2020 Schedule Preview: Sacred Heart Pioneers

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The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 53rd DI program to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Pioneers come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the NEC. Sacred Heart lost to Hobart in the semifinals of the NEC tournament. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Sacred Heart Pioneers”

2020 Schedule Preview: Robert Morris Colonials

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The Robert Morris Colonials are the 48th DI team to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Colonials come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 9-8 overall and 4-2 in the NEC. Robert Morris won the NEC tournament and lost to Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Robert Morris Colonials”

2020 Schedule Preview: Mount St. Mary’s

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The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers are the 46th DI team to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Mountaineers come into 2020 following a 2019 campaign where they went 9-7 overall, 7-1 in the NEC. The Mountaineers hosted the NEC tournament as the top seed, but lost to Robert Morris in the NEC championship. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Mount St. Mary’s”

2020 Schedule Preview: LIU Sharks

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The LIU Sharks are the 42nd DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. LIU comes into the 2020 season after going 11-5 overall, 5-1 in the ECC, and losing to Mercy in the ECC championship in 2019. 2020 marks a new era for LIU as they move to DI, join the NEC. Additionally, the LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn athletic departments have combined into just one LIU. Their nickname: The Sharks.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: LIU Sharks”

As They Move to DI, “Success Isn’t A Number” for Merrimack

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Following two consecutive national title runs in DII, the Merrimack Warriors will be entering the DI ranks and joining the NEC in 2020. There is no doubt that the Warriors come into their first year in DI with high expectations and are expected to compete at a very high level, just like they did in DII for many years.  Continue reading “As They Move to DI, “Success Isn’t A Number” for Merrimack”

2020 Schedule Preview: Hobart Statesmen

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The Hobart Statesmen are the 26th DI team to announce their 2020 schedule. Hobart comes into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign that saw the Statesmen go 11-5 overall, 4-2 in the NEC, and lost to Robert Morris in the NEC Championship game. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Hobart Statesmen”

Early Contenders: NEC

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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: NEC”

Recruiting Radar: Breaking Down Wagner’s 2019 Class

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Welcome back to another addition of Recruiting Radar. Continuing the series of breaking down all 75 DI teams 2019 recruiting classes. Moving in reveres alphabetical order we move onto the Wagner Seahawks. 

As it sits today Wagner has 10 players currently committed in the 2019 recruiting class. However, Wagner has 14 seniors in this outgoing 2019 class. Because of that the Seahawks have a lot of needs and holes to fill on both sides of the ball, especially in cage. 

Attackman

Need: 2

Committed: 2

Grade: B

Wagner will lose just 2 out of 9 attackman currently on their roster after this season. Michael Vanaman from St. Augustine Prep (NJ) and Jake Garb out of Montyville (NJ) are the two attackmen currently committed. These two guys may not make an impact next season, but will be able to develop behind some pretty good players ahead of them. 

Defense/LSM

Need: 3-4

Committed: 2

Grade: D

The Seahawks will lose 4 of their 7 defenseman currently on the roster after this season. Wagner does have a lot of young guys returning and will have around 13-14 guys on defense next year, depending on how many poles they run at LSM. Wayne Hills (NJ) product Nick Azzopardi and Adam Shank out of Francis Parker School (CA) are the only defenseman/LSM’s committed in the 2019 class. They will both most likely play LSM but can also play close D.

Faceoff

Need: 0

Committed: 1

Grade: B

Former Robert Morris commit Ryan Whelpley is now heading to Staten Island as the only faceoff man committed in Wagner’s 2019 class. The Seahawks won’t lose either of their two main faceoff guys this year so Whelpley will be a good addition to that faceoff room to add depth and possibly compete for that number one spot.

Goalie

Need: 2

Committed: 1

Grade: C

Wagner was able to get Devin DeGennaro out of Islip HS (NY) as their only goalie commit so far. The Seahawks will lose two seniors, including starter Matt Sefcik. Wagner has done a good job of at least getting a goalie in this class, but only having two cane be a liability at times. 

