By Nick Powers | 5/13/13 3:20 PM
As the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament kicked off this past weekend, several teams excelled against top-rated opponents including a number of squads with multiple 2013 MLL draftees.
In a highly anticipated contest, the no. 16 ranked Cornell defeated no. 8 Maryland, 16-8 with a dominant second half performance from the Big Red. Rob Pannell, the number one overall selection of the New York Lizards in 2012, looked phenomenal as he registered seven points on four goals and three assists. Pannell’s teammate Max Van Bourgondien (Charlotte) also contributed to Cornell’s victory with a two-point performance with one tally and one helper.
Though Maryland’s draftees came together in a solid team effort, the Terrapins couldn’t mount enough offense to stifle the Big Red’s rally. Jesse Bernhardt (Chesapeake) scooped up nine ground balls and had five caused turnovers, while John Haus (Hamilton) and Kevin Cooper (Chesapeake) each had two points on a pair of tallies and one goal plus one assist, respectively. In addition, Owen Blye (Charlotte) picked up a goal in the loss.
The Duke Blue Devils lacrosse team with Assistant Coach Matt Danowski of the Charlotte Hounds bested Loyola in a highly competitive double-OT win on Sunday in Durham, NC. David Lawson (Rochester) stood out among draftees from Duke as he tallied four points on one goal and three helpers, plus a caused turnover, and Jake Tripucka (Hamilton) had a goal of his own along with two ground balls. Loyola’s Mike Sawyer (Charlotte) had three points on two goals and one assist, while both Josh Hawkins (Hamilton) and Scott Ratliff (Boston) had one goal apiece for the Greyhounds.
Number four Denver, with assistant Coach Dylan Sheridan of the Denver Outlaws, topped Albany, 19-14 at home on Saturday to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals this upcoming weekend As the Pioneers began to pull away with a victory, draftees Eric Law (Denver) and Cameron Flint (Boston) helped lead the charge. Law had five points on four goals and an assist, while Flint also had four tallies. Chase Carraro (Ohio) contributed on the defensive side by scooping up in ground balls in the win over Albany.
Top-seeded Syracuse downed Bryant, 12-7 on Sunday to advance to the next round. JoJo Marasco (New York) led the way for the Orange with two points on a goal and an assist in addition to a caused turnover, while Brian Megill (Denver) picked up four ground balls and one caused turnover on defense.
The Ohio State University, ranked third, took down Towson, 16-6 in Columbus, OH to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday as well. Two key players in the Buckeyes’ victory were Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander (both draftees for Ohio), as they contributed a total of 10 points in the win. Schuss had six points on three goals and three assists, while Alexander picked up four points with one tally and three helpers to help advance Ohio State to the next round.
The fifth-seeded University of North Carolina bested Lehigh, 16-7 on Saturday, advancing them to the quarterfinals against Denver next Sunday afternoon. Marcus Holman (Ohio) picked up a team-high five points with one goal and four assists in the Tar Heels’ victory that saw 11 members of UNC score. For Lehigh, David DiMaria (Boston) garnered the same point total on two tallies and three helpers for the Mountain Hawks, while Dante Fantoni (Denver) had a goal of his own in the loss.
Rounding out the first round of tournament action was Yale besting no. 8 Penn State, 10-7 and no. 2 Notre Dame pulling out a victory over Detroit, 9-7.
Tournament action continues this weekend, as the quarterfinals of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse kicks off with no. 3 Ohio State facing off against Cornell on Saturday, May 18 at 12:30 p.m. followed by no. 1 Syracuse facing Yale at 3:00 p.m. The next day, a four vs. five match-up starts Sunday action as no. 4 Denver faces no. 5 North Carolina at 12:00 p.m., followed by no. 7 Duke faces no. 2 Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m.