It’s that time of the week again folks. We’re here with three or so main takeaways from the weekend’s action. And it was a wild one. Climb aboard as we try to unpack this weekend’s results.
1. Hop on the Dane Train!
Holy smokes. Albany’s opener in the Carrier Dome was the most anticipated game of the season and it was more than we could have hoped for (Syracuse fans excluded). Freshman phenom Tehoka Nanticoke bullied the Orange defense, scoring 5 goals, which obviously dominated headlines. But Connor Fields added two goals and two stunning highlight reel assists, while TD Ierlan went 16-21 plus a goal from the X. Not to mention the Dane defense, which held ‘Cuse to just 3 goals. It makes me just giddy to say that Albany is for real and –dare I say– better than we thought.
2. Villanova and Vermont get the credit they deserve
It has been the opinion of this blog that Villanova was criminally underrated coming into this year. Unranked in the Maverik Preseason Poll, the Wildcats have climbed to #7 this week after beating Yale in an OT thriller down in Arlington, TX and celebrating in style.
No one outside of the 802 expected Vermont to be this good. But second-year skipper Chris Feifs has the Catamounts clicking. During their 4-0 start, Vermont has beaten opponents by an average of over 8 goals per game, earning themselves the 17th spot in this week’s rankings.
Also, Virginia is undefeated and up a few spots in the rankings, so it’s a good time for “V” schools.
3. Carolina’s just going to do what Syracuse did last year, aren’t they?
Two weeks in a row, UNC has needed overtime to top an opponent they were expected to beat. It’s reminding me a whole lot of last year’s Syracuse team, who won six games by a single goal. “Cardiac Carolina” doesn’t have as good a ring to it as ‘Cuse but I am certain that Quint and Terry Foy and all the other talking heads of our sport are going to embrace the phrase anyway.
BONUS: Trap game alert: Dartmouth @ BU
Tonight the Terriers host Dartmouth and there’s a good chance the fellas from Hanover could come down and pull off the upset. BU has to quickly turn around and start Patriot League play against Navy on Saturday, so there’s a high potential for them to overlook this midweek matchup. Meanwhile, Dartmouth are likely still buzzing off their last-second win over Canisius in their opener. They’ve got the day off class and a whole bus ride to Beantown to get dialed in.