Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 3
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a stellar weekend for teams and individuals around the Ivy League last week, the Ivy League boasts two of the Top 5 teams in both the USILA and NIKE/Inside Lacrosse polls.
The League is 6-3 against ranked teams already this season. Cornell jumped up four spots to No. 3 after dominating Colgate, while Princeton's win at Johns Hopkins leapfrogged the Tigers up seven spots to No. 5. Penn is still in the Top 20 despite a narrow loss at Denver, while Yale is No. 20 in the NIKE/IL poll after an impressive win at Albany. Brown also got votes in both polls this week following its overtime win at No. 7/5 UMass.
Four teams return to the field on Tuesday. Cornell, coming off its 19-3 blowout win over No. 9/11 Colgate, visits Canisius. Yale travels to backyard rival Sacred Heart. Penn travels to Lehigh in a Top 20 battle, while Princeton hosts Villanova in its home opener. Also, on Wednesday, Brown visits Hartford.
The weekend slate opens Friday when Harvard hosts Georgetown. A nearly full slate of games is set for Saturday, headlined by two Ivy-ACC match-ups when Cornell visits Virginia and Princeton travels to North Carolina.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior defender Jason Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) shut down the 2012 Tewaarton Trophy winner Peter Baum in the Big Red's dominating win over No. 9/11 Colgate. Baum entered the contest with a goal in 21 straight games. On Saturday, Noble smothered Baum, allowing him just three shots, none of which were on goal as Cornell jumped out to a 10-0 lead on its way to a 19-3 win. Baum's only point of the day came on an assist in the third quarter with Cornell holding an 11-1 advantage. The win over Colgate vaulted the Big Red to No. 3 in both polls this week. Noble also added a goal in Cornell's win over Binghamton on Tuesday.
Noble's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1G, 1 Pts., 4 GB, 5 CTs
Princeton senior attack Jeff Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) had three goals and an assist as the Tigers knocked off No. 3/3 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 11-8. Froccaro had a pair of third quarter tallies to turn a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead. He also had a big day at the X, going 5-for-9 in face-offs while the Blue Jays won 11 of the other 13 draws in the contest. Princeton's win over Johns Hopkins vaulted the Tigers seven spots in both polls to No. 5 this week.
Froccaro's Weekly Stats
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 6 shots, 5-9 FOs
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown's Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, Md.) led one of the greatest comebacks in the program's history on Saturday as the Bears knocked off No. 7/5 UMass in overtime in Amherst. Trailing by three goals with six minutes to play, 8-5, the freshman attacker scored three straight goals in a span of three minutes to pull the Bears even. Brown wound up winning the game with 2:44 left in the first overtime period, 9-8.
Bellistri Weekly Stats
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 6 shots
Conrad Oberback, Yale (So., A - Greenwich, Conn.)
1GP, 6G, 1 A, 7 Pts., 9 shots
Daniel Mellynchuk, Brown (Jr., M - West Sayville, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 2 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 2 Shots
Tim Schwalje, Penn (Sr., A - Setauket, N.Y.)
2 GP, 2G, 4A, 6 Pts., 5 GB, 2 CT, 10 Shots
Adam Hull, Dartmouth (So., M - Saint James, N.Y.)
2 GP, 3G, 7A, 10 Pts., 5 GB, 1 CT, 7 Shots
Matt O'Connor, Princeton (Fr., G - Spring Lake, N.J.)
1 GP, 10 Svs., 7 GA (held Johns Hopkins to half of its average)
Devin Dwyer, Harvard (Fr., A - Garden City, N.Y.)
2 GP, 4G, 5A, 9 Pts., 3 GB, 7 Shots
Tuesday, March 5
(3/3) Cornell at Canisius, 4 pm
(20/RV) Yale at Sacred Heart, 7 pm
(18/18) Penn at (17/19) Lehigh, 7 pm
Villanova at (5/5) Princeton, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 6
(RV/RV) Brown at Hartford, 3 pm
Friday, March 8
(RV/--) Georgetown at Harvard, 6 pm
Saturday, March 9
(19/17) Fairfield at (20/RV) Yale, 1 pm
Saint Joseph's at (RV/RV) Brown, 1 pm
(3/3) Cornell at (9/8) Virginia, 1 pm
(5/5) Princeton at (11/9) North Carolina, 1 pm
1-(RV/--) Villanova vs. (18/18) Penn, 2:30 pm [ESPN3]
Robert Morris vs. Dartmouth, 3 pm
1-Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic, PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the NIKE/Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll (updated March 4)