NCBS Notebook: Who’s Looking Good Through Week One?

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Throughout the summer I will have a weekly notebook profiling what is going on in the entire NCBS (CCBLL & OCBLL).

In this first NCBS notebook we take a look at some of the teams that have started hot through the first week of the season, as well as some players that are currently sitting atop each league as well.

CCBLL

The third season of CCBLL play just kicked off on Sunday, June 23rd. Through the first week of the season the Bighorns have started off as hot as any team, sitting at 3-0 and being the only team still unbeaten.

Offense has been a crucial piece to the Bighorns success early on with having three of the league’s top scorers in Carter’s Jensen, Joshua Carlson, and Montana McLaughlin.The Bighorns have been stellar in creating offense early on and being able to sustain a lead down the stretch, pulling out a few close victories as well.

Jensen is currently second in the CCBLL in scoring with 12 points (8G,4A) while Carlson and McLaughlin each have 11 points (9G,2A).

The Fighting Bison and Stoneflies are currently tied for second place in the CCBLL with a current record of 2-1. They have been pretty up and down thus far, but it is still very early.

Again, a depth of scoring early on has played a big part in their success. While Grant Breeden has been leading this Fighting Bison offense with 10 points (5G,5A) TK Hammond has been all over the floor contributions in multiple ways.

Hammond has been one of the most impressive players in the CCBLL thus far, tallying 8 goals (4G,4A) while also scooping up 9 loose balls and going 13-29 at the faceoff dot. He has simply been all over the floor, making a huge difference along with many others.

Besides a ten-point loss to Fighting Bison, Stoneflies have been in two pretty close games early on this season.

Stoneflies have been able to pull through late in games and much of their success has come from top heavy offense with Colby Lensing, Matt Pollack, and Drew Lazar leading the way.

Lensing has scored 8 goals thus far while Lazar has 7 goals. Matt Pollack has tallied 8 points as well with 4 goals and 4 assist on the season thus far.

With the Bighorns, Fighting Bison, and Stoneflies sitting as the top three teams in the CCBLL thus far, Gold Miners and RedHawks are both 1-2 while Blizzard sits in last place, being 0-3 at the moment.

OCBLL

The second OCBLL season kicked off about a week ago and each team has played at least two games while a few have played three games. Through this early part of the season the Walleyes are sitting on top at 2-0 while Aviators and Stags round out the top five.

Close contest have been a theme early on for many teams, including the Walleyes. They have been able to use some late runs to get ahead and secure close wins. It’s been a total team effort to get it done down the stretch, and Walleyes have done that in both of their wins thus far.

Early on, Nate Mendez and Mike Boehm have bene two of the leaders for the Walleyes offense. Crew Clinton and Evan Bongers have also been two of the leaders for Walleyes early on as well, providing some good scoring depth.

Aviators are currently sitting at 1-1 on the season but have recently found ways to put all the pieces together for a full game, helping them secure their first game against the Rivermen.

Griffin Hughes has been a huge piece of the Aviators offense, currently leading them in scoring with 14 points (11G,3A). In addition, CJ Hughes and Cliff Kigar have been two others that the Aviators have leaned on a lot early in the season as well as some others, giving them a pretty deep offensive unit. 

The Stags are currently sitting at 1-2 on the season and looking for some consistency. In their first game they defeated Aviators 17-13, but have since lost two straight. Lucas Buckley has been their leader with 9 points (5G4A) so far. 

In addition to Buckley, Austin Popovich and Connor O’Brein have been very good as well. Both have been big contributors on offense while also making an impact elsewhere on the floor. 

With the Walleyes, Aviators, and Stags sitting as the top three teams in the OCBLL thus far, the Rivemen and Guardians are at the bottom but still very much in the race. The Rivermen are 1-1 at the moment while the Guardians are currently 1-2. 


