Eich's Late Goal Leads Great Danes in Upset Over Johns Hopkins :
Heading into this past Friday, the Great Danes men's lacrosse team already had one upset win over one of the top lacrosse programs in the country when it defeated Syracuse. However, that win came in the first week of the season when it opened the at the Carrier Dome. This past Friday, Albany made it two wins over the countries best when they defeated Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 10-9. In a game that saw back and forth action all game and six tie scores, a goal from Danes junior defensemen Doug Eich with two minutes left put Albany in front for good. Hopkins had a one last chance to force overtime with 14 seconds left, but a shot by John Ranagan went high. Once again, the Great Danes were led by one of the Thompson brothers, as Miles Thompson scored three goals and had two assists. Wells Stanwick led John Hopkins and all players with four goals. The loss drops the Blue Jays to 6-4 on the season, while Albany moves to 7-3.
Orange Down Princeton 13-12 on Late Goal from Marasco
In a match up that never seems to disappoint, the Syracuse Orange won the latest chapter of it's long standing rivalry with Princeton, 13-12 in front of a raucous crowd of 4,610 at Powers Field in Princeton. With 2:32 left to play, senior JoJo Marasco capped a 3-0 Syracuse run, when he buried the eventual game winner past Princeton goalie Matt O'Connor. The win is the Orange fourth straight over the rival Tigers. Syracuse jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Princeton would rally back, eventually tying the game at five as the teams headed into the locker room for halftime. In the third, Syracuse opened the scoring jumping out to a 7-5 lead, but a 4-0 run by the Tigers saw gave Princeton a 9-7 lead heading into the fourth. The teams would trade goals through the fourth quarter until Marasco's tally, his second of the game, would be final score of the game. Orange sophomore Henry Schoonmaker led all players with six points in the game on four goals and two assists. Jeff Fraccaro also scored four goals to lead Princeton. Syracuse moves to 7-2 with the win and Princeton drops to 6-3. Syracuse will return home this week for a huge game with in-state rival Cornell, while Princeton will travel to play Rutgers.
Denver Needs Two Overtimes to Beat Bellarmine, 11-10.
When ECAC rivals Bellarmine and Denver met this weekend, it looked like the Knights were primed to join the list of teams that have pulled of upsets over a top ranked team in the country. Yet after two overtimes, Eric Law made sure the the Pioneers would not fall victim to the upset bug when he scored the game winner with a shade under two minutes in double overtime. The tally was Law's third of the game, giving senior standout six hat tricks on the season. The back and forth affair saw Bellarmine grab a lead late, only to have Denver tie it 27 seconds later to force overtime. The first overtime saw Denver press the Knights defense, yet they couldn't get one past senior goalie Dillon Ward, who continued his incredible play in 2013, making 20 saves. In the second OT, Eric Law gave Denver the win when he buried a Cam Flint pass for the game winner. Flint led all players with four goals in the game while three players each found the net twice for Bellarmine. Denver will next travel to Loyola for a game with the defending National Champion Greyhounds, while Bellarmine will look to lock up their first ever birth in the ECAC tournament next week when they host Hobart.
Penn State Wins Sixth in a Row, Beat 12th Ranked Drexel 13-6
Led by four goals apiece from Jack Forster and T.J. Sanders and stellar goaltending from Austin Kaut, Penn State kept its winning streak in tact when it defeated the Drexel Dragons, 13-6. this win also moves the Nittany Lions to 3-0 in the CAA. In front of a crowd of over 1000 and alumni, all in attendance for the celebration of the programs 100th season, the Nittany Lions used a 7-0 run in the second half to surge past the high powered Dragons, who were held in check by Kaut and the PSU defense the majority of the game. The win, Penn States third against a higher ranked opponent this season, moves Penn State to 8-3 on the year. Drexel, who were led in scoring by Ryan Belka's three goals, fall to 8-3 with the loss.
Lax.com Clutch Performer(s) of the Week: Dan McKinney of Georgetown, Michael Antinozzi of Binghamton, and Eric Law of Denver. All three scored the game winner for their respected programs in OT this weekend.
Lax.com Player of the Week: In a show of unselfish play, Air Force junior Mike Crampton had eight assists in the Falcons 15-9 win over Mercer this weekend. Crampton also scored a hat trick to give him eleven points on the day.
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