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Daily Archives: March 27, 2011
Southern California High School Lacrosse: Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse (6-1) Mounts 8-Goal Second-Half Run To Defeat Arch-Rival La Costa Canyon 9-8 On March 26, Ending Maverick’s 27-Game Winning Streak And Avenging Double-Overtime Loss In 2010
NCAA Lacrosse: #11 Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse (6-2) Holds On To Defeat #2 Virginia 12-11 At Homewood Field On March 26
A youth-filled Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team rode the emotion of a quick start to build an 8-3 lead against second-ranked Virginia early in the third quarter of Saturday’s showdown at Homewood Field.
When the run by the senior-laden Cavaliers came – as everyone knew it would – many in the crowd of 3,200 figured the Blue Jays had given Virginia its best shot and the experienced Cavaliers would ride its momentum to victory.
A funny thing happened after the Cavaliers grabbed a 10-9 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter; it was the Blue Jays who responded, not just once but three times to grab a 12-11 victory that answered the question of how they would respond to last week’s 5-4 double-overtime loss at top-ranked Syracuse.
After Virginia’s Rob Emery capped a 7-1 Virginia run that turned the 8-3 deficit into the 10-9 lead with 9:17 remaining, the Blue Jays turned to sophomore Lee Coppersmith, who completed his first career hat trick with a bullet that beat Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman upstairs. The Cavaliers answered with an unassisted goal by junior Steele Stanwick 62 seconds after Coppersmith’s strike, but that would be the last time Virginia would beat JHU goalie Pierce Bassett and the Blue Jays struck twice down the stretch off the creative play of freshman Rob Guida.
Guida needed less than a minute after Stanwick’s goal to pull the Blue Jays even at 11 as he spun past a defender 10 yards from the goal and fired home a left-handed shot that beat Ghitelman.
“Air Force is a tough team, but we came together in this one. When our defense failed our offense was there to pick them up. When our offense failed our defense was there,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “We are starting to gel as a team, but we need to keep getting these ECAC wins.”
University of Denver junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) and sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) had three goals apiece en route to the Pioneers’ 14-7 victory over Air Force on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout, standing-room only crowd of 2,100 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Denver jumped to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the ECAC with its third win in a row. Air Force falls to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the ECAC. The Pioneers are now 12-2 all-time against the Falcons in NCAA Division I.
Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) had three assists and two goals in the win. Senior Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) added two goals and an assist for the Pioneers. Carraro won 18-of-23 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls for Denver. Freshman Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made nine saves in the win.
MCLA Lacrosse: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse (8-0) Dominates Visiting UC Santa Barbara 21-0 On March 26
The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team defeated #10 UC – Santa Barbara on Saturday night (March 26) in Ann Arbor at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse by the score of 21-0. In the Wolverines first shutout since 2008, senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA – Upper St. Clair) [LEFT] was also big part of the story, netting six goals, and in the process, becoming Michigan’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
Michigan kept the Gauchos on the run early winning the opening faceoff and moving the ball in the offensive zone. Four minutes in the quarter, senior defender Justin Burgin (Farmington Hills, MI – Catholic Central) fed Yealy on a clear before he netted a shot from just outside the crease to give Michigan the early 1-0 lead and tie the all-time Michigan goal record of 256, which was held by Jeff Hadwin who played from 1997 to 2001.
A minute later senior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, CA – Torrey Pines) [RIGHT] finished a rebound on the crease for the 2-0 lead. As the home team continued to dominate on offense, junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI – Seaholm) took the right lane, shooting over his defender to beat the goalie on the far side for the early 3-0 advantage.
Four minutes later, following a Michigan penalty, Yealy scored on a wrap around tally on the man-down to break the record as the Wolverines continued their hot start. Another Yealy goal just 20 seconds later made it 5-0 before Vasileff fed sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O’Hara (Mt. Airy, MD./Urbana – St. Johns) for his lone tally of the night and the final goal of the first quarter.
NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (8-4) Dominates Villanova 11-2 On March 27 To Go 3-0 On Pennsylvania Road Trip
California scored the first 11 goals of the game en route to an 11-2 thrashing of Villanova on Sunday at Villanova Stadium. Megan Takacs (2 goals, 1 assist), Alexa Rozelle (2 goals, 1 assist) and Tara Arolla (1 goal, 2 assist) led the Golden Bears with three points each.
The Bears, who have won three straight, finished with a 3-1 record on their spring break road trip and an 8-4 record overall after whipping the Wildcats in the nonconference match. They now have a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series with Villanova, which dropped to 4-4 on the season.
“It was a great game from the beginning,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “We did great on draw controls, the attack was in synch, the defense made great stops and we were causing turnovers all over the field. I was really happy with the entire team effort. It was really fun for everyone to watch today. It’s good for us to end our trip on such a positive note.”
This marks Cal’s most lopsided win since its 20-11 drubbing of Saint Mary’s in last season’s MPS Tournament.
The Bears shut out Villanova, 9-0, in the first half, with Rozelle collecting the eventual game-winning goal with her eight-meter goal at 6:58 in the first half. Six different Bears scored in the first 30 minutes, with Rozelle, Takacs and sophomore midfielder Melissa Humphrey (2 goals) scoring all their goals before halftime. Freshman midfielder Paige Gasparino, junior midfielder Vail Horn and junior attacker Tara Arolla, who notched an eight-meter goal with one second left before halftime, also scored for the Bears.
NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (8-0) Defeats Louisville 16-12 On March 24 To Stay Unbeaten On Road Trip With Vanderbilt Next On Schedule
No. 7 Stanford improved to 8-0, defeating another quality opponent in Louisville, 16-12. The Cardinal handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season, while Stanford defeated its fourth Big East opponent of the year.
The loss was the first of the season for Louisville and makes Stanford just one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.
“I am really happy with the team’s performance against a good Louisville team,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “Our offensive effort was again very diverse with many contributors. Annie Read was also very solid for us in goal today.”
Louisville opened the scoring in the early moments of and the two teams went back and forth, sharing the lead for the early part of the game. Freshmen Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim scored Stanford’s first two goals to give Stanford its first lead, but Louisville fought back to make it 3-2.
The Cardinal then scored three consecutive goals for a lead that it would not relinquish. Leslie Foard got on the board on the way to another multi-goal game, before Sarah Flynn scored her first of two and Nina Swanson capped the run with another goal from a freshman.
Louisville managed to keep it close in the first half, however, as only an Anna Boeri goal with five second remaining allowed Stanford to take a 7-5 lead at the half. Each team had 18 shots for the half with Read looking spectacular in net, making 10 of her 16 saves in the period.
ASU came out early and lead the first quarter, putting the team and the fans on edge with a 3-1 lead. It wasn’t until the end of the first half that the Rams pulled into a one point lead. The surprisingly low score can be attributed to the defenses and goalies.
“Tonight Pat Sullivan, Tyler Zabor and Hayden Porter were just outstanding down low. Mark Moskovics matched up on one of the best middies in the country,” Head Coach Alex Smith said. “All the credit to them for hanging in there and getting us the win.”
In the fourth quarter the Rams were ahead 6-4 when ASU scored with four minutes left in the game. During those last minutes ASU was in control of the ball and circling the goal. The defense held them off until the clock hit 0:00 declaring the Rams the winners.