Well, folks, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament is finally down to eight teams. Each team has fought tooth and nail in order to get this far, but only one can win. The games taking place in the quarter-final phase of the tournament are: Maryland vs Albany, Duke vs The Ohio State, Denver vs Notre Dame, and Towson vs Syracuse. These eight teams all have dominated their opponents over this past Mother’s Day Weekend earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
Terps vs. Bulldogs
The University of Maryland defeated Bryant University 13-10 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park. This was to no one’s surprise as the Terps received the #1 seed going into the tournament. Bryant did make it interesting at 13-10, but their questionable uniforms (below) were more interesting. Tim Rotanz, Maryland midfielder, was the top scorer for the Terps racking up a total of 5 goals. Maryland’s man between the pipes, Dan Morris assisted tremendously to the Terrapins’ victory with an impressive 10 saves.
The Great Danes vs The Tarheels
University at Albany defeated the unranked University of North Carolina with a score of 15-12. UNC struck first with Cloutier scoring a sensational goal (see below). Then UAlbany jumped to a huge huge, scoring 14 of their 15 goals all within the first half of regulation. The Danes were the number 8 seed heading into the tournament. UAlbany’s midfield unit had a day racking up 11 of the 15 goals. The Albany defense also excelled that afternoon, Goalie JD Colarusso had 13 saves throughout the day.
The Buckeyes vs. Greyhounds
Number 3 seed THE Ohio State University played and defeated Loyola University Maryland, in Columbus, Ohio this past Sunday. Freshman Tre Leclaire was the top scorer for the Buckeyes, snagging himself a hat trick, almost half their goals. Despite some injuries mid-game The Buckeyes had a strong defensive presence and were able to hold The Hounds in a 7-4 victory.The contest was a close one, and Ohio State looks like they have a bright future in the NCAA mens lacrosse tournament , much like their dyed hair Goalie Tom Carey had an impressive 12 saves for the Buckeyes which aided their success in the tight game.
The Blue Devils vs The Blue Jays
The upset of the weekend came from the unranked Duke University Blue devils putting a smack down on The John’s Hopkins Blue Jays. Hopkins was without keeper Gerald Logan who was expected to start but was academically ineligible to play. With Brock Turnbaugh in net, the Jays could not find a way to stop Duke or get their offense clicking. Even Tewaaraton finalist Joel Tinney couldn’t overcome Duke’s experience and determination. The final on the scoreboard was 19-6 and 8 of the 19 goals by Duke were from attackmen Justin Guterding and Joey Manown. In addition to the midfield, Sean Lowie had a day racking up 3 well-earned goals.
The Pioneers vs The Falcons
The University of Denver faced the Air Force Academy this past weekend at Peter Barton Stadium, Denver, Colo. The Pioneers came out on top over the Falcons with a score of 17-10. Max Planning, Connor Cannizaro, and Austin French all displayed a stellar performance with each player having a hat trick. Trevor Baptiste also had a killer performance racking up two goals and 18 ground balls. Oh yeah, he also went 23-27 from the X just adding to his chances of a Tewaaraton run.
The Fighting Irish Vs The Golden Eagles
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame competed against The Golden Eagles of Marquette in. The Irish came out with the victory with the scoreboard displaying 15-9 at the end of the fourth quarter. The game was held at Arlotta Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind. The top goal scorers for the match were Brendan Gleason with five goals and Brendan Collins with four goals. This was Gleason’s highest scoring game in his career and he was named MVP for his performance. Goalkeeper, Shane Doss collected a total of 12 saves for the Irish keeping Marquette just out of reach.
The Tiger vs The Natty Lions
Towson was able to get the W over Penn State with a score of 12-8 at Penn State Lacrosse in a game that had some great highlights. Mac O’Keefe scored an unusual goal from the ground, but it was pretty impressive. The Tigers had seven different players write their name in the scorer’s column spreading the wealth. Joe Seider lead the offense with 4 goals as The Tigers ran away with the lead in the 4th.
The Orange vs The Other Bulldogs
The Orange from Syracuse barely squeaked by a score of 11-10 over Yale. Cuse was able to fight back after being down 2 goals at halftime with goals from 9 different players. Nick Mariano was also doing an awesome job of sharing the ball getting a total of 6 assists throughout the game to his teammates. One of which was Stephen Rehfuss, a freshman, who had a great snipe curling up the wing. Another standout player for the Orange was goalkeeper Evan Molloy saving the ball 15 times.
The next series of games in the NCAA Mens Lacrosse Tournament will be taking place this weekend on May 20th and 21st. Ohio state will be taking on Duke at James Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y. which will be televised on ESPNU on the 20th at 12 pm along with Notre Dame playing against Denver at 2:30 pm. The Orange will be taking on the Tigers of Towson at noon before, Mayland faces off against UAlbany on the 21st at Delaware Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN2. We are down to 8 teams competing for a chance to play on memorial day weekend and the race is just heating up. Tune into these stations to watch some of the high levels of competition for lacrosse compete for the National Championship.