April 21, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN:  Cornell University clinched a share of its seventh straight Ivy League title with help of two-time All-American John Glynn’s contributions in the Big Red’s 10-7 upset of then-No. 1 Princeton last weekend.

The senior midfielder was successful of 13-of-18 face offs (72.2 percent), while picking up a career-best 11 ground balls.  He also tallied an assist in the contest, earning his second Ivy League Player of the Week award of the season.

Glynn, a native of Lindenhurst, N.Y., now has 208 career ground balls, the first Cornell player to achieve the feat since 2003.  He ranks third in the nation with a .631 face-off percentage and sixth in Division I with 6.8 ground balls per game.

Cornell, which jumped to No. 2 in the latest USILA Division I poll, can claim the Ivy League outright with a victory against Brown on April 25.

TOP BILLING: Bucknell made history last week with the Bison’s first-ever Patriot League regular season title by downing then-No. 13 Colgate, 19-11, on April 17.

Freshman midfielder Charlie Streep netted five goals in the win against the Raiders as Bucknell completed the Patriot League season with a 6-0 record and earned the top seed and hosting rights for the conference tournament that begins April 24.
Streep, a native of New Canaan, Conn., notched three of his career-high goal total in the first quarter, and was named the league’s Rookie of the Week for the fifth time for his efforts.  He increased his season total to 23 goals, which ranks second on the squad and is the most among Patriot League freshmen.

The Bison will play fourth-seeded Army in the tournament semifinals, while Colgate and Navy will tangle in the other match-up.  Navy, Bucknell and Colgate are all nationally-ranked at No. 11, No. 15 and No. 17, respectively.

BREAKING THROUGH:  The University of Hartford ended a 26-game losing streak last week beginning with a 14-5 victory over Presbyterian, and kept on winning with a shocker against then-No. 6 UMBC over the weekend.

The Hawks, who had not won a game since 2007, were led by freshman goalkeeper Scott Bement’s career-high 19 saves against the Retrievers.  UMBC had entered the game as the nation’s fifth most potent offense.  Bement, a native of Canandaigua, N.Y., also stop 10 shots against Presbyterian, and was selected as the America East Player of the Week for his efforts.

Hartford will conclude the regular season at Binghamton on April 25.  A win over the Bearcats, coupled with a Vermont loss to UMBC, would earn the Hawks their first America East Championship berth since 2003.

NOTABLE: Notre Dame is now the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s lacrosse after defeating St. John’s, 12-2, on April 19.  The Irish are a perfect 12-0 after stretching their nation’s longest home field winning streak to 25 games.  Junior Grant Krebs tallied three goals and an assist to extend his team-leading point scoring streak to 28 games.  UND looks to improve on its program-record winning streak at Ohio State on April 25 in the regular season finale of Great Western Lacrosse League action … North Carolina’s Shane Walterhoefer was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week after collecting a game-high 10 ground balls and winning 17-of-25 face-offs in a 13-8 upset of then-No. 6 Hofstra last week.  The senior from Ellicott City, Md., is now fourth on the all-time NCAA Division I list for face-off wins, and seventh on the ground balls.  He was 7-for-7 on face-offs in the third quarter as the Tar Heels outscored the Pride 5-1 to comeback from a halftime deficit.