Kelly Daggett

Penn State’s Kelly Daggett (11) plays an NCAA game against Penn. The Nittany Lions made their first NCAA semifinal appearance since 1999 this season, but ultimately lost to North Carolina. Daggett, a Lancaster Catholic grad, had a goal in the contest.

NCAA tournament season is in full swing for college lacrosse. And among the teams still playing across Division I, II and III, there are 10 that feature at least one Lancaster-Lebanon League alum on their roster. In all, there are dozen L-L alums on college lax teams that are still dancing.

There’s also three college coaches with L-L ties that are active in the NCAAs. Here’s a look at each of those names and the upcoming tournament games for their teams.

NCAA Division I:

Kelly Daggett (Lancaster Catholic); Alex Rich (Cedar Crest); Sammy Helgeson (Hempfield), Penn State: Daggett was switched from attack to defense coming into 2018, and has been a starting defender for the Nittany Lion women ever since. Rich, a junior transfer, has seen action in three games off the bench. Helgeson, a freshman, has yet to play. Penn State (10-9) will face University of Pennsylvania (13-4) in a 5 p.m. matchup Friday at Stony Brook (NY) University. The winner advances to the Sweet 16.

Penn State's Kelly Daggett stops by the LNP Studio to talk lacrosse for this week's 'Inspirational Athletes' [podcast]

Emily McBride (Manheim Township), Virginia: McBride has seen action in four games off the bench in her junior campaign for the Cavalier women. Virginia (9-9) will host Stanford (15-4) in 6 p.m. matchup Friday evening. The winner advances to the Sweet 16.

Alex Ready (Manheim Township), Denver: Ready, a junior, has split time in the net for the Denver men’s lacrosse team this season. Denver (12-3) will be at Notre Dame (9-5) on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

Manheim Township grad Alex Ready strong in goal for Denver

Zach Ward (Hempfield), Cornell: Ward has seen action in six games off the bench in his junior campaign with the Cornell men’s lacrosse team. Cornell (12-4) is at Syracuse (8-6) on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

NCAA Division II:

Abbey Castor (Cedar Crest); Brooke Fritz (Cocalico), East Stroudsburg University: Castor is a freshman and Fritz a junior with the East Stroudsburg women. Fritz (15 goals, 31 assists) is a full-time starter, while Castor has seen action in nine games off the bench. East Stroudsburg (13-3) will face Mercyhurst (13-6) at West Chester University in a 5 p.m. matchup Friday evening. The winner advances to the quarterfinals.

Damon Cummins (Penn Manor), Lenoir-Rhyne (NC) University: Cummins is a senior keeper at LRU, having seen action in nine games this season, including one start. The Bears (16-2) host Colorado Mesa (17-2) in a quarterfinal matchup Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals.

William Rabuck (Ephrata); Tyler Zameroski (Lampeter-Strasburg), Seton Hill University: Zameroski is a freshman attack and Rabuck a junior defender for the Seton Hill men. Zameroski has seen action in four games off the bench. Seton Hill (16-1) will host Le Moyne (15-1) on Saturday at 12 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals.

NCAA Division III:

Paige Brown (Lancaster Country Day), Bowdoin (Maine) College: Brown is a starting defender in her junior campaign for Bowdoin (13-5) women, as the Polar Bears are set to host Stevens Institute (14-5) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

Caroline Kolva (Lancaster Country Day), Franklin & Marshall College: Kolva is a starting midfielder in her junior campaign for the F&M women. F&M (16-4) awaits the winner of Tufts and FDU-Florham in Sunday’s 2 p.m. Sweet 16 matchup.

Mimi Curtis (Manheim Township), University Mount Union (Ohio): Curtis is a the starting sophomore keeper for undefeated Mount Union (17-0), set for a second-round matchup with Mary Washington (16-4) in Fredericksburg, Va., on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Grace Torrance (Manheim Township), Gettysburg College: Torrance, a freshman defender, has seen action in six games off the bench for the Bullets. Gettysburg (16-2) will face the winner of Westfield State and Morrisville State in Sunday's second round in a 1 p.m. matchup. The winner advances to the Sweet 16.

Jack Braswell (Manheim Township), Stevens (NJ) Institute of Technology: Braswell, a sophomore, is splitting time in the net as a sophomore keeper for the Stevens men. He made five saves in Wednesday’s 10-9 overtime win against Springfield to advance to the Sweet 16, where the Ducks (18-2) will face undefeated Rochester Institute (19-0) on Saturday.

Mike Weaver (Cedar Crest), Washington & Lee (Va.) University: Weaver is a sophomore attack who has scored 16 goals and collected 8 assists in 19 games, with four starts. The Generals (15-4) are at Dickinson (16-3) in a 1 p.m. matchup Saturday. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

Parker Ross (Lancaster Catholic), Cabrini College: Ross, a sophomore goalkeeper, has seen action in three games off the bench for Cabrini this season. The Cavaliers (17-2) face Wesleyan (15-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

Tanner McAlpine (Hempfield); Wyatt Barnett (Penn Manor), York College: McAlpine is a freshman keeper for the Spartans. He has seen action in two games off the bench. Barnett is a junior midfielder, having seen action in eight games off the bench. York (18-2) faces Amherst (15-3) on Saturday in the Sweet 16.

Coaches:

David Espenshade: The Lancaster Country Day and Franklin & Marshall College alum was once an assistant coach at LCD and Manheim Township before taking a shot at the collegiate coaching ranks. Espenshade is now in his second year on the Yale men’s lacrosse coaching staff. Yale (13-3) will host UMASS (12-4) at 12 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The winner advances to the Elite Eight.

Emily Eddowes: The Penn Manor alum is in her second year as a collegiate assistant coach, but her first with the Franklin & Marshall women, which have a second-round D-III matchup Sunday.

Penn Manor alum, F&M assistant coach Emily Eddowes chats lacrosse on "Inspirational Athletes' [podcast]

Xeni Barakos: The Cocalico alum is in her third-year as the head coach of the D-II East Stroudsburg women. She was named the PSAC Coach of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. ESU has a second-round matchup at 5 p.m. Friday.