Tuesday is always a fun day for lacrosse fans. It gives us the opportunity to concentrate on teams that may otherwise fall by the wayside during the weekend. For example, Albany took center stage last night as the No. 10 team in the nation, when usually it would be lost in the clutter of the regular Saturday game schedule.
Let's review what we saw in last night's games.
Marquette beats Bellarmine in OT
Bellarmine may have the best goaltender in the nation, but Marquette did not read that part of the scouting report. In its first year of Division I lacrosse, Marquette now has five wins on the year, proving that it is the cream of the crop as far as new teams are concerned. It is rare to see a young team pull one out in overtime, but Conor Gately was able to beat Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward off the dodge to score the game winner. Marquette will face St. John's and Duke to finish out the year, giving it the opportunity to end the year at or above the .500 mark.
Holy Cross sneaks by Dartmouth
Dartmouth has shown flashes of brilliance this year, but Patriot League foe Holy Cross was able to outlast a late Dartmouth surge. Terry McKenna led the Crusaders with three goals, while James Kennedy had two goals of his own. It was the season finale for Holy Cross, which finishes the year with a 7-8 record. Look out for Holy Cross next year, it is certainly headed in the right direction.
Siena takes down No. 10 Albany
The Thompson trio could not do enough for Albany to beat Siena last night. As I previewed yesterday, it would come down to the performance of the Siena goaltender, and he stepped up to the plate. Matt Sharp made 14 saves for the Saints, while Conor Prunty scored four goals on the offensive side of the ball. Albany certainly saw its chances at an NCAA birth suffer with the loss.
Brown takes down Bryant
With Brown having beaten Providence already this season, the game against Bryant gave the team the opportunity to be the king of the Rhode Island lacrosse world. With the win, Brown took home the Ocean State Cup, and also got over the hump and reached a 7-6 record. The Bears will finish out the regular season against Dartmouth, but will unfortunately miss out on the Ivy League postseason tournament. With Cornell losing a lot of talent after this year, look for Brown to be a contender in the conference in 2014.
Marist outlasts St. Joseph's
Marist, now 10-2, beat up on 5-10 St. Joe's Tuesday night. Marist had seven players with two or more points on the evening, showing that it can spread the wealth on offense. Marist is still a threat for an NCAA bid, so do not count out the Foxes! This team has the ability to play with anyone in the country.