2020 Schedule Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the 75th and final DI program to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. Notre Dame comes into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish lost to Virginia in the ACC championship game, defeated Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish”

2020 Schedule Preview: Duke Blue Devils

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The Duke Blue Devils are the 68th DI program to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Blue Devils come into 2020 following a 2019 campaign which saw them go 13-5 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. Duke lost to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals and lost to Virginia in the NCAA semifinals after beating Richmond and Notre Dame in the first round and quarterfinals.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Duke Blue Devils”

2020 Schedule Preview: Virginia Cavaliers

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The Virginia Cavaliers are the 63rd DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Cavaliers come into the 2020 season following a national title run in 2019 where they went 17-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. They also won the ACC tournament into addition to the national championship, as well.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Virginia Cavaliers”

2020 Schedule Preview: Syracuse Orange

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The Syracuse Orange are the 46th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Orange come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. Syracuse lost to North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament and lost to Loyola in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Syracuse Orange”

Johns Hopkins, Virginia Won’t Battle For the Doyle Smith Cup in 2020

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In lacrosse, Johns Hopkins and Virginia have met 94 times, including meeting each other each year for the past 73 seasons. And since 2006, the Blue Jays and Cavaliers have fought for the right to hoist the Doyle Smith Cup.  Continue reading “Johns Hopkins, Virginia Won’t Battle For the Doyle Smith Cup in 2020”

Early Contenders: ACC

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As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are. Continue reading “Early Contenders: ACC”

Virginia and Notre Dame Advance to ACC Championship Game

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After the ACC semifinals on Saturday, Virginia and Notre Dame advance to face each other in the ACC championship game next weekend. The Cavaliers had to fight for everything in their win while Notre Dame came out and dominated from the opening whistle, never looking back.

The 2019 ACC Championship game will be at Virginia on May 4th at Klockner Stadium. 

Virginia 14, North Carolina 13

The North Carolina Tar Heels looked like they were going to pull off another upset in the ACC tournament and beat Virginia, but the Cavaliers weren’t going to let that happen as they put together a big fourth quarter comeback and secured the win. 

Virginia started hot right out of the gate as they went up 3-0 early in the first. North Carolina soon woke up and started to fight back on both ends of the field, making it a 6-3 Virginia lead at the end of the first. After  two-goal Virginia run to end the first, North Carolina took over. 

The Tar Heels held the Cavaliers scoreless in the second quarter while they went on a four-goal run to tie things up heading into the half. Tanner Cook had two of the Tar Heels four goals during that run. 

North Carolina continued their run early in the third as they went started the second half with four straight, making it eight straight goals for the Tar Heels since the second quarter. With North Carolina leading 10-6, Ryan Conrad and Michael Kraus finally stopped the bleeding and got Virginia back on the board late in the third. 

Starting the fourth man-up North Carolina got a quick goal to go up 12-8 with 14:09 in the fourth quarter. That would be the last goal the Tar Heels would enjoy for a while as Virginia arose and put on an offensive clinic, scoring four straight to tie things up at 12 all with 5:37 in the fourth. Dox Aitken scored two goals during that four-goal run for Virginia. Alex Trippi answered for North Carolina a few minutes later as the Tar Heels took the lead once again.

Michael Kraus tied things back up for Virginia and it looked like overtime was the only possiblity after a few great defensive stands. However, Virginia freshman goalie Patrick Burkinshaw made a clutch save that led to a fast break and Ian Laviano netted the game winner for the Cavaliers with one minute left in the game.  

Ian Laviano led Virginia with 4 goals in the win while Matt Moore had 7 points (1G,6A) to help the Cavaliers. In goal, Alex Rode and Patrick Burkinshaw split time. Rode made 4 saves and Burkinshaw made 6

North Carolina was led by Justin Anderson who tallied 4 points (2G,2A). In goal for the Tar Heels, Canton Johnson made 10 saves.

Full Box Score

Notre Dame 12, Duke 10

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got off to a hot start and were able to stay ahead the whole game and secure the win. While Duke was able to put together a strong comeback, they would fall in their effort, taking the 12-10 loss to the Fighting Irish. 

Notre Dame started strong as Bryan Coatabile scored the first two of the Irish’s three-goal run to open the game. Duke was able to finally get on the boar at the end of the first and make it a 3-1 Notre Dame lead heading into the second quarter. Notre Dane extended their lead t 4-1 early in the second before Duke answered with a two straight goals from CJ Carpenter to cut the Notre Dame lead to 4-3 with 10:33 in the second. 

A two-goal run for Notre Dame but them back up by three before Nakeie Montgomery got the Blue Devils going again. Notre Dame ended the half with a two-goal run to give themselves an 8-4 lead heading into the half. 

