Sorry for the one day delay on this! I’m sure you were all just frothing at the mouth for your Zu-level coverage of our B1G Little Lacrosse League. So the Lacrosse season officially opened this weekend for Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, and Maryland. Michigan and Johns Hopkins open their seasons this coming Saturday, Feb 9th, at Cleveland State and Towson respectively.
Spoiler alert before I get into the nitty gritty, and if you don’t want to read anymore, all Big Ten teams won.
#12 Rutgers defeats Lafayette 14-8
Strong season opening performance by RU with Rutgers leading for the entire game. It was great to see the triumphant return of attackman Adam Charalambides, formerly the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but who was out for the last TWO consecutive seasons due to injury, come back roaring leading the team with 4 points, the most by any player this weekend. Charalambides will be quite the asset for Rutgers this lacrosse. Kieran Mullins, another star Rutgers player who led the B1G in points last season, had 3 goals and two assists. Stats-wise, Rutgers currently leads the NCAA in faceoff percentage at 88.5% faceoffs won, and #3 in ground balls. The Big Ten named faceoff specialist, Connor Harryman, a B1G Co-Specialist of the Week because of this. Long stick midfielder Kyle Pless was also named B1G Defensive Player of the week.
If Rutgers can stay healthy, I’m expecting great things from them this season.
Next up: Rutgers at St. John’s, Saturday, Feb 9 @ 1pm
#9 Penn State defeats Villanova 17-7
Penn State had quite the dominating, no rust, season opening game against Villanova. The Nittany Lions had outstanding performances from B1G Freshman of the Week, TJ Malone, with 3 goals, the other B1G Co-Specialist of the week for goalie Colby Kneese with a career-high 19 saves, and B1G Offensive Player of the Week, Grant Ament with 3 goals and 7 assists. Grant Ament is one of the greatest lacrosse players in the league, but the whole team is just crazy talented. Eleven different players had points this game.
Penn State has the depth and talent to be an absolute force this season.
Next up: Penn State vs Robert Morris, Saturday, Feb 9 @ 11am
#15 Ohio State defeats Cleveland State 12-9
The official recap from the Ohio State website called the Buckeyes’ performance well-balanced and I think that’s a perfect way to describe it. 6 players scored points for the Buckeyes, picking it up a little bit into the game to secure the win. Cleveland State scored first late in the first quarter, but Ohio State focused and answered with 3 goals in 4 minutes controlling the game from there. Goalie Josh Kirson protected the Buckeyes with a career-high 16 saves while key offensive players senior Jack Jasinski and junior Tre Leclaire held down the offense with a combined 6 points, with Jasinski having two assists.
I think consistency is key for Ohio State this season, but they can get it done.
Next up: Ohio State vs Boston University, Saturday, Feb 9, @ 12pm
#3 Maryland defeats Bucknell 11-6
Maryland showed off their depth of talent this past Saturday. The Terrapins lost some key players to graduation, but new key players stepped right into these roles. The opening goal was scored by senior midfielder, Christian Zawadzki in his FIRST career start, sophomore midfielder Anthony DeMaio coming off the bench with 2 goals and an assist, and senior attackman Louis Dubick scoring a point in his second ever career start. Maryland’s goalie, senior Danny Dolan, was a new starter as well and had a game-high 11 saves. Of course the existing talent still made their presence known with ttackmen Logan Wisnauskas and Jared Bernhardt combining for six goals and two assists to really ensure a solid win over Bucknell.
Maryland is very likely to do the tournament dance this year.
Next up: Maryland vs Richmond, Saturday, Feb 9 @12pm
And that’s this week’s swatty sticks coverage in 669 words!