Notebook: River Hill grad Marlatt leads way for deep Irish

Bayhawks acquire All-Star defenseman Polanco from Long Island

Providence coach Burdick out

May 17, 2012|Courtesy of Inside Lacrosse magazine

• On a Notre Dame men's lacrosse team where everyone contributes, Clarksville's Jim Marlatt has grabbed the spotlight.

The River Hill grad had a career-high five-point day in the NCAA first-round win over Yale. But it's depth that has been the key: 19 different players have hit the back of the net for the Irish, who play Virginia on Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals.

"We're just looking for the opening guy and whoever that guys is at the end of the play is going to get the goal," said Marlatt, a 2012 Big East Conference first-team honoree. "We're not looking for any one guy to be in any one situation. We're trying to get everyone in a good spot."

•Denver coach Bill Tierney doesn't buy in to the theory that one team can't beat another three times in the same season. His Pioneers face Loyola for the third time this year, and they have lost to the Hounds in the regular season and the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship.

"This isn't best two out of three rock, paper, scissors or rolling dice," he said. "This is a team that's dominated us like no other in our whole season."

Instead, he said, the key is to get his team to understand that each game is its own game and to pull confidence from the things in the first game that went well.

"As a coach, it's your job to find confidence in everything you do. Clearly Charley [Toomey] has a bigger bag to pull things out of with his team beating us twice. You're in a little more of a 'hope' mode than a 'know' mode. Our job is to make them understand is the only thing different about playing a team three times is you know them a lot better than playing them once."

•Providence men's lacrosse coach Chris Burdick is the latest of three Division I head coaches out this offseason. Burdick resigned as Friars coach Thursday.

The Friars are in their third year of Big East play and have not completed the transition to a full-scholarship program. They earned their first conference win against Villanova at the end of the season. Burdick denied rumors about his job security just last week, pointing to the progress the team has made with limited resources.

"We're three years into the process," Burdick told Inside Lacrosse last week when asked about his job. "We're pretty solid in what we're trying to accomplish, and we feel good about the progress we're making."

Manhattan coach Tim McIntee stepped down Wednesday, as did Lafayette coach Terry Mangan.

•The Chesapeake Bayhawks acquired All-Star defenseman Nicky Polanco from the Long Island Lizards, giving up the rights to Duke long-stick midfielder CJ Costabile. Polanco, a second-round Collegiate Draft pick in 2013 and a second-round Collegiate Draft pick in 2014 will go to the Bayhawks in exchange for the rights to Costabile and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2013 Collegiate Draft.

Polanco was a holdout in Long Island, sitting out the Lizards' first two games until he was traded to the Bayhawks. He is reunited with longtime teammate Brian Spallina.

•Colgate had an unlikely hero in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Freshman goalie Conor Murphy got his first career start against Massachusetts.

"These last couple weeks, [starting goalie Jared Madison] just wasn't seeing the ball as well as he would like," coach Mike Murphy said.

Conor Murphy made 15 saves and did not give up a goal to UMass star Will Manny. Manny's lone goal came when Murphy was serving a penalty.

But coach Murphy has not committed to either goalie just yet and will make a decision closer to game time.

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