Report: Hopkins Protests Northwestern Game, Controversial Late Goal

Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker has formally filed a protest with the Big Ten Conference, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Kathy Dunn.

The protest asserts that the goal in question came after time had expired in the March 30th tilt. The Sheila Nesselbush shot, which was ruled a goal by the referees onsite, pushed the game into overtime — a period in which the Wildcats struck first, ultimately taking home the 10-9 overtime win.

A closer look at the shot in slow motion shows that the ball is still in Nesselbush’s stick as time had expired. The NCAA rule book, Section 9c, stipulates that “a goal is not scored when the ball enters the goal after the whistle has blown or the horn sounds.”

According to Dunn, this is the first time Janine Tucker has protested a game in her illustrious 24 year career at the helm of the Blue Jays.

“The protest rules exist for this very reason. I am hopeful that by following the protocol to protest the outcome of this game, something good can come from all of this,” Tucker told the Baltimore Sun.

She continued: “I felt compelled, given the situation, the video evidence, just knowing that it was physically impossible for a person to throw a ball that far in that amount of time, and I needed to fight for my team.”

On March 31st, we posted a slow-motion clip of the shot in question and asked fans if they thought the shot was a goal or not. An overwhelming 80% of fans voted “no goal.”

River Hawks Face 10-7 Set Back Against AE Foe New Hampshire

LOWELL, Mass. – With an assist at 18:28 in the first half, sophomore Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) established a new single season program record with her career-high 26th point. Despite her efforts, the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team dropped to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, after being clipped by New Hampshire (2-10, 2-1 AE) in America East action on Wednesday evening.

Dudley tallied three points (1g, 2a,) en route to her record setting performance, notching her 10th multi-point game of 2017. Additionally, the sophomore’s 14 assists so far this season surpass former River Hawk Jesse Jay for first place in the record books.

Junior goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) racked up 12 saves in the tilt, while pacing the team with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

“Today was a tough one, as we were looking to continue to defend our home turf,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “We did fairly well in the first half, but let go of some of our controllables in the second half, as some of our continuous mistakes came back to haunt us. New Hampshire did a good job capitalizing on our mistakes, we just have to make sure we can execute our game plan.”

A tightly contested first half swayed in favor of UMass Lowell, who carried a slight, 4-3, edge after 30 minutes of play. New Hampshire later over came two-goal second half deficit thanks to a 6-0 run that provided the Wildcats with a late lead they would fail to relinquish.

Junior attack Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomores Dudley, Rebecca Idson (East Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) netted a goal apiece to contribute to the River Hawks’ the fist half lead. Dudley and Trasatti broke open the scoring with back-to-back goals at 28:53 and 27:47, respectively, before the Wildcats Devon Croke made it a 2-1 contest. Idson later provided her team with a two-goal cushion, 3-1, when she tacked on her 21st goal of the season at 18:28. New Hampshire would soon fight back to knot the game 3-3, but a late goal by Finelli would lift the River Hawks to a 4-3 advantage with 39 seconds remaining.

UMass Lowell managed to grab an early 6-4 edge in the final half, after outscoring their opponents, 2-1, in the opening minutes. The River Hawks were led by Finelli and Trasatti who picked up their second goals of the contest with unassisted scores.

The Wildcats went on to string together six consecutive goals, aiding the themselves to comfortable 9-6 lead. During the run, New Hampshire snagged their first lead of the game, 7-6, on a breakaway by Devan Miller at 14:06.

Junior attack Kaylan DiModugno (Deer Park, N.Y.) looked to give her team a spark when she cut the deficit to 10-7 with 4:15 remaining. DiMudugno spilt a pair of defenders before bringing her team within three, but a New Hampshire defense held strong as they blanked the River Hawks in the final minutes to secure the 10-7 victory.

UMass Lowell is back in action on Saturday, April 8 against conference foe UAlbany. The contest is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Wicked Blue Turf.

Jack Cain (’19 Defenseman) Commits to Dartmouth College!!

Oooooh yeah! The Varsity Lacrosse Captain of Hinsdale Central High School, Jack Cain, has made the big decision to play college lacrosse at Dartmouth College!! Throughout the years that Jack played for Hinsdale Central High School and True Lacrosse, he has been awarded West Suburban (Chicago) Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, Chicago Showcase All Star, and was also a member of the Brine National Illinois 2019 All American Team. During his search for the perfect college, he also considered Navy and UMass, but loved that Dartmouth gave him the “opportunity to combine high level education with Ivy lacrosse” and he “loves the direction the new coaching staff is heading”. Jack is excited to start his journey at Dartmouth, but not without giving a special thank you to his True Lacrosse coaches and teammates for the continued support!