Full Standings

CCBLL

  1. Bighorns – 3-0
  2. Fighting Bison – 2-1
  3. Stoneflies – 2-1
  4. Gold Miners – 1-2
  5. RedHawks – 1-2
  6. Blizzards – 0-3

OCBLL

  1. Walleyes – 2-0
  2. Aviators – 1-1
  3. Stags – 1-2
  4. Rivermen – 1-1
  5. Guardians – 1-2

 

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Bighorns, RedHawks, And Stoneflies Start CCBLL Season With Wins

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The 2019 NCBS season is officially fully underway. While the OCBLL started midweek last week the CCBLL kicked off play last night with a triple-header at Foothills Fieldhouse. 

On opening night there were two very close games as Bighorns and RedHawks each won by just a few goals. The last game wasn’t as close as the first two with Stoneflies making their presence know, dominating with an 18-11 win over Blizzard. 

Bighorns 10, Gold Miners 8

This one was a back-and-forth battle from the start with Gold Miners just holding a 4-3 lead at the end of the first. A huge second period really helped push Bighorns ahead as they held Gold Miners scoreless and took a 7-4 lead into the third period. While Gold Miners were able to get back in the game Bighorns ultimately took the win, holding on down the stretch and prevailing. 

Gold Miners were led by Taz DeLaney with 4 goals while Troy Loper also tallied 2 goals from Gold Miners as well. Bighorns saw Ryan Russell lead the way with 2 goals while also chasing down 2 loose balls. 

RedHawks 14, Fighting Bison 10

While these two went back-and-forth taking shots at each other all game, but RedHawks were able to go on a few runs that really helped push them over the edge and secure the win. While RedHawks led 4-2 at the end of the first they went on a big run in the second to go up 10-5 heading into the third period. Each side traded three-goal runs in the third, but the RedHawks came out on top, subduing the Fighting Bison comeback. 

Bryan Hancock led the RedHawks with 8 points (5G,3A) in the win. Aaron Boyd also tallied 5 points (3G,2A) as well. For the Fighting Bison Grant Breeden led the way with 4 points (3G,1A) while Eric Pacheco also tallied 3 points (2G,1A). 

Stoneflies 18, Blizzard 11

It was a dominating win for Stoneflies as they led the entire way and never looked back. After taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the first they continued to pull away, but Blizzard was able to keep it at a four-goal defect heading into the third with Stoneflies leading 11-7. In the third period Stoneflies really got hot, ending the game on a four-goal run to help secure the 18-11 season opening win. 

Blizzard had a huge depth of scoring with Mykael Haney, Lance Tillman, Drew Erickson, Anders Erickson, and Jason Sullivian all having 2 goals each. Stonefiles saw Drew Lazar score 6 goals while Lance Olson and multiple others all had 2 goals. 

Stags And Walleyes Kickoff OCBLL With Wins

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The USBOXLA NCBS season is officially underway with the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL) getting things started on Wednesday night in Columbus and Cleveland. At the end of the season the OCBLL champs will play the CCBLL champs for the NCBS championship, the first of it’s kind in the United States. 

On opening night the OCBLL got things started off nicely with two very good games, including the Guardians first-ever game as an expansion team. The Stags also got a win on opening night as well. 

Stags 17, Aviators 13

It was a close one for the majority of the contest with both sides going back-and-forth. Heading into the third period the Stags held just a 12-10 lead. They would be able to pull away with a four-goal run through the middle of the third to help them secure the win. 

Lukas Buckley led the way for the Stags with 5 points (4G,1A) while Carter Hilleary tallied 4 points (3G,1A). In addition, Max Elliott went 10-15 at the faceoff dot as well. 

Aviators were led by Griffin Hughs who absolutely dominated, scoring 8 goals. CJ Hughes also scored 2 goals while Cliff Kigar tallied 2 points (1G,1A) for Aviators. 

Walleyes 16, Guardians 14

In a very close contest the Walleyes took down the Guardians, giving them a nice welcome into the league. It was a game of runs and the Walleyes went on a few big ones, especially in the final two periods, to help secure the win. 

 

Rivermen Defeat Walleyes to Capture Inaugural Ohio Cup

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The Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL) Ohio Cup Finals Game two was tonight as the Rivermen won the inaugural championship. The Rivermen would use an impressive display of offense, Goal tending, and transition play to beat the Walleyes 15-9 and capture the first Ohio Cup Finals championship.

