Saturday Recap: Virginia Tops Notre Dame in ACC Thriller, Towson Upsets Loyola

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Notre Dame welcomed the Virginia Cavaliers to South Bend on Saturday afternoon to open their ACC slate, and the Cavaliers earned a hard-fought 12-11 victory in a contest that certainly lived up to the hype.

For the second week in a row, Cavaliers’ fifth-year midfielder Dox Aitken put on a show and looked like his old self after not being as productive early in the season as he had been in years past. The midfielder ended the contest with four points (2G/2A), which included the first and last goal of the contest. Additionally, Payton Cormier put up five goals.

Petey LaSalla went 13-for-25 at the faceoff dot and got five ground balls for Virginia while Kyle Gallagher went 10-for-21.

Aitken’s opening goal was the first of three for the Cavaliers in the first quarter. Will York ended the game as the Irish’s leading scorer with five goals, three of which came back-to-back-to-back to open up the second quarter and get the Irish going. Yorke’s first two goals were on the power play.

Yorke’s three straight to open the quarter helped Notre Dame outscore the Cavaliers 7-2 in the second quarter and take a 7-5 lead into the half. However, Virginia didn’t go away. Payton Cormier opened up the third with two straight to tie things up and Ian Laviano followed up with one of his own to give Virginia their first lead since early in the second. Cormier and Laviano ended the third with two straight to answer a Notre Dame goal from York – their lone goal of the quarter.

Eric Dobson scored two in the second and York found the back of the net for a fifth time late in the fourth to tie things all up at 11. However, like they had all game, Virginia had an answer. And who else but Dox Aitken to put in the game-winning goal for the Cavaliers. The Irish had a chance to answer in the dying seconds of the game, but Alex Rode notched his ninth save of the game to secure the win for the Cavaliers.

Virginia moves to 1-2 in ACC play with the win while Notre Dame walks away with their first loss of the season and a 0-1 ACC record.

Towson Beats Rival Loyola In Overtime

The Towson Tigers found themselves back in the win column for only the second time this season as they took down rival Loyola 7-6 in overtime. The meeting marked the two program’s 64th all-time meeting and saw Towson earn just their third win in the series in seven years and fourth win since 2007 when they completed a three-peat.

Aidan Olmstead had two goals in the game for the Tigers, and both came early in the first quarter. Tim Montgomery got the Tigers offense started with just 17 seconds left in first. Joey Kamish put Loyola up 3-1 with three seconds left in the first.

Jake McLean and Peter Swindell scored the only goals for either squad in the second as Loyola headed into the half with a 4-2 lead. Again, in the third, only two goals were scored. Joey Kamish scored the lone goal for the Greyhounds and Riley Gaeger had Towson’s lone goal of the quarter. However, that Gaeger goal was the spark to a four-goal Tigers run that saw them take their first lead of the game with 3:15 in the fourth.

Bailey Savio tied things back up for the Greyhounds and forced overtime with a goal off the ensuing faceoff. Tim Montgomery scored the game-winner with 1:19 left in the overtime period to secure the upset for the Tigers.

Stony Brook Takes Down UAlbany

After earning a huge victory on Tuesday in a non-conference contest against UMass, the UAlbany Great Danes fell 16-10 on the road against America East foe Stony Brook.

The Seawolves came firing out of the gates and led wire-to-wire in this contest. Stony Brook opened the game on a three-goal run and put together another one before the first quarter’s end to get ahead 6-2 heading into the second. While Tehoka Nanticoke, who ended the game with four goals and an assist, tallied three straight to start the second for Albany and cut the Seawolves lead to 6-5, Stony Brook was able to continually answer through the third quarter and put together a four-goal run to seal the deal.

Cory Vanginhoven led Stony Brook with two goals and three assists while Chris Pickle and Dylan Pallonetti each had two goals and two assists.

Perfection Highlights TD Ierlan’s Denver Debut

The Denver Pioneers took down the Providence Friars to stay unbeaten in Big East play on Saturday afternoon. And while the trio of Jackson Morrill, Alex Simmons, and Ethan Walker combined for 12 of the Pioneers’ goals and 20 points, the day was all about the return of TD Ierlan.

The former Yale Bulldog made his debut with the Pioneers on Saturday after being cleared to play just a week ago. Ierlan went 14-for-14 the dot. Alec Stathakis also saw time at the dot, going 11-for-15.

Georgetown Tops Villanova

With Jake Carraway out of the lineup and Gibson Smith still out due to injury, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Villanova Wildcats 8-7 on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas outscored the Wildcats 3-1 in the final quarter to help them escape with the win.

TJ Haley led the Hoyas with one goal and three assists while Nicky Petkevich had two goals and one assist. Will Vitton made 15 saves in cage for the Wildcats.

Air Force Beats Bellarmine in SoCon Opener

After two straight from Luke Legnard and Patrick Keegan to start the second half and stretch the Bellarmine lead to 6-2, it felt like the Knights might have had the upset win in the bag. However, the Falcons stepped on the gas down the stretch and ended the game on a six-goal run that featured three goals from August Johnson to get ahead and secure the 8-6 win.

Johnson netted four goals to lead the Falcons’ offense while Braden Host also had himself a day, making 16 saves with a 72% save percentage to anchor the Air Force defense.

Other Scores

  • Quinnipiac beat St. Bonaventure 5-4, avenging their season-opening loss.
  • Sean Goldsmith had six goals and one assist to lead Mercer past Utah 15-12.
  • Tre Leclair notched four goals to lead Ohio State past rival Michigan 14-6.
  • Ryan Doran got a hat trick on the game winning goal to lift Saint Joseph’s over Mount St. Mary’s 14-13 in overtime.
  • Nathan Kapp went 26-for-30 at the faceoff dot in Jacksonville’s 18-12 win over VMI.
  • NJIT beats UMass Lowell 14-10 to earn first ever America East win.

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