Saturday Recap: Syracuse Holds off Vermont, Maryland Runs Past Johns Hopkins

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After taking down ACC rival Virginia Cavaliers by ten goals last week, the Syracuse Orange had to hold off a feisty Vermont Catamounts squad.

The Catamounts dominated the faceoff dot with Tommy Burke going 24-for-34 (70%) on the day. They also won the ground ball battle (42-29) and went 20-for-22 in the clearing game while Syracuse went 23-for-28. Vermont also outshot Syracuse 55-32 and put 33 of their shots on cage. Syracuse put 29 shots on cage.

Despite the edge that the Catamounts were able to gain throughout the course of the game, the Orange prevailed and secure the 17-13 victory. Stephen Rehfuss led the Syracuse offense with eight points (2G/6A) while Owen Hiltz had four goals and one assist. Drake Porter made 20 saves with a 60% save percentage.

Thomas McConvey led Vermont with four goals while Liam Limoges had a hat trick and David Closterman had three assists. Ryan Cornell made 12 saves with a 41% save percentage.

Through the first 11 minutes and some change of the game, Syracuse and Vermont traded traded two goals runs with Syracuse being able to get out to a 4-2 lead. The two each got one more to go to make it a 5-3 game heading into the second. The Orange used a three-goal run in the middle of the second to pull away a bit and get ahead 10-5. But Vermont wasn’t going to go down that easy, as they struck back with two of their own to end the half.

A 4-4 third quarter that ended with a three-goal Vermont run saw the Orange enter the final stanza only up 14-11. While Vermont continued to answer and stay right on the heels of Syracuse, they weren’t able to overcome the deficit. Syracuse outscored Vermont 3-2 in the fourth with Owen Hiltz putting in the final dagger to secure the 17-13 victory.

Malone, Foulds Lead Penn State in First Win of 2021

The Penn State Nittany Lions were able to ward of a fierce fourth-quarter effort by the Ohio State Buckeyes to secure their first win of the season, 15-13.

TJ Malone led Penn State with seven points (5G/2A) while Dylan Foulds had four goals and Mac O’Keefe had a hat trick.

Jack Myers and Tre LeClaire each had a hat trick for the Buckeyes. Justin Inacio went 17-for-29 (58%) at the faceoff dot.

Penn State got things started with a three-goal run, which included two from Dylan Foulds, to give the Nittany Lions a 3-0 with 4:03 in the first . Ohio State answered with a Scott White goal but weren’t able to get much momentum in the first, trailing 5-2 at the end of the quarter. Grant Mitchell scored the Buckeyes’ second goal of the game with just over a minute left in the first. However, they really started to heat up in the second, outscoring the Nittany Lions 4-3 in the quarter and making it a one-goal, 7-6, Penn State lead at the half.

After Jack Myers tied things up at 7-7 early in the third, Penn State stepped on the gas once again. The Nittany Lions scored four straight in the middle of the third to help put them ahead 11-9 heading into the fourth. A three-goal Ohio State run made it a 13-12 game with 7:00 in regulation. Mac O’Keefe answered for Penn State just under a minute later. And while Jack Myers was able to pull the Buckeyes within a goal in the final minutes, O’Keefe would strike again to seal the deal for the Nittany Lions.

11-Goal Run Helps Maryland Top Rival Johns Hopkins

While the first two quarters of The Rivalry yielded 7-7 tie and looked very much like a rivalry contest would, the second half can only be described as a blowout. Maryland scored 11 unanswered goals from the end of the second quarter through the start of the fourth to push their lead out to 16-7 and essentially put this one away. Johns Hopkins scored three goals in the fourth, but any chance at a comeback had passed.

Logan Wisnauskas had a career day, setting a new personal-high with nine points (2G/7A) in the victory. Jared Bernhardt had six points (5G/1A). Nick Grill had three caused turnovers and four ground balls and Logan McNaney made 11 saves.

Cole Williams led Johns Hopkins with five points (2G/3A) while Joey Epstein had five points (3G/1A).

Big Second Half Lifts Georgetown to Another Double-Digit Victory

The Marquette Golden Eagles shocked the lacrosse world in the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas, leading 5-3 at the end of the first and the two being tied 8-8 at the half. But while they were able to run toe-to-toe with the Hoyas in the first half, it was a completely different story in the second half.

Following a Marquette goal from Connor McClellenad to start the third, Georgetown rattled off four straight to get up 12-9. They went on an eight-goal run from the 7:09 mark in the third through the 7:24 mark in the fourth to get ahead 20-10 and put this one to bed. Marquette got three garbage time goals to get to 13.

TJ Haley (1G/5A) led the Hoyas with six points. Dylan Hess (3G/2A), Nicky Petkevich (3G/2A), and Jake Carraway (3G/2A) each put up five points. James Reilly went 26-for-30 (86%) at the faceoff dot.

Ryan Fazio had four goals for the Golden Eagles.

Lehigh Tops Loyola in High-Profile Patriot League Battle

After blowing out NJIT to open the season last week, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks took down Loyola 10-6 to open up Patriot League play. The win marks Lehigh’s first-ever win over Loyola.

After only leading 5-3 at the half, the Mountain Hawks put together a strong third-quarter effort, scoring three straight early on and holding Loyola to just one goal. The Greyhounds got two from Ryan McNulty and Liam Bateman in the fourth while Cole Kirst and Cole Scott scored two fro Lehigh to seal the deal. That final goal from Scott came after a nearly eight minute drought.

Tommy Schelling led Lehigh with five points (2G/3A) while Mike Sisselberger went 16-for-19 (84%) at the faceoff dot. James Spence made 17 saves.

Peter Swindell led Loyola with three points (2G/1A). Sam Shafer made 11 saves.

St. Bonaventure Earns Program First Win

Year three for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies started with a bang, as they took down the Quinnipiac Bobcats 13-6 to secure their first win in program history.

The Bonnies got up 3-0 out of the gate and never looked back, taking a 3-2 lead at the end of the first and 9-4 lead at the half. They outscored Quinnipiac 4-2 in the third to seal the deal, as neither team allowed a single goal in the fourth quarter.

Austin Blumbergs led St. Bonaventure with six points (3G/3A) while Brett Dobson made 14 saves. Demitri went 12-for-19 (63%) at the faceoff dot for Quinnipiac.

Notre Dame Moves to 2-0

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish needed a fourth quarter push to get past Bellarmine, 12-6. Pat Kavanagh dished out six assists for the Irish while Quinn McCahon scored four goals. The Irish outscored the Knights 4-1 in the final quarter to pull away completely and secure the win.

JC Higginbotham made 15 saves in cage to anchor a very strong defensive effort for the Knights.

Other Scores

  • VMI beat Lafayette 13-12 to secure their first win in the James Purpura era.
  • Tehoka Nanticoke tallied seven points (3G/4A) in his season debut to lead UAlbany past Hartford 16-6.
  • Chris Gray puts up 10 points (6G/4A) in North Carolina’s 16-8 win over Mercer.
  • UMBC took down Stony Brook 13-12 in quadruple overtime. Nick Dupuis had five points (3G/2A), which included the game winning goal.
  • Army avoided a Boston U. comeback in a 12-10 victory.
  • Hobart beat Mount St. Mary’s 13-9 in their season-opener.
  • Drexel beats Towson 12-10.
  • Vito Musso scores five goals in Marist’s 15-11 win over Detroit Mercy.
  • Virginia topped Air Force 20-4.

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