Only four teams remain in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament after some very exciting games with great performances by multiple 2013 MLL draftees.
In a highly anticipated contest, no. 4 Denver, with assistant Coach Dylan Sheridan of the Denver Outlaws defeated no. 5 North Carolina, 12-11 with an offensive burst in the fourth quarter from the Pioneers. North Carolina ended the first quarter up 6-1 but couldn’t hold onto the lead. Chase Carraro (Ohio) set the pace with face-offs by winning 17 of 26 and recording six ground balls. Carraro’s face-offs helped attackman Eric Law (Denver) register a big game offensively with three goals and three assists including a game winning goal with 13.4 seconds left in the match. Cameron Flint (Boston) also helped aid Denver’s victory with three assists.
Charlotte Hounds member and Duke assistant Coach Matt Danowski helped lead the no. 7 Blue Devils to a big 12-11 win over no. 2 Notre Dame. David Lawson (Rochester) controlled the offense with five goals including a game winning goal he put past Notre Dame Goalie John Kemp (Rochester). Jake Tripucka also notched one goal and one assist for Duke.
The Fighting Irish couldn’t hold onto their 11-9 lead going into the fourth quarter despite Kemp’s (Rochester) 13 saves. Matt Miller (Rochester) helped out defensively with two caused turnovers and one ground ball, while Steve Murphy (New York) tallied one goal and one assist.
Cornell took down the three seed The Ohio State University in a 16-6 blowout. Rob Pannell, the number one overall selection of the New York Lizards in 2012, led the Big Red with eight points on two goals and six assists. Jason Noble (Hamilton) aided on defense with three controlled turnovers and two ground balls. Buckeye Logan Schuss (Ohio) had three points on one goal and two assists and Dominique Alexander (Ohio) added two assists.
Top-seeded Syracuse rallied to best Yale, 7-6 on Saturday by scoring three goals in the last three minutes. JoJo Marasco (New York) led the charge with one goal and one assist including the game winning assist that came with 13 seconds left in the game. Brian Megill (Denver) anchored Syracuse’s defense with four ground balls and one caused turnover. For Yale, Michael McCormack (Charlotte) had four ground balls in addition to one assist and Peter Johnson (Rochester) had three ground balls.
Tournament action wraps up in Philadelphia, as the Men’s NCAA lacrosse championship weekend begins with no. 7 Duke facing off against Cornell on Saturday, May 25 at 2:30 p.m. followed by No. 1 Syracuse playing No. 4 Denver at 5:00 p.m.