Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Friday, April 30

Loyola's Kevin Lindley scored three goals in an 11-9 win over Georgetown to move into a tie with Gary Hanley for No. 1 in school history with 151 career goals. (John Strohsacker)


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

1. Loyola got its elusive signature win Thursday, defeating No. 9 Georgetown 11-9. Kevin Lindley tied Gary Hanley as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and Sam Shafer made a season-high 13 saves, as the Greyhounds became the first team to hold the Hoyas to single-digit scoring this season.

2. The Big Ten women’s lacrosse quarterfinals weren’t boring. Rutgers pulled away from Ohio State in a shootout, while Maryland and Hopkins survived spirited second-half rallies by Michigan and host Penn State, respectively, to advance to today’s semifinals at Panzer Stadium. It will be top-seeded Northwestern versus fourth-seeded Rutgers (5 p.m. ET on BTN), followed by second-seeded Maryland and third-seeded Johns Hopkins (8 p.m. ET on BTN), with the winners advancing to Sunday’s championship game.

3. The MCLA announced the eight-team field for the 2021 MCLA Invitational. The event, being staged in lieu of a national championship due to institutional and regional restrictions that have limited the number of teams eligible to play a full schedule this spring, will have an East vs. West vibe.

4. Megan Carney is the second Syracuse women’s lacrosse star to suffer a season-ending ACL injury this spring. Carney opened up about the injury and Emily Hawryschuk’s leadership on “The Stick Drop” with Sheehan Stanwick Burch, then issued a statement on Syracuse social media that ended with, “#22 will be back in 2022.”

5. An unexpectedly early start to the college coach carousel, as Virginia Commonwealth cut ties with Jen O’Brien, the 2018 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. VCU was 7-9 this season and did not qualify for the conference playoffs.







WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Dr. Miles Harrison: member of Morgan State’s famed “Ten Bears” lacrosse team, father of all-time great Kyle Harrison and unassuming cutter of rugs.

Another fatherly feature, this one a “Knight Vision” story about Colin and Connor Kirst carrying on their late father’s legacy as transfers at Rutgers.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • The aforementioned Big Ten women’s semifinals, plus a couple of marquee CAA men’s matchups (UMass at Delaware and Fairfield at Hofstra) are your Friday appetizer for the college lacrosse weekend. Gameday Guides to come later today.

  • Nelson on Nelson: Nelson Rice’s story on Pfeiffer’s Jared Nelson, who is within striking distance of the NCAA’s all-time scoring record (all divisions).

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