Midweek Notebook: Ohio State Dominates Detroit Mercy in Season Opener

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The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their 2020 campaign with a very convincing, 23-9, win over Detroit Mercy inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday night.  Continue reading “Midweek Notebook: Ohio State Dominates Detroit Mercy in Season Opener”

2020 Schedule Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the 61st DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Scarlet Knights come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 7-8 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten, and lost to Penn State in the firdt round of the Big Ten tournament. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights”

2020 Schedule Preview: Maryland Terrapins

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The Maryland Terrapins are the 59th DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Terrapins come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 12-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Maryland lost to Johns Hopkins in the first quarter of the Big Ten tournament and lost to Virginia in the NCAA Quarterfinals.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Maryland Terrapins”

Roessler’s Way-Too-Early Championship Weekend Picks

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In 2019, NCAA Lacrosse brought us into a new era of the sport. In this new era we some superpowers emerge, some new and some old. A team like Yale who had won the championship in 2018 stayed atop of the game with their working-class mentality, players with a high lacrosse IQ, team chemistry, and offensive talent. Penn State seemed to be on a war-path and the Nittany Lions were not taking any prisoners, doing so with a proven coach in Jeff Tambroni and a roster that was quietly full of talent. The Virginia Cavaliers came back into the national spotlight while accomplishing all their team goals: beating Duke, winning the ACC, and then winning the national championship.  Continue reading “Roessler’s Way-Too-Early Championship Weekend Picks”

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”

2020 Schedule Preview: Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

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The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays are the 44th DI team to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Blue Jays come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 8-8 overall, 3-2 in the Big Ten, lost to Penn State in the Big Ten championship and lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Johns Hopkins Blue Jays”

2020 Schedule Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are the 21st DI team to release their 2020 schedule. The Nittany Lions come into the 2020 season after a historic run in 2019 that saw them win the Big Ten and make it the NCAA semifinals where they lost to Yale.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions”

Early Contenders: Big Ten

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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: Big Ten”

2020 Schedule Preview: Michigan Wolverines

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The Michigan Wolverines are the 17th DI team to announce their 2020 schedule. The Wolverines come into the 2020 season after going 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten in 2019. Michigan missed the Big Ten tournament once again, but secured their first ever win over rival Ohio State in their last contest of the season.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Michigan Wolverines”

2019 Big Ten Tournament Preview

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The 2019 Big Ten tournament will get underway on Thursday, May 2nd with the semifinals and finish up with the championship game on Saturday, May 4th. The tournament will be held in Piscataway, N.J. as Rutgers plays host this season. 

In the Big Ten tournament Penn State has the top seed while Johns Hopkins earned the number two seed. Maryland will be the three seed and Rutgers got in as the fourth and final seed in the tournament. 

#1 Penn State vs #4 Rutgers – Semifinals

In the first semifinal Penn State and Rutgers will go head-to-head. This is going to be an interesting one as Rutgers has much more to play for than Penn State at this time. Penn State has been the most dominate team in the country with junior attackman Grant Ament leading the way while junior attackman Mac O’keefe puts on a show as well. The Nittany Lions defense as been scary as well with Chris Sabia headlining that close defense unit and Colby Kneese in between the pipes. 

Rutgers needs a win here as they will likely not make the NCAA tournament without at least one win in the Big Ten tournament. They will be looking for that offensive duo of Adam Charlambides and Kieran Mullins to step up and d big things as we have seen all year. On the defensive end Max Edlemann has been one of the best in between the pipes this season. This is a Rutgers team that can burn anyone in the country when they are 100% on but can also slip between the cracks. It’ll be an interesting one come Thursday.

#2 Johns Hopkins vs #3 Maryland – Semifinals

The Rivalry is brought to the post-season. These two teams just played on Saturday so it’ll be interesting to see what adjustments each makes before they meet again on Thursday. 

Johns Hopkins needs this win much more than Maryland does. The Blue Jays are coming in hot off a win against Maryland on Saturday. Johns Hopkins will be looking to play another complete game here as Joey Epstein and Kyle Marr lead that offense that has bee growing all year. On the defensive end sophomore goalie Ryan Darby has been good with a 144 saves and a 46% save percentage thus far. Robert Kuhn has been a leader on the defense as well, giving opponents trouble all season. 

Maryland has been good this year but they have had some ups and downs for sure. The Terrapins will need to be on the best this tournament. They have been led by a depth of offensive production with Jared Bernhardt, Anthony DeMaio, Logan Wisnauskas, and others. On the defensive end of the field Danny Dolan has been good in cage, making 152 saves with a 52% save percentage. Curtis Corley and other have been leading that defense out front as well. Both the offense and defense will need to step up big time in this one and they can’t have any lapses like last week. 

Semifinal 1 Winner vs Semifinal 2 Winner – Championship 

The winners of each semifinal game will meet in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday May, 4th. 


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