College Lacrosse Update
It may be February 12th but the college lacrosse season has started. Most teams opened their season last week but a few have already played two games. Here is what we know about the local scene. 10th ranked Johns Hopkins opened their season with a 15-7 win over Towson. Cole Williams had 3 goals and 4 assists for the Blue Jays, who played without star attackman Joey Epstein (knee injury). The defense led by Ryan Darby (11 saves) also played well despite a few key departures from last year. The Tigers definitely missed face-off man Alex Woodall who graduated after last season. They lost 20 of 26 face-offs which meant they spent most of the game in their own half of the field. Defenseman Kobe Smith had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Tigers.
Meanwhile down in Charlottesville #14 Loyola lost 12-9 to top ranked Virginia. The Hounds started slowly, trailing 9-3 at halftime. The graduation of Pat Spencer and Chase Scanlon's transfer to Syracuse definitely played a part in that. Kevin Lindley, Aidan Olmstead, and Logan Devereaux had two goals apiece for Loyola. First time started Sam Shafer had 15 saves in the cage for the Hounds
Navy started the Joe Amplo era with a 9-4 win over Manhattan on Friday night in Annapolis. The Mids raced out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter but the offense cooled off after that. Christian Daniel, Henry Rentz, and Nick Cole had two goals each. Ryan Kern picked up where he left off last season with 14 saves and the 10 man ride had Manhattan scrambling most of the night. The 21 turnovers need to be cleaned up and the midfield lines need to develop but it was a solid win for Navy who controlled the game from start to finish.
Maryland needed double overtime to complete a 14-13 win at Richmond, Anthony DeMaio scored the winner for the Terps who trailed 11-7 after three quarters. Richmond won the ground ball war 40-28 and the other stats were even, Jared Bernhardt and Logan WIsnaukas led Maryland with 3 goals each. Georgetown transfer Chris Brandau had 10 saves on 23 shots for the winners,
This weekend features (10) Johns Hopkins at (16) Loyola (3:30) Richie Meade returns to Navy with Furman at noon, (6) Penn at (4) Maryland 1pm, Towson hosts Mount Saint Mary's (noon), and UMBC opens their season by hosting Georgetown at 3:30