Conference tournaments: Where the unexpected is expected.
Tonight’s results may have opened up a spot in the NCAA Tournament for another team to take. But anything can happen.
College Crosse Scoreboard For April 24, 2018
|Box Score||Game Recap||Next Game|
|Box Score||Game Recap||Next Game|
|Lehigh 11, Colgate 6||Lehigh Recap||Lehigh (9-6): vs. Navy [Patriot League Semifinals] (4/27); Colgate (7-7): @ Syracuse (5/5)|
|Boston University 12, Bucknell 11||Boston University Recap||Boston University (8-7): vs. Loyola [Patriot League Semifinals] (4/27); Bucknell (11-4): ??? (Maybe done)|
|Bryant 17, Brown 9||Bryant Recap||Bryant (8-6): vs. NEC Tournament (5/3); Brown (5-8): vs. Dartmouth (4/28_|
Boston University 12, Bucknell 11: It appeared Bucknell would take home an expected victory en route to Friday’s semifinal against Navy. But a 6-0 BU run that started with 4:14 left in the third quarter gave the Terriers the one-goal upset. BU held the Bison scoreless for the final 21:04 of the game, which says a lot.
Will Sands had a surprisingly down day, only recording two assists. Sean O’Brien had two goals, Tommy Sopko added three of his own, and Connor O’Hara had a goal and two assists. Midfielder Tom Smith was the main producer on offense with four goals and one assist. Christian Klipstein made four saves and gave up 11 goals in 49:19 of time.
After being named the league’s Rookie of the Year, Chris Gray led the Terriers with five goals and four assists on eight shots while also recording two caused turnovers. He scored or assisted on four of BU’s six goals to end the game and assisted on the game-winner:
We've seen this connection before! pic.twitter.com/JH80EUF3uU— BU Men's Lacrosse (@TerrierMLAX) April 25, 2018
He knew it when the pass was complete. Hayden Ruiz had three assists of his own. Joe McSorley made 12 saves as well. With the loss, Bucknell could miss out on the NCAA Tournament. They’re on the bubble, but it doesn’t look good. Rutgers might be celebrating right now.
BU is staying overnight in Lewisburg before they begin to head down to Loyola Wednesday:
We’re resting up in Lewisburg tonight and on the road to Baltimore tomorrow!— BU Men's Lacrosse (@TerrierMLAX) April 25, 2018
Lehigh 11, Colgate 6: The Mountain Hawks got out to a 6-1 halftime lead and never looked back from there. Andrew Pettit had a team-high five goals and Tristan Rai finished with a goal and three assists. Christian McHugh had three caused turnovers, while Eddie Bouhall added with a pair of his own. James Spence returned to start and made 11 saves while giving up four goals in over 55 minutes.
Colgate’s Matt Donovan scored twice in the loss. The Raiders have one more regular season game left next Saturday at Syracuse, but that won’t mean a thing for Colgate’s playoff chances.
Bryant 17, Brown 9: Guess how many goals Brown has given up in their last four games? 75. They give up 18.75 goals a game and around 4.69 goals per quarter in that stretch. That won’t win you games in May. It certainly won’t for this May. Tom Kennedy and Cam Ziegler each had five goals and one assist, while Marc O’Rourke finished with three goals and three assists. Michael Panepinto finished with three goals from their scrimmage in the fall.
WATCH: Cam Ziegler & Tom Kennedy each score five goals to lead @Bryant_MLax past @BrownLacrosse Tuesday night, 17-9. @ABC6 pic.twitter.com/IL2HPfU8ud— Nick Coit (@NickCoit) April 25, 2018
⭐️⭐️⭐️: Cam Ziegler, A, Bryant - His game didn’t have any big implications for postseason play, but he scored five times on six shots. Those are good numbers.
⭐️⭐️: Andrew Petitt, A, Lehigh - Petitt’s five goals is exactly what the Mountain Hawks will need if they want to beat Navy Friday night. They fell to the Midshipmen on March 24, which led to Lehigh losing four of their final five regular season games. Lehigh’s good on man-up, but they’re not the best team when playing 6-on-6.
⭐: Chris Gray, A, Boston University - Playoff nerves for a freshman? Nah. Gray handled the pressure very well, putting up nine points in a road win over Bucknell. They have Loyola next which could be a tough series to win.