Daily Archives: April 24, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: #5 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats #7 Stanford 12-11 On April 24 As The Wildcats Dominate Draw Controls

In No. 7 Stanford’s toughest test of the season, the Cardinal fell 12-11, at No. 5 Northwestern. The Wildcats who have won four of the past five NCAA titles outlasted the Cardinal in a back-and-forth, highly competitive game.

The Cardinal tied the score with under two minutes to play, but could not hold off Northwestern, a national power, who is currently holds the top RPI in the country. Northwestern’s Shannon Smith scored seven goals to lead the Wildcats, while Emile Boeri paced the Cardinal with a hat trick.

Northwestern outshot Stanford 32-21 for the game, but Annie Readmade 10 saves to keep things close. The Wildcats also had 17 draw controls to just eight for Stanford to hold possession for the majority of the game.

The Cardinal quickly fell behind 3-0 as Smith scored three goals for Northwestern in just over 10 minutes. Stanford responded, however, scoring three-straight goals of its own to tie the score at 3-3 with 11:21 to play in the first half.

Lauren Schmidt got the scoring going for Stanford as she drew a free position shot and then converted for her 28th goal of the season. Emilie Boeri then brought Stanford within one as she scored in her return from injury. Leslie Foardtied the game, also on a free-position goal, her 22nd free-position goal of the season and 36th overall.

The Cardinal would then fall behind 4-3, but regain the tie on a second goal from Boeri. However, Northwestern added a goal just before the half and Stanford trailed 5-4 at the break.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse (10-0) Continues Undefeated Run With 14-3 Victory Over Providence On April 23

The No. 1 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team used a season-high 14 goals en route to a 14-3 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon at the Lennon Family Field.

The Fighting Irish notched seven unanswered second-quarter goals to break open the contest and another 7-0 spurt to finish the game and remain undefeated this season.

Notre Dame (10-0, 5-0) was led offensively by junior midfielder Max Pfeifer, who had a season-high three goals. Midfielder Zach Brenneman along with attackmen Nicholas Beattie, Edison Parzanese and Colin Igoe all had two goals. Sean Rogers, David Earl and Steve Murphyeach had one tally for the Irish.

Providence (3-10, 0-4) scored first as Andrew Barton found the back of the net with 6:07 left in the first quarter. The Friars led 1-0 after the first period.

Notre Dame’s first 7-0 run was ignited by a Brenneman goal just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Pfeifer scored less than a minute later to give the Irish the lead for good. A man-up goal from Parzanese off an assist from Ryan Foley, who had a team-high two assists on the day, gave Notre Dame a 3-1 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

Tallies from Brenneman and Murphy gave the Irish a four-goal cushion (5-1) by the 4:17 mark of the second quarter. Notre Dame kept the pressure on with scores from Igoe and Pfeifer to claim a six-goal lead (7-1) with just over two minutes left in the stanza.

Providence halted the run on a Steve Lydon goal with eight seconds left in the first half. That snapped a 20:59 scoreless streak for the Friars. Notre Dame took a 7-2 lead into the intermission.

The Friars opened the second-half scoring with a goal from Jake Nolan. That was the last Providence goal as Notre Dame’s defense kept the Friars off the scoreboard for the final 28:06 of the game.

Notre Dame’s final 7-0 run began with a goal from Rogers at the 12:17 mark of the third quarter. Pfeifer completed the second hat trick of his career with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter. Earl gave Notre Dame a seven-goal lead (10-3) with 8:34 on the clock in the period. Igoe’s second goal of the game put the Irish on top by eight (11-3) by the end of the third quarter.

For more:  http://www.und.com/sports/m-lacros/recaps/042311aad.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (10-2) Capture ECAC Season Title With 15-9 Defeat Of Bellarmine On April 23

Led by a five-goal performance from Mark Matthews(Oshawa, Ontario), the No. 5/5 University of Denver Pioneers defeated the Bellarmine Knights 15-9 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

The win improves the Pioneers to 10-2 on the season, 5-0 in Eastern College Athletic Conference play, while the loss drops Bellarmine to 4-10, 0-5 in ECAC play. The win also secures the Pioneers their second consecutive ECAC Regular Season Title and earns them the No. 1 seed heading into the ECAC Tournament on May 5 and 7.

“I am proud of the way our guys battled with the rainy conditions today to come away with a great win against a very tough opponent,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Bellarmine is a great team and they really made us work extra hard. It’s nice to have won the ECAC regular season title, but we still have our work cut out for us with Fairfield next weekend and then the ECAC Tournament, which will determine who will make it into the NCAA Tournament.”

For more:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205141861&DB_OEM_ID=18600

The “2011 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Media Guide” Features Senior Captains Zach Brenneman, David Earl And Kevin Ridgway