Saturday Recap: Extra-Man Success, Jack Myers Helps Ohio State Past Notre Dame; Brown, Harvard, Cornell Earn Hard-Fought Victories

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After being held to one point a week ago in the Buckeyes’ lone loss on the season to Cornell, Jack Myers returned to form on Saturday. The attackman led the way with seven points off four goals and three assists.

Myers bookended a six-goal Buckeyes run that lasted from early in the second through early in the third, scoring the first two goals and the final goal of that stretch, which helped put Ohio State up 8-4. Scott White also scored twice during that run.

Notre Dame twice cut the Buckeyes lead to one during the second half, however, they were unable to tie things up or get the lead. Ohio State answered each instance with a man-up score, pulling ahead 9-8 off a Colby Smith goal and 10-8 off a goal from Jason Knox just over a minute later. The Buckeyes also scored a man-up goal late in the fourth to pull ahead 13-11 with a Jackson Reid goal off a Jack Myers feed.

All in all, Ohio State went 5-for-5 on the man-up. That included their first two goals of the game late in the first quarter to help get their offense rolling after a slow start.

Notre Dame owned the early part of the game, getting ahead 2-0 early and then leading 4-2 early in the second. Part of the Irish’s success can be attributed to their early success at the faceoff dot with Will Lynch going 4-for-6 in the first quarter alone. The script flipped in the second as Justin Inacio settled in, going 5-for-6 in the quarter, and Skyler Wahlund came in to replace Caton Johnson in cage and made four saves before the end of the half. He ended with seven on the day.

Inacio was replaced fully by Drew Blanchard in the third quarter after losing three straight that led to three consecutive Notre Dame goals, which cut the Buckeyes lead to 8-7. Blanchard went 10-for-14 on the day, playing most of the second half and taking a few in the first quarter as well.

Tasked with guarding Notre Dame’s Pat Kavanagh, Bobby Van Buren held the heralded offensive talent to two goals and one assist. Eric Dobson also ended with the same stat line as he led the way for that Irish midfield unit.

Liam Entemann made 11 saves to anchor the Notre Dame defense.

Strong Second Half Pushes Brown Past Stony Brook

Behind an 18-save performance from Connor Theriault, the Brown Bears secured the 10-7 victory over Stony Brook to move to 5-1 on the season before entering Ivy League play next week.

Trailing 5-3 at the intermission after getting outscored 3-1 in the second quarter, Brown came to life in the second half and closed out the game as best as they have all season. With Theriault anchoring things, the Bears held the Seawolves to just two goals during the entire second half of play.

Stony Brook committed 10 turnovers during the second half of play (22 turnovers all game), four of which were caused. The Seawolves also struggled in the clearing game, going 21-of-30 throughout the game (9-of-14 in second half) as the Brown ride gave them a wold of trouble.

Just as the Brown defense stepped it up a notch, so did their offense. The Bears went on a tear in the third quarter, scoring six unanswered to pull ahead 9-5 with 2:11 left in the period. The final four goals of that Bears run came from Devon McLane as the junior found his rhythm. He also had the Bears’ lone tally in the fourth quarter to end the day with a game-high five.

An Anthony Palma save turned into a Stony Brook score less than a minute later as Matt Anderson was able to beat the short-stick matchup on the other end for his third of the day. The goal made it a three-goal game and ended up being the last score of the contest.

Stony Brook took seven shots following that fourth-quarter Anderson goal. Three were stopped by Theriault and four either sailed wide or were blocked by a Brown defender.

The Seawolves were able to garner plenty of momentum in the first half of play, and especially so in the second quarter where they outscored the Bears 3-1 and ended the frame with a beautiful Dylan Pallonetti rip. However, they were unable to carry any of that momentum over to the second half as the Bears sucked practically all the energy out of the stadium.

In addition to Anderson’s hat trick and Palma’s 11 saves, the Seawolves also got strong play at the faceoff dot where Renz Conlon went 16-for-22 (72%). That includes an 8-for-11 mark in the second half alone.

Georgetown Gets Back in The Win Column

After suffering defeat against the Princeton Tigers a week ago, the Georgetown Hoyas have gotten back in the win column with a 15-10 victory on the road against the Richmond Spiders.

The Hoyas started hot out of the gate, taking a 5-0 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter. Georgetown would continue to maintain a five-goal lead through the half with a 10-5 lead heading into the locker room. However, soon the Spiders began to creep closer.

