By Paul Ryan | 5/1/14 11:10 AM
The Major League Lacrosse season may be underway, but the collegiate draftees are still playing in the NCAA’s. For most teams, it was conference tournament week and several prospects won titles while others did serious damage.
No. 1 selection Tom Schreiber (Ohio) scored just once for Princeton as the No. 19 Tigers fell to No. 11 Cornell, 12-10. The senior finishes the regular season schedule with 30 goals, 21 assists and 51 points. With the goal, Schreiber reached 200 points in his career, but Princeton’s season is likely over, as they did not qualify for the Ivy League tournament.
In one of the best lacrosse games you’ll ever see, No. 4 Syracuse came back to defeat No. 2 Duke 16-15 in the ACC semifinals. Syracuse scored twice in the final 15 seconds, including the game-winner with just one tick left of the clock. Jordan Wolf (Rochester, 2nd) had a goal and four assists for Duke and Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) had three goals to go along with his one assist. Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) went 20-for-30 on faceoffs while Derek Maltz (Ohio, 39th) tallied twice for the Orange.
On the other side of the ACC bracket, No. 9 Notre Dame got their revenge for last week’s loss, as they defeated No. 5 Maryland, 6-5. Stephen O’Hara (Ohio, 41st) grabbed two ground balls and caused a turnover as he held Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) without a point. Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) caused two turnovers and had two ground balls, while netminder Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) stopped nine of 15 shots he faced.
In the ACC title game, Notre Dame prevailed 15-14 despite another Syracuse comeback attempt. O’Hara nabbed five ground balls and caused four turnovers in the championship, earning his way onto the All-Tournament Team. For Syracuse, Maltz had three points (2 G, 1 A), while Scott Loy (Ohio, 27th) also scored a goal for the Orange.
Joe Fletcher (New York, 3rd) and No. 1 Loyola dominated the Patriot League tourney, eventually winning 16-7 against No. 18 Lehigh in the championship game. Fletcher had an unreal 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in two games as Loyola allowed just 13 goals all tournament. Justin Ward (Charlotte, 23rd) had 10 points in tournament play and Pat Laconi (Charlotte, 9th) scooped up six ground balls.
Kieran McArdle (Florida, 5th) was named Big East Attack Player of the Year after scoring five goals and an assist in a 17-10 loss to No. 10 Penn on Friday. McArdle broke the St. John’s single-season record for goals in a season by finishing the year with 40. He also ended the year with 80 points while teammate Kevin Cernuto (Chesapeake, 48th) completed the year with 41.
Similar to McArdle, Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) was named Big East Midfielder of the Year after this weekend’s 17-9 victory for the Pioneers over Marquette. Noble had three assists in the game and Jamie Faus (Denver, 38th) had five saves as the University of Denver is set to take on Rutgers today at 2:30 p.m. in the Big East tournament.
In the ACC Showcase game, No. 8 Virginia defeated No. 6 North Carolina, 13-11. Scott McWilliams (Boston, 8th) had a ground ball and caused a turnover for the Cavaliers, while Mark Cockerton (Rochester, 56th) had four more goals to go along with three assists. Rob Emery (Boston, 17th) had a goal for Virginia, while R.G. Keenan (Ohio 49th) and Ryan Creighton (Florida, 12th) each scored for the Tar Heels.
In a preview of the Ivy League semifinals, Harvard knocked off Yale, 11-10. Dan Eipp (Rochester, 32nd) had two goals for the Crimson while Brandon Mangan (New York, 34th) had three goals and an assist for the Bulldogs. Those two teams will hook up again tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. from Harvard Stadium, as they take battle on ESPN3.
In other draftee news, the Thompson’s did it again, as Miles and Ty combined for 11 points on Senior Day in Albany’s 21-7 win over Binghamton. Miles (3 G, 2 A) and Ty (3 G, 3 A) play tonight in the America East semifinals against Stony Brook. The title game is Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
And finally, this week’s late rounder of the week goes to Fairfield’s Jack Murphy. The 59th selection of the Boston Cannons has been stellar all year long, but he outdid himself on Saturday. Murphy led the No. 14 Stags to a 7-5 win over Ohio State, making 11 saves in the process. Fairfield will compete tonight in the ECAC semifinals against Michigan at 5:00 p.m. The ECAC Championship is on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. as well. Both games will be on Fox Sports 2.
By this time next week, we’ll know the 16-team field ready to compete in the NCAA tournament. Selection Sunday for Division I will be on May 4 at 9:00 p.m. You can watch the selection show on ESPNU to see if your team’s draftee will be competing for a national title.