Allwood’s Big Ten Round Up: Hopkins Hitting Their Stride, Charalambides Shining for Rutgers

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Week Six Recap

Big Ten men’s lacrosse this season has been on fire, week in and week out they have seen a ton of success. This week was a bit different as the Big Ten finished the week with 3 wins and 3 losses. One bad week won’t stop the men in the Big Ten from gathering their composure and come out fired up for Week seven.

The Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays started the Big Ten off with a with a decisive win against Mount St. Mary’s 11-4. The Blue Jays started a bit slow in the 1st quarter and were down 2-1 after 15 minutes of play but it only that one quarter for the Jays to find their footing and take control of the game moving forward. We saw an offensive explosion from JHU as they put up 9 goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Seven Jays put the ball in the back of the net that were led by freshman attackman, Joey Epstein who snuck 3 past The Mount’s goalie for the Hat-Trick.  The Blue Jays defense was no slouch either this week and even with 6 penalties they were able to keep The Mount scoreless in the 3rd quarter and only gave up 1 goal in the 2nd and 4th quarters. Sophomore goalie, Ryan Darby was a brick wall in the cage as he was able to stop The Mount offense by recording 12 saves.

The Jays week six stretch wasn’t over after their win over The Mount as they hosted Delaware at Homewood field and secured themselves a 12-10 victory. Johns Hopkins proved once again that they’ve got a lot of offensive talent and haven’t just been relying on a few players to get the job done this week. Eight players found the back of the net and 8 of their 12 goals were off assists. Freshman, Joey Epstein proved showed up once again with a 2 goal performance but it was senior attackman, Kyle Marr was able to score 3 goals and assist 2 others. A strong offense was once again complimented well with Johns Hopkins specialists proving that they were a force to be reckoned with. Sophomore faceoff man, Kyle Prouty showed up for the second time this week and dominated the faceoff x winning 17 of 23 faceoffs while scooping up 9 groundballs. The man in net was sophomore, Ryan Darby who recorded 11 saves and was above .500 for the second game this week. The youths of Johns Hopkins have really stepped up their game and are ready to show the lacrosse world what they have to offer as they finish this week with an overall record of 4-3.

The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers faced off against 16th ranked Lehigh in a game that saw Rutgers with a 6-5 lead entering halftime. Even with the halftime lead, second half woes were the achilles heel for the Scarlet Knights as they gave up 8 goals in 3rd and 4th quarters resulting in a tough 13-10 loss to Lehigh. Sophomore attackman, Ryan Gallagher did all that he could by producing a 5 point performance with 4 goals and 1 assist. The Rutgers defense was pretty solid causing 13 turnovers and were led by senior defenseman, Kyle Pless who recorded 4 caused turnovers himself. Even with Lehigh having 21 unforced turnovers, the Scarlet Knights were unable to come out on top in their first game of the week.

Unfortunately for Rutgers University they were, yet again, unable to hold onto their lead when they traveled to the Carrier Dome to take on 13th ranked Syracuse. Entering the 4th quarter, the Scarlet Knights had a narrow 11-10 lead over the Orange but after giving up 8 goals in the 4th quarter, ‘Cuse topped Rutgers 18-14. The Scarlet Knights offense was led by redshirt sophomore attacker, Adam Charalambides as he produced 8 points on 6 goals and 2 assists. Even though their offense wasn’t able to score enough to take down the Orange, Rutgers was working as a unit as 11 of their 14 goals were scored off of assist. It may be a bit frustrating to lose a game like this but Rutgers should be excited that they are working as a cohesive offensive team. Faceoff woes hurt the Rutgers winning only 9 of 36 but redshirt senior goalie, Max Edelman showed us once again that he is a talented goalie. Letting 18 goals in may seem like a lot but he stood tall and refused to get down by continuing a stellar season and recording 19 saves. After a pretty strong start week #6 proved to be a tough week for Rutgers and they end the week with 4-4 on the season so far.

Unfortunately for us lacrosse fans we were unable to see if The Ohio State University were going to keep their undefeated season alive as the March 16th matchup against Denver was canceled. We will have to wait until March 23rd when they face Notre Dame if they can keep their dreams of a perfect season going.

The Wolverine of the University of Michigan were another Big Ten team that was unable to come home with the win as they suffered a 16-13 loss to the Golden Eagles of Marquette. Marquette, with their home field advantage, came out scoring fast and often in the first half as they took the lead 9-4 going into the half. The Wolverines really stepped up their game and were able to have a pretty solid second half by scoring 9 of their own but it just wasn’t enough as they couldn’t slow down their opposition until the 4th quarter. Michigan had 7 different players find the back of the net and were led by junior Avery Myers and freshman Bryce Clay who both recorded hat-tricks in this week’s loss. Something of a common theme for Big Ten teams as of late seems to be the faceoff x. Going 9 for 33 at the faceoff x really seems to be an issue for Michigan and not to mention losing the ground ball battle 40-22 didn’t help much either. Even though the Wolverines are a somewhat young program they’ve proven to the world that they have got the talent to compete. They end the week with a 3-3 overall record and they are going to be fired up to play Notre Dame.

The #6 ranked Maryland Terrapins showed us once again that they are on fire this year as they dominated Villanova 17-7 this week. The Terrapins started strong and never let off the breaks as they scored 5 or more goals in 3 of the 4 quarters this week. A whopping 9 Terrapins got on the board this week with junior Jared Bernhardt producing 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists while sophomore Bubba Fairman showed up as well with 6 points of 4 goals and 2 assists. Maryland’s defense also stood tall and made things difficult for the Villanova shooters. Both Danny Dolan and Andrew Morris saw some time in net and recorded 13 and 3 saves respectively. The Terrapins improve to 7-1 on the season.

Big Ten Team of the Week

The Big Ten Team of the Week is going to go out to the Bluejays of Johns Hopkins University. They’ve proven that they can handle adversity and bounced right back after a tough loss to Syracuse last week. Their schedule only gets tougher from here, so we will see how they continue to handle challenging teams.

Big Ten Player Spotlight

This weeks Big Ten player spotlight is going to go to Rutger’s very own Adam Charalambides for his 8 goal and 2 assist performance this week. After being held to 2 goals against Lehigh, Adam came out firing against Syracuse and recorded 6 goals and 2 assists. It was great seeing the redshirt sophomore step up big against a tough opponent and do what needed to be done.

Thoughts for the Week

In a similar fashion to last week, lacrosse is a 60 minute game and it needs to be played that way. The team that plays for the full 60 usually comes out on top. Every team has to finish the game strong because when conference play comes around, 50 minutes isn’t going to cut it.

It should also be noted that the faceoff game has been playing a huge role in who is coming out on top in these games. If you’ve got a player dominating the faceoff x, you are essentially playing “make-it take-it” lacrosse.

In the Week to Come

Tuesday, March 19th

  • The University of Michigan takes on Notre Dame it what can be considered a top tier rivalry in all of their sports, lacrosse is no exception. The Wolverines will be hosting the Irish in Ann Arbor at 4:00 PM. The game will be on ESPNU and you won’t want to miss these two teams try to prove their superiority.

Saturday, March 23rd

  • The University of Michigan Wolverines will be back at it again on Saturday as they host Delaware at 12:00 PM.
  • After a week off, Penn State will be heading to midwest where the weather has become incredibly unpredictable as they take on the Vikings of Cleveland State. The game will be at 12:30 PM.
  • The Ohio State University will be heading over to South Bend and will be playing to keep their perfect season alive as they take on Notre Dame at 1:00 PM.
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