Face Off Philadelphia

Face Off Philadelphia

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships were at the Linc this weekend and the 700level undoubtedly had a man on the scene.

The D1 semi-finals were played on Saturday. The tailgate scene was strong to quite strong. The Level got involved in some hardcore beer pong at approximately 9am. Kids with lacrosse sticks everywhere and surprisingly they allowed sticks into the stadium...so far there have been no reported slashes or cross-checks from the stands. As for the games Duke ran away with the early game beating the Terps 18-9. This game was over at the half and since re-entry was allowed the second half of this game was best watched from the tailgate outside.

The second game between Hopkins and UVA was an instant classic. Hopkins had a 6-3 lead entering the fourth quarter, but Virginia scored four times to take a 7-6 lead with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation. After the Cavs' seventh goal, a thunderstorm caused a 46-minute delay. A majority of the crowd of 45,275 waited through the delay, and the fans were awarded with a classy conclusion. Just 20 seconds after play resumed, Hopkins all-American Kyle Harrison tied the score, 7-7, on a blast from 10 yards. With the game tied Virginia held the ball for 2 minutes then called a timeout with 37 seconds left to set up a final shot. Matt Ward ripped a shot with 12.7 seconds left to give the Cavs' a 8-7 lead and what seemed to be a trip to the Final. But the undefeated and #1 ranked Blue Jays won the face and found the back of the net with 1.4 seconds on the clock. JHU went on to win in with 50 seconds left in OT.

The D II and D III championships were held on Sunday with New York Tech beating Limestone 14-13 in OT (Division II) and Salisbury pulled out a last second 11-10 victory over Middlebury for the D III Championship.

Hopkins beat Duke on Monday 9-8 in a Championship game that lived up to the hype. Yesterday's attendance, 44,920, set a championship-game record, breaking the previous mark, 43,898, set last year in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Here is the recap of this game from the Inquirer.

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).