Allwood’s Big Ten Roundup: Grant Ament Impresses, Ohio State Stays Unbeaten

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Week Five Recap

Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse has seen some successful weeks so far this year and Week four was no exception to this. Big Ten lacrosse came out on top in 5 of the 7 games that were played this week.  

Penn State has proven that they are a forced to be reckoned with after winning two games in 3 days this past weekend in Charlotte N.C. at the Crown Lacrosse Classic. The Nittany Lions are an absolute force to be reckoned with on the offensive end and put up 43 goals and 27 assists, for a total of 70 points in their two wins this weekend. Penn State started off the weekend strong with a 19-13 over Cornell. Grant Ament led the offensive charge with a 9 assist performance that helped three other Nittany Lions score 4 or more goals with Mac O’Keefe putting 6 in the back of the net. With a short one day break Penn State was back at it again with another blowout win against Jacksonville. Grant Ament had another big day for himself by putting up a staggering 10 points on 2 goals and 8 assists. With another strong offensive outing, we saw 4 players end the day with hat tricks, this time TJ Malone led the goal scoring efforts with 7 goals. With two great games for Penn State it’s no surprise that they are #1 in the nation with a 6-1 record on the season so far.

The Ohio State University Buckeyes kept their perfect season alive after a solid 14 – 8 win over Hofstra. The Buckeyes defense was on lockdown this game while being led by their goalie, Josh Kirson who only let 6 goals slip by while protecting his net with 12 saves. The offense was no slouch either as 10 different players recorded at least one point with Jack Myers leading the offensive charge with 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists). The Ohio State looks to keep their perfect season going as they had into next week with a 6-0 record.

The University of Maryland was out for revenge after Notre Dame ended their dream of a perfect season. With some time to focus, the Terrapins set their sights on Albany and fired away.  Maryland’s offense came out firing and their defense went into lockdown mode, entering the half with a strong 7-2 lead. A tough 3rd quarter cut their lead to 2 goals but after a 6 goal 4th quarter performance, the Terrapins locked down the win. Jared Bernhardt led the offensive charge with a 8 point performance that saw him dishing out 5 assists and finding the back of the net 3 times. Not to be outdone, Justin Shockey and Austin Henningsen battled it out at the faceoff winning 17 of 27. The Terrapin defense held it together on their side with a clean performance only giving up one man-up opportunity for the Danes. Maryland is prepping for the next week as the head into the week with a 6-1 record.

The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University held onto 9 – 3 lead against Princeton to squeak out the win, 9-8. The Rutgers offense lost their footing a bit and didn’t score a single goal in the second half. Good thing for them, is that they’ve got Max Edelmann in the cage stopping shots, a lot of shots. Edelmann might have let 8 goals in the back of the net but he stood on his head and made a amazing 18 saves. This man is an absolute unit and currently has 75 saves on the season with a .610 save percentage that is enough to put him at 3rd in the nation in save percentage. Rutgers sits at 4-2 on the season and will take this time to regroup their offense and continue to stand tall for senior goalie, Max Edelmann.

After two wins to put Johns Hopkins at 2-2 on the season, the Bluejays headed to the Carrier Dome to take on the Orange of Syracuse. A strong start for Johns Hopkins propelled them into halftime with a 8-7 one goal lead over the Orange. But just like all sports, the game isn’t over until the final whistle blows and giving up 6 goals on the 4th quarter resulted in a 14-10 loss to Syracuse. Even with 7 unique goal scorers, trouble on the faceoff couldn’t help Johns Hopkins hold onto the win and head into their next game with a 2-3 record.

The Wolverines  faced a tough Yale team down in Atlanta but were unable to make the stops and lost 17-11. Hat Tricks from Clay Bryce and Kevin Mack and 23 saves from Tommy Heidt weren’t enough to make up for the absolutely dominating performance by Yale at the faceoff x. Michigan going 4-31 at the faceoff resulted in a make it take game for the Bulldogs. The Wolverines hope to bounce back after a tough loss to #4 Yale and continue what has been a pretty successful season so far as they sit 3-2 on the year.

Big Ten Team of the Week

The Big Ten Team of the Week has got to go the team that worked as a complete offensive unit, Penn State. Putting up 43 goals and 27 assists (70 points total) in two games is something that coach’s dream of. The Nittany Lions are currently sitting comfortably at the #1 spot and it seems as if they are only getting started. Expect a big year from these men as they prepare for Big Ten play coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Big Ten Player Spotlight

It’s not going to surprise anyone that this week’s Big Ten Player Spotlight is awarded to Penn State attackman, Grant Ament. Can you really not give it to the man who put up 19 points in two games with 17 assists and 2 goals in just two games!? Ament has been on a tear this season and is averaging a 8.00 points per game and is currently sits atop the assist leader board with 46 assists through 7 games. If Grant Ament can keep this trend going for the rest of the year, it would be very surprising if he weren’t in the running for the Tewaaraton.  

Thoughts for the Week

If there’s one takeaway from this week, it’s easily a lacrosse game last for 60 minutes. When playing the fastest game on two feet, there’s no time to take a rep or play off. Rutgers might have won their game but getting shutout in the second half isn’t going to work when conference play starts. The same can be said for Johns Hopkins. I would imagine that a lot of these coaches will be preaching to their players that they’ve got to play for 60 minutes.

In the Week to Come

There have already been some games played this week, but there are still plenty of Big Ten lacrosse action this weekend. 

Tuesday, March 11th

  • Johns Hopkins beat Mount St. Mary’s 11-4
  • Rutgers was defeated 13-10 by Lehigh in a comeback back win

Saturday, March 16th

  • Johns Hopkins will be looking for another win as they host Delaware at 1pm
  • Michigan travels to Marquette as they look to get back on track after a loss over the weekend. That game will be at 1PM.
  • Rutgers has a road contest at 1pm in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse.
  • Ohio State has a HUGE game this weekend, hosting Denver at 1pm.
  • Maryland has a home contest at 3PM on Saturday against a hungry Villanova team searching for a bounce back win.

 

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