Hartford in the 2016 NCAA Play-In game. The team played all their home games at Yale last year.
The Bobcats return senior Brian Feldman, who is five goals shy of reaching 100 for his career. They also return Foster Cuomo and FOGO Will Vitelli, who is one of the best FOGOs in the MAAC.
The River Hawks hope to have a breakout season in Year 4 of their program, with guys like Sean Tyrrell and Jon Phillips returning on offense. Will Puduski will lead UMass Lowell on defense, but the big thing on that side of the ball will be to develop experience and depth.
Team previews for each game:
Hear from Kevin Corrigan and Mikey Wynne preview the home opener:
They always have fresh gear:
Tomorrow, 1PM. Loftus. Game Day. pic.twitter.com/DzxmorDAPZ— ND Lacrosse Managers (@NDLaxManagers) February 11, 2018
Titans head coach Chris Kolon previews his season:
Quinnipiac is excited to play a game in their new home:
Neither rain nor snow ... Bobcats are in game week, prepping for Saturday’s season opener vs UMass Lowell at its new home stadium (1 pm). pic.twitter.com/SG0nDj95H5— Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse (@QU_MLAX) February 6, 2018
Check out UMass Lowell’s season preview:
Three Stars from yesterday's games:— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) February 11, 2018
⭐️⭐️⭐️: Tommy Lingner, G, @UMBC_MLax (13 saves, 1 GB, 1 CT)
⭐️⭐️: Will Hirschmann, M, @DelawareMLAX (4 Gs, 3 As on 8 shots, 1 GB)
⭐️: Justin Guterding, A, @DukeMLAX (4 Gs, 5 As on 8 shots, 2 GBs)
Linger was also my top rookie from the day. Also considered Ian Laviano (@UVAMensLax), Chris Cloutier (@UNCMensLacrosse), Mac O'Keefe (@PennStateMLAX), Will Sands (@Bucknell_MLAX), and Brock Turnbaugh (@jhumenslacrosse).— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) February 11, 2018
Song of the Day
Sticking with the Irish theme:
Games begins at one! I’ll see you out there!