Notre Dame Defeats Denver in Mile High Classic:
For the third time this season, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team won in overtime, this time defeating the fifth ranked Denver Pioneers, 13-12 at the Mile High Classic in Denver. The win is also the fourth win for the Irish over a top ten ranked team in 2013, moving them to 4-1 on the season. The loss drops the Pioneers to 5-2. The Irish trailed by two with less than three minutes to play, but rallied to force overtime. Then just a minute into extra time, junior midfielder Jim Marlatt found the back of the net for the win. It was Marlatt's second goal of the game and the tenth of the season, tying him for the team lead. Sean Rodgers led the Irish with three goals while Eric Law led Denver with four goals and all players with six points. Denver will next host Air Force while Notre Dame will host the 12th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Syracuse Upsets Fourth Ranked Johns Hopkins
The Orange won their fourth straight game after losing their 2013 opener to Albany, defeating the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in decisive fashion, 13-8. Led by junior Scott Loy's career-high three goals, the Orange jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the Blue Jays and never looked back. It was the third straight win for Syracuse over Hopkins at the Carrier Dome and the seventh win in the last nine meetings between the two long standing rivals. Hopkins would eventually come within three goals at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Brandon Benn scored to make the score 11-8. Yet Hopkins would come no closer, as the Orange scored the games final two goals to put the game on ice. Wells Stanwick led the Blue Jays with three goals and an assist. The Blue Jays will look to get back on the winning path when they next host Virginia while the Orange will look to continue their impressive win streak when they play Big East rival Providence.
Upenn Defeats Seventh Ranked Princeton in Ivy League Showdown
In a game that featured rain, snow, and a 55 minute lightning delay, the Penn Quakers defeated rival Princeton, 11-10, in front of a raucous crowd at Franklin Field. The win moves the Quakers to 5-1 on the season, while the Tigers dropped to 4-2, suffering their second straight loss after starting the season undefeated. After Penn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second quarter, Princeton answered right back with a 5-0 run of their own to pull ahead by one. The teams would trade goals until Princeton used another 4-0 run, this time in the fourth to take the lead for good. Penn would have to weather a late rally by Princeton, as the Tigers pulled within one goal with 45 seconds left to play. The Quakers would hold on however, securing the 11-10 win. Isaac Bock led the way for Penn with three goals while Mike MacDonald scored four times for the Tigers en route to a game high six points. Penn will continue Ivy League play when it travels to Cornell next weekend while the Tigers will look to bounce back against rival Yale, a game which will be featured on ESPNU.
Buckeyes Roll to Upset Win Over Cavaliers
Ohio State continued its solid play in 2013 when it defeated ninth ranked Virginia 11-10 in Charlottesville this weekend. The win moves the Buckeyes to 5-1 on the year while the Cavaliers fell to 5-3. After trailing for the majority of the first quarter, a four goal run put OSU up 5-4 with three to play in the first half. At the start of the second half, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-5 lead on a goal by Logan Schuss. Virginia wold answer right back with two straight goals to tie the game at seven. The teams would battle back and forth until with just 1:31 to play, senior Dominique Alexander scored to give OSU an 11-10 lead and eventually, the win. The Cavaliers' Nick O Reilly led all players with four goals in the game while four players scored twice for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes will next travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame while Virginia takes on lang standing rival Johns Hopkins.
Lax.com Player of the Week: Austin Kaut, junior from Penn State. The junior goalie from Penn State made 16 saves for the Nittany Lions in the teams low scoring, 7-5 win over Umass in Amherst this past weekend.
Lax.com Clutch Performer: Jim Marlatt, junior for Notre Dame. On a St. Patty's Day weekend, the luck of the Irish came through when Marlatt scored the game winning goal to giveNotre Dame a 13-12 win over Denver in overtime.
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