Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, Feb. 23

Johns Hopkins' Emily Kenul eclipsed 100 career points in the Blue Jays' first win over Loyola since 2014. (Photo by John Strohsacker)

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

1. Wednesday night was comeback night. Boston College, Louisville and Virginia all trailed at halftime by one goal last night before securing much-needed midweek victories.

The Eagles topped UConn 14-11 with a six-goal second half burst, the Cardinals opened the second period with a five-goal run before Hannah Koloski scored the game-winner with just four seconds left to escape Vanderbilt 11-10, and the Cavaliers downed Richmond 15-14 thanks to Sammy Mueller’s four goals in the final 7:38 to tie it twice and go ahead for the win with 12 seconds remaining.

Here are other notable college scores from Wednesday night:

On the women’s side:

On the men’s side:

2. Loyola All-American sophomore Pat Spencer discussed his recruiting experience, evolving from a late bloomer to an evergreen sensation.

As sophomore in high school, he was a leader of the Boys’ Latin School junior varsity team, despite his coach, Bob Shriver, believing he was a shoo-in as a Division I prospect. Spencer then succeeded on the varsity squad with an undefeated season and No. 1 national ranking in 2014, but by then, many coaches of top-tier teams had moved on.

“The [recruiting] process was frustrating,” Spencer said. “You’re either so lucky to have all kinds of great schools coming after you [early], or you’re under the radar like I was.”

3. The Big Ten Network released its TV schedule.

The network will air at least 29 games, plus an additional 30 will be streamed live on BTN Plus, highlighted every week by a Sunday night men’s game of the week and a Thursday night women’s game of the week.

Check out the complete Warrior TV and streaming schedule here.

4. Virginia Tech is embracing the school's lunch pail tradition.

Prior to earning its first ACC win since 2012 against Boston College on Feb. 18, the Hokies wanted to take part in the school’s football tradition – they wanted to carry the Virginia Tech lunch pail out to the field.

“That’s symbolism of we’ve got to go to work and we’ve got to be a little bit more blue-collar and more gritty,” said new head coach John Sung, the former Winthrop coach who led the Eagles to back-to-back Big South titles the past two seasons.

What We’re Reading

  • The MCLA released its first Under Armour Division I and II polls of the season Wednesday. With defending national champion Chapman falling in its first three games, last year’s runner-up Cal Poly takes over at No. 1 in Division I, while St. Thomas remains steady at No. 1 in Division II without yet playing a game this year.

  • Former Virginia head coach Dom Starsia penned a letter to the lacrosse community, voicing his opinion to raise awareness for Native American issues, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, by sharing his connection to the roots of the sport.

  • The injury list keeps growing. Notre Dame senior short-stick defensive midfielder Carlson Milikin is out for the season due to a knee injury incurred at practice prior to the team’s Feb. 18 game versus Georgetown.

  • While Yale junior attackman Ben Reeves is questionable for this weekend’s game against Maryland because of a hamstring injury, the Terps are preparing for Reeves to play. They’ve seen it before, when Brown’s Dylan Molloy played with a broken right foot in the NCAA semifinals last year.

  • Former Ohio State midfielder Bennett Jonas jumped in a frozen lake at Central Park to help rescue seven kids who were trying to take a photo when the ice cracked. Jonas, also a model, had been skateboarding in the park with Australian model Ethan Turnbull, who helped with the rescue.

  • Rutgers women’s lacrosse celebrates its 40th anniversary this season and will welcome back alumni, former coaches and fans on April 8 for the Scarlet Knights’ game against Maryland.

  • St. Paul’s School (Md.) named Trey Whitty, a 1999 graduate of the school and current McDonogh assistant, to succeed head coach Rick Brocato at the end of this season. 

What We’re Watching

After Longwood women’s lacrosse rolled past Howard 24-2 on Wednesday for its second win of the season and second at home, the lady Lancers took to the locker room for some postgame celebratory stick tricks, including a long rainbow as seen here, uploaded to Twitter by junior attacker Charleigh Kondas.

What’s On Tap

  • The No. 19 Elon women look to continue its hot streak as it hosts No. 14 Notre Dame in a 6 p.m. tilt tonight. Watch here.

  • Jacksonville men’s lacrosse hits the road for the first time this season to face Detroit Mercy in search of its first win under new head coach John Galloway. Follow along via live stats today at noon.


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