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College lacrosse: 3 stats to know about Assumption’s NCAA record-setting 34-3 victory


The Assumption men’s lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2019 season in record-setting fashion, downing Felician 34-3 on Saturday, Feb. 23. It wasn’t simply DII lacrosse records that went down, but NCAA records were tied or fell as well.

Let’s take a look at the historic day.

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The most obvious number is the total goals scored. It breaks the record of 33 goals set by three different DII teams. Pace was the first to accomplish the feat back in 1994, while Wheeling Jesuit replicated it in 2016, and Colorado Mesa once again matched it last season. 

The Greyhounds fell six short of the NCAA record, held by Division III’s Roanoke, set way back in 1993. Virginia holds the Division I mark, scoring 38 goals in 1996. That leaves Assumption something to shoot for with the majority of the schedule remaining.

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That’s the total points registered by senior Travis Reid. He had himself a day, maybe even a week in setting a new NCAA record for all three levels of play.

Reid has long been a scoring machine for the Greyhounds, scoring 31 as a freshman, 27 as a sophomore, and a career-high 32 last season as a junior. Well, he’s on pace to shatter those personal bests after scoring 13 goals on Saturday. The 22 total points are a new NCAA record, besting Division III’s Scott Walden of Plymouth State who scored 21 points in 1994. He tied the NCAA record with 13 goals set by Ed Ryder of SUNY Oneonta in 1987 and Tim Chapman of Gordon in 2001, both DIII schools. His nine assists fell considerably short of the single-game record — 14 for the NCAA and 12 for DII lacrosse — but is still very impressive. His 22 total points also gave him 170 on his career, shattering the program’s previous mark of 152 set in 1995. 

Oh, did we mention 13 of his 14 shots on goal went in net? It was simply a remarkable day for the senior.

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Ok, this isn’t a record, but it’s equally impressive. Six players scored multiple goals in the scoring onslaught. Dan Farrell had a day to remember but will forever be overshadowed by Reid. The senior piled on seven goals of his own, assisting on four more. 

And here’s one more number for you to take in. Connor Reid led all players with 24 face-offs won and 14 ground balls. Notice the last name? Connor is Travis’s twin brother. You put all those numbers together and the Reid family had plenty to be happy about Saturday night.

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Women’s lacrosse: Boston College and Maryland are still undefeated. What’s their toughest games remaining?


The women’s lacrosse teams at Boston College and the University of Maryland are looking like contenders for the national championship.

A season ago, the Terps and the Eagles met in the national semifinals. Boston College advanced with a 15-13 victory, but fell in the title bout to James Madison.

So far this season, both squads are undefeated. Boston College is No. 1 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll released on March 10, and the Eagles have wins over four ranked opponents in Syracuse, Southern California, Navy and Northwestern. The Terps are second in the poll and have victories over four ranked opponents in Florida, North Carolina, Syracuse and Penn.

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With nine games remaining for the Eagles and 10 games remaining for the Terps, it’s time to start wondering if these teams can finish the regular season unblemished.

Here’s the toughest opponent remaining for each squad.

Boston College: at No. 3 North Carolina, March 23

The Tar Heels are 6-1 this season and their only defeat came against the Terps in Maryland in overtime. North Carolina gave Maryland all it could handle. The Tar Heels fell behind by five goals in the first half, but outscored the Terps 8-3 in the second half to push the game to overtime.

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North Carolina began its season with a convincing 18-7 win over reigning champs James Madison, and the Tar Heels have also notched solid wins over Northwestern and Virginia.

The Tar Heels have the seventh-best scoring offense in the nation, scoring 16.33 goals per game. That attack is powered by Jamie Ortega, who is scoring 4.43 goals per game, tied for the fifth-best mark in the country.

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North Carolina and Boston College split last season. The Eagles captured a 17-11 home win in the regular season, but the Tar Heels won 14-11 in Durham in the ACC title game.

Maryland: vs. No. 11 Michigan, April 6

The Terps could trip up before this meeting of the Big Ten powers. On March 24, they have to go to Harrisonburg, Va., to face the reigning champs in James Madison.

But if Maryland can escape that game unscathed, the Wolverines will still be in the Terps’ way. Michigan is undefeated this season too, and has notched wins over ranked opponents in Dartmouth, Colorado, Denver and Towson.

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The Wolverines have the ninth-best defense in the nation, allowing just 7.44 goals per game. They have three players who have forced double-digit turnovers, two players who have more than 24 draw control wins, and goalkeeper Mira Shane has a 52.6 save percentage.

Michigan’s offense is powered by Lilly Grass and Adriana Pendino, who have combined for 45 goals and 10 assists this season.

Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury University. His work has been featured at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times. He grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is now based in Durham, N.C.





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