The quarterfinals are officially set as the second day of the NCAA tournament first round has concluded. Penn State, Maryland, Duke, and Notre Dame are all moving on after securing wins today.
Penn State 25, UMBC 10
Besides the first few minutes of this game, this was never close as the Penn State Nittany Lions demolished the UMBC Retrievers. After UMBC was able to hang in for a few possessions, the Nittany Lions woke up and their offense roared. Penn State was the much better team and it showed for sure as they move on to the quarterfinals.
Jack Kelly and Mac O’Keefe led the way for Penn State with 7 points (6G,1A) each. Dylan Foulds had 7 points (4G,3A) while Grant Ament also had 8 points (3G,5A) in the win. In cage for the Nittany Lions Colby Kneese made 5 saves while Trevor Scollins also made 4 saves.
For UMBC, Ryan Frawley led the way with 6 goals. Brett McIntyre also had 3 points (2G,1A) in the game as well. In cage, Tommy Linger made 5 saves and Jack Morton made 2 saves.
Maryland 14, Towson 13
It was an overtime thriller as Maryland was able to comeback and take down Towson on the road, and wake up a rivalry that has been dormant since 2012.
After Towson took a 7-5 lead at the half Maryland was able to step up big in the second half, eventually tying the game multiple times. The fourth was huge as both teams kept going back-and-forth taking shots at one another. Towson was able to tie things back up and eventually take the lead late in the fourth. With just seconds left in the fourth Maryland got the ball back after Towson ran down the clock. The Terps used a Jared Bernhardt goal with :3 on the clock to tie things up and force overtime.
Alex Woodall won the faceoff for Towson to start overtime, but the Tigers ended up turning it over back to the Terrapins. Louis Dubick scored the game-winner for Maryland as they took down Towson in overtime.
Towson was led by Brendan Sunday with 5 points (4G,1A) on a Sunday. Brody McLean also had 4 goals while Grant Maloof had 2 goals to his name as well. In cage Tyler Canto made 7 saves to help anchor that Tigers defense.
For Maryland, they were led by Bubba Fairman and Logan Wisnauskas who each tallied 4 points (3G,1A). Louis Dubick also had 4 points (2G,2A). Danny Dolan helped anchor the Terrapins offense, making 15 saves in the win.
Duke 12, Richmond 11
It was a tight one the whole way as Duke was able to break away down the stretch and survive a late game comeback from Richmond. This was a defensive battle and much more tighter than many originally thought.
The first quarter saw a lot of slow defensive play as Richmond led 2-1 with Ryan Lanchbury having both of Richmond’s goals. The offense started to heat up in the second, and so did the power of Duke on both ends. The Blue Devils were able to get a little breathing room, taking a 7-5 lead into the half.
Duke won the game in the third with Nakeie Montgomery catching fire and leading that offense with his shooting, dodging, and passing. Richmond couldn’t match Duke during their run near the end of the third to take a 12-7 lead. In the fourth it was all Richmond, but their comeback fell short as Duke walked away 12-11 victors over the Spiders.
The Blue Devils were led by Nakeie Montgomery with 5 points (3G,2A) in the win. Brad Smith also had 5 points (2G,3A) for the Blue Devils. In cage, Turner Uppgren made 8 saves to help anchor that tough physical defense.
Richmond was led by Tate Gallagher who tallied 4 goals for the Spiders. Mitch Savoca, Ryan Lee, and Ryan Lanchbury all had 2 goals as well. Jack Rusbuldt made 12 saves in cage for the Spiders to help anchor that defense.
Notre Dame 16, Johns Hopkins 9
After being academically ineligible all season, Ryder Garnsey returned and so did the offensive firepower that he brings to the table. Notre Dame got out early in this one, completely burned the Johns Hopkins defense.
In the first half Notre Dame got out to a 10-2 lead. While the Blue Jays were able to comeback a bit in the second half, the hole was too big to climb out of. The Irish continued to own the possession game and win in almost every facet of the game. Notre Dame was able to walk away victorious as they punched their ticket to the quarterfinals.
Notre Dame was led by Morrison Mirer who tallied 4 goals in the win for the Irish. Ryder Garnsey and Bryan Costabile also had 4 points (3G,1A) each. In cage, Matt Schmidt made 9 saves for the Irish to help anchor the defense.
The Blue Jays were led by Joey Epstein who tallied 6 points (3G,3A) and Forry Smith who had 3 goals as well. Ryan Darby made 3 saves in cage and Jacob Giacalone made 9 saves for the Blue Jays.