Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

NCAA Lacrosse: MPSF Releases Latest Conference Standings For March 24 Featuring Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Ranked #1 Followed By San Diego State, Denver, Stanford And USC

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Dominican Men’s Lacrosse Rallies To Defeat Colorado Mesa 11-8 On March 23

Dominican Men's Lacrosse vs Colorado Mesa

Freshman Cody Bernstein had three goals and three assists, freshman Jake Craycraft scored the go-ahead and game-clinching goals and goalkeeper Sean Donohue made 16 saves, including two clutch stops in the third period, as the Dominican University of California men’s lacrosse team rallied from a two-goal second-half deficit to defeat defending Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association champion Colorado Mesa 11-8 on Saturday at Kennelly Field.
The victory allowed the Penguins (3-4/2-0) to move into first place and avenge a bitter 5-4 loss to the Mavericks (3-3/1-1) last April 7 in Grand Junction, Colo., a defeat that denied Dominican of winning the WILA title. It also raised the Penguins’ spirits 11 days after a challenging four-game road trip to North Carolina and Pennsylvania that featured matches against No. 1 Mercyhurst and No. 10 Pfeiffer.
“It was important to lift the morale of our team. I don’t think it had anything to do with us versus them,” said Head Coach Ned Webster. “Yes, we were approaching this game like it was a big game because it was, but the game was about us and our own execution.”
Sophomore Jake Fritz had two goals and an assist for Dominican while teammate Cam Evangelho also netted a pair of goals, the last one a man-up goal with 6:13 remaining in the third period that tied the game at 6-6. Dalton Copeland and freshman Grant Clifford also scored for the Penguins.
The comeback started after Colorado Mesa scored first in the second half against Donohue to take a 6-4 lead, yet Donohue prevented the Mavericks from extending their lead to three goals with back-to-back saves, the last with 8:55 remaining in the third period. Mesa scored only two more goals in the game from that point.
“As Coach Webster says again and again, it’s about forgetting about the last play and looking forward to the next one,” Donohue said. “It took our defense to play together in the second half to get it done. The defense played well together and the offense put it together.”
Dominican, after losing a 2-0 lead in the first period, finally regained the advantage when Fritz scored then, 1:15 later, Evangelho, who is tied with Fritz and Cody Bernstein for the team lead in goals with 12, netted the equalizer with the Penguins’ first man-up goal in the game after four opportunities. Cody Bernstein then scored with an assist from Craycraft, a play Webster designed during a time-out. It put Dominican in front 7-6.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (5-2) Ranked #4 In Coaches Poll; Highest Ranking Ever

Denver Men's Lacrosse Ranked #4

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse enters the eighth week of the season ranked No. 4 in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll that were released today. Denver received 389 points in the Media Poll and 183 points in the Coaches’ Poll.
Notre Dame took over the top spot in the Media Poll with 449 points and 13 first-place votes, while Maryland slipped to No. 2 with 439 points and seven first-place votes after falling to North Carolina over the weekend. Cornell is third with 412 points and three first-place votes, while Denver (389) and Loyola (318) round out the top five.
In the USILA Coaches’ Poll, Notre Dame jumped two spots to No. 1 with a 5-1 mark and 214 points (eight first-place votes). Maryland slipped to No. 2 with a 6-1 record and 205 points (one first-place vote), while Cornell (190), Denver (183) and Loyola (160) round out the top five.
This is the highest ranking for the Pioneers in the Coaches’ Poll. Two weeks ago the Pioneers were ranked No. 3 in the Media Poll, making it the highest ranking for Denver in program history.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse (6-1) Achieve #1 Ranking For Second Time In Program’s History; Defeated Five Top 10 Teams This Season

Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse new #1

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 1 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) coaches poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
Notre Dame went 2-0 last week to improve to 6-1 this season. The Fighting Irish topped then No. 8 Ohio State, 9-4, on Wednesday. Notre Dame opened BIG EAST play on Sunday with a 7-6 win at Rutgers.
Five of Notre Dame’s six wins have come against a team ranked in the top 10 of the USILA poll at the time of the contest. This is the first time ever the Irish have defeated five top-10 opponents in the same regular season.
This signifies the second time the Fighting Irish have achieved the No. 1 national ranking. Notre Dame debuted at No. 1 in both polls on April 18, 2011, and stayed there until April 30 of that year.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Latest USILA Coaches Poll Ranks Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Maryland, Cornell, Denver And Loyola

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Who’s Hot?
Bucknell (+8): The Bison even recieved one first-place vote this week after beating Cornell 9-8 and Albany 18-12. Bucknell also has a 17-8 win over Drexel on its resume and victories over Will Manny-less UMass, Albany, Delaware, Bryant, Navy and Lafayette.
North Carolina (+6): Well, forget about that trend of win one, lose one for the Tar Heels. UNC made it two in a row this season for the first time in the best way it could, handing Maryland its first loss of the season.
Drexel (+5): They needed triple overtime to do it, but the Dragons beat Hofstra 8-7. Drexel has won six games with the only losses coming to Bucknell, and Virginia in OT.
Who’s Not?
Hofstra (-8): The Pride have dropped two in a row after the loss to Drexel. They’ll have to prove the win over Notre Dame earlier in the season was no fluke down the stretch.
Virginia (-3): “We’ve got to step it up, or we’re going to be in deep trouble,” Virginia attackman Mark Cockerton said after Virginia lost to Johns Hopkins 15-8.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of #1 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse 7-6 Win Over Rutgers On March 24

Three fourth-quarter goals from junior midfielder Jim Marlatt helped the third-ranked Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team hold on for a 7-6 win at Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. The contest was the BIG EAST opener for the Fighting Irish.