First Semester: ECRHA Long Island Recap (Nov. 4th-5th)

From ECRHA.Org
By Braden Durnell, C2C and ECRHA Correspondent
@C2C_Durnell

The ECRHA paid a visit to the home of the NCRHA D1 National Champions this past weekend: Long Island, New York. If you wanna get specific, the town of Old Bethpage. The weekend saw 22 teams across all four divisions playing in ever-crucial mid-season matchups. We saw a lot of tight contests, and a few games in which it seemed as if the timekeeper never stopped writing numbers on the scoresheet.

Division One

In D1, we saw the defending national champion Farmingdale Rams return home in impressive fashion. The Rams showed they do not intend on giving up their championship easily this year, cruising to victories in all four of their contests. Farmingdale started the weekend with an 11-1 win over Cortland, Led by Jake Corso’s six points. Farmingdale continued to cruise through the weekend, putting up double digits in each of their games, with wins of 16-1 over Rhode Island, 10-2 over UMass, and 14-2 in a second match against the Red Dragons of Cortland. The Rams now sit 4 points ahead of second place West Chester and Slippery Rock in the D1 standings, and currently average just 2 goals against per game. With the rate of which Farmingdale can score, it’s going to be difficult to beat them with statistics like that.

Cortland is a team that was very impressive in Old Bethpage. Cortland finished the weekend 2-2, with their two losses coming to Farmingdale. They got wins against UMass 6-5, which saw Zach Adams score what would turn out to be the game winning goal with 5:20 left in the 3rd. They also beat a struggling Rhode Island team 4-3 in overtime with Dan Nelson winning the game for the Red Dragons. Dan Nelson has been a force for this Cortland team, who now sits at 4-3, currently 5th in the standings. Nelson, with 22 points, has contributed a goal or an assist on 73% of the teams total goals throughout this season!

UMass is a team that may have disappointed themselves this weekend, losing a close game to Cortland 5-6, and losing to Farmingdale 10-2 before defeating Rhode Island on Sunday 8-4. This is a young UMass team, which many were not sure what to expect coming into the season. They’ve shown that they can keep up wit the competition so far this year, as they are 2-3-1 this season and 6th in the standings, but have things they can improve on and be a top contender this year.

Rhode Island came ever so close from the early season “upset” of the weekend when they fell to Cortland 4-3 in overtime. This Rhode Island team has started off the season in a slump, as this past weekend they lost to Farmingdale 16-1, UMass 8-4, and the overtime loss mentioned above. Rhode Island is a team which will look to leadership from a veteran such as Kyle Alvanas as the season progresses to attempt to make a run at a regional playoff spot. Continue reading “First Semester: ECRHA Long Island Recap (Nov. 4th-5th)”