By Paul Ryan | 5/22/14 3:40 PM
The Final Four is set as several draftees still remain in the NCAA tournament. With the teams taking the field in Baltimore this weekend, at least one MLL pick will become a national champion come Monday. Here’s how the players have performed up until this point.
The No. 6 Maryland Terps ended the Cinderella run of the No. 19 Bryant Bulldogs, moving onto the Final Four by the score of 16-8. Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte, 11th) registered nine points in the game, becoming the first Terp to do so in 35 years. Michael Ehrhardt (Charlotte, 7th) and Brian Cooper (Chesapeake, 64th) combined for 12 ground balls, while Niko Amato (Florida, 29th) had to make just six saves. Colin Dunster (Denver, 30th) led Bryant with four goals and an assist.
Later on Saturday, the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish won an overtime thriller, knocking out the No. 15 Albany Great Danes, 14-13. Stephen O’Hara (Ohio, 41st) had the difficult matchup of slowing down the Thompson’s, ending with two ground balls and three caused turnovers. Ty (Rochester, 28th) had two goals, while Miles (Rochester, 20th) had a hat trick, tying the all-time DI single season record for goals with 82.
On Sunday, the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils continued their cruise through the NCAA Tournament, dominating No. 8 Johns Hopkins, 19-11. Jordan Wolf (Rochester, 2nd) led all scorers with eight points (5 G, 3 A), Josh Dionne (Charlotte, 18th) scored four goals and Brendan Fowler (Charlotte, 14th) won 17-of-33 face offs. Rob Guida (Ohio, 13th) scored a hat trick for Hopkins and Brandon Benn (Chesapeake, 40th) scored as well.
In the biggest win of the weekend, No. 2 shut down No. 12 Drexel, winning 15-6. Jeremy Noble (Denver, 6th) was stellar once again, notching a goal and four assists in the victory. Jamie Faus (Denver, 38th) had a fantastic game for the Pioneers, stopping eight of the 11 shots he faced in 30 minutes of play. Ben McIntosh (Denver, 62nd) was held somewhat under control, scoring two goals and an assist, capping off an incredible campaign for the Dragons.
And finally in DIII, Brent Hiken (Denver, 16th) and the Stevenson Mustangs lost a tightly contested battle to Washington College, 12-11. Hiken went 21-of-27 on face offs, finishing the year off at 250-347 (72%).
Finally, this week’s late rounder of the week goes to Denver’s Jamie Faus. The senior made six stops in the third quarter alone to ensure Denver’s victory over Drexel. Faus has been splitting time with junior Ryan LaPlante for most of the season and will have to be a deciding factor if the Pioneers hope to knock off Duke.
So the matchups are set: Maryland will take on Notre Dame, while Duke will face off with Denver. 13 of the 64 draftees take the field on Friday, but only a select few will win the title they covet. Watch the future of the MLL this weekend on ESPN or head down to Baltimore yourself to catch all of the great lacrosse action.