Midweek Notebook: Virginia Keeps The Doyle Smith Cup, Dartmouth Starts 4-0, Penn Wins OT Thriller vs St. Joe’s

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The Doyle Smith Cup will be staying in Charlottesville for another year as the Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 18-13 at Homewood on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the third consecutive victory for the Cavaliers over the Blue Jays.

Patrick McIntosh (6G) and Xander Dickson (6G) each recorded sock tricks to lead the way for the Cavaliers’ offense while Griffin Schutz (4G/2A). McIntosh and Schutz had career-best performances while Dickson’s sock trick was his second in as many games.

The scoring from those three started early as each found the back of the net at least once during the Cavaliers’ game-opening, 6-0 run that lasted through the early minutes of the second quarter. During that run, Petey LaSalla won five of seven faceoffs while the Cavaliers got off 16 shots to the Blue Jays’ six.

Winning the ground ball battle 11-2 during the first quarter and causing three of the Blue Jays’ five turnovers in the period, Virginia dominated the early part of the contest and it turned out to be very much a sign of things to come.

Ian Krampf got Hopkins on the board with 12:42 left in the second quarter and Hunter Jaronski took a Tim Marcille outlet pass down the field for a score, taking advantage of a Virginia defense hesitant to slide in transition. Matt Collison scored on a man-up situation with 8:07 in the half to cut the Virginia lead to three (6-3). That quick second quarter run, however, would get the Blue Jays as close as they would come all day.

A quick change-of-direction move from X allowed Dickson to come around the cage and put in a low-to-high bouncer for Virginia’s first goal of the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Schutz swam through the defense and put one past Marcille to make it an 8-3 game.

Seeing Virginia answer each of their goals with one of their own throughout the second quarter, Johns Hopkins could’ve had multiple chances to cut deeper into the Virginia lead. However, three failed clears late in the second, including one that led to a Schutz score with four ticks left in the half, hindered the Blue Jays from getting anything more than Garrett Degnon’s score at the one minute mark.

Krampf score two in a row early in the third for Hopkins to make it a 12-8 game. A Degnon score proceeded a Russell Melendez man-up score later in the frame. The Blue Jays were once more unable to capitalize further in those moments. While Logan Callahan the ensuing faceoff following the Melendez score, the Blue Jays’ possession would end in a shot clock violation.

McIntosh scored with 51 seconds left in the third quarter and added two more consecutively early in the fourth quarter, earning himself his first career sock trick and pull Virginia out to a comfortable 16-10 lead for which they were able to finish the game off of fairly smoothly. Dickson scored each of the Cavaliers’ final goals to get them to 18.

Following McIntosh’s final goal, Logan Callahan won the ensuing faceoff for Johns Hopkins and moved the ball up field quickly for a Jakson Raposo score. A man-up situation minutes later led to a Matt Collison score, helping Hopkins cut the Virginia lead to four, 16-12, and gain some late momentum. Virginia hit a post and sent two shots sailing wide before the Blue Jays regained possession again, and when they did they were eager to cut into the lead some more. However, two Matthew Nunes saves on that possession and one about two minutes later kept the Blue Jays off the board and shut down any hope they may have had.

Those late-game saves were just three of six stops Nunes made the entire second half. He ended the day with nine total saves and a 41% save percentage. He anchored a defense, however, that caused a total of five turnovers and helped contribute to Virginia’s 42-22 edge in the ground ball game.

Petey LaSalla went 22-for-33 (67%) at the faceoff dot and grabbed 11 ground balls for the Cavaliers. Connor Shellenberger (3A) and Thomas McConvey (1G/3A) each had three assists on the day.

Collison, Degnon, and Krampf each had hat tricks to lead Johns Hopkins. Tim Marcille made 11 saves with a 38% save percentage while Scott Smith IV grabbed two ground balls and caused three turnovers as a defensive leader in front of the cage.

Dartmouth Comeback Versus Hobart, Moves to 4-0

For the first time since 2003, the Dartmouth Big Green are 4-0.

Brendan Callahan’s squad made the trip to Geneva, N.Y., on Tuesday evening to face the Hobart Statesmen and found themselves trailing 7-1 early in the second quarter. However, the Big Green would not go down that easy. Colin McGill bookended and scored a total of four during what was a six-goal Dartmouth run. That run knotted things all up, 7-7, with 4:49 left in the half. McGill put home another score in the final 35 seconds of the fame to make it an 8-8 game at the half.

After outscoring the Statesmen 7-2 in the second quarter, the Dartmouth offense heated up even more in the final two frames. The Big Green put up five goals in the third and seven in the fourth, outscoring Hobart 13-8 in the second half alone to take the edge and pull out the 20-16 win.

Hobart tied things up twice early in the third quarter and made it a one-goal, 16-15, game with 8:29 left. However, the Statesmen were unable to ever get back in front. Following that Chad Bach score to make it a one-goal game in the fourth, Brandon Ventarola and Colin McGill put home a pair of goals to pull the Big Green back ahead by three, 18-15. Late goals from Emmett Paradine goal and Nate Davis helped seal the deal.

Paradine had a career-best performance in the win, tallying 10 points off seven goals four assists. McGill had five goals. Mitchell Myers went 21-for-39 (53%) at the faceoff dot and Sam Cooper made seven saves.

Bach led Hobart with six goals.

Handley Sends Penn Past Saint Joseph’s in OT

It happened again. The Penn Quakers won an overtime battle. This time it came against fellow Philadelphia foe Saint Joseph’s, and for the second consecutive season.

In a game that saw the score tied 10 times total and five times in the second half alone, Matt Bohmer took advantage of the sliding Penn defense and got open for what would become the overtime-forcing score with 4:08 remaining.