In the first quarter the Rivermen would start strong with a four goal run. During that run we would see three different scorers for the Rivermen. Vittorrio Cancila would score twice as Nick Musci and David St. Clair each netted one. The Walleyes wouldn’t fold just yet as they answered with a three goal run of their own. Mark McGinley, Jason Sullivan, and Nate Mendez would all score during that Walleyes run. The first period would end with a Jack Jasinski goal to put the Rivermen up 5-3 heading into the second.

The Rivermen would continue to dominate in the second, but the Walleyes wouldn’t go away just yet. The second would start with the Rivermen getting a goal from Jack Jasinski and the Walleyes answering with a Collin Mitchell goal. That would be the last Walleyes goal or a while as the Rivermen would go on a three goal run in which Jackson Hannah, Jack Jasinski, and David St. Clair would all contribute goals. The Walleyes would finally answer late in the second as Collin Mitchell would end the scoring drought. The Rivermen wouldn’t let the period end like that as Colby Barker would score to push the Rivermen lead out to 10-5 heading into the third.

With the Walleyes in a deep hole heading into the third they would try all they could to dig themselves out. The third would be a little more back and fourth as they biggest run we saw was a two goal run from each squad. In the third we would see the Walleyes score four goals to try and get back on track. Those four goals would come by way of Michael Wilson, who had two, and Luke Swaddling. The Rivermen would continue to build on their lead as they tallied five goals in the third. Nick Musci, Jackson Hannah, and Vittorrio Cancila each had one goal for the Rivermen. Gleeson would have two. That offensive performance effectively put the Walleyes away and secure the 15-9 victory for the Rivermen.

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Fighting Bison Win Morrow Cup in Overtime Thriller

 

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The Fighting Bison would pull through in overtime to win the second Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) Morrow Cup. The Fighting Bison swept the finals as they went 2-0 against the Red Hawks.
This was a tight game from the opening whistle as we saw a lot of action on both ends of the floor. The first period was more of a defensive battle as we saw a ton of physical defensive play in the middle of the period. Although there was a lot of defense we saw some scoring early on in the period. The Fighting Bison started the scoring early with a goal from TK Hammond. The Red Hawks would answer with a two goal run where we would see Bryan Hancock and Jake Govett score to make it 2-1 Red Hawks. There would be a four minute scoring drought before Nate Marano would score to get the Fighting Bison going again and tie things up at 2 all. Quinn McKone would finish the period off with a Red Hawks goals that gave them a 3-2 lead heading into the second period.
In the Second Period we would see a ton pf scoring from both squads as the game heated up and the teams were battling it out even more. The Red Hawks would start off the scoring but the Fighting Bison would have a quick two goal answer. During that early two goal run from the Fighting Bison to tie it up at 4 all we would see goals from Josh James and Eric Pacheo. Both squads would each get two straight before trading goals to end the period. The Red Hawks would get goals from Quinn McKone and Bobby Goggin and the Fighting Bison would get goals from TK Hammond and Nate Marano. The quarter would end with both teams trading goals back and fourth. The Fighting Bison would end the quarter with a Connor Donahue goal. For the Red Hawks they would score two goals via Bobby Goggin and Jake Govett to end the quarter with them ahead 8-7.
We would see some phenomenal play in the third as we would see some big runs from each squad offensively as they continued to battle it out. After the Red Hawks started the scoring with a AJ Guralas goal the Fighting Bison would go on a four goal run to give them an 11-8 lead. During that run the Fighting Bison would see Graeme Warner, Trevor Baptiste, Josh James, and Connor Donahue score goals. Bobby Goggin would answer with two goals for the Red Hawks to make it a one goal 11-10 game. Nate Marano would get the Fighting Bison back up two as he found the back of the net twice in a row. The momentum looked to be going all the Fighting Bison’s way but the Red Hawks would comeback two goals from Jake Govett and AJ Guralas. Guralas goal would be with eight seconds left on the clock as he sent it to overtime with the game tied at 13.
Fighting Bison goalie Skylar Whinery would make a huge save to get them possession after the Red Hawks first shot of overtime. On the first possession Josh James would find the back of the net to win the game for the Fighting Bison 14-13. The Fighting Bison would take home the Morrow Cup in the second CCBLL season.