Two Sport Athlete

If you ask any college athlete they will tell you playing a sport in college is equivalent to having a full time job. Playing one sport is hard enough let alone trying to multitask two sports. Kenzie Kent is one of the very few superior athletes that is capable of managing two sports in college. Kenzie plays hockey and lacrosse for Boston College and she contributes incredibly at both.  Kenzie helped Boston College’s hockey team make it to the national semifinal but would lose to Wisconsin 1-0. After that devastating lose she carries that pain and motivation onto the turf filed as she begins her lacrosse season. What Kenzie is accomplishing ispurely amazing considering the fact that she plays two sports that happen back to back. Hockey can be very demanding of someones body and then to jump right into lacrosse, well that shows passion for how much she truly loves these sports. Hockey runs from September through March and lacrosse runs from March to May, so the amount of wear and tear that Kenzie places on her body is astonishing. She always Continue reading…

Ethan Bell (’18 Goalie) Commits to Bridgewater College!

CONGRATULATIONS Ethan Bell on your big decision to play D3 Lacrosse at Bridgewater College!

Ethan is a goalie for Kellam High School and 757 Select. He will be attending Bridgewater College after his graduation next spring. He considered other schools such as Christopher Newport University and Lebanon Valley College, but ultimately decided that Bridgewater would be the best choice to excel in both lacrosse and academics. He would like to thank his parents and all of his coaches for their continued support over the years of his lacrosse career.

Chase LaDrido’s Makes Final Decision

Chase LaDrido is 14 years old and has already made a commitment of where he wants to play lacrosse after high school. Chase decided to go with Johns Hopkins and Chase became the first west coast player of the 2020 class to commit to a Division 1 men’s lacrosse. Chase’s biggest reason for committing so soon was because of the agony of a high school recruiting process. Anyone who has been recruited out of high school knows this process all to well. The numerous phone calls, the constant promises, and the why our program is better. This can take a lot out of a high school student when they are trying to focus on grades and also improving their game for the next level. The NCAA are working elegantly on passing rule that would ban college coaches communicating with student athletes until their junior year and this could happen as soon as April. Chase’s parents are happy with his decision and think it will make it easier on Chase. They believe that not worrying about applying and making college visits will allow their son to dedicate more time improving in class and on the field.

Lane Tourtellot (’17 Defense/LSM) Commits to Guilford College!

Lets hear it for Lane Tourtellot! As a senior at Needham Broughton High School, Lane has committed to play Division 3 Lacrosse at Guilford College! The Brine All-American also considered the lacrosse programs at Hampton-Sydney and Bridgewater. However, he ultimately chose the Guilford Quakers because he can participate in strong academics while also playing lacrosse at a high level.

How Early is too Early

Nowadays it’s normal to have a phenom freshmen on your team in any college sport. Usually you think of a senior being the vocal leader and carrying the team, but now freshmen can be expected to also carry this role. Although phenom freshmen may be a norm, it is controversial when the recruiting process should begin for these young stars. Bay Shore attack man Brennan O’Neill has committed to play lacrosse for Penn State in 2021 and Brennan is only a 13 year old eighth grader. Brennan is not the only one who has committed at an early age. Caitlyn Wurzburger and Justin Brown who were both in middle school committed to play college lacrosse. The reason coaches are recruiting this young is because they look at it as an advantage over their competitors.

Although it is illegal for college recruits to communicate with athletes until their junior year of high school, many college recruits are using a loop hole. Instead of contacting the Continue reading…

The Legacy Behind the 376th Win

Coach Krzyzewski might be the first coach you think of when you think of Duke, but John Danowski is just as important or more. Before Coach Danowski came to Duke they were in turmoil due to three players being falsely accused of rape charges. As soon as Danowski took over he made sure that turmoil was put in the past and he quickly moved on. Danowski dominate start began at LIU-C.W Post where he was an assistant head coach. During his time as an assistant head coach it was a bit of a struggle financially, making only $4,000 and requiring his wife and him to live off meal passes for the semester. He would later go on to become the head coach at LIU Post and would have a record of 27-16. He would then become the head coach of Hofstra and would completely change the atmosphere, turning them into a powerhouse by piling up 192 wins. Danowski’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed at Hofstra, winning the F. Morris Touchstone Award for the Division 1 Coach of the Year. Along his journey  Continue reading…

PJ Lombara (’17 Attack) Commits to Muhlenberg College!!

Let’s give a big round of applause for PJ Lombara after his big decision to play lacrosse at Muhlenberg College!! After considering both Trinity College and Saint Anselm College, PJ ultimately decided that Mulenberg “was the best fit for [him] academically, athletically and [he] really liked the campus and the coaching staff”. PJ will join the Mules next season after his graduation this year from St. John’s Prep.