Fighting Irish Defeat UNC in Three OT Classic:
Freshman Matt Kavanagh scored the game winning goal in the third overtime to give Notre Dame a 10-9 win over UNC. It was the second straight week in which Kavanagh scored the OT winner, doing the same last week against Penn State. The rookie sensation recorded four goals and two assists in the game, which was Notre Dame's home opener. UNC led the majority of the game, but Notre Dame scored the final four goals of the contest, including two during the final minute of regulation. Marcus Holman, Joey Sankey, and Steve Pontrello all scored twice for the Tar Heels. The win was the third over a top ten team this season for the number two ranked Fighting Irish. Notre Dame will next host Hofstra, while the Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill to host Princeton.
Syracuse Defeats Number Six Virginia in OT:
In the latest chapter of one of the best rivalries in lacrosse, sophomore Kevin Rice scored with a minute to go in overtime to give the Orange a 9-8 win over Virginia. The goal came on the first possession of OT for the Orange, and was the first game winner of Rice's career. The Orange used a four goal run in the third to go up 8-6 on the Cavaliers, but Virginia answered right back, when Matt White scored with 11:36 to play. This was the first game in the history of this storied rivalry in which neither team reached double digits in scoring. Tewaaraton award candidate JoJo Marasco lead the Orange in scoring with two goals, while Matt Cockerton and Rob Emery each scored twice for the Cavaliers, respectively. The Orange will next open Big East play against St. John's, while UVA will return home to host Vermont.
Number Five Umass upset by Brown in OT:
Junior Daniel Mellynchuk scored halfway into overtime in Brown's 9-8 win over the fifth ranked Minutemen. It was Mellynchuk's second goal of the game. The loss was the first of the season for Umass. Despite being down by three goals in the fourth quarter, the Bears rallied for three unanswered goals, setting the stage for the overtime upset. All three of the final goals in regulation were scored by freshman Kylor Bellistri, who led all players with four points in the game. Grant Whiteway also scored three times to lead Umass. Both teams will play on the road next, with Brown heading to Hartford and the Minutemen to Albany to play the ranked Great Danes.
Number Eight Penn State Upended by Rival Buckeyes in OT:
With no time left on the clock in the first overtime, Jesse King scored the game winning goal to give Ohio State the upset win over Penn State. It was King's third goal of the game to go with two assists. Led by freshman TJ Sanders', Penn State led by six at halftime. However the Buckeyes came storming out of locker room in the third, scoring six unanswered goals in the third. Ohio State would eventually take the lead with seven minutes to play in the fourth, but Penn State answered right back with just over four minutes to play. The win now moves Ohio State to 1-0 in the battle for the Creators Trophy, which is awarded to the top lacrosse team in the Big Ten.
Lax.com Player of the Week: Jesse King (Ohio State), Daniel Mellynchuck (Brown), Matt Kavanagh (Notre Dame), Brody Eastwood (Stony Brook), Kevin Rice (Syracuse). All of these players are recognized this week for scoring the game winning goal to give their respected teams the win in overtime.
Lax.com Clutch Performer: Wes Berg, sophomore midfielder for Denver. Berg scored seven times for the Pioneers in Denver's 15-12 win over the fourteenth ranked UPenn Quakers. The seven goal performance now gives Berg 18 tallies on the young season.
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