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Rivermen Defeat Walleyes in Ohio Cup Game One

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The Ohio Collegiate Box lacrosse League (OCBLL) Ohio Cup Finals got underway on Monday night with game one. The Rivermen would get the 16-12 win to go up 1-0 in the best of three series.

The Rivermen started the game off with a three goal run early in the first period to get things started During that three goal run we would goals from Jackson Hannah, Matthew Blevins, and Gleeson. The Walleyes would be able to stop the bleeding with a two goal run as Jason Sullivan and Zachary Kasson would cut the Rivermen lead to 3-1. The Rivermen would get four more goals to close out the period and the Walleyes would get one. The goal scorers for the Rivermen would be Bryce Keaton, Logan Maccani, Jack Jasinski, and Jackson Hannah. The Walleyes last goal of the first period would come by way of Jared Stepka. That late offensive burst would give the Rivermen a 7-3 lead heading into the second period.

The scoring would ramp up even more in the second, especially for the Walleyes. The Walleyes would start off the second with a two goal run in which we would see goals from Alex Hoyen and Michael Wilson. The Rivermen and Walleyes would go back and fourth trading goals in the middle of the period Before the Walleyes would end the period with a three goal run. As teams traded goals back and fourth we would see Jackson Hannah get two goals and Jack Jasinski get one for the Rivermen. For the Walleyes we would see Nate Mendez, Michael Wilson, and Luke Swaddling get goals. After that very physical back and fourth battle in the middle of the second the Walleyes would finish off the period with a three goal run in which they would see goals from Gage Johnson, Zachary Kasson, and Andrew Boniface. The impressive display of offense would have the Walleyes leading 11-10 heading into the third period.

The Third period would be stellar as we saw some exciting action that included great offense and physicality all over the floor. The period would be dominated by the Rivermen who were able to use their offense to secure the win. The Rivermen would start the third period off with a five goal run. During that Rivermen run we would see Nick Musci get three goals and Jack Jasinski and Jackson Hannah each get one goal a piece. The Walleyes would stop the bleeding, at least for a moment, as Luke Swaddling would score to cut the Rivermen lead to 15-12. The Rivermen would close out the game with Jackson Hannah getting his sixth of the night to secure the 16-12 victory for the Rivermen.

Game two will be on Wednesday, August 1st.

Fighting Bison Take Morrow Cup Game One

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The Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) Morrow Cup Finals started on Sunday night as the Fighting Bison and the Red Hawks took the floor in what would be a great game one. The Fighting Bison got off to a hot start that would help them secure the 12-10 victory.
Bobby Goggin would start the game off with a Red Hawks goal two minutes into the action. That would be the last goal the Red Hawks would see for a while as the Fighting Bison would go on a four goal run to end the first period. During that run Josh James would get two goals and Nate Marano and Grant Breeden would each get one a piece. That run to end the first would put the Fighting Bison up 4-1 heading into the second as they had all the momentum shifting their way.
In The Second quarter we would see the Fighting Bison continue their run as Graeme Warner would score to make it 5-1. The Red Hawks would stop the bleeding with a Jake Govett goal that would cut the lead to 5-2. Nate Marano would get his second and third goals of the game to push the Fighting Bison lead up to 7-2. The Fighting Bison would see that five goal lead start to diminish as the Red Hawks would end the second period with a three goal run. During that three goal run Aaron Boyd would get one goal and Quinn McKone would get two. That run by the Red Hawks would cut the Fighting Bison lead to 7-5 heading into the third period.
The Red Hawks would start off the scoring in the third to make it a one goal game early in the period. The Fighting Bison would answer with three of their own as Nate Marano score two and Grant Breeden would get one. The rest of the game would very back and fourth as the two teams traded goals almost every other possession. The Fighting Bison would see goals from Nate Marano and TK Hammond. The Red Hawks would get goal from Bryan Hancock, AJ Guralas, and Luke Nachazel. Those three goals late in the third wouldn’t be enough as the Fighting Bison would walk away 12-10 victors.
Game two of the Morrow Cup Finals will be on Monday, July 30th at 7PM MT/ 9 PM ET

Red Hawks and Fighting Bison to Square Off in CCBLL Morrow Cup Finals

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The Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) semifinals were played on Friday night as the final four teams were all competing for a spot in the Morrow Cup Finals. The Fighting Bison and the Red Hawks would both prevail as they got wins in overtime to advance.

