Friday Night Round Up; The Dane Train Stopped in Catonsville, Denver Steamrolls Through Philly

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   This was a very crazy Friday night of Lacrosse as we had some very surprising results. UMBC looked like their basketball team as they defeated number #1 ranked Albany. Denver traveled to the city of champions, Philadelphia, and just steamrolled Villanova. There was a whole lot of CAA action that included some great games and finishes.

Delaware 8, UMass 9

      The UMass Minutemen marched into Newark, DE and were able to get the win. This game was a close one just as suspected. This game started out kind of slow as Delaware held just a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter is where this game really started to heat up. UMass started the scoring off quickly in the second as they got a goal with 14:47 in the half. Delaware would have possession for a while until they got back on the board with 11:26 in the second, making it a 3-1 Delaware lead. Both teams would go back an fourth and the last goal before halftime would come with 7:07 still left to be played in the half. Delaware would have a 5-2 lead going into halftime. The Delaware Blue Hens would start the scoring off in the third until UMass would go on a three goal run. Delaware would get a last second goal to end the quarter. That would put Delaware up 7-5 heading into the final quarter. The final 15 minutes would be all UMass. The Minutemen started off the quarter scoring back to back goals early that tied the game at 7 all. UMass would take the 8-7 lead with 12:17 in the fourth quarter. That would be the last goal until the 1:13 mark. Delaware would answer but with only 40 seconds to play it would be too late. The Minutemen would win the faceoff and run away with the game. 

      Some guys that stood out for the Minutemen were Jeff Trainor, Budd Carr, and Noah Rak. Trainor finished the game with 3 goals off of 6 shots. Carr lead the team in assist with 2. Carr was also able to find the back of the net once. Rak finished the game with 2 goals as he was the second leading scorer for the Minutemen tonight behind Trainor. The Minuteman really dominated the possession game as they won 14 faceoffs out of 18. They can thank Noah Rak for that as he took all of their faceoffs tonight. They also did very well in the clearing game as they went 18-20 in that department. 

      The playmakers for the Blue Hens were Dean DiSimone and Charlie Kitchen. DiSimone finished the game with 3 goals and 1 assist and Kitchen had 1 goal and 1 assist. Delaware really struggled in many areas. In the clearing game they went 16-21 and none of their faceoff guys could seem to get it done at all. Overall, it was a tough game for the Hens as they struggled more as the game went on. That is  really what killed them and allowed UMass to pull away with the game.

    UMass now is 2-0 in CAA play as Delaware drops to 1-1. This game should give UMass more confidence as they get deeper into conference play. Delaware will want to go back to the drawing board and figure out how they can hold a lead and play like they were early in the season. For UMass their next game will be against Towson on 4/14, next Saturday. Delaware's next contest will be against Hofstra on the road next Saturday. Both those games will be critical in the CAA.

Hofstra 4, Fairfield 5

   Did someone say defense? This game was very low scoring and had plenty of defense. In essence, this game was a defensive coordinators dream. The game started off with no score for the first quarter. That's just insane. It was 0-0 at the end of the 1st quarter! Now, it starts to get interesting in the second quarter. Fairfield got the first goal of the game with 13:37 left in the second quarter. Hofstra then with 12:12 in the second. That would be the last goal of the second quarter and the half would end with the game tied a 1-1. Again, a defensive coordinators dream. Fairfield started the third quarter scoring before letting Hofstra go on a three goal run. At the end of the third quarter the score was 4-2 in favor of Hofstra. The fourth quarter would have Fairfield's name written all over it. The Stags would tie the game at 4 with 7:45 in the fourth. Both teams would have their chances to get the lead but no one could until less than a minute left. With 41 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter Fairfield's Travis Ford would score the game winning goal. Fairfield owned the fourth quarter and that was able to get them the win. 

    Some guys that played well for Fairfield were Colin Burke and goalie Max McGuire. Burke lead the Stags in scoring with 2 goals. Colin Burke had 8 saves off of 12 shots. When you look at the team stats Fairfield did not do very well. They had 16 turnovers and went 16-20 on clears. They also only picked up 16 ground balls. They really did just catch fire at the end of the game to put this one away.

   Hofstra had a different guys score every goal. Jimmy Yanes, Dylan Alderman, Brett Osman, and Ryan Tierney. Tierney was the only of those guys that had an assist as he had 1. Their assist leader was Alex Moeser with 2. In goal Jack Concannon had 9 saves off of 14 shots. At the faceoff dot Kyle Gallagher went 10-13 on the day. Hofstra won the clear battle as they went 18-19. The Pride also gobbled up 26 ground balls. 

   Fairfield and Hofstra are now 1-1 in CAA play. Up next for Fairfield is a game is a game against Drexel at home next Saturday. For Hofstra will be a home contest against Delaware. Those games will be crucial for both teams and should be pretty good as well. Hopefully there is more scoring from both of these teams next week.

