2/22/13 1:00 AM
With the collegiate lacrosse season just getting underway, fans of the Bayhawks have the opportunity to keep track of our newest draftees.
Jesse Bernhardt and Kevin Cooper, both key players for the University of Maryland, have started the season fast by already posting some impressive stats.
Long stick midfielder Bernhardt, the 4th pick in the overall draft and Chesapeake's first round selection, came into 2013 named as a preseason first-team All-American. In 2012 the Longwood, FL native posted 3 goals, 3 assists, 60 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers identifying him as one of the best long poles in the nation.
Cooper, a Crofton, MD native, was the second selection by the Bayhawks. Coming into this season, the 16th overall pick has recorded 17 goals, 22 assists, and 28 ground balls during his 42 games played with the Terrapins.
Starting their 2013 season at home against Mount St. Mary's, the Terps held a commanding lead throughout the entire game resulting in a dominant 23-6 win.
Bernhardt recorded four ground balls and caused one turnover while Cooper recorded six points on three goals and three assists.
Cooper's first two goals, a quick bounce shot and big overhand shot from 10 yards out, contributed to a quick start in which the Terps went ahead 6-0. He opened the second quarter with his third of the day, tapping in a nice cross-crease feed from teammate John Haus.
Maryland's second game of the season had them traveling to face the Hartford Hawks. The Terrapin defense was very impressive, not allowing a 6-on-6 goal until 5:56 was left on the clock in the third quarter.
Bernhardt recorded 1 goal and 2 ground balls, while Cooper posted 3 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls, and 1 caused turnover.
Kevin Cooper scored two goals in the first quarter by converting off of a Maryland clear attempt scramble and later with a score that put the Terps up 4-0 at the end of the quarter.
After a Hawks mistake, senior Terp Landon Carr pitched the ball up to Jesse Bernhardt and the long pole bounced a shot into the Hartford net with 6:37 left in the second quarter. This was Bernhardt's first goal of the season.
With an unassisted goal through the legs of the Hawks' goalie with 8 minutes remaining in the game, Cooper completed a hat trick and gave Maryland a 13-1 lead.
With another impressive win of 16-4, the Terps will take their undefeated record of 2-0 to face the defending champions and number #1 ranked Loyola tomorrow, February 23rd at 1:30 p.m.
As the 32nd pick of the Bayhawks, and 1 of only 8 CAA players taken in the draft,Dominic Sebastiani has unfortunately had to watch the first three games of his Delaware Blue Hens from the sidelines due to an injury.
Delaware pulled off a tight 12-10 away victory in their first game of the season against High Point University. For a first-year program, High Point put up an impressive effort, keeping the Blue Hen's fighting until the final seconds.
Perhaps feeling the effects of their injured players, Delaware went on to suffer two heartbreaking losses at home to both Bucknell and Loyola.
Against Bucknell, competing in 34 degree conditions and 20-mile per hour winds, the University of Delaware rallied all the way back from an early five-goal deficit to take the lead midway through the final quarter. But two goals by the Bison resulted in a 9-8 victory at Delaware Stadium.
The Blue Hens nearly pulled off the first major upset of the collegiate lacrosse season against the Loyola Greyhounds. Playing at frigid temperatures, the top-ranked Loyola found themselves tied in the final minutes of the game. However, the Greyhounds found a way to pull out a thrilling 9-8 victory after a goal with 4 seconds remaining.
Delaware will travel to take on Mount St. Mary tomorrow, February 23rd at noon.
The Bayhawks 35th pick of the draft was Hofstra's Adrian Sorichetti. Selected for the pre-season All-CAA team, Sorichetti has netted 45 goals, 21 assists, and 21 ground balls throughout his collegiate career thus far.
Hofstra is off to a good start after a 14-9 victory over Sacred Heart in their season opener. This is the fourth time the Pride has won their opener in the last five seasons.
Sorichetti, an attackman, added a goal after a man-up opportunity giving the Pride a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. He also contributed two assists.
Hofstra will next be in action tomorrow, February 23rd at 1:30 p.m. when the Pride host 14th-ranked Princeton.