The NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament got underway last night with Bryant taking care of Monmouth, 10-7. We did a separate article for that, so no need to recap it again. The Bulldogs will take on Maryland on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the NCAA Men’s Division III Tournament began Tuesday with two first round games. Misericordia and John Carroll moved on for their first ever NCAA Tournament victories. Then, reality set in and they got crushed by Salisbury and RIT respectively.
NCAA Men’s Division III Second Round Scoreboard
Here’s the updated bracket:
We’ll do small recaps in order of Third Round pods from the top down to the bottom. Salisbury was led by stud attackman Nathan Blondino and his four goals and two assists, along with four goals and one assist from fellow attackman Nick Garbarino. After two goals in the first quarter, the Sea Gulls went off for seven goals in the second and third quarters, followed by eight in the final frame. In Hampden-Sydney’s win, attackman Duncan Morris had six goals and one assist, while midfielder Hunter Brown had a trio of goals and assists. The Tigers put up seven goals in the first and third quarters.
Cabrini was led by four goals and three assists from midfielder Evan Downey and five goals from midfielder Timmy Brooks. The Cavaliers scored 10 goals in the second quarter and eight tallies in the third. Meanwhile, the Diplomats were spearheaded by attackman Mike Rama’s three goals and one assist. Down by one in the third, F&M scored four unanswered goals in the final quarter to take the win.
Denison attackman Will Donohue scored five times, and fellow attackman Liam Rooney dished out five assists to go alongside one goal. The Big Red got out to an 11-3 halftime lead. Denison’s Third Round opponent, Illinois Wesleyan, had multiple playmakers in their win over Aurora. Attackman Bailey Marth had four goals and two assists, midfielder Michael Julius recorded a goal and five assists, midfielder Nick Winter had four goals and one assist, while attackman Alex Doorenbos scored three times and also had two assists.
Lynchburg’s attack duo of Andrew Thomas (five goals, one assist) and Logan Adams (one goal, seven assists) combined for 14 points, and helped pull the Hornets ahead late. York attackman Brendan McGrath had four goals and one assist, midfielder Matt Whitcher had a pair of goals and assists, and attackman Thomas Pfeiffer recorded one goal and a trio of assists.
A favorite to move on to the championship game, RIT was led by attackmen Chad Levick’s five goals and two assists, as well as Ryan Lee and his three goals and two assists. Similar to Cabrini, the Tigers scored 10 goals in the second and eight in the third quarter. After a First Round exit last year, Stevenson took care of Nazareth behind midfielder Kyle D’Onofrio’s four goals and one assist, as well as four point performances from attackmen Tyler Fuhrman (four goals) and Brandon Watson (two goals, two assists), and midfielder Sean Ohlhaver (two goals, two assists).
The Red Dragons had a big day from attackmen Devin Phelps, who scored six goals and two assists, and Thomas McNaney, who got in the stat book with three goals and two assists. SUNY Cortland scored eight times in the third quarter to pull away from Endicott. Saints attackman Conor Healey had two goals and three assists for St. Lawrence in their win, along with three point performances from attackmen Steven Peterson (three goals) and Jordan Dow (two goals, one assist), and midfielder Jamie Kuppel (two goals, one assist).
The Bobcats were led by midfielder Charlie Fay and his four goals and three assists, while attackmen Clarke Jones (five goals) and Matt Chlastawa (three goals, two assists) had five points in the win for Bates. Amherst got four goals from attackman Colin Minicus and midfielder Jack Norton, who also added an assist, with attackman Chris Albanese dished out three assists and also scored a goal. Amherst and Springfield scored the same amount of goals in the first, third, and fourth quarters, but the Mammoths scored three more times in the second quarter than the Pride.
The always exciting Jumbos offense was steered by attackman’s Zach Richman’s six goals and one assist, while attackmen Michael Mattson (four goals, two assists) and Danny Murphy (three goals, three assists), along with midfielder Frank Hattler (three goals, three assists) put up six points. Tufts’ 26 goals is tied for the most goals in a game in program history. Meanwhile, the Cardinals got five goals and three assists from attackman Harry Stanton, as well as six assists from attackman Carter Hawthorne. Hawthorne also set a program record for assists in the win and now has 51 on the season.
That should be all the D3 games. So much scoring. I love it.