Following that Bohmer goal, Penn had a pair of opportunities in the final minutes to close things out in regulation. However, a strong Saint Joseph’s defensive stand would help force a shot clock violation with 1:46 left and time would aide the Hawks in holding the Quakers off the board in its final possession. However, neither would be case once overtime began.

Ethan Costanzo won the opening faceoff of the overtime frame and Penn would get right into their possession as Mike Murphy elected to not take the timeout usually seen in such situations. James Shipley saw his shot be stopped by Robbie Seeley but the Quakers were able to regain possession and reset.

As the Saint Joseph’s defense rotated with the ball moving up top, Sam Handley found himself with time and room, and eventually the ball with a Shipley duping over to the big midfielder. Handley would open fire and sting the back of the cage from distance to send the Quakers to victory 13-12 over the Hawks.

Handley’s game-winning score was his fourth goal on the day as he led the Quakers’ offense. Shipley had five assists on the day while Robert Schain (1G/3A), Cam Rubin (3G/1A), and Dylan Gergar (3G/1A) each had four points. Emmet Carroll made 14 saves in cage with a 53% save percentage.

Bohmer led Saint Joseph’s six points off four goals and two assists. Levin Anderson had five points with three goals and two assists. Zach Cole went 21-for-29 (72%) at the faceoff dot.

Delaware 17, UMBC 11

With 28 seconds left in the first half, Mike Robinson sent home a man-up score to push the Blue Hens ahead 8-7 at the break. Robinson’s score would prove to the be the start of a game-changing Delaware run as they went on to blank UMBC in the third quarter while scoring seven of their own.

That eight-goal run from the 28 second mark of the second quarter through the 18 second mark of the third quarter pulled Delaware ahead 15-7 and helped shut down the Retrievers, who had been on the Blue Hens’ heels throughout the first half and had taken the 6-5 lead following a pair of Mateo Brown goals with 5:42 left in the second quarter.

Brown score a pair of consecutive goals to open the offensive action in the fourth quarter and Drew Goode would get one with a little over a minute left. That was the only offensive success the Retrievers had the entire second half.

Tye Kurtz (4G/2A) and JP Ward (1G/3A) led the Delaware offense while Roland Hockenbery went 15-for-25 (60%) at the faceoff dot and Matt Kilkeary made six saves in cage.

Matteo Brown led UMBC with four goals.

Villanova 14, Drexel 7

Down 6-5 at the half, the Villanova Wildcats stepped on the gas as they outscored the Drexel Dragons 9-1 in the final two frames to score the seven-goal win. That second-half onslaught included the Wildcats scoring each of the final nine goals of the game.

Patrick Daly and Mason Reale each had hat tricks to lead the Wildcats. Will Vitton anchored the Villanova defense with 10 saves.

Conor Hooley had a hat trick for Drexel to lead the Dragons. Ross Blumenthal made 13 saves in cage and Justin Joseph went 14-for-25 (56%) at the dot.

UMass 9, UAlbany 6

Gabriel Procyk score bookended the UMass Minutemen’s game-opening, three-goal run. While UAlbany would be able to make it a one-goal game twice in the second quarter, UMass never relinquished the lead as they went wire-to-wire for the 9-6 win on the road.

Gabriel Procyk led UMass with a hat trick while Carter Castilo had two goals. Caleb Hammett went 10-for-18 (55%) at the faceoff dot while Matt Knote made 15 saves in cage.

Silas Richmond netted a hat trick to lead the way for the home UAlbany Great Danes.

Lehigh 14, Binghamton 13

Lehigh was able to ward off a fierce second-half Binghamton comeback to earn the one-goal victory at home and move to 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Mountain Hawks jumped ahead 7-1 at the end of the first quarter, however the Bearcats found their rhythm in the second frame and outscored Lehigh 6-5 to make it a 13-6 game at the half.

Gage Adams got the scoring started in the third quarter with a man-up goal and ended the frame with an unassisted score. Adams’ scores bookended what was a 4-0 third quarter in favor of Binghamton and cut the Lehigh lead to 13-10. Binghamton ended the game on a three-goal run and made it a 14-13 game with 3:42 left, however the Bearcats missed on their last two shots and neither team was able to establish a true set possession in the final minutes and the clock ran out.

Scott Cole had seven goals to lead the way for Lehigh while Mikey Sisselberger went 16-for-26 (55%) at the faceoff dot. Nico Pecora made 14 saves with a 52% save percentage.

Gage Adams had five goals and Thomas Greenblatt had five points off three goals and two assists as leaders for Binghamton.

Bryant 14, Fairfield 12

In what was very much a game of big runs, the Bryant Bulldogs came out on top as they beat the Fairfield Stags 14-12 on Tuesday night.

An early four-goal run put Bryant up 5-1 early in the second quarter but Fairfield answered with a run of their own, taking the 6-5 lead late in that period. Bryant, however, was able to score seven straight from the 3:47 mark in the second through the 1:23 mark in the third to take a six-goal, 12-6, lead heading into the final frame. Fairfield used a five-goal run to get within one, but was never able to get back on top.

Jack Lonsinger (4G/1A) led Bryant with five points while Teagan Alexander anchored the Bryant defense with 13 saves.

Will Consoli, Bryce Ford, and Rob Moore each had identical stat lines for Fairfield with two goals and one assist each. Will Snyder made seven saves in cage. Tim Lucky went 11-for-22 (50%) at the faceoff dot.

Other Scores

  • High Point beat Queens 22-6 behind an eight-point night from Jack VanOverbeke (6G/2A).
  • Jacksonville beat UMass Lowell 16-7.

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