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College Lacrosse Notebook (cont.)

Posted: Thursday April 26, 2007 11:25AM; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2007 12:44PM
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By Dan Larsen

Thanks to Peter Coluccini and Brendan Loftus (above), the Orange are back and fighting for their playoff lives.
Thanks to Peter Coluccini and Brendan Loftus (above), the Orange are back and fighting for their playoff lives.
Photo courtesy of Syracuse Athletic Dept.
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11. Notre Dame (9-3) -- This is the one team on fire that no one is talking about ... Stays at No. 11 for me after pasting of senior-laden Lehigh team ... The schedule is weaker than it was in March, but they are putting solid teams away by halftime ... Another team beating up on weaklings. The nine wins come against squads with a combined record of 50-56.

12. Syracuse (5-6) -- They're baaaack! ... Still must win out to make playoffs, and you can be sure foes want them out ... Back and up to No. 12 even without Pat Perritt, a dominant force on offense who could also play D. Most teams would have trouble losing a top AA level performer, but SU is going with some unsung local (especially Watertown) kids who look smooth on offense. If they win out with momentum into NCAAs, watch out. Hats off to Peter Coluccini, who took a lot of heat but is playing like a champ now ... Playing and scoring with a vengeance ever since they were put into a win-or-out situation.

13. Loyola (6-4) -- Nice win over Fairfield. Sometimes up, and they were this week ... Holy moly. A 19-2 thrashing of a good Fairfield team? ... Very inconsistent team, which is surprising given the upperclassmen ... Johns Hopkins game in two weeks is shaping up to be a real barn burner.

14. UMBC (8-4) -- Sleeper team ... A nice little run going, punctuated by a win over Towson and a 2OT win over Binghamton ... Don Zimmerman has the new players integrated. Cayle Ratcliffe has had a strong freshman year ... With no high-quality wins, this team needs to win the America East.

15. Towson (8-4) --Upended Drexel to win the league title, ready to test JHU ... Gritty win over the Dragons ... Heart-breaking loss to Hofstra shows that the Tigers are playing hard right now.

16. Colgate (9-4) -- Never would have guessed that they would pull off the victory against Bucknell ... Finding more offense, and D is stiffening ... Might give Syracuse a run for its money with its careful style of play ... On a five-game winning streak. I'm becoming a fan of this team.

17. Bucknell (11-3) -- The Herd had a chance to make a statement against Colgate and didn't. My guess is that they will in Bucknell-Colgate II [in the Patriot League tournament] ... Having a super season but may have to win a couple PL tournament games to make the tourney.

18. Drexel (10-4) -- Drops with loss to Tony's Towson Tigers, but still having a good year overall ... The early-season dragon slayer [of Virginia] has had a good season in their own right. Beat Hofstra to share a piece of the CAA crown.

19. Hofstra (6-6) -- CAA will be interesting ... Seth Tierney should be nominated for Coach of the Year. No one has done more with less ... On a four-game win streak, including a win over CAA rival Towson. Pretty good season given all the talent lost from last year's team.

20. Delaware (8-5) -- Needs to win the CAA tourney to dance ... Just a few seniors left to lead the way into the CAA playoffs. Need some underclassmen to step up and finish on offense ... Only one good win, vs. Hofstra.

Women's Division I

Northwestern may not be near the geographic hotbed of lacrosse, but the team seeks its third consecutive national championship. The 13-1 Wildcats haven't lost since the first game of the season in mid-February (an overtime match with North Carolina), and they stand No. 1 in all the polls. What our pollsters have to say:

So many people on this team make a difference, which is why they are No. 1 in the nation ... Just another week at the office with Rutgers, Ohio State and Hofstra as warm-ups for the ALC tourney ... Held Maryland to seven goals and [likely Johns Hopkins All-American Mary] Key to two. Not bad defense. Seem to have all cylinders clicking. Kristen Kjellman shows up big against the Blue Jays, which is scary for the rest of the nation ... The Wildcats were too much in the second half for Maryland. Morgan Lathrop in goal was tremendous, especially on free position shots. Despite the relative closeness of the game, there is still a feeling that the three-peat is there to be taken ... There's Northwestern all alone at the top, then you go down two solid steps to a group of about four teams.

Comeback of the Century?

On the road and trailing Lynchburg by four goals with less than a minute to play, the Roanoke College Division III men's team tied the game in regulation and then got the winning strike 12 seconds into overtime. The Maroons were down 16-12 when Matt Duke scored an unassisted goal at the 50-second mark. Billy Cameron won the ensuing face-off, and Duke again scored an unassisted goal with 36 seconds on the scoreboard. Cameron won the face, ran down the wing, and fed the ball to freshman Ashton Hotchkiss, who scored 11 seconds later, making it 16-15 with 25 seconds left.

After Cameron won yet another face-off, Chaz Carlson had a 10-yard shot clang off the pipe. The ball went straight up in the air, and freshman Steve Furdock got it, dove toward the crease and scored the tying goal with 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Cameron won the overtime face-off, ran down the left wing and, after his defender slipped, beat goalie Garrett Curran off-hip just 12 seconds into the extra period. Five goals in 62 seconds ... and no doubt stories to tell the grandchildren one day.

Dan Larsen is the director of site operations for LaxPower. For college and high school lacrosse scores, computer ratings, news, videos, forums and much more, visit laxpower.com

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