Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, May 5

Oregon, which was 3-13 with just one conference win during the regular season, defeated NCAA tournament hopeful Colorado 14-10 in the Pac-12 quarterfinals Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. (Courtesy of Oregon Athletics)


Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world.

1. Oregon stunned Colorado in the Pac-12 women’s lacrosse quarterfinals Wednesday in Tempe, Arizona.

The fifth-seeded Ducks, who were 3-13 and won just one conference game during the regular season, scored nine unanswered goals in the second quarter of a 14-10 victory. Morgan McCarthy scored four goals and corralled seven draw controls and Cassidy Eckert made 13 saves.

The fourth-seeded Buffaloes, who had defeated Oregon 23-12 just 12 days earlier, are one of the bubble teams vying for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. This loss will hurt.

Oregon will face top-seeded Stanford in the Pac-12 semifinals tonight. Third-seeded Arizona State, another bubble team, beat Cal 17-8 in the other quarterfinal Wednesday and will face second-seeded USC.

2. Two Big East men’s lacrosse teams are on the hunt for new head coaches. Providence’s Chris Gabrielli and St. John’s Jason Miller both resigned Wednesday.

Gabrielli, the former Duke assistant, went 61-81 in 10 seasons at Providence. Miller went 67-145 in 16 seasons at St. John’s.

3. The Premier Lacrosse League and ESPN announced the league’s TV schedule for the 2022 season. It includes 12 games on linear platforms — three on ABC, three on ESPN and six on ESPN2. All 47 games (the most in PLL history) will be streamed on ESPN+.

4. Johns Hopkins’ Joey Epstein called rival Maryland the “Goliath” of Division I men’s lacrosse on the eve of the archrivals’ Big Ten semifinal showdown. The Terps throttled the Blue Jays 22-7 at Homewood Field two Saturdays ago. They meet in College Park today at 5:30 p.m. ET.

“The way they play lacrosse, it’s fun to watch,” Epstein admitted before adding, “We’re going to have to do our best to make it ugly to watch.”







WHAT WE’RE READING

  • Boston University is the top seed and host of the Patriot League men’s lacrosse tournament. Why this version of BU lacrosse is the one that coach Ryan Polley has long waited to see, a story by Marisa Ingemi.

  • Back in the preseason, Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse coach Alex Kahoe had her players program into their phone an alert for May 1 that read “A-10 champions.” It rang true Sunday. Charlotte Varnes caught up with the Hawks, who are NCAA tournament-bound for the first time in program history.

  • Taylor Cummings on the top performers in Division I women’s lacrosse last weekend.

  • Princeton and U.S. national team legend Crista Samaras survived several suicidal episodes, she said in a sobering Forbes article published Wednesday.

  • The headgear debate has made its way to Connecticut, where one high school girls’ lacrosse team’s implementation of protective equipment has some asking if the state should mandate it.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Stony Brook women’s lacrosse coach Joe Spallina with no love lost for the America East, which banned the Seawolves from postseason play due to the school’s impending departure to the CAA. “Chances are we’re going to have better competition in practice than we would have this weekend in the America East tournament,” he told News 12 Long Island.

But how, Emily Glagolev?

The Arizona State attacker, one of just four players in the nation with at least 30 goals and 30 assists, went around the world Wednesday.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • Conference tournaments go into high gear. Eight semifinals each in Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse, plus the Patriot League men’s lacrosse quarterfinals.

  • From our May/June edition, features on this year’s Ivy League men’s lacrosse revival and the family man at the heart of USC women’s lacrosse star Kelsey Huff’s phenomenal season.

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