Friday Recap: MAAC Semifinals Set

(Photo Courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics)

The MAAC Semifinals, which will be played on Wednesday, May 5th, have been set after a typical chaos-filled quarterfinal round on Friday.

In the first quarterfinal contest of the day, the No. 6 seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies continued to make history in their third season as a program, as they upset No. 3 seed Detroit Mercy 11-8 to win their first-ever postseason game in program history.

Jake Rosa (2G/2A) and Nick Slattery (2G/1A) led the Bonnies with four and three points in the contest. Brett Dobson made 12 saves in cage while Austin Holley went 12-for-22 (54%).

Ryan Birney led Detroit Mercy with a hat trick while Brett Erskine had two goals and an assist.

A four-goal run to end the first quarter helped the Bonnies push out to a 5-1 lead, but the Titans were able to find their footing and make it a two-goal, 5-3, game at the half. Two more early in the third from Detroit Mercy tied things up at 5 before St. Bonaventure scored six of the final nine goals of the contest, which included a three-goal run to start the fourth, to seal the win.

St. Bonaventure will face No. 3 seeded Monmouth in the semifinals after the Hawks were able to avoid an upset against Siena in the second quarterfinal game of the day, winning 12-11 in a back-and-forth contest that never saw either side take more than a two-goal lead.

Cade Stratton scored his third of the day on a power play opportunity (man-up) to put the Hawks ahead 12-11 with 40 seconds left on the clock. And while a faceoff violation gave the Saints possession following that score, the Monmouth defense stood tall and a Rudy Beck-forced turnover would seal the deal for Monmouth.

In addition to Stratton’s hat trick and lone assist, Max Brooks recorded a hat trick for the Hawks and Matt Soutar went 18-for-25 (72%) at the faceoff dot.

Jack Kiernan had five goals and two assists for seven points to lead Siena. Christopher Yanchoris made 22 saves in cage.

No. 4 seeded Canisius has also advanced to the semifinals where they will face No. 1 seed Manhattan after beating No. 5 seeded Marist, 14-13.

Canisius sprinted out to a 7-2 first-quarter lead and went into the half up 10-6. The Red Foxes went on a 6-1 run in the final 20-plus minutes of the contest and made it a one-goal game with 3:11 remaining, but Matt Vavonese came up huge down the stretch for Canisius, making five saves in the final quarter alone and two in the final minute of the contest.

Jaco Buck dished out four assists for Canisius while Keegan Kozack had three goals and an assist. Dan Kritkausky had a hat trick. Matt Vavonese made 14 saves in total.

Jamison Embury had four goals and three assists for seven points to lead Marist.

MAAC Semifinal matchups: No. 1 Manhattan vs No. 4 Canisius, No. 2 Monmouth vs No. 6 St. Bonaventure.

Delaware Tops UMass in Season Finale, Locks Up Top Seed in CAA Tournament

The Delaware Blue Hens have locked up the top seed in the CAA Tournament following their 9-6 victory over UMass on Friday evening.

Mike Robinson led the way with a hat trick for the Blue Hens and Matt Kilkeary made 13 saves.

Kevin Tobin and Billy Philpott had two goals apiece for UMass while Zach Hochman went 11-for-17 (64%) at the faceoff dot.

After seeing the Minutemen jump ahead 4-2 after a four-goal run to end the first quarter, Delaware soon returned the favor. The Blue Hens ended the contest on a five-goal run that started late in the second quarter and featured a three-goal run in the third to take the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.

Other Scores

  • Marquette ends their season with a 15-14 win over St. Johns’s. Devon Cowan had four goals for the Golden Eagles.
  • Saint Joseph’s finishes their regular season with a 14-7 win over Wagner to push their winning streak to eight heading into the NEC Tournament, in which they are the top seed.
  • Brendan Nichtern tied his career high of eight points (3G/5A) to help lead Army past Colgate 13-11 to capture the Patriot League North Division.

This article will be updated after all of today’s games are in the books.

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