Only one game today on this President’s Day Monday, but it does feature two ranked opponents in High Point & UVA. The High Point Panthers come into this game 3-0 and have already knocked off one ACC opponent on the road in 2019 and would love to do it again this afternoon at Klockner versus the Cavs.
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage, clicking on the Stream/TV cell will take you to the broadcast of the game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of the game. Game time is Eastern Standard Time, per usual. Let’s go to the Big Board!!
UVA vs. High Point: This will be the fourth meeting between the two squads, as the Cavs own a 2-1 advantage. High Point’s win in this series came in 2016, when Dan Lomas nailed the overtime game-winner versus the Cavs who were ranked 10th at the time. UVA then went on to win in 2017 & 2018 by a score of 18-12 in both years.
High Point is coming into this game pretty hot. The Panthers already took down Duke on the road and had a very nice come-back win in overtime against Drexel on Saturday. The Panthers have a couple gems on offense in Asher Nolting & Chris Young. Nolting is one of the top players in the nation in points per game (5.7) & assists (3.3) and leads the SoCon in both categories. Young has 14 points, good for second on the team and leads the Panthers in goals this year with 10. Nolting and Young pose a formidable 1-2 punch for HPU and could do some damage this afternoon against UVA if they get going early. High Point has also been getting great play in the cage in Tim Troutner, Jr. who has averaged nearly 13 saves per game this season and is ranked third in the country in both goals against average (7.83) and save percentage (.623)
UVA got off to a rocky start to the season in their 17-9 loss to Loyola, but the Cavs were able to bounce back on Friday with a victory over Lehigh 11-8. UVA’s game versus Lehigh was supposed to be on Saturday, but was moved up early because of weather. The schedule change gave the Cavs another night to rest, as opposed to High Point who played & beat Drexel on Saturday. Virginia is led on offense by their dynamic attackman Michael Kraus who has nine points on the season (5 Gs, 4 As). Kraus has had especially good games versus High Point, as the junior has 14 points in his two previous games versus HPU, scoring seven points in both meetings. UVA’s Dox Aitken has also had a good season offensively as he has seven points so far in 2019 (5 Gs, 2 As).
Local NBC affiliate in Vermont did a segment on the Catamounts defeating Holy Cross over the weekend.
The No. 17 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (2-0, Big East) continued their strong play to start the season with a 14-11 victory over Robert Morris (0-2, Northeastern) Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. Senior attackman Daniel Bucaro led the Hoyas with six points courtesy of four goals and two assists, while junior attackman Jake Carraway also added six points for the Hoyas, who did not hold a lead until 7:36 remaining in the contest.
Defensively, the Hoyas were anchored by the play of sophomore goalie Owen McElroy, who totalled 15 saves on the day, in addition to a timely assist on a goal by senior midfielder Patrick Aslanian. Aslanian also forced five turnovers and collected six ground balls.
Before No. 14 North Carolina (3-0) reeled off five of the final six goals of the game against Harvard (0-1), junior midfielder Justin Anderson got a wake-up call.
Up by four goals in the second period, UNC had allowed Harvard to whittle the lead down to just one midway through the fourth quarter.
When back-to-back goals by the Crimson’s Ryan Graff put UNC in a precarious position, Anderson helped the Tar Heels finally find their rhythm in the eventual 16-11 win over Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
Longtime Penn women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach Anne Sage died on Feb. 14.
Sage was the first ever head coach for both teams at Penn and coached for a total of 50 seasons — leading women’s lacrosse for 26 years and field hockey for 24 years.
Sage was highly successful in both positions, amassing a total of 178 wins in field hockey and 151 in lacrosse. Penn field hockey won seven Ivy League championships under Sage, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1988. Penn women’s lacrosse won its first Ivy League championship under Sage in 1982, and made national semifinal appearances in 1980 and 1982 even before the NCAA adopted it as a sport. Sage then made the NCAA Tournament in both 1983 and 1984.
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling to No. 17 Army 10-9 at HighPoint.com Stadium. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) were ranked at No. 8 before this game, and the Black Knights (2-0) were the first ranked opponent Rutgers faced this season. This game was a tough battle for the Knights, who found it very difficult to get into a rhythm offensively. This was due in part to the turnover differential — Rutgers had 20 turnovers compared to Army’s 11. “We had twice as many turnovers as them in a 1-goal game,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “That’s a lot of opportunities that are missed.”