A Luke Frankeny score to end the half for the Spiders soon turned into a three-goal run with Jake Kapp and Ryan Lanchbury scoring consecutive goals to cut the Georgetown lead to 10-8 early in the third quarter. While their offense was able to get something going, their defense also stepped up as the Spiders held the Hoyas scoreless for nearly the entire third quarter.

Graham Bundy, Jr. would end the Hoyas’ scoring drought with a score in the final seconds to extend the lead back to three. Bundy would then find the back of the net twice more in the fourth quarter, scoring just seconds apart to push the Hoyas ahead 13-9 late in the fourth.

After a man-up score from Dalton Young, Declan McDermott and Alex Trippi scored the final two goals of the game to secure the five-goal victory for the Hoyas.

Bundy ended the day with five goals and one assist to lead the way for the Hoyas. Alex Trippi had five points off three goals and two assists. On the back end, Gibson Smith recorded four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Will Bowen scooped up six ground balls and caused three turnovers.

James Reilly went 19-for-28 at the dot and Owen McElroy made seven saves.

Ryan Lanchbury led Richmond with six points off two goals and four assists.

Defense Leads Harvard Past Michigan

Coming into Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines were undefeated, 7-0, and averaging 18.43 goals per game as the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense. The visiting Harvard Crimson found away to hold that high-flying unit as best as they could, holding the Wolverines to nine goals in the 14-9 Crimson victory.

Harvard got up late in the first quarter, 3-2, and never trailed again. It was two key stretches that defined the game for the Crimson: a four-goal run that helped them get ahead 5-2 early in the second quarter and a three-goal run early in the third that extended their lead back to four after Michigan made it a one-goal game less than a minute into the second half.

The Crimson held the Wolverines to just two goals in the third quarter while they got four of their own to really stretch things out. Harvard then piled on with four more in the final period to help secure the win.

Kyle Mullin had 12 saves to anchor the Harvard defense while Nick Loring tallied seven points (2G/5A) to lead the way on the offensive end. Sam King and Owen Gaffney each had five points off three goals and two assists.

Michael Boehm led Michigan with five points (3G/2A).

Cornell Holds off Penn State

In a game in which you really had to be there to see, the Cornell Big Red held off the Penn State Nittany Lions 16-15.

Very much a game of runs, Penn State knotted things up at 14 with 8:38 remaining and then at 15 with a little over five minutes remaining. However, both times the Big Red were able to answer as Michael Long and Aiden Blake each scored late in the game to keep Cornell from falling behind and secure the one-goal win.

Penn State led 8-7 at the half after two separate four-goal runs helped the Nittany Lions overcome a lackluster start where Cornell took the early 6-0 lead. Cornell put together a large run of their own, scoring four consecutive goals to take an 11-8 lead midway through the third before adding two more to help them take a 13-10 lead heading into the fourth. Once the Big Red got up in the third they never trailed again.

John Piatelli had five goals for Cornell while Michael Long tallied five points off four goals and one assist. Chayse Ierlan made 11 saves to anchor the Cornell defense while Gavin Adler led the effort out in front of the cage with six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Ethan Long led Penn State with three goals and two assists for five points. Aleric Fyock made 16 saves in cage and Hudson Bohn went 55% at the dot (19-for-34).

Boston U. Tops Bucknell top Stay Undefeated

Ryan Polley’s squad is the only Patriot League team left unbeaten as they took down Bucknell 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers got up 5-2 in the first quarter and kept rolling. Timmy Ley led the way with five points (2G/3A) for Boston U. Connor Calderone went 70% (16-for-23) at the faceoff dot.

Maryland Downs UAlbany

The Maryland Terrapins and UAlbany Great Danes played indoors and at 10am due to the weather. Peak early-spring, amirite?

Despite the conditions, Maryland continued to roll on as usual with a 24-6 win over the Danes. Logan Wisnauskas (2G/4A), Jonathan Donville (3G/2A), and Daniel Kelly (4G) led the way for the Terrapins in the win.

The victory sets up an undefeated No. 1 vs No. 2 national championship rematch between Virginia and Maryland in the Nation’s Capital next week.

Other Scores

  • Wagner earned their second win in a row, topping Mercer 13-4. Stephen Dwyer led the way with four goals and three assists.
  • In double overtime, Max Semple scored the game-winner to send Drexel past Marquette on the road.
  • After getting up 8-1 at half, Providence held off the Vermont comeback to win 12-10.
  • Mac Gates made 11 saves to help lead Hofstra past Manhattan, 8-4.

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