Florida Kids in Division 1 Lacrosse – Week 2 (Another Great Job Zac!)

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by Zac Carey


With another week of college lacrosse gone by, Floridians continue to greatly contribute on the national stage. In our continued coverage of those Florida kids on Division One rosters, here are last weeks results for the kids who call the Sunshine State home.

Against Detroit Mercy last Tuesday, Griffin Bowie of Benjamin netted two goals in the 13-5 victory, and then followed that up with another score versus Boston on Saturday.

For Canisius, Jake Lemon of Tampa Jesuit took runs at midfield in a loss to Michigan, taking three shots. On Saturday against Hartford, he got more playing time at offensive midfield, and even won a faceoff. Fellow Floridian and Hartford Hawk Braedon McKercher of Lake Mary also saw runs as an offensive midfielder.

Long stick midfielder Brandon Ruditz of Boca Raton took advantage of a fast break opportunity versus Air Force, scoring a goal in Cleveland State’s overtime victory on Saturday. In opposition, Air Force LSM Daniel Pagano of Dwyer caused one turnover and scooped up two ground balls. The next day, Ruditz and Cleveland State took on Denver and lost 10-6.

Attackman George Prince of IMG of Dartmouth scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Big Green’s 11-8 win over Bryant.

FOGO Carson Milburn (IMG) for Georgetown had a phenomenal performance against Fairfield on Saturday, going 18-24 at the faceoff ‘x’ and picking up a whopping fourteen ground balls.

For UMass Lowell, Jimmy Burns, out of Ponte Vedra, has continued to get runs at defensive midfield for the Riverhawks, most recently in a loss to Holy Cross, and in a win over Siena.

Midfielder Hayden La Vangie of Fleming Island, for Jacksonville, caused one turnover, picked up two ground balls, and even took two shots against Robert Morris on Sunday.

In a five-point performance versus Wagner, Manhattan attackman Trevor Pelletier of Gulliver Prep scored four goals and dished out an assist as he carried the Jaspers to a 16-5 triumph.

Anthony Courcelle out of Cypress Bay vacuumed up three ground balls at long stick midfield for Marquette in their 16-5 win.

For Maryland, Lake Brantley’s Jared Bernhardt registered three goals and an assist against Villanova last Tuesday. Unfortunately for Bernhardt and the Terps, Villanova would win 13-12, and then on Saturday, Maryland’s contest with Navy was postponed due to a Norovirus breakout among the Midshipmen players and staff.

For Mercer, eight Floridians saw playing time in a twenty-two-goal win over Hampton. Parker Junod of Winter Park recorded one goal and two assists, Clay Welch (Ponte Vedra) contributed an assist, close defender Drew Mayts (Plant) added two ground balls, attackman Carl Klepper (Saint Andrew’s) scored three goals and assisted on two more, FOGO Ashton Wood of Nease went 21-27 on faceoffs, close defender Danny Walsh of St. Edward’s caused two turnovers and scooped up four ground balls, and midfielder Ryan Katchen of Cardinal Mooney also picked up a ground ball.

As a starting close defender for Merrimack, Nicholas Perez Blanco of Belen Jesuit caused one turnover and nabbed two ground balls in the Warriors’ loss to Fairfield last Tuesday. On Saturday against Michigan, Perez Blanco contributed two caused turnovers and two ground balls to Merrimack’s 14-12 victory.

Monmouth face off man Ian Weinberg (Gulf Coast) took two draws against Delaware on Saturday. Unfortunately for Weinberg and the Hawks, they lost badly, to the tune of an 11-2 final score.

Midfielder Steven Chase of Notre Dame of Maclay saw extended runs on Saturday against Richmond and helped to keep the offense flowing in the Irish victory over the Spiders.

In a 10-8 win over Providence on Saturday, St. Joe’s goalie Mike Adler (STA) made eight saves for a 50% save rate.

Starting close defender Devin Naidoo (PV) of Quinnipiac caused a turnover against Vermont as Quinnipiac lost to the Catamounts 16-7. Catamounts Jackson Canfield and Will Jones (both Bishop Moore) started at close defense for Vermont, as Canfield recorded two ground balls and three caused turnovers, and Jones added a ground ball in the win.

Saint Bonaventure Bonnie Dominic Madlang of Hagerty saw playing time as an offensive midfielder, and found an opening to get a shot off in the Bonnies’ disappointing 11-5 loss to Air Force.

For Albany, Davis Diamond (Saint Andrew’s) also got runs at offensive midfield and took two shots in the Great Danes’ one-goal victory over Drexel.

Towson defensive midfielder Andrew O’Dare (Ponte Vedra) caused two turnovers and corralled two ground balls in the Tigers’ 17-10 loss to the Cornell Big Red on Friday.

Miles Silva (PV), Wyatt Schupler (PV), and Taylor Bennett (Plant) had a tough week as Army lost to Marist (17-9) and Syracuse (9-7). That said the three Florida kids played significant roles in the losses. Silva scored five goals against Marist and two more against Syracuse, while Schupler made 10 saves against Marist and 16 versus ‘Cuse, and Bennett reeled in three ground balls in each contest, causing two turnovers against Marist and one versus Syracuse. For Syracuse, long stick midfielder Jared Fernandez (IMG) nabbed three ground balls.

For Utah, M.J. McMahon of Cardinal Mooney) tallied three goals and Jake Kiefer of Bishop Moore contributed one as the Utes drubbed Furman 17-9 on Saturday.

Keydet Jack Burke of Ponte Vedra got runs at midfield last Thursday in VMI’s 14-11 loss to Lehigh.

Benjamin’s Christian Cropp of Yale notched two goals in the college lacrosse’s marquee matchup from this past weekend. Against Penn State, the Bulldogs came out on top 12-10.