Blatant's College Lacrosse Rankings: Week 1
- Yale has yet to play an official game yet this season. They did however scrimmage against Merrimack this past weekend. Although no official score was kept, Yale’s offense was firing on all cylinders. The Bulldogs open their regular season at home vs Villanova on 2/16.
- The most impressive start to the season unanimously goes to Penn State. The Nittany Lions added another dominating win to their resume after posting 27 goals against Robert Morris. Playing some “make-it-take-it” lacrosse with the dominate Gerard Arceri, this team will be hard to beat. Playmaker and NCAA Division 1 points and assist leader Grant Ament has been something fun to watch. Expect him to be on the early Tewaaraton watch. Penn State will resume action 2/16 at Stony Brook.
- The Greyhounds started the season off strong with a 17-9 win over Virginia. Pat Spencer started right where he left off the 2018 campaign with 5 Goals and 2 assists. Kevin Lindsey also added 5 goals. Jacob Stover was a shot blocking machine, adding 18 saves for a 67% save percentage on the day. Loyola will faceoff at No.18 Johns Hopkins on 2/16.
- The Terps started the season off strong with back to back wins vs quality opponents. Jared Bernhardt and Logan Wisnauskas both had 4 PPG after two. Danny Dolan got the nod to start off this season in net, and is off to a hot start. Maryland has continued to be dominate at the X starting this season posting 75% through two games. The Terps will be at Penn this upcoming Saturday.
- Denver started the season with a convincing 11-4 win over Air Force. With the Baptiste era ending, freshman Brett Boos put up an impressive 15 of 19 at the X. More freshman were just as impressive with California native Ellis Geis posting 3 goals in his first collegiate game. Sophomore Jack Hannah looked very impressive at the midfield adding 4 points in the game as well.
- Cornell opens up at Hobart on 2/22. A question that we all have entering the 2019 campaign is how will defenses play Jeff Teat. We will see soon enough…
- UNC has begun the season with two straight wins. Leading what looks to be a balanced offense is Tanner Cook, who has 4 goals and 4 assists in two games. Zachary Tucci has been solid facing off with his percentage being just north of 65%. Jack Pezzulla hasn’t seen to many shots but has been solid stopping 17 of the 32 shots on goal. UNC hosts a tough Harvard team next Saturday.
- Towson came up with a impressive win over crosstown rival Johns Hopkins. After trailing 4-2 after the 1st quarter, Towson added 9 unanswered goals to take an 11-4 lead and there was no looking back. Towson’s offense seemed to be scoring at will, lead by Brendan Sunday (6 Goals, Two Assists). Alex Woodall won 21 of 28 faceoffs and added a goal and two assists. The Tigers are at Mount St. Mary’s on Friday.
- Rutgers added two wins in week with scoring being the least of their worries, posting 14 and 19 goals. Offensively, the Scarlet Knights were led by Kieran Mullins who has 9 goals and 5 assists on the season, good for 2nd in the country in points. Adam Charalambides has also been finding the net at will with 8 goals. Connor Harryman, has been dominate on draws going 23-28 so far this season. Rutgers will host Army this Saturday.
- The Buckeyes are also off to a 2-0 start to the season. After getting some of the jitters out against a gritty Cleveland State team, they put up an impressive 17-10 win over BU. Jack Jasinski and Tre Leclaire are both off to a hot start with 8 and 7 goals respectively. The pioneer goalkeepers have been saving the ball at 58%. Ohio State will be traveling to UMass this Saturday for a tough matchup vs the Minutemen.
11) Virginia PW #8
12) Notre Dame PW #13
13) Duke PW #2
14) Michigan PW#15
15) Georgetown PW #17
16) Albany PW #16
17) High Point PW Unranked
18) Johns Hopkins PW #9
19) Princeton PW #20
20) Colgate PW Unranked
Just Outside: Army, Hofstra
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