It was possibly the biggest Friday of the college lacrosse season thus far. In Charlotte,NC the Crown Lacrosse Classic got kicked off, and in Philadelphia,PA the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic got underway. We also had two games that didn’t involve classics as well.
Mount St. Mary’s 9, Mercer 8
The Mountaineers won their third straight, beating Mercer in overtime at home on Friday night. Nick Rockefeller got Mercer on the board early, but after that it was more of a defensive heavy start for both teams. Mercer was able to get their offense going late to make it a 4-1 Bears lead heading into the second quarter. The Bears would continue to find success on both ends, holding a 6-2 lead at the half. In the third Mount St. Mary’s woke up, outscoring Mercer 5-1 to tie things up at 7 heading into the fourth. With 11:00 in the fourth, Mount St. Mary’s took their first lead of the game 8-7. Mercer tied it back up at 8 with 1:03 on the clock. As time was ticking away Brendan Doyle found the back of the net to secure the Mount St. Mary’s with, with just :27 left.
Michael Quinn led Mercer with 3 goals, while Nick Rockefeller contributed with 2 goals as well. Joh Tarver made 16 saves in cage for the Bears, anchoring that defense.
Mount St. Mary’s was led by Joe Bethke, Chris DiPretoro, and Brenden McCarthy who allied tallied 3 points (2G,1A) each. Dylan Funback made 9 saves in cage for the Mountaineers in the win.
North Carolina 17, Marist 5
This one was never really a game as North Carolina dominated from the opening draw on. After Marist tied things up at 1 with 10:13 in the first the Foxes wouldn’t score again until the third quarter. North Carolina went on a 6-goal run, scoring five in the first and one in the second, to get out to a 7-1 halftime lead. While Marist was able to finally find the back of the net more often in the second half, the Tar Heels didn’t back down at all. North Carolina led 11-3 at the end of the third and outscored Marist 6-2 in the fourth to secure the 17-5 win.
Marist was led by Joe Tierney who notched 2 goals for the Foxes. Jake Weinman had 2 points (1G,1A) as well. Jake MacGregor made 15 saves, while Kevin McKendry also saw time in cage as well.
North Carolina was led by Nicky Soloman and Timmy Kelly who each tallied 4 points in the win. Ara Atayan also contributed with 3 points (2G,1A), as well as many others. In goal, Alex Bassil made 9 saves and Caton Johnson also saw time as well.
The Crown Lacrosse Classic
Towson 15, Jacksonville 13
In Charlotte, the Towson Tigers were able to ward off a comeback by the Jacksonville Dolphins and secure the win. While it was a tighter start, Towson really stepped up after Jacksonville scored and made it a 2-1 lead midway through the first. A 4-goal run from late in the first to early in the second gave Towson a 6-1 lead. Shortly after the Dolphins cut it to a 3-goal 6-3 lead, going on a 2-goal run. The second quarter ended with some back-and-forth play as Towson led 8-5 heading into the half. Towson exploded again midway through the third after a back-and-forth start to the second half. Down 13-7 at the end of the third the Dolphins fought back hard in the fourth. Jacksonville outscored Towson 6-2 in the fourth quarter, but Towson was able to hang onto the lead and secure the win.
Jack Dolan led Jacksonville with 7 points (3G,4A), while Jeremy Winston also had 3 points (2G,1A). Eric Applegate and Evan Tyler also contributed as well. In goal, Hunter Sells made 6 saves for the Dolphins.
Towson was led by Brody McLean as he scored 5 goals in the win. Grant Maloof also had 4 goals, while Brendan Sunday tallied 4 points (2G,2A). Tyler Canton made 6 saves in cage for the Tigers.