Midfield

Need: 4-6

Committed: 4

Grade: B

With 15 midfielders on the Seahawks roster in 2019 they will lose 6 of them to graduation, including Spencer Kaufman and other key guys. The Seahawks have 4 midfielders currently committed in Westview (CA) product Leo Pimentel, Will Swiderski from Brick Township HS (NJ), Eli Butler out of Poway (CA), and Noah Patterson out of Lampeter Strasburg (PA). With those guys Wagner gets some young depth as well as talent that should be able to help out on both sides of the ball. 


That is the breakdown of how Wagner’s 2019 recruiting class looks as of right now. The Seahawks have definitely done some good things on the trail and been able to get some good talent. 

With obvious holes left in this class first year head coach Bill McCutcheon should be able to bring new life into thins program and use that energy to help recruiting as well. Their biggest hole is obviously at goalie as they will have a small goaltender next season. 

As far as other positions go the Seahawks have established depth with this recruiting class and have found a few guys that have the potential to start the day they step foot on Staten Island as freshman.


Wagner’s Current 2019 Recruiting Class

Adam Shank, LSM, Francis Parker School (CA)

Ryan Whelpely, FO, Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

Leo Pimentel, M, Westview (CA)

Will Swiderski, M, Brick Township (NJ)

Nick Azzopardi, D, Wayne Hills (NJ)

Eli Butler, M, Poway (CA)

Devin DeGennaro, G, Islip HS (NY)

Noah Patterson, M, Lampeter-Strasburg (PA)

Jake Garb, A, Montville (NJ)

Michael Vanaman, A, St. Augustine (NJ)

 

 

Will Yorke’s Second Half Explosion Leads Bucknell Past Bryant in Home Opener

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In a Sunday afternoon contest the Bucknell Bison got a win over the Bryant Bulldogs in their home opener. 

Junior attackman Will Yorke led the Bison with 5 goals in the win. Reed Malas and Matthew Barkauskas carried the rest of the load on offense with 2 goals each. The lack of depth in scoring didn’t seem to matter too much as there were plenty of assist as well. Christian Klipstein was able to make 13 saves as he anchored the Bison defense in goal. 

Bryant was led by Marc O’Rourke as he tallied 3 goals to lead the Bulldogs offense. Mason Balch had 2 goals and Zach Coffey tallied just 1 goal to also help the Bryant offense. In goal Luke Caracciolo made 16 saves to help that defense. 

Just 65 seconds into the game Matthew Barkauskas stung a transition goal to put Bucknell up 1-0 early. The rest of the first quarter was filled with defensive stands, turnovers, and shot clock violations. However, after a push call on Bucknell with just 2:53 in the first Bryant would get on the board with a man-up goal coming from Mason Balch. That goal tied it up at 1-1 heading into the second. 

The second quarter saw much more action, offensively speaking. Bucknell got the quarter started off with two early goals coming from Matthew Barkauskas and Reed Malas. Bryant started to find themselves offensively as they went on a two goal run within a minute late in the second. Mason Balch and Marc O’Rourke scored during that run for Bryant.

Coming out of halftime with it tied 3-3 Bucknell was searching for more as the Bison, and Will Yorke in particular caught fire in the third. 

After a slow start to the third Will Yorke went on a three goal run all by himself late in the third to give Bucknell a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth. This run was a huge boost for Bucknell and really helped propel them to victory.

Early in the fourth Bucknell extended their lead with another goal from Will Yorke, his fourth in a row. Bryant was able to answer just a few minutes later with a goal from Mac O’Rourke to stop the bleeding. 

Bryant scored twice more as did Bucknell to end the game. The Bison just had too much momentum on their side for Bryant to force any kind of comeback. Bucknell also dominated possession which helped them out a ton in this win. 

Both teams will be in action on Saturday February 16th as Bucknell takes Richmond in a home contest and Bryant has their home opener against Providence in an Ocean State Cup game.