Fighting Bison 14 vs Bighorns 13

This game was pretty close the whole game as both teams would go back and fourth trading goals. The largest lead that we would see was multiple two goal by the Bighorns. The Fighting Bison would be down 13-11 with 2:45 in the third period after a Bighorns goal by way of Chad Kreuzer. the Fighting Bison would comeback as Nate Marano would score two goals in the final .30 seconds of the game to tie it at 13 all and send it to overtime. Marano would cap off his performance with the game winning goal for the Fighting Bison to send them to the Morrow Cup Finals.

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Red Hawks 11 vs Gold Miners 10

The second semifinal game was just as great as the first one. The game was tied at the end of the first period, 4-4. The Red Hawks would have a huge second period in which they would start with a three goal run to make it 7-4. The Gold Miners would start to mount a comeback that would have them leading 8-7 heading into the third period. The fourth quarter was very tight as teams seemed to just be trading goals back and fourth. Caleb Rueth would score for the Gold Miners and tie it all up at 10 late in the third. This game need overtime as it would be a 10-10 game through three periods. Brian Hancock would get game game winning goal to send the Red Hawks to the Morrow Cup Finals.

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Morrow Cup Finals

Game 1: Sunday, July 30th – 7PM MT
Game 2: Monday, July 31st – 7PM MT
Game 3: Tuesday, August 1st – 7PM MT (If Necessary)

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NCBS Announces OCBLL and CCBLL Season Awards

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The National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) has announced the season awards for the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) and the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL). These awards include MVP, Coach of the year (OCBLL), and Coaches Awards. The Coaches awards go to a player, chosen by the coaches, that had a positive impact to their teams success, chemistry, and character

CCBLL

MVP: Troy Loper, Gold Miners (Cleveland State)
Coaches Awards: 
Connor Fox, Blizzard (Brown)
Nate Marano, Fighting Bison (Denver)
Brandon Connell, Stoneflies
AJ Guralas, Red Hawks (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo)
Jeremy Magno, Gold Miners (Harvard)
Isaac Atenico, Bighorns (Cleveland State)

OCBLL

MVP: Landon Trout, Rivermen (Bellarmine)
Coach of the Year: Steve Gartelman, Walleyes
Coaches Awards:
 
Gage Johnson, Walleyes (Cleveland State)
Jack Jasinski, Rivermen (Ohio State)
Fin Arneson, Stags (Alabama Huntsville)
Zach Wahley, Aviators (Capital)

NCBS: CCBLL & OCBLL Finals and Semifinals Set

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The National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) playoffs started on Wednesday night in both the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) and the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL). We would see some pretty good games as we found out who will continue and who’s season would end. The one suprise of the night was that Trevor Baptiste suited up for the Fighting Bison in the CCBLL Quarterfinals. The Boston Cannon’s Faceoff man took faceoffs and ran the floor tonight.

CCBLL

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, July 25th
#4 Stoneflies 10 vs #5 Fighting Bison 5
#3 Red Hawks 18 vs #6 Blizzard 5

Semifinals

Friday, July 27th
#1 Big Horns vs #5 Fighting Bison – 8:30 PM ET
#2 Gold Miners vs #3 Red Hawks – 10 PM ET

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OCBLL

Semifinals

Wednesday, July 25th
#1 Rivermen 13 vs #4 Stags 12
#2 Walleyes 20 vs #3 Aviators 13

Ohio Cup Finals

Game 1: Monday, July 30th
 #1 Rivermen vs #2 Walleyes – 7 PM ET
Game 2: Wednesday, August 1st
#1 Rivermen vs #2 Walleyes – 7 PM ET

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