Editor’s Note: Sean Christman returns to C2C with a recap of all the Elite 8 NCAA D3 Men’s Lacrosse Tournament games. Who is going to be playing on Memorial Day weekend?
Let’s get to how we got here… we’re down to only FOUR teams! How can you not be excited?!?!?!
Salisbury 11, Dickinson 9
Dickinson was handed their first loss of the year, the one that ended their season, by Salisbury, on Wednesday. After being up 4-1 early, the Red Devils seems to tighten up a bit, and they let Salisbury go on a 4-0 run. Dickinson was then out-scored in the third quarter 5-2.
Though they were able to pull within two, the Red Devils were unable to pull off the comeback.
Salisbury’s Rhett DePol led the way with two goals and two assists, and goalie Alex Taylor made 14 saves in the win. On the losing side, Matt Cherry had four goals and goalie Greg Hanley made nine saves. Salisbury plays Stevenson in the next round, a rematch of a game the Gulls dropped in the regular season.
RIT 14, Tufts 5
Before the opening whistle, it would have been easy to pick either team to win the game. However, Tufts never seemed to ever get off the bus. RIT was in double digits at the half, up 10-3. RIT’s superb defense was able to force 21 turnovers, and hold Tufts to their lowest offensive production since April of 2008.
Kyle Aquin, one of the many exciting Canadians on the Tigers, had four points in the win. Also playing well for the Tigers were Allister Warren, Jack Kryzston, and Eddie Kiesa. Tyler Brooks-Lambert and understudy PJ Hart went a combined 16 of 23 faceoffs (Hart was 3-3). Pat Johnston made 15 saves for RIT and earned the W. RIT moves on to play undefeated Cortland in the next round.
Cortland 12, WNE 7
The Cortland Red Dragons put an end to Western New England’s NCAA run on Wednesday, winning by five goals. Ten different players registered goals for Cortland, while freshman Pat Baldwin won 14-17 faceoffs. Cortland led 5-4 at the half, and though the Golden Bears were able to tie the game early in the third, they then let up a five goal run and ended up down 10-6 at the end of three.
Unfortunately for WNE, they were unable to create a comeback. Cortland goalie Mike Kaminski only had to make four saves in the win. Adam Knapton had another strong game offensively for WNE. Cortland faces RIT in their Final Four matchup.
Stevenson 13, Lynchburg 7
Four times in the last five years, Paul Cantabene has coached the Stevenson Mustangs to the final four. This time, it was behind the stick of Peter Green. Green had two goals and two assists in the win, and Dmitri Pecunes came up big with 12 saves. Mark Panneton also had three goals.
Stevenson went up 5-1 after the first, and was able to hold off the Hornets for the rest of the game. Panneton is now sitting at fifth in goals in a single season with 56, at Stevenson (Denver Outlaw Jimmy Dailey is 2nd). Stevenson faces Salisbury in the Final Four.
The final note on Stevenson – Lynchburg is that Stevenson’s webcast is as good as ANY televised broadcast you will see. The school does an unreal job for their lacrosse team.