Duke got the first goal of the second half on a man-up situation early on in the third. Notre Dame then answered with a two-goal run and Duke did just the same to counter. That two-goal Duke run gave them some momentum heading into the fourth and cut the Notre Dame lead to 10-7 at the end of the third.

After Notre Dame scored the first goal of the fourth quarter Duke went on a three-goal and cut it to a one-goal game. Bryan Costabile scored on a man-up with less than a minute left to give Notre Dame the 12-10 victory as Duke’s comeback fell short. 

Bryan Costabile led the way for Notre Dame with 5 goals in the win. In cage for the Irish, Matt Schmidt made 18 saves. 

Duke was led by CJ Carpenter with 4 goals on the day. Turner Uppgren made 15 saves in cage for the Blue Devils. 

Full Box Score

Updated Bracket

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2019 ACC Tournament Preview

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As always the ACC tournament is the first to be played and the first to be set. Virginia is the top seed followed by Duke as the two seed, Notre Dame as the number three seed, Syracuse as the four, and North Carolina sits in last place as the fifth and final seed in the ACC tournament. 

The 2019 ACC Men’s Lacrosse tournament will kickoff on Thursday, April 25th with Syracuse and North Carolina playing in the quarterfinal game. The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals where they will play Virginia. The other semifinal features Duke and Notre Dame. The winner of the two semifinals will meet in the ACC Championship game on Saturday, May 4th. 

 #4 Syracuse vs #5 North Carolina – Quarterfinals

The Syracuse Orange will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarterfinal round of the ACC tournament. This is an interesting one for two reasons. One being that these two just faced each other two weeks ago and the other is that the Soloman brothers, Nate (Syracuse) Nicky (North Carolina) will face each other for the second time this season. 

Last time these two faced each other Syracuse got the better of the Tar Heels, walking away with the 12-9 win. Since then Syracuse got to beat up on a lack-luster Navy squad and North Carolina dropped a close one against Notre Dame, their third straight loss. The Orange are coming in on a high note while the Tar Heels are not, but still it is conference tournament time and everything is kicked up a notch. 

This Syracuse team is much better than some give them credit for and what makes them so good is how balanced they are. While Bradley Voigt, Nate Soloman, and Stephen Rehfuss may be the headliners of that Syracuse offense, Jacob Buttermore, Brendan Curry, Jamie Trimboli, and others have also made big impacts all season. While younger than some, this balanced offense can really get it done night in and night out while using their depth to their advantage.

On the defensive side of the ball, it’s been the two-headed monster of Nick Mellen and Tyson Bomberry getting things done. The Syracuse defense did a good job of limiting North Carolina’s opportunities last time out and should be able to put up a similar performance on Thursday. 

While the Tar Heels have struggled at times this season they have always been in pretty much every game this season. On the offensive end of things, the Tar Heels will be looking to use that attack of Timmy Kelly, Andy Matthews, and stud freshman Nicky Soloman. Add in a midfield that features Tanner Cook and Alex Trippi and that’s a tough offense to stop when they are on. The Tar Heels will need to attack that Syracuse and make smart plays if they want any chance at getting more quality looks this time around. 

North Carolina’s defense is headed by Jack Rowlett who can pose a threat to any opposing offensive player in the country. The defense as a whole will need to step up in this game and not allow any big runs like they did last game, and it ended up being one of the things that costed them in the end. 

The goalie battle in this one is between Syracuse’s Drake Porter and North Carolina’s Canton Johnson. Porter has been stellar this season, making 112 saves with a 58% save percentage. The freshman, Johnson hasn’t even been North Carolina’s number one guy all season. Even with that he has been impressive down the stretch, but he obviously is still grooming his game as a freshman. 

(Note: A more in depth semifinals preview will come after the quarterfinal round has been played.)

#2 Duke vs #3 Notre Dame – Semifinals

The Duke Blue Devils come into this game after escaping a scare from Marquette and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off of a win over North Carolina. With both teams have deep offenses and a pretty good defensive unit, this should be a good one.

#1 Virginia vs Syracuse/North Carolina – Semifinals 

The Virginia Cavaliers await the winner of the quarterfinal game. The Cavaliers are coming off of two cupcake games in which they blew by VMI and Marist. 


ACC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Bracket

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Huge Third-Quarter Run Lifts Duke Past Loyola

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The number 6 ranked Duke Blue Devis took down the number 3 ranked Loyola Greyhounds 12-7 in a Thursday night home contest.  Duke used a big offensive spurt in the third quarter to help them run past Loyola. This was Duke’s third straight win over Loyola since the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament when Loyola last beat Duke.

