Leading Edge Week 3 College Recap

Connor Kirst… still a machine. Photo courtesy of Villanova Athletics.

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We just checked our notes, and yes, it turns out that Connor Kirst is still an absolute beast.

The Leading Edge ’15 alum by way of Delbarton and Lawrenceville was in the thick of things for a huge week for Villanova. Tuesday, he pieced together a three-goal, two-assist day as the Wildcats stunned No. 4 Maryland, 13-12.

Knocking off one team from the unbeaten ranks wasn’t enough, though. Kirst then torched Hofstra for another hat trick to go with an assist and a pair of ground balls in a 10-8 win.

’18 Will Vitton (Summit) was brilliant in the Wildcats’ cage with 14 saves against the Terps and 13 more against the Pride. ’17 Corey McManus (Summit) paired two goals with a helper to topple Maryland and tacked on a goal against Hofstra.

Marquette 18, Detroit Mercy 6

’19 Chris Kirschner (Immaculata) hasn’t needed much time to make a serious early impression at Marquette. He continued his torrid scoring pace with a hat trick and an assist to help Marquette set a program record for goals in a game with an 18-6 win over Detroit Mercy.

Kirschner has scored multiple goals in every college game, including back-to-back hat tricks, to give him 10 goals in four games. The freshman also caused a turnover to help down the Titans.

Lehigh 14, VMI 11
Lehigh 17, NJIT 8

’18 Pat McIlroy (Westfield) was great off the ground with four ground balls against VMI before adding a caused turnover and a ground ball against NJIT. ’18 Cole Kirst (Seton Hall Prep) bagged an assist and three ground balls against VMI before setting up another goal in the NJIT win. ’16 Austin Pierce (Chatham) added a ground ball against VMI.

Notre Dame 13, Richmond 5

’18 Griffin Westlin (Seton Hall Prep) was a problem for the Spiders, pacing the Irish with a hat trick, an assist and five ground balls as Notre Dame rolled.

Yale 12, Penn State 10

’17 Brian Tevlin (Seton Hall Prep) caused a pair of turnovers and scooped up a ground ball to help the Bulldogs topple the top-ranked Nittany Lions.

Georgetown 25, Fairfield 12

’17 Owen McElroy (Avon Old Farms) was sharp for the Hoyas, making 14 saves and grabbing a pair of ground balls to help Georgetown roll.

Brown 20, Sacred Heart 7
Stony Brook 11, Brown 10

’17 George Grell (St. Peter’s Prep) paced the Bears with a hat trick against the Seawolves. ’18 Joe Rice (St. Augustine Prep) collected a ground ball for the Pioneers.

Holy Cross 13, UMass-Lowell 12

’18 Chris Conlin (Chatham) put together a one caused turnover, one ground ball effort to help the Crusaders win in triple overtime.

UMass-Lowell 16, Siena 15

’17 Jack Kiernan (Ridgewood) put together a career day with six goals and an assist with four ground balls to boot for the Saints.

North Carolina 17, Johns Hopkins 10 

’17 Kyle Prouty (New Egypt) excelled at the faceoff X, winning 15 of 26 faceoffs to go with a ground ball, ’17 Jared Reinson (Montgomery) popped a turnover loose and ’16 Matt Stagnitta (Montgomery) had a ground ball for the Blue Jays.

Saint Joseph’s 10, Providence 8

’17 Jack Anderson (Mendham) snagged two ground balls to help the Hawks knock Providence from the unbeaten ranks. ’17 Toby Burgdorf (Westfield) was stout yet again in the Friars’ cage, denying 11 rips sent his way, and ’16 Sean Leahey (Seton Hall Prep) had three assists and two ground balls for the Friars.

Binghamton 11, Lafayette 10

’17 Andrew Robbins (Ramapo) twice found the back of the net for the Leopards and ’18 George Enman gobbled up a ground ball.

Albany 14, Drexel 13

’17 Sean Quinn (Seton Hall Prep) was his usual disruptive self for the Dragons, coming away with a caused turnover and three ground balls.

Princeton 20, Colgate 11
Hobart 21, Colgate 13
Princeton 16, Virginia 12

’18 Ryan Decker (Chatham) pocketed a goal, an assist and a ground ball for the Raiders against the Tigers, then added a ground ball against the Statesmen. ’18 Luke Hunziker (Westfield) added a caused turnover and a ground ball against Princeton.

’17 Kyle Kology (Chatham) had a caused turnover and a ground ball for Virginia.

Division III

Cabrini 17, Lynchburg 15

’16 Kyle Myers (Johnson) was all over the field from his LSM spot, snaring four ground balls and knocking loose a pair of turnovers to pace the defending national champions in a battle of two of the best teams in the country. ’16 Matt Nestler (Chatham) split time in the Cavaliers’ cage, tossing aside a half-dozen shots in a half of work.

RIT 15, Bates 9

’18 John Farrell (Seton Hall Prep) had a ground ball for Bates.