Saturday Recap: Denver Tops Notre Dame, Princeton Reclaims the Meistrell Cup

(Photo: Denver Athletics)

Saturday’s college lacrosse slate was filled with rivalry matchups. And multiple games did live up to the hype surrounding them coming into the weekend. 

Denver was able to escape a Notre Dame comeback to win the greatest lacrosse rivalry west of the Appalachian Mountains. Also, Princeton exploded in the second half to take down in-state rival Rutgers.

Denver 14, Notre Dame 11

After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw Denver get ahead 4-3, the Pioneers’ offensive trio of Jack Hannah, Ethan Walker, and Alex Simmons started to heat up. Denver scored seven consecutive goals from late in the second through the midway point in the third, taking a 7-5 halftime lead and pushing that lead out to 12-5 with 7:47 in the third. 

However, Notre Dame started to finally strike back late in the third, breaking down the young Pioneers defense. The Irish broke off a five-goal run from late in the third through the 7:13 mark in the fourth, cutting the Denver lead to 12-10. And just when it looked like Notre Dame was about to put together a full comeback, Ethan Walker and Ted Sullivan scored two straight for the Pioneers to make it a four-point game. 

Wheaton Jackoboice scored his fourth goal of the game with 4:52 in the fourth, but that would be the last goal of the game as both defenses stood tall in the final minutes as Denver walked away with the 14-11 victory. 

Ethan Walker led Denver with six points (4G/2A), while Jack Hannah also had four points (2G/2A). Wheaton Jackoboice led Notre Dame with four goals. Bryan Costabile and Brian Willetts each had three points (2G/1A). 

Jack Thompson made 12 saves for Denver and Alex Stathakis went 22-for-28 at the faceoff dot. Liam Entenmann made seven saves for Notre Dame and Matt Schmit made one.

Princeton 16, Rutgers 11

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ defense came up huge in the first half, only trailing 6-4 and holding Michael Sowers to just one point.

But some halftime adjustments by offensive coordinator Jim Mitchell shook up the Rutgers defense and allowed the Tigers to start rattling off goals like we are used to seeing. The Tigers scored six consecutive goals to start the third, and outscored Rutgers 7-4 the entire quarter. 

Rutgers was able to cut into the Princeton lead late in the game, but the Tigers ultimately came out on top 16-11 and reclaimed the Meistrell Cup after Rutgers won last years meeting. 

Michael Sowers, who surpassed 300 career points in the win. led Princeton with five points (3G/2A). Chris Brown (3G/1A) and Alex Vardaro (2G/2A) each had four. Rutgers was led by Adam Charalambides (2G/3A) and Kieran Mullina (3G/1A). 

Stephen Russo made nine saves for Rutgers and Erik Peters made 10 saves for Princeton. Tyler Sandoval dominated the faceoff dot for the Tigers, going 17-for-29. 

Syracuse 15, Johns Hopkins 9

The top-ranked Syracuse Orange traveled south this weekend at took down Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in one of the most historic rivalries in the sport of lacrosse. 

Syracuse, who was led by Chase Scanlan (5G/1A), was in control for the majority of the game after taking a sizable 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Orange took a 10-4 lead at the half to all but put this one away. 

Johns Hopkins was able to put a little something together late in the game with Owen Murphy scoring two of his three goals in the fourth, but the Orange defense, who was without Nick Mellen and SSDM Peter Dearth, was not going to any sort of comeback. 

Drake Porter made 16 saves for the Orange and Ryan Darby made 13 saves for the Blue Jays. 

Other Notable Results

  • A 7-1 halftime lead and a five point (4G/1A) performance from Dyson Williams propelled Duke to a 13-10 victory over the Loyola Greyhounds
  • Behind a 19-save performance from Josh Kirson, the Ohio State Buckeyes took down the Hofstra Pride 12-10. 
  • The trio of JoJo Pirreca, Jake Weinman, and Joe Tierney light up the scoreboard against for the Marist Red Foxes, but a 14-save performance from Matt DeLuca helped Delaware secure the 15-14 victory. 
  • The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers took down the Utah Utes in a 11-10 overtime contest. Brenden McCarthy led the Mount with five points (3G/2A). 
  • Vermont handed Dartmouth their first loss of the season as the Catamounts took down the Big Green 9-8 at home. 
  • In a battle of first-year head coaches, Gerry Byrne and the Harvard Crimson took down Andrew Baxter and the Fairfield Stags 15-12. Harvard had nine different scorers in the win. 

There is one more game left today as Yale and Michigan faceoff at 10pm ET in the Pacific Coast Shootout. Tune in here.


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