April 13, 2009

DEVILS DOLE IT OUT: After Duke University handed top-ranked Virginia its first loss of the season last weekend, senior attack Ned Crotty garnered Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for his contributions in the upset for the eighth-ranked Blue Devils.

The native of New Vernon, N.J., tallied a career-high eight points on two goals and a career-best six assists as the Blue Devils downed the Cavaliers for the sixth straight time in the series. Crotty assisted on the game-winning goal in the 15-10 win, and dished out five assists in the second half of play against UVa. His six assists are the most by an ACC player this season.

Duke's victory over a No. 1 squad was its first since beating top-ranked Cornell in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The win secured the Blue Devils a share of the regular season title for the fourth time in the last five years, and a No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.

Crotty tops the ACC with 4.08 points per game, and leads the league with 36 assists on the season. LAST ONE STANDING: Notre Dame's 10-8 victory over Denver on April 11 allowed the Irish to remain unbeaten at 10-0 - the only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse.

UND's win against Denver was its 16th victory against a Great Western Lacrosse League foe in the Irish's last 17 conference games. Duncan Swezey netted a hat trick in the contest, including the game-winning score with 2:03 left in regulation. He is tied for second on the squad with 17 goals this season.

The Irish moved up one spot to No. 3 in the latest USILA Division I poll after getting off to their best start in school history.

TIGERS ON TOP: Princeton is the No. 1 team in the USILA Division I poll for the first time since 2001 after fending off Penn and then-No. 15 Harvard in one-goal victories last week.

Senior attack Tommy Davis combined for six goals and two assists, including the game-winner in a 10-9 victory over the Quakers last week, garnering Ivy League Player of the Week for his contributions. The native of Levittown, N.Y., leads the Tigers with 33 points on 20 goals and 13 assists this season.

The Tigers remained perfect against Ivy League opponents, improving to 3-0, and will travel to fourth-ranked Cornell next week in a match-up of the last two unbeaten league squads. PUSHING THE PRIDE: Hofstra University's Anthony Muscarella was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week after propelling the Pride to a pair of league wins last week as they remained unbeaten in conference play.

The senior midfielder from Wantagh, N.Y., recorded three goals and an assist in a 12-7 victory over Drexel, and then tallied four goals in Hofstra's come-from-behind 11-10 win at Towson over the weekend. The Pride clinched home-field advantage for the 2009 CAA Championship as they moved to 5-0 against league foes, while extending their winning streak to seven games.

Hofstra secured at least a share of the CAA regular season title with the win.

NOTABLE: UMass goaltender Doc Schneider registered a career-high 21 saves in a 7-6 overtime victory against Hobart as the Minuteman stayed perfect in ECAC Lacrosse action at 4-0. Schneider was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He ranks third in the nation with a 6.89 goals against average, and paces Division I with a .653 save percentage ... Colgate University moved up to No. 13 in the USILA Division I poll after stretching its winning streak to a school-record eight games with a 12-10 win over Lafayette on April 11. Senior Brand Corp extended his scoring streak to 45 games with three points, and continues to lead the nation with 4.42 points per game.