Penn State 19, Cornell 13
The Nittany Lions used a huge offensive surge in first half to secure the 19-13 win over Cornell in Charlotte. Penn State started out hot with a 4-goal run where Mac O’Keefe scored two of the four. It was more back-and-forth through the middle of the first with Cornell and Penn State trading goal for a few minutes. The Nittany Lions went on a 5-goal run from late in the first through early in the second to push their lead to 10-2. Cornell was able to find more success later in the second, but Penn State still held an 11-5 lead at the half. In the third Cornell outscored Penn State 5-3 as they started to comeback and make it a 4-goal 14-10 Penn State lead heading into the fourth. The Nittany Lions woke back up again in the fourth, warding off the Big Red and securing the 19-13 win.
Jeff Teat led Cornell with 5 points (2G,3A), while Jonathan Donville and John Piatelli each tallied 3 points. Chayse Ierlan made 11 saves in cage for the Big Red. Caelahn also saw time in cage, making 2 saves.
Penn State was led by Grant Ament who dished out 9 assist and Mac O’Keefe who tallied 7 points (6G,1A) in the win. Nick Spillane also tallied 5 points (4G,1A). In goal, Colby Kneese made 8 saves for the Nittany Lions.
Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic
Drexel 10, Saint Joseph’s 7
In a tight one at Villanova the Drexel Dragons edged the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 10-7 to kickoff the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic. As both teams went back-and-forth early on the first quarter ended with the game tied at 3. In the second it remained close with both teams going on 2-goal runs late. With the Hawks holding a 6-5 lead heading into the third, it ended up being a slow quarter in which just one goal was scored by way of Drexel to tie things up. The Dragons had a huge fourth quarter, ending the game with a 4-goal run to secure the 10-7 win.
Drexel was led by Matthew Varian with 5 points (3G,2A), while Marshal King also had 3 goals. In cage for the Dragons Ross Blumenthal made 6 saves.
Saint Joseph’s had seven different scorers, including Ryan Doran, Teo Dominic, and others. In cage Mike Adler had himself a day making 10 saves for the Hawks.
Penn 13, Villanova 11
The Penn Quakers secured their first win of the season as they took down the Villanova Wildcats 13-11 at Villanova. This was truly a game of runs with each team trading off runs all game long. Penn got the game started with a 6-goal run in the first. Villanova scored late in the first quarter to make it a 6-1 Penn lead heading into the second. While Penn scored the first of the second Villanova answered big. The Wildcats went on a 5-goal run from midway in the second through early in the third to cut the Penn lead to 7-5. Penn was able to answer with three goal fo their own, helping them go up 10-7 heading into the fourth. A 3-goal run for Penn pretty much put this game out of reach, but Villanova still was able to comeback to an extent. The Wildcats ended the game with a late 4-goal run, but could not fully comeback as they took the 13-11 loss.
Penn was led by Sam Handley who tallied 7 points (4G,3A) in the win. Adam Goldner and Tyler Dunn also contributed as well. In cage, Reed Junkin made 11 saves for the Quakers.
For Villanova they were led by by Connor Kirst with 7 points (4G,3A), while Joey Frocarro and Corey McManus each tallied 3 points. In cage, Will Vitton made 13 saves for the Wildcats.
SUNY Maritime 17, Hampton 11
After Hampton took a 2-1 lead with 10:25 in the first, the Pirates would have to come from behind the rest of the time. SUNY Maritime went on a 5-goal run from midway through the first through the early portion of the second. That run put SUNY Maritime up 6-2. Hampton would be able to cut that lead back down to a 2-goal 6-4 lead. A big 6-goal run from midway through the second to early on in the third really put this game out of reach. Hampton fought back hard late in the third and in the fourth, but a late game rally wasn’t enough. SUNY Maritime scored three straight to end the game and walk away 17-11 victors on the road.
Hampton was led by Kendall Sapp, Pierce Johnson, and Melvin Scott III who all tallied 3 points (2G,1A). Jonathan Napier also had 3 points (1G,2A). In goal Kevin Mondy Jr. made 14 saves.
For SUNY Maritime they were led by Matt DeMeo who scored 6 goals and Danny Connell who had 6 points as well (3G,3A). In cage, Justin Weigold made 11 saves.