While the Blue Devils were able to dominate in almost every area of the game, things started off a bit tighter than they ended, for sure. Loyola was able to keep it close until Duke went off in the second and third quarter’s. Loyola was able to find their offense late in the game, but the deficit was too big for a comeback.  

Duke was led by Joey Manown who had 4 goals in the win. Brad Smith contributed heavily as well, tallying 5 points (2G,3A). Nakeie Montgomery also had 4 goals as well. In goal, John Upgren made 10 saves for the Blue Devils. 

Chase Scanlan led Loyola with 5 points (3G,2A), while Pat Spencer tallied 3 points (1G,2A) for the Greyhounds. Jacob Stover made 15 saves in cage for Loyola. 

Nakeie Montgomery got the scoring started for Duke early on to get the Blue Devils on the board first. Montgomery found the back of the net again a few minutes later, making it a 2-0 Duke lead. Less than a minute later, Pat Spencer got Loyola on the board to cut it to 2-1. A Chase Scanlan goal tied things up at 2 with 5:21 in the first, and that’s a close as it would get. 

A three goal run from Duke, lasting from late in the first through early in the second, put the Blue Devils up 5-2. Each team scored once more before the half. That made it a 6-3 lead for Duke going into the half. 

Coming out of the half, Duke dominated in every facet of the game. Their defense wasn’t allowing anything. The Blue Devils scored five straight unanswered goals in the third and held Loyola scoreless. That third quarter performance pretty much sealed the deal for the Duke win, but Loyola still had some fight left. 

Just as the third was owned by Duke, the fourth was owned by Loyola. Bailey Savio got the Greyhounds going early on in the fourth, and they kept rolling from there. That Savio goal was the start of a four goal run from early in the fourth until late in the fourth. That helped Loyola get back into it, somewhat. The Blue Devils scored the last goal of the game and held on for the 12-7 win. 

Duke’s next contest will be a home game against Utah on Tuesday, March 12th. Loyola will play Navy on Saturday, March 16th in their next contest.


Notre Dame Edges Maryland in Overtime

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On a Sunday afternoon in South Bend,IN, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Maryland Terrapins went to battle indoors. It was a game of runs, and quite the offensive battle from what we have seen in the past when these two meet. While Maryland was able to force overtime, Notre Dame finished as the 17 ranked Irish took down the 2 ranked Terrapins. 

Notre Dame was led Brendan Gleason and Brian Willetts who each tallied 5 points in the Irish win. Matt Schmidt made 11 saves in goal, anchoring that tough Notre Dame defense they are known for. 

Logan Wisnauskas led the Terrapins with 5 points (3G,2A). Jared Bernhardt, Anthony DeMaio, and Kyle Long all contributed heavily as well, each tallying 4 points. In goal, Danny Dolan made 7 saves. 

As many say, lacrosse is a game of runs. That statement proved to be true in this game as it truly was a game of runs, and that made for some exciting back-and-forth lacrosse. 

Louis Dubick got things started off early with a goal to give Maryland the 1-0 lead. Notre Dame answered just a few minutes later as Connor Morin got the Irish on the board to notch things up at 1. After a three-goal run midway through the first Maryland was abale to push out to a 4-1 lead. Notre Dame answered with a two-goal run to end the first and make it a one-goal game heading into the second.

Notre Dame turned their two-goal run into a four-goal run as their offensive success continued into the second with Brian Willetts and Morrison Mirer each finding the back of the cage. Maryland was able to find a little offensive success as Kyle Long scored the Terrapins only second quarter goal. Notre Dame ended the half strong, pushing their lead to 7-5 and using strong defensive stands to limit the Terrapins getting any momentum. 

Coming out of the half trailing 7-5, Maryland was able to finally get passed the Notre Dame defense early on with two goals coming from Will Snider. The Irish again answered in a big way, scoring four straight to go up 11-7 with 7:16 in the third. The Terrapins started to heat up with two goals to end the third, cutting the Notre Dame lead to 11-9. 

The Terrapins continued their offensive firepower into the fourth as Logan Wisnauskas tied things up at 11 midway through the fourth. Brendan Gleason went off zipped two past Dolan to give Notre Dame a two-goal 13-11 lead late in the fourth. Logan Wisnaukas scored a transition goal off of deflected save to make it a one-goal game. Anthony DeMaio tied things up with :16 in the fourth to tie it up at 13 and force overtime. 

Brian Willettes set up behind the cage at ‘X’, turned the corner, and zipped it past Danny Dolan to score the game winner for Notre Dame to secure the 14-13 victory.

Both of these squads will be in action next weekend on Saturday. Maryland will travel to Albany and Notre Dame will face Denver at home in some Saturday night lacrosse action.