Notebook: Villanova's Bell likely to return vs. Syracuse

Return of St. Mary's grad would boost struggling Wildcats

Boys' Latin goalie Pisanic orally commits to UMBC

March 22, 2012|Courtesy of Inside Lacrosse magazine

•Villanova senior midfielder Matt Bell (St. Mary's) has been out with an unspecified injury but is likely to return Sunday against Syracuse. Bell (5 goals, 5 assists) dressed Saturday for Villanova's loss to Maryland but did not play. He also missed a 14-8 loss to Princeton on March 13.

To make matters worse, his would-be replacement, junior Max Hart (6, 2), was also out with an injury Saturday. Hart made one of the plays of the season thus far, scoring on a 40-yard shot with one second remaining to defeat Penn. He played about a half against Princeton on Tuesday.

The return of Bell would be big for the Wildcats, who have dropped two straight. The offense has struggled to find a rhythm with its injuries, and Villanova failed to register a shot until 2:38 remained in the first quarter against Maryland.

David Pisanic, a class of 2014 goalie from Boys' Latin has orally committed to UMBC. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Pisanic plays for Lax World and is also a junior varsity soccer goalie for the Lakers.

Monmouth became the latest in a surge of schools to announce the addition of men's lacrosse as a varsity sport. The school will start competition in the Northeast Conference in spring 2014. "The real reason we're adding men's lacrosse is it's a university enrollment decision," Monmouth athletic director Marilyn McNeil said in an interview with Inside Lacrosse. "We're looking for way to increase our male enrollment on campus." On hiring, she said: "The appointment will begin July 1, but I'd like to get [the hiring process] done and have a named coach by the end of April at the worst."

Despite fighting through a bout of team flu in the early season, Calvert Hall has started the season with wins against Lovett (Ga.) and St. Mark's (Texas), then beat The Hill Academy (Ontario), 12-6, at home last Friday. The Caridnals welcome No. 3 Conestoga (Pa.) today in a battle of two of the top programs in the country. The Cardinals have to turn around and play reigning Delaware state champion Salesianum on Sunday, followed by a Saturday game against Manhasset (N.Y.).

"It wasn't the best scheduling by myself," coach Bryan Kelly said. "It's a murderers' row."

Through the first three games, Kelly calls the Cardinals a "a work in progress."

The Cardinals aren't the only Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association representation in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25. Despite a loss to Haverford School (Pa.), Loyola jumps to No. 11 from No. 13 and for now is Calvert Hall's chief competition in the MIAA. Boys' Latin bumps up to the No. 12 spot with a nice 4-0 start, and Gilman remains at No. 15 with its season starting today.

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