Catawba lands at No. 11 in DII polls
Notes: Penn makes opening statement
Three games into their 2011, the Indians of Catawba College have put the lacrosse world on notice that they are poised to make a run. After starting the season unranked, Catawba has jumped into the USILA Division II Poll at No. 11.
After opening the season with a 10-5 win over St. Andrew’s on February 12 and defeating a highly-regarded Pfeiffer team on February 23, the Indians recorded the first shutout in program history when they defeated Ohio Valley 24-0 on Sunday. A total of 13 different players scored for Catawba, and four players recorded hat tricks in the historic victory.
The scoring started 21 seconds into the contest with an unassisted goal by John Scheich, the first of three in the first five minutes en route to a seven-goal first quarter. The bulk of Catawba’s damage, however, was done in the second quarter, as the Indians scored 12 times in the frame, including three goals in 40 seconds. Alex Hodges recorded three of his five assists in that stretch, setting up a goal by Trever Sieracki and two by Davis Hughes. Hughes was the star on the day, recording a hat trick and adding four assists to pace the Catawba effort.
Playing their first collegiate game, the Fighting Scots posted three shots on goal in the first quarter, all of which were saved by Catawba’s Michael Pecchia, but were held without a shot over the last 53:44.
The competition is about to toughen significantly for the Indians, as four of Catawba’s next six opponents were ranked or received votes in the latest USILA Division II Poll. The Indians will be on the road for four straight games starting on Saturday at Queens, including the first three games of Catawba’s South Atlantic Conference schedule, before returning home for games against No. 6 Merrimack and No. 8 Mars Hill.
Need to Know
• Unranked to start the season in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and the Nike/InsideLacrosse Media Poll, the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania made an impact statement in their season-opener on Saturday. Welcoming then-No. 10 Duke to Franklin Field, the Quakers got a superb effort from freshman goaltender Brian Feeney in his collegiate debut. The Summit, N.J., native stopped nine of the 12 shots he faced – including all four Duke attempts in the first half – and six different Quakers scored goals to give Penn a 7-3 win over Duke. Feeney was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his performance, while the Quakers jumped into the polls this week at No. 16 in the media poll and No. 14 in the coaches poll ahead of Tuesday night’s game against a Bucknell team that’s No. 17 in the media poll.
• Another previously unranked team breaks into the polls at No. 14 this week, as Hampden-Sydney made a splash in its season-opener at then-No. 6 Gettysburg. Carter Mavromatis scored with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over the Bullets, spoiling Gettysburg’s home opener. Cody Hornung stopped 9 of the 15 shots he faced for Hampden-Sydney, which moved to 2-0 on the season heading into Saturday’s home opener against Marymount. The Bullets, meanwhile, fall to 12th in the poll, but will have a chance to make a statement of their own on Saturday, when they’ll travel to No. 3 Salisbury. For now, though, Gettysburg is focused on Wednesday afternoon’s tilt with Goucher.
• Merrimack made an impact in a season-opening battle of Top 10 teams in Division II on Saturday, as the then-No. 7 Warriors topped then-No. 5 NYIT on Long Island. Terence Barclay scored four goals for the Warriors, who moved up to No. 6 in the USILA poll, while goalkeeper Connor Regan stopped eight NYIT shots to earn Northeast 10 Goalkeeper of the Week honors. The Bears, meanwhile, drop to No. 6 in the poll, and will look to rebound in their East Coast Conference opener on Wednesday, as they’ll head to Purchase, N.Y. to face Mercy College.
• Kevin Crowley’s four goals and single assist against Virginia couldn’t pace Stony Brook to an upset of No. 1/2 Virginia, but it did get him America East Player of the Week honors. Crowley, who is the nation’s leading active scorer with 181 career points, helped the Seawolves force overtime against the Cavaliers.
• Dowling junior attacker Vito DeMola was named the East Coast Conference Player of the Week after scoring 13 goals in two games in seven days. The Holtsville, N.Y. native scored seven goals in a 14-8 win over Queens University on February 20, then added six goals in a 19-11 win over Wheelin Jesuit on February 26.
• Stevenson senior attacker Jimmy Daily and Salisbury senior defenseman Collin Tokosch were named the Players of the Week in the Capital Athletic Conference. Dailey posted a total of 17 points in two wins for the No. 2 Mustangs, while Tokosch caused a career-high five turnovers and scooped up three ground balls in the No. 3 Sea Gulls’ 7-4 win over Washington & Lee.
• JoJo Marasco of No. 1 Syracuse and Kevin Ridgway of No. 4 Notre Dame were named the Players of the Week by the Big East. Marasco earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after tying his career high with five points (3g, 2a) in the Orange’s 11-9 win over Army, while Ridgway forced three turnovers and collected a ground ball while helping the Irish limit Penn State to just two goals in a 6-2 win, the Irish’s best defensive effort since 2009.
• LeMoyne senior Vinnie Alexander was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week for after he figured on eight of the No. 2 Dolphins’ 13 goals in their 13-6 win over Seton Hill. Alexander’s career-best total included three goals and a career-high five assists, with six of his points coming during an 8-3 LeMoyne run during the second and third quarters.