Tuesday was a huge day of upsets in men’s D3 lacrosse. Not only did two of the Top Ten lose, but there was one other shocker as well.
We’ll start with the big boys. Let’s break each surprising result down one by one:
Endicott over Tufts 12-10
The Power Gulls, huh? Impressive! Endicott is good, don’t get me wrong here, but in their previous two games against Top Ten teams they had lost by 12 goals… each time. Stevens won 21-9, and RIT beat them 17-5. To come out and beat another Top Ten team by 2 goals is a really big change of pace.
Freshman goalie Cameron Bell made 13 big saves for EC, while Connor McCormack had a hat trick and a helper for four points. Nick Pinciaro and Kyle Weber each had two goals and an assist. Tufts was led by Andrew Flamengo, who had six points on three goals and three assists.
Roanoke Over Stevenson? Yup.
Roanoke came up with a gigantic OT win over Stevenson, and they scored alongside the Mustangs nicely, winning 14-13 in the extra period. Richard Lachlan led the way for Noke as he pumped in four goals, and Connor DuBois helped greatly with three goals of his own. Charlie Pease made 17 saves to earn the win.
Stevenson was led by a trio of hat trick scorers in Chris Dashiell, Tyler Reid, and Mark Panneton. Stevenson led the game in some key categories like ground balls, and shots on cage, and they dominated on face offs. Roanoke was ranked 16th at the time, while Stevenson was sitting in third in the last poll.
Keene State 6 – Bowdoin 5
The NESCAC does look more than just a little vulnerable out of conference this year. There have been some surprising losses, and this Bowdoin loss to Keene is amongst them. I don’t want to take anything away from the Keene State program though, as they have been building something of substance there for a while now.
The stand out feature from this upset is Keene State’s defensive clampdown. Bowdoin put up 5 goals in the first twenty minutes of play and then… nothing. KS shut out the Polar Bears for over 40 minutes to end the game. That is exceptional.
Franklin Reis had four of the Polar Bear’s five goals, while Keene State got two goals from three different players in Ian Hart, Tyler McKelvie, and JT Galloway to make up their six total markers.
More Upsets On Wednesday?
A number of other big time teams have big time potential upset games today. Dickinson plays Gettysburg, Gennesseo plays Cortland, Ithaca takes on RIT, Plattsburgh takes on Oneonta, and WAC takes on Ursinus. Will we see another shocker?