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We had a wild 48 hours in college lacrosse as three of the four games this weekend were decided in overtime. The stage is set for the Final Four this upcoming weekend in Philadelphia. Chris & I will be in Philly this weekend to cover all the action. I’ll be there starting on Friday for Media Day at Lincoln Financial Field as well. Shout out to 2016 when Chris & I were last in Philly for Championship Weekend.
To get you all caught up on the action from the last couple of days, please find the NCAA Tournament Weekend Scorecard directly below with teams, box scores, & recaps from Saturday & Sunday.
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Round Weekend Scorecard
|5/18||Maryland||#3 Virginia||Virginia 13 vs. Maryland 12 (OT)||Virginia|
|5/18||#7 Notre Dame||#2 Duke||Duke 14 vs. Notre Dame 13 (OT)||Duke|
|5/19||#8 Loyola||#1 Penn State||Penn State 21 vs. Loyola 14||Penn State|
|5/19||#5 Yale||#4 Penn||Yale 19 vs. Penn 18 (OT)||Yale|
The high-scoring carried over from Saturday’s Virginia and Duke victories. In all, a record 124 goals were scored in the quarterfinals, breaking the mark set in 1996 (110). In the NCAA Tournament, 347 goals have been scored, which is the fourth most for any single tournament and 52 shy of the record set in 2015 (399).
Penn State’s Offense Scores 21 Thanks To O’Keefe & Ament
The offense continued with the much-anticipated matchup between Pat Spencer and the Loyola Greyhounds and Grant Ament and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
What was originally headlined as a matchup between two Tewaaraton finalists was overshadowed by Mac O’Keefe’s NCAA record setting nine goal afternoon. The Ament-O’Keefe connection occurred six times in Penn State’s 21-14 win over Loyola.
“All I need is a flash of the stick and [Ament’s] gonna find me,” O’Keefe said.
Survive and then dance.
The old sports adage about how difficult it is to beat a team three times certainly rung true at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. In the quarterfinals of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, No. 4 Penn men’s lacrosse faced off with rival and No. 5 Yale for the third time, after beating the Bulldogs by a single goal in both of the previous matchups. The series’ third installment played out much the same as the prior meetings, remaining tight throughout, but this time, the Bulldogs (14-3, 5-1 Ivy) got the edge, defeating the Quakers (12-4, 6-0) in an instant overtime classic, 19-18.
No. 1 Penn State men’s lacrosse (16-1, 7-0 Big Ten) earned yet another NCAA tournament victory on Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions beat No. 8 Loyola Maryland (12-5, 7-1 Patriot League) by a score of 21-14 in a barnburner at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Penn State’s offense was impossible to stop throughout the day thanks to big time performances from several players. Mac O’Keefe finished with nine goals while Jack Kelly had four of his own. Grant Ament continued to be the provider for the offense as the junior had eight assists on the day. Junior goalie Colby Kneese made 12 saves in the victory.
I have not been able to verify the rumors that Philadelphia is set to be the future permanent site for the Final Four.
I need to address these "Philadelphia's the future permanent site for the Final Four" rumors. I can tell you that these rumors are false. "Philadelphia" & " Final Four Permanent Site" don't belong in the same sentence. "Philadelphia" "Final Four Permanent Site"? Come on, get real pic.twitter.com/cdavI2IiH9— Eri_Barrister (@Eri_Barrister) May 19, 2019
Going down three goals late, Salisbury Men’s Lacrosse falls to Cabrini 16-13 in the National Semifinals. The Gulls finish their 2019 season with a 22-2 record, the second ranked team in the country. It started out as Cabrini’s game early, the Cavaliers taking the early three goal lead. It started out as Cabrini’s game early, the Cavaliers taking the early three goal lead. The Gulls would finally get on the board with a Corey Gwin shot between the keepers legs, one of only two first quarter goals for the SU. Up five to start the second quarter, Cabrini would start to slow down as the Gulls cut into the Cavalier lead. Salisbury rode a 7-2 run into the break to take the 9-8 lead.
One-on-one with Jeff Tambroni, Chris Sabia, & Mac O’Keefe
With just over one minute left in regulation of an eventual 13-12 overtime victory against Maryland men’s lacrosse, Virginia attackman Michael Kraus’ shot ricocheted off the crossbar and skipped all the way to midfield. But as the ball was heading out of play, Cavaliers players noticed that an official had awarded their team a goal on the shot. They began to celebrate, having overcome a five-goal deficit. And as the scoreboard changed to reflect the 12-12 tie, the Terps were left to seek an explanation from the referees. “I did ask them. I go, ‘Listen, we’re 100 percent sure [that’s] in?’” coach John Tillman said. “And they were like, ‘Listen, if we weren’t convinced, we wouldn’t make that call.’”
The eye black under Simon Mathias’ piercing eyes already had begun to smudge and run down his cheeks by the time he had emerged from the kind of lacrosse game that did honor to his sport. His Penn career was over. “Simon is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever been around and probably the best leader I’ve ever met in my life,” Penn sophomore midfielder Mitch Bartolo of Norwalk said after his team had fallen Sunday to Yale, 19-18, in overtime of the NCAA quarterfinals at Rentschler Field. “He never has any doubt in any of his players. When we make a mistake, he’s all over us, knowing that he can trust us on the next play. You see what he does on the field. He’s the best player I’ve ever played with.”
Defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst couldn’t help but to grin as Duke’s NCAA quarterfinal against Notre Dame unfolded Saturday. