It was a busy Friday evening/night as ten teams were in action in five different games. Thing got started off at 3PM with Towson and Mount St. Mary’s and progressed from there. The busiest Friday of the year so far ended with Marquette being able to seal the deal against the scrappy Jacksonville Dolphins and Navy getting their second win of the season over in-state foe UMBC. We also a Virginia take down Lehigh in the Cavaliers home opener.
Towson 12 @ Mount St. Mary’s 7
It didn’t look as pretty and certainly wasn’t the domination that we saw from Towson a week ago against Johns Hopkins, but the Tigers got it done and silenced the Mountaineers.
Towson started off the game hot with three straight goals in the first six minutes of the game, including two from Brody McLean. The Mountaineers answered midway through the first quarter with two of their own to make it just a one-goal 3-2 Towson lead heading into the second. Towson’s seven goal run that lasted from the second period through the the first half of the third period is what did it for the Tigers. After that run Towson had all the energy for the rest of the game. Mount St. Mary’s was able to put together a few short runs, but the defeict was too large to fully overcome for the Mountaineers as Towson got the 12-7 victory.
Brody McLean led Towson with 6 points (5G,1A) while Joe Bethke led Mount St. Mary’s tallying 4 points (3G,1A).
Lafayette 13 @ Wagner 10
After being down 3-0 midway through the first Lafayette was able to fight back and eventually make it a 4-2 Wagner lead heading into the second. A Lafayette run late in the second toed up the game at 7-7. Wagner would get a goal from John Norton to give them an 8-7 lead heading into the half. In the third Lafayette it was still pretty tight, but Lafayette would gain control late. A five goal run that lasted from late in the third until midway through the fourth would secure the win for Lafayette. Wagner was able to get one goal late in the game, but it was too late for a comeback.
John Norton led Wagner with 5 points (3G,2A) while Lafayette was led by Bryan Hess and his 4 points (3G,1A) in the win. Lafayette is now 2-1
Virginia 11 vs Lehigh 9
The Virginia Cavaliers warded off a banged up Lehigh team to get their first win of the season in their home opener. After starting the game with two goals via Matt Moore and Jeff Conner Virginia allowed a Lehigh to get on a big run. The Mountain Hawks five goal run was started by Tristian Rai goal late in the first and lasted until midway through the second. That was the best Lehigh’s offense, without Andrew Pettit, would look all game. Virginia finally answered and cut it to a two goal 6-4 Lehigh lead at the half. Virgina went off on both ends of the field in the second half. Their defense really led the way fr the offense to operate how we all now they can. At the end of the third it was just an 8-6 Virginia lead. Alex Tumminello scored for Lehigh to make it a one goal game early in the fourth. Virginia was able to stretch their lead a little bit and Leigh’s one goal late in the game just wasn’t going to do it for the Mountain Hawks as Virginia walked away victorious with an 11-9 win.
Alex Tumminello led Lehigh with 4 points (3G,1A) while Michael Kraus led Virginia with 5 points (4G,1A).
Navy 11 vs UMBC 6
The Midshipmen seemed to alway be one step ahead of the Retrievers as Navy improved to 2-0 on the season with a win over in-state foe UMBC. Navy started out the game with two goals Christian Daniel to put them up 2-0 early on. Ryan Frawley answered for UMBC before Navy went back up by three. UMBC ended the first quarter with two goals to make it a one goal 4-3 Navy lead heading into the second quarter. In the second Navy was able to break away a little bit and get a 7-4 lead heading into the half. The second half was pretty slow, offensively as only 6 combined goals were scored. With a two goal 8-6 lead heading into the fourth Navy put together a three goal run early in the fourth to secure the 11-6 victory.
UMBC was led by Ryan Frawley with 3 goals while Navy was led by Christian Daniel who tallied 6 points (5G,1A) in the win.
Marquette 14 @ Jacksonville 11
The Dolphins drop to 0-3 and the Golden Eagles move to 2-0 on the season after a really good one on Friday night. Marquette got out to 3-0 lead midway through the first before Evan Tyler answered for Jacksonville. A Tanner Thompson goal was the start of a three goal Marquette run that gave them a 6-1 lead heading into the second quarter. Jacksonville started showing some prowess in the second as they cut it to a 7-3 Marquette lead heading into the half. Jacksonville started a three goal run coming out of the half to really give them some energy. These two squads went back and forth in the third to make it a 12-9 Marquette lead heading into the fourth. As Jacksonville was able to fight their way back into the game, Marquette’s defensive stands and offensive poise was too much for the Dolphins as the Golden Eagles head back to Wisconsin with a 14-11 victory.
Evan Tyler led Jacksonville with 6 points (5G,1A) while Marquette was led by Bob Pelton and his 3 goals. Marquette goalie Johnny Hulsman played a big role in the win with 9 saves, including a few big ones down the stretch.