Fall Ball Notebook: Syracuse-Denver Headlines The Weekend, Harvard Enters The Byrne Era

(Photo Credit: Michael Greenlar/Syracuse.com)

Friendly reminder: it is fall ball so you should take any score with a grain of salt for many reasons. Please Do Not over react or draw any final conclusions from fall ball.

While there are still 116 days until the college lacrosse season officially gets underway on February 1st, 2020, plenty of teams suited up over the weekend to kickoff the first big weekend of fall scrimmages. 

Weekend Schedule/Scores

Friday, October 4th

Harvard vs Team Israel – 11-10

Saturday, October 5th

Denver vs Syracuse (Cortland, NY) – 15-15

Headstrong Event @ Hofstra

  • 9am Navy v Marist – 6-18
  • 11am Hofstra v Navy – 
  • 1:30pm Lehigh v Marist – 23-10
  • 3 30pm Hofstra v Lehigh – 6-14

Event in Canton, Ohio @ Pro Football HoF

  • Bellarmine vs Denision (DIII)
  • Bellarmine vs Robert Morris 16-13
  • Robert Morris vs Seton Hill

UMBC @ Delaware 

Rutgers vs Georgetown (St. Louis, MO) – 15-16

Boston U. vs Israel

Sacred Heart vs Quinnipiac 

Detroit Mercy vs Kenyon (DIII)

Sunday, October 6th

Brown vs Israel 

Hampton vs Howard CC (NJCAA)

Michigan vs Detroit Mercy

The Byrne Era Begins at Harvard 

Note: Harvard did not play every one of their key players and Israel did not have their full roster that will be with them for the 2020 European championship that they are preparing for. 

Harvard hit the turf and suited up against another opponent for the first time under first-year head coach Gerry Byrne as they defeated the Israeli national team 11-10 on Friday night. Junior attackman Charlie Olmert scored the game-winner for Harvard with 50 seconds in the game, following a late-game two-goal run to tie things up late. 

While it was apparent that both the coaching staff and players are still in a sort of adjustment and learning period, Harvard played a pretty sound game. Besides a few lapses on defense, unsettled offensive possessions, and mental errors in transition, the Crimson looked very sound and look to be transitioning to this new coaching staff very well.

Finding success when initiating from the wings and behind the cage at X, the Crimson got their offense rolling early and put up five goals in the first quarter. They were able to utilize backdoor cuts and picks to get guys open and get inside looks almost every possession. 

However, that offensive success dwindled in the second quarter as Watson Cheek was Harvard’s only scorer in the period. On the bright side, Harvard’s defense stayed consistent in the second, only allowing two goals. 

The second half was almost identical to the first as Harvard saw plenty of offensive success in the third with Nick Loring taking over and scoring three of their four goals in the quarter. Israel was able to come back from a 10-8 deficit at the end of the third and tie it at 10 late in the game. Charlie Olmert put in the game-winner for Harvard off an alley dodge with 50 seconds in the game. 

Offensively, Harvard showed their depth and was able to work and gel very when the ball was humming. Also, they got the midfield involved more than they ever have over the past few seasons, being able to find production all over the field

Austin Madronic looked to be the most polished player on the offensive end in this scrimmage, working as a feeder and an initiator from X and on the wings. However, Nick Loring, Ryan Graff, Charlie Olmert, and Isaiah Dawson all impressed, as well.

Harvard’s defense showed much more growing pains than their offensive counterparts. While their poles and shorties both played aggressive for a full sixty minutes and were able to push the Israel offense out and force them to settle for outside shots early on, they had some serious mental lapses in the second half. Their ball handling and ability to put the ball on the carpet and spark transition was a bright spot that stood out all game. 

In net, junior Kyle Mullin-last year’s starter-played limited minutes, but looked the best of guys they played. Senior Jacob Boil stood out as a very energetic pole for Harvard, swarming all over the field, being a communicator, winning his one-on-one matchups, and also being able to make timely and effective slides.

Nick Loring led Harvard with three goals while Ryan Graff and Charlie Olmert each had two goals. Austin Madronic, Graham Blake, Hayden Cheek, and Watson Cheek each had one goal in the win. Ryan Graff, Jack Frisoli, Isaiah Dawson, and Austin Madronic each had one assist. 

Syracuse and Denver Tie in Cortland

The Syracuse Orange and Denver Pioneers met in Cortland, New York on Saturday in what was the headliner of the weekend.

It ended as a 15-15 tie as both offenses were able to get going and played very well, according to reports. Neither team played their stars all game, and more backups started to get time late third quarter. 

Tucker Dordevic, who missed the 2019 season with a foot injury, got Syracuse on the board first. Denver answered with a three-goal run as Sam Dwindell, Jack Hannah, and Johnny Marrocco each found the back of the net. The back-and-forth natured continued for the majority of the contest as both offenses found a lot of success. 

Denver held a 4-2 lead at the end of the quarter and was able to head into the half with a 9-8 advantage after surviving a Syracuse run to open the second quarter. Sophomore Loyola transfer Chase Scanlan scored his first goal as a member of the Orange to help them take a 12-11 lead into the third. 

The scrimmage ended in a tie after an eventful fourth quarter where Syracuse was able to pull away a bit early before Denver came back late in the game, eventually tying things up at 15 with just two seconds left on the clock. 

Syracuse saw eleven players score, but Griffin Cook led the way with a hat trick. Brendan Curry, Chase Scanlan, and Jamie Trimboli scored two goals each and Owen Seebold, David Lipka Matt Magnan and Troy Lauder each scored once. 

Sam Dwinell had at least two goals for Denver and Jack Hannah, Johnny Marrocco, and TK Hammond all got on the board at least once, as well. 

For more on the contest check out Syracuse Athletics or Syracuse.com for coverage of the scrimmage. 

Headstrong Event @ Hofstra

Marist, Hofstra, Navy, and Lehigh descended upon Hempstead, N.Y. for a day of scrimmages at Hofstra. 

According to reports, Marist’s offense was on fire against Navy as they beat the midshipmen 6-18. Jamison Embury and Jake Weinmann each had at least four goals for the Red Foxes. 

Lehigh brought it on both ends of the field in both of their games as they beat Marist 23-10 and Hofstra 14-6. Tommy Schelling lit it up for the Mountain Hawks, tallying multiple goals in both of their scrimmages, according to reports. 

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