By Brandon Rosin | 2/27/14 9:00 AM
The third full week of NCAA lacrosse has come to pass. Several of the top programs were in action, including many of the Machine’s 2014 collegiate draftees.
Princeton’s Tom Schreiber and Mike MacDonald both scored hat tricks in the Tigers hard-fought 12-10 win over Hofstra on Saturday. Tigers’ goalie Brian Kavanagh’s 10 first half saves kept the game close as Hofstra led 6-4 through two frames. Princeton’s offense rallied in the second half with four goal outbursts in both the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Hofstra 8-4 in the second half. Schreiber, a Tewaaraton Award finalist last season, was drafted by the Machine with the first overall pick in the 2014 collegiate draft.
A strong Johns Hopkins offense gave the Blue Jays a 9-1 halftime over Michigan as Dave Pietramala earned his 150th career win as head coach at Hopkins with a 14-5 victory. The Blue Jays were led by Rob Guida, a Machine draftee, Brandon Benn and Holden Cattoni who each scored two goals in the win. Michigan outshot Johns Hopkins 41-to-36, but a career-high 19 saves by Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider halted the Wolverine offense. Guida finished the game with three points.
Sean Doyle’s four goals led the Bucknell Bison to a 9-6 win over the Navy Midshipman on Saturday. Navy opened the game with a strong start and pushed out to a two goal first quarter lead. Bucknell scored the only four goals in the second quarter and established a lead they would maintain the rest of the contest. A strong Bison defense kept Navy at bay in the second half. Bison defenseman Jackson Place, a Machine draftee, led the way with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Virginia Cavaliers earned two wins this week, first defeating Rutgers 19-12 on Saturday, before downing Mount St. Mary’s 14-6 on Tuesday. An 11-2 run midway through the Rutgers game helped carry the Cavs to victory. A stifling Virginia defense caused eight Scarlet Knights turnovers. Machine draftee Joseph Lisicky caused a turnover in the win over Rutgers. Lisicky and the Virginia defense stayed hot against Mount St. Mary’s, causing 16 turnovers. Lisicky forced a team-high four turnovers on Tuesday and also added two ground balls in the Cavs 14-6 win.
A two goal first quarter lead helped guide the Ohio Wesleyan Bishops to a 10-5 win over the Otterbein Cardinals on Saturday. The Ohio Wesleyan momentum continued into the second quarter as the Cardinals struggled to find an answer for the Bishops attack. Ohio Wesleyan midfielder, and Machine draftee, Spencer Schnell scored the first goal of the fourth quarter and assisted on midfielder Kyle Foster goal that gave the Bishops to a 10-3 lead. The Cardinals scored the last two goals to close out the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Wesleyan.
North Carolina scored the first five goals of the game and went on to defeat Dartmouth 18-5 on Saturday. Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter scored hat tricks for North Carolina. This was the third straight game where Sankey scored a hat trick. Carolina has limited its opponents to five goals or less in its first three games this season. UNC midfielder and Machine draftee R.G. Keenan missed the game with an injury.
Maryland shot ahead of Syracuse with a 10-goal second quarter en route to a 16-8 win on Saturday. Syracuse started the game with an early 2-0 lead. Machine draftee and Orange attacker Derek Maltz opened the second quarter with a goal, giving Syracuse a 4-2 lead at the time. Maryland quickly answered with an eight goal run that solidified the win for the Terps. The Machine also drafted Syracuse’s Scott Loy, who contributed 2 shots for the Orange.
A natural hat trick from Penn State attacker Shane Sturgis propelled the Nittany Lions to an 8-7 road win over Notre Dame, spoiling the Fighting Irish’s home opener. Penn State took an early lead with the first two goals of the game, but Notre Dame quickly answered with two of its own. Sturgis’ hat trick gave Penn State a lead they would not relinquish. The Fighting Irish secured four of the last five goals, but it wasn’t enough to steal the victory. Machine draftee Stephen O’Hara started the game for Notre Dame and collected one ground ball in the loss.