Week Four Recap
Talk about nail biters! This weekend, the Big Ten walked away with 5 wins and 1 loss loss, and every game was decided by 5 goals or less. These close games are becoming a common thing amongst all of men’s lacrosse this season.
March 2nd was a good day for the Big Ten as each team walked away with a win. Penn State squeaked out a win against Penn 15-14. The Nittany Lions found themselves down by one with about 3 minutes left before Nick Spillane put two in the back on the net within 38 seconds to put Penn State up by one with 2:01 left in the game. All in all, a pretty solid performance for the Nittany Lions with 4 different players scoring hat-tricks. Penn State improves to 4-1 on the season.
The Buckeyes of The Ohio State are still standing as one of the few undefeated teams in Division I after their 13-9 win over Marquette. The slow start for both teams only lasted a quarter as Ohio State put up 5 goals in the 2nd quarter to extend their lead, and added another 5 goals in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. Jackson Reid lead the Buckeye offense with 5 goals of his own in route to Ohio State’s 5th win of the season.
After two tough early season losses, Johns Hopkins University has shown they’ve got what it takes to win close games against against a tough opponent. The Blue Jays found themselves down by one entering the 4th quarter but a 6 goal onslaught was enough to seal the deal as they took down Princeton 14-12. Their faceoff unit showed they were a force to be reckoned with as Matt Nerewski went 10-15 at the X and scooped up 9 ground balls, while Kyle Prouty went 9-13. Don’t count out Johns Hopkins just yet as they improve to 2-2 on the season.
A strong start for the University of Michigan proved too much St. John’s. A 10 goal first half gave the Wolverines enough confidence to play a strong second half and finishing the game with a score of 16-11 (the largest margin of victory for any Big Ten team this week). Clay Bryce and Peter Hollen both put up 5 points on their way to improving to 3-1 on the season. Hopefully a weeklong rest is enough for Michigan’s faceoff man, Matt Delacroce after taking 30 faceoffs because next week will be a lot tough, facing Yale and lining up against TD Ierlan at the faceoff dot.
Consistent lacrosse and strong defense is what put Rutgers on top as they took down Farifield 8-4. The Scarlet Knights offense put up 2 goals every quarter behind what seemed to be an impenetrable defense and a brick wall of a goalie. Rutgers goalie, Max Edelmann, had a stellar performance put up 17 saves and while only letting in 4. With this win, Rutgers is over .500 on the season so far and they’ve got to be feeling good about who they’ve got protecting the cage.
The only Big Ten team to walk away this week with a loss is The University of Maryland. In what must have come as a surprise for everyone but the Notre Dame faithful, the Terrapins lost in overtime 14-13. Walking into the game undefeated, Maryland had a one goal edge on the Irish after the 1st quarter. However, Notre Dame came out firing on all cylinders in the 2nd quarter to extend their lead 7-5 entering the half. Not to be outdone, the Terrapins didn’t give up and were able to have a big quarter of their own, putting up 4 goals in the 4th quarter to tie the game up at 13 after an Anthony DeMaio goal with :16 seconds left in the 4th. After a 4 quarter battle a diving Irish goal ended the Terrapins’ dream of an undefeated season. Maryland moves into next week with a 5-1 record.
Big Ten Team of the Week
The Big Ten Team of the Week is a pretty tough one for me to choose this week. A lot of deserving teams but this week my vote is going to go the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins. I’m choosing Johns Hopkins because after a tough start with some big losses, they seem to have gotten back on track and are moving in the direction that they want. We will see how they handle their newfound success moving forward.
Big Ten Player Spotlight
This weeks player spotlight is a really easy one to choose. Rutgers redshirt senior goalie, Max Edelmann stood on his head this week with a stellar performance in net. Edelmann protected his net like a champ recording 17 saves and 4 goals against. This is the second time this season that Edelmann has put up 17 saves, which is his career high. This young man is on fire and I look forward to seeing what he can do throughout the season.
Thoughts for the Week
Lacrosse this season has been quite the roller coaster. Top ranked teams are going down left and right, and upsets aren’t becoming that shocking anymore. In terms of the Big Ten, it seems as if they are in the same boat. It doesn’t matter your ranking, your history or how old your program is, these men are battling it day in and day out. The biggest takeaway has to be that NO ONE is safe this season.
In the Week to Come
- Penn State is one of four teams (Cornell, Towson, Jacksonville) taking part in the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, NC this weekend. The Nittany Lions play Cornell on Friday, March 8th at 8pm, and Jacksonville on Sunday, March 10th at 3:30pm
- Ohio State is heading out east to Hempstead, NY to battle the Pride of Hofstra at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 9th
- Maryland will be on the road as they take on Albany at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 9th
- Rutgers will be staying home this week, hosting Princeton at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 9th. It will be the 97th all-time meeting between the two programs with Princeton leading the series 61-30-3
- Johns Hopkins will be on the road facing rival Syracuse in the Carrier Dome at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 9th