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Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 4

Penn's John Conneely (left) and Yale's Conrad Oberbeck (right).
Penn's John Conneely (left) and Yale's Conrad Oberbeck (right).

Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release (PDF)

, N.J. -- In the final week of complete nonconference play, the Ivies played in several marquee matchups versus ranked opponents, with Penn’s 10-6 home win over eighth-ranked North Carolina highlighting the results. The victory marked the Quakers' first-ever home triumph over the Tar Heels in four games played at Franklin Field.

Other Ivy victories last week included Cornell’s 19-4 mid-week win over Canisius and Brown’s 11-3 win at Saint Joseph’s on Saturday. Sophomore attackman Sam Hurster scored three goals to help the Bears establish a 10-0 lead in the win.

All told, the Ivy League teams were involved in five one-goal games last week, including Cornell and Princeton being edged in Konica Minolta Face Off Classic games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The third-ranked Big Red fell in overtime to top-ranked Virginia, 9-8. After the Big Red rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 28 seconds to play in regulation, the Cavaliers scored in overtime to improve to 7-0 on the year. Princeton came back from an 8-6 deficit when Tucker Shanley tied the game at 8-8 with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter and had shots to tie it at the end, but North Carolina hung on for the win as Tar Heel goalie Stephen Restivo made 16 saves.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Harvard and Penn dropped one-goal decisions to BIG EAST foes. Villanova edged Penn, 8-7, with the Wildcats' game-winning goal coming with one second remaining on the clock. Harvard fell at Georgetown, 11-10. Daniel Eipp tied the game at 9-9 with 10:53 to play, but the Hoyas netted the next two goals en route to the win.

Penn senior attackman John Conneely (Dix Hills, N.Y.) led the Quakers to a 1-1 week against a pair of ranked foes, including a 10-6 win over eighth-ranked North Carolina and a narrow 8-7 last second loss to No. 12/13 Villanova.

In Penn’s first-ever home win over the Tar Heels, Conneely totaled four points on two goals and two assists to pace the offense. His second goal came with 4:47 to play to help the Quakers establish a 9-5 lead. Then against the Wildcats, Conneely added a goal and two assists. His goal against Villanova gave Penn a 3-2 lead late in the second quarter. He is Penn’s first Ivy League Player of the Week in almost two years as Rob McMullen last earned the honor for the Quakers on March 15, 2010.

Conneely’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 4A, 7 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 15 Shots, .200 shooting%

Yale attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.) scored five goals over two games last week en route to claiming his first career Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor. Though the Bulldogs dropped two close games, Oberbeck helped keep Yale in both contests. He netted two goals in a midweek game versus Sacred Heart, his second of which tied the game at 8-8 in the third quarter. Then over the weekend against Lehigh, the freshman erased a 4-1 deficit for the Bulldogs by netting three straight goals to tie the game at 4-4.

Oberbeck also picked up three ground balls in each game for six on the week and caused two turnovers. He becomes Yale’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Brandon Mangan earned the honor on March 28, 2011.

Oberbeck’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 6 GB, 2 CT, 10 Shots, .500 shooting%

Jeff Cohen, Harvard (Sr., A - Syosset, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 9 Shots, .333 shooting%

Matt Donovan, Cornell (Fr., A - Morristown, N.J.)
2 GP, 2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 4 GB, 7 Shots, .286 shooting%

Connor English, Cornell (Jr., A - Manhasset, N.Y.)
2 GP, 4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 3 GB, 15 Shots, .267 shooting%

Sam Hurster, Brown (So., A - St. Louis, Mo.)
2 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 12 Shots, .333 shooting%

Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M - Westminster, Md.)
1 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 7 GB, 15-of-22 faceoffs

Kip Orban, Princeton (Fr., M - Staples, Conn.)
1 GP, 2G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1.000 shooting%

Jack Strabo, Princeton (So., DM - Arlington, Va.)
1 GP, 1G, 1 GB, 1 Shot, 1.000 shooting%

The race for the 2012 Ivy League title begins this week with three Ivy games, including Yale playing at Cornell, Penn traveling to Princeton and Brown playing at Harvard.

Last season, Cornell became the 38th squad to post a perfect record in Ivy play and captured the League title with a 6-0 mark. It was Cornell’s first unbeaten Ivy season since 2007, and the Big Red have won at least a share of the past nine titles dating back to 2004.

Cornell carries an eight-game regular season Ivy win streak into 2012, having last dropped a regular season League game on April 24, 2010 when Brown came away from Schoellkopf Field with a 13-10 victory. Harvard and Penn closed out the 2011 regular season on two-game Ivy win streaks.

The Ivy teams will once again be playing for the League title as well as one of four berths in the third annual Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, which determines the League’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championship.   

With the League title on the line and each game having Ivy tournament qualification ramifications, the games are often closely contested battles. In fact, last season 10 of 21 Ivy games were decided by a goal, with six of the ten one-goal games reaching overtime. More of the same could be in store, starting with this weekend’s games. 

Monday, March 12
Harvard at (14/15) Duke, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13
(15/16) Princeton at (10/10) Villanova, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
*Yale at (3/4) Cornell, 1 p.m.
*(19/-) Penn at (15/16) Princeton, 2 p.m. [ESPNU]
*Brown at Harvard, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
Dartmouth at (14/15) Duke, 1 p.m.

(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll.
* - Ivy League contest.