Editor’s Note: Sean Christman returns to C2C with a recap of all the second round NCAA D3 Men’s Lacrosse Tournament games. Things are only starting to get interesting as the tourney field whittles itself down. Who is going to be playing on Memorial Day weekend?
Let’s get right to it… we’re down to EIGHT teams! How can you not be excited?!?!?!
Photo Credit: Jon Borcik
RIT 22, Cabrini 13
RIT had a big second half on their way to an eight goal victory over the Cabrini Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA tournament. It is the fourth straight season where RIT will advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Kyle Aquin led the way for the Tigers with six goals, and Eddie Kiesa had four goals and four assists. Anthony DiSanzo matched Aquin’s mark of six goals for Cabrini, and Chris Treat had 11 saves in the loss. The Tigers, who trailed at times in the first half, had a huge seven point run to make up the difference.
With Tyler Brooks-Lambert winning 17-27 faceoffs and PJ Hart going 6-11, RIT had a great day at the X, an area where they have been strong in recent years. Pat Johnston made eight saves before being relieved by Anthony DeLeo for the last five minutes of the game. The Tigers will take on Tufts in the quarterfinals.
Salisbury 7, Washington and Lee 4
In a rematch of a double overtime Washington & Lee win, the Salisbury Seagulls held off the Generals to advance to the quarterfinals yet again. After leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Gulls led 5-2 at the half. Salisbury got the loan goal of the third quarter, and ended up with a four goal cushion going in to the fourth. The defense, led by goalie Alex Taylor (11 saves), was able to hold off any hopes of a W&L comeback.
Jared Mitchell of Washington & Lee and Tyler Granelli of Salisbury each won six of the twelve faceoffs in the game. Salisbury’s Brady Dashiell led the way with a hat trick, while Mac Means and Tyler Goldman split the four goals by the Generals at two a piece. Salisbury plays Dickinson in the next round.
Dickinson 20, Adrian 7
Carter Moore won 19 of 19 faceoffs for Dickinson en route to a 13 goal win over visiting Adrian. The Red Devils led the whole game, and were up 4-1 at the end of one. Brian Gleason had three goals, and Brian Cannon had two. Also impressive for Dickinson in the win was Greg Hanley, with 11 saves in three quarters.
On the losing end, John Hudzinski and Cody Kilcoyne each had two goals, and Kevin Lerg made 14 saves. Adrian went 0-7 on their man up opportunities, and Dickinson went 2-5. The #2 ranked Red Devils, who earned a first-round bye, will take on the defending national champion Salisbury Seagulls this Wednesday.
Stevenson 17, WAC 13
The Stevenson Mustangs tied a school record for wins in a season on Saturday, beating Washington College by four. Nick Rossi, Billy Burgoyne, and Mark Pannenton combined for an astounding 12 goals. Burgoyne had five of them. After Dmitri Pecunes let in five goals in the first quarter, he was pulled in favor of Kevin Cain. The Shoremen took advantage of a cold goalie and scored twice in 31 seconds. Pecunes was put back in to the game, and made ten saves in the second half. Pecunes will start again this Wednesday against the Lynchburg Hornets. That is one interesting late season goalie controversy!
Lynchburg 12, Roanoke 9
The Lynchburg Hornets put forth a solid second half effort, and that propelled them past the Roanoke Maroons in the second round of the NCAA tournament. After being down 8-7 in the third, Aaron Murphy scored a goal that sparked a short run for the Hornets, and they lead 9-8 at the end of the third. With 2:30 to play, Max Voumard scored his second goal, and the Hornets went up 12-9.
Adam Davey made 15 saves for the Hornets, and the teams split the 24 draws at the faceoff X, with each winning 12. Charles Pease made 13 saves in the loss for the Maroons, and Tyler McWilliams had two goals. The Hornets will now take on the fourth ranked Stevenson Mustangs in their quarterfinal matchup.
Video from Lynchburg’s First Round Win over St. Mary’s:
(EN: Warning: the music is like Christmas by Dwight from the Office)
WNEU 15, Nazareth 12
Western New England’s Adam Knapton had four assists and two goals, as the Golden Bears advanced past Nazareth in the second round of the tournament. This was a bit of an upset, as Nazareth was ranked ninth in the country, and WNE wasn’t in the top 20. Sean Lawton also had three goals, and Brandon Body made twelve saves to help the Bears come back after being down 6-5.
Nazareth dominated the faceoff X, winning 22 of 30 draws, and had 48 groundballs to Western New England’s 34. A key area for WNE was their man-up, as they converted on three of their five chances. Western New England plays Cortland in the next round, and will need another great game out of Brody to be in that one.
Tufts 14, Stevens 9
Though they were down 8-4 early in the second half, the Tufts Jumbos were able to create a comeback win against the Stevens Ducks. Junior Patton Watkins made 16 saves in the victory, which was important, as Tufts lost the faceoff battle to Stevens, 17-27. For the Jumbos, Beau Wood and Cole Bailey had three and four goals, respectively. Stevens goalie Matthew Diener made 12 saves in the loss. Tufts will play RIT in the next round, and that guarantees to be an excellent game, featuring some pretty contrasting styles of play.
Cortland 14, Aurora 8
The Red Dragons of Cortland took down Aurora by a margin of six goals on Saturday, led by Cody Consul (three goals) and James Stavrakis (three goals). Senior keeper Mike Kaminski made ten saves in the win for Cortland, who led 4-0 after the first quarter. Aurora scored three goals in the third to make it 10-4, but were unable to close the gap any further.
Aurora was outdone in almost every statistical category, but converted twice on the EMO, while Cortland converted once. Adam Holka also made 16 big saves for Aurora, who was making their first ever tournament appearance, and had already won a game. The Red Dragons, who earned a first-round bye, will face Western New England in the next round.