Editor’s Note: Sean Christman returns to C2C with a recap of all the first round NCAA D3 Men’s Lacrosse Tournament games. There were a couple blow outs, some tight contests, an almost upset, and a pretty solid shocker! Not too bad for just the first round.
It only gets better from here on out…
Adrian 14, Otterbein 11
MIAA Champion Adrian didn’t disappoint, winning their first-ever NCAA tournament game against Adrian by three goals. Drake Dailey-Chwalibog, John Hudzinski, and Cody Kilcoyne all had hat tricks for the bulldogs. Adrian scored the first four goals of the second half and didn’t look back. While Otterbein had the advantage on faceoffs, Adrian won in just about every other category, leading in shots, groundballs, and clears. Adrian will play on Saturday against Dickinson.
Stevens 13, Montclair State 11
The Stevens Ducks escaped a first round loss with a two point victory over Montclair State, moving them in to the second round, where they’ll play Tufts. After leading 3-1 at the end of one, Stevens went up 5-1 in the second. However, Montclair scored four goals in as many minutes to tie the game. Stevens was able to go up 6-5 at the half, but Montclair scored three in the third quarter and went up 8-6. Stevens went up 12-9, and began controlling a game that had a ton of lead changes. Defensively for the Ducks, Matthew Deiner made twelve saves and Brian Fahy had five caused turnovers. Stevens plays Tufts on Saturday.
Tufts 26, Norwich 4
While there were a lot of blowouts on Wednesday, this game had the biggest margin of victory for a team, with Tufts winning by 22. The game was played as it was expected to go, with the Jumbos dominating every aspect of the game. 12 players scored for Tufts, and Beau Wood had six (all in the first half). 26 goals is a tie for the second-most ever in an NCAA first-round game. The season ends for Norwich, who made their first ever tournament appearance. Tufts shut out Norwich in the second half, and Patton Watkins only had to make five saves in the win. Next up for Tufts? Stevens.
WNEU 16, Eastern Connecticut State 10
On a rainy day in Massachusetts, the Western New England Golden Bears won their first round game against Eastern Connecticut State. Sean Lawton had a hat trick and George Knapp had one as well, leading the offense. Brandon Body made 10 saves in net, and got the win. Western New England will play Nazareth on Saturday.
Salisbury 22, Susquehanna 2
Salisbury blew out Susquehanna in their tournament opener wednesday, with eight goals in both the first and fourth quarters. Unfortunately for Susquehanna, they were never in the game. Salisbury took 55 shots in the game. Alex Taylor made seven saves in the win, anchoring the defense. Four goals for Brady Dashiell and Jesse Rabishaw led the Gulls on offense. Salisbury will face Washington & Lee in a rematch of a Double Overtime win for the Generals early in the year, in what will be an awesome game.
Washington & Lee 19, Sewanee 6
Senior middie Jack Switala had three goals and an assist, and Cameron Dabir had 2 goals and an assist in a game that tied a program record for wins in a season at W&L. The Generals led 13-3 in the third quarter, with Warren Berenis making 14 saves in net. Washington & Lee faces Salisbury in a huge game on Saturday.
Roanoke 21, Centre 4
Another dominating Wednesday win, Roanoke handled centre in their first round game. In their 24th NCAA tournament appearance, the Maroons dominated the Centre Colonals. Richard Lachlan and Spencer Parsons paved the way for the rest of the Roanoke offense with a hat trick each. Max Kraus won 9 of 10 faceoffs, and Roanoke went 20-27 at the X. Three different goalies played for the Maroons, with Charles Pease and Mike Hardon each making three saves. Roanoke plays Lynchburg in the next round.
Washington College 10, Colorado College 7
One of two Centennial Conference teams in the tournament, Washington College earned a victory against the western-most team in the tournament, Colorado College. The Shoremen led by as much as 8-2 in the second quarter before allowing Colorado to pull within two in the third quarter. Michael Trapp went 15-18 on faceoffs, and Jim Cusick had a hat-trick. Washington College actually had 21 turnovers, three more than their opponent. Ted DiSalvo had 11 saves in goal in the win. The Shoremen will square off against Stevenson on Saturday.
Cabrini 20, Springfield 8
Corey Elmer registered 4 goals and 4 assists in a dominating win for the Cabrini Cavaliers Wednesdaynight, and Bobby Thorp had a hat trick. Not only did Elmer have an 8 point night in the first round win, it was the seventh time this season he had added eight points. Cabrini’s attack unit is one of the best in the country. Connor Nash and Robert Mahr combined for 19 saves in the effort. Cabrini’s offense will be key in their next game, when they take on RIT.
Lynchburg 6, Saint Mary’s 5
In what was almost a season ending loss, Lynchburg came back to win against St. Mary’s (MD). Lynchburg struck less than five minutes into the game, but was held scoreless for the rest of the half. St. Mary’s led 3-1 at halftime, and went up 5-2 at the end of three. Lynchburg scored twice in as many minutes in the fourth to cut the lead to one, and tied the game with 9:35 to go. Vin Curran, who scored half of the Hornets’ 6 goals, scored the game winner with about six minutes left, and the Lynchburg D was able to hold off the Seagulls, who were 0-4 on man up. It will be the Roanoake Maroons who Lynchburg will take on this Saturday.
Auroura 13, Ohio Wesleyan 9
Congratulations, Aurora! Aurora’s program is just three years old, and earned their first NCAA tournament victory Wednesday night. The game went into the half knotted up at 6, with Aurora losing their 5-2 lead early on. The Spartans then went on to score six goals in the third quarter, leading 12-7. Wesleyan was only able to score twice in the fourth, and lost 13-9. Aurora will be put to the test against last year’s runner-up when they play Cortland on Saturday.
Nazareth 25, Castleton 4
In their 20th tournament appearance, Nazareth beat up on Castleton, winning by 21 goals. 11 players scored for Nazareth, and Empire 8 Player of the Year Drew Simoneau won 17-21 faceoffs. Collin Clark had five goals, and Troy Haefele had four goals and four assists in the win. This game was 5-2 for a long time, but then Nazareth scored seven straight, and they never looked back. Nazareth moves on to play Western New England, a rematch of an earlier matchup, when Nazareth lost 12-6.
Stevenson 18, Christopher Newport 6
Stevenson rolled past Christopher Newport after a six goal first quarter. The Mustangs were lead by senior Tyler Reid, who scored four goals. Stevenson held Christopher Newport to one goal in the last three quarters of the game, and also won 23-28 faceoffs. Dimitri Pecunes made three saves in the win, and Chris Dashiell had three assists. Stevenson plays Washington college in the next round.