Towson 17, Drexel 9

   This game was close until it wasn't. For most of the game these two teams were neck and neck until Towson pulled away in the fourth quarter. This game started off as a back and fourth battle. In the first quarter Towson started on a 3-0 run and then Drexel went on a 3-0 run of their own to end the first quarter. That brought the game to a 3-3 ti at the end of the first quarter. Towson started off the scoring in the second quarter early as they went on another 3-0 run. That run was stopped as Drexel goth their first and only goal of the second with 8:34 on the clock. Towson would find the back of the net two more times before halftime. That pushed Towson out to an 8-4 lead at the half. The third quarter was pretty low scoring as Towson scored once early and Drexel scored twice in the quarter. That would make the game 9-7 in favor of Towson heading into the fourth. Towson really dominated the fourth quarter as it seemed they shot out of a cannon. Drexel and Towson would both score two straight goals back to back early. Drexel would score one more time with 10:39 in the fourth before Towson hit the gas pedal and went on a 6-0 run in the last 9 minutes of the game. That run right there put Drexel away and let Towson pull away for a 17-9 win.

   Towson's best offensive and defensive player were both suspended for this game but that didn't seem to hurt them as many guys still contributed big for the Tigers. Johnny Giuffreda almost had a double hat trick as he notched up 5 goals. Matt Sorvero and Brendan Sunday also contributed big. Each had 3 goals and Sovero had 2 assist as well. In goal Shane Brennan had 10 saves off of 19 goals. Towson also did good in the clearing game as they went 17-18 there. Overall, it was a good day for the Tigers.

   Drexel's top performers were Marshal King and Matthew Varian. King tallied up 3 goals and 2 assist on the day as Varian had 2 goals and 1 assist. In goal Chre Teitelbaum had 7 saves on 24 shots. It seemed that Drexel was always just a step behind. One areas that really killed them was turnovers as they had 17 of them. That is something that you never want to see. Drexel just let Towson get hot at the right time and that cost them the game.

   Towson moves to 1-1 in the CAA while Drexel drops to 0-2. The next game for Towson will be a critical one as they travel to UMass next Saturday. Drexel will play an away contest at Fairfield in their next contest. 

UMBC 11, Albany 7

   This is the game everyone is talking about. UMBC upset Albany 11-7 on Friday night. That is just insane. Most people, including me thought Albany would run straight through the Retrievers. This just proves that it really is a dog eat dog world out there. (Pun intended) UMBC started this game off hot as they got out to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter UMBC scored 5 unanswered goals that gave them an 8-2 lead heading into halftime. The third quarter was pretty quite until late in the quarter when Albany netted one that most thought was the start to a spark, but it wasn't. UMBC scored one late in the third that gave them a 9-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Albany started to look better as they started off the fourth quarter with two straight goals that helped them cut UMBC's lead to 9-5. The Retrievers answered with two goals of their own which pushed them out to a 11-5 lead with 2:26 in the fourth. Albany scored two goals late but it just wasn't enough and UMBC got the upset win 11-7. 

   Billy Nolan and Jack Andrews were two guys that contributed well for UMBC. Nolan had 3 goals and 2 assist on the night as Andrews notched 2 goals. Tommy Linger had 16 saves off of 23 shots for the Retrievers. One area where UMBC was perfect was in the clearing game. They went 23-23 on clears. They actually didn't do spectacular in many other areas.

   For Albany Tehoka Nanticoke had 3 goals and 2 ground balls and pretty much lead the team. Kyle McClancy also helped lead the Danes with 3 goals and 3 ground balls. JD Colarusso had 9 saves off of 20 shots in goal. TD Irelan went 19-21 at the faceoff dot which is insane. Albany played well but they just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net. You could really see that they were missing Connor Fields on offense. 

   UMBC gives Albany their first loss of the year in great fashion. UMBC's is now 1-2 in the America east and their next contest will be at Binghamton next Saturday. Albany's is still sitting atop the America east with a 3-1 conference record. Their next game will be against Binghamton at home on April 20th.

   If your an Albany fan or your riding on the Dane Train then you really like to hear this.

Villanova 6, Denver 22 

   This game actually was good, at the beginning. The first Denver started the game on a two goal run and then Villanova went on a two goal run. The first four possessions of the game ended with the ball in the back of the net. It was really looking to be a great game, until Denver heated up. Denver would go on a six goal goal run until Villanova stopped the bleeding with 45 second left in the first quarter. Denver would get the last of the first quarter as they scored with 7 seconds left. Heading into the second quarter Denver lead 9-3. Denver would go on two separate two goal runs in the second that would be interrupted by a Villanova goal. Denver would finish the first half with a 5 goal run. The Pioneers would be leading 18-5 going into halftime. That score of 18 is the most ever in one half in Denver lacrosse history. Denver would score three times in the third quarter and once in the fourth. Villanova would only find the back of the net once in the second half. That goal would come early in the fourth. 

   Some guys that really helped to allow Denver to dominate like this were Ethan Walker, Austin French, Ted Sullivan, and Trevor Baptiste. Walker had 8 goals and 1 assist. He had 6 of those goals in the first half. French would end up with a total of 3 goals and 3 assist. Sullivan had 4 goals and 1 assist. Baptiste solidified himself as a Tewaaraton frontrunner. He went 27-30 at the faceoff dot. Denver really just dominated in all facets of the game.

   Villanova top guys were Christian Cuccinello and Connor Kirst. Cuccinello and Kirst both had 2 goals on the day. Villanova really was just behind Denver all game. Once Denver went on that run in the first Villanova seemed to have no steam at all. 

   This game was important for both teams as it could have Big East and NCAA tournament implications. Villanova really just got behind and Denver never let them back in. Both these teams are still at the top of the Big East. Denver's next game will be against St. John's at home next Saturday. Villanova will face Georgetown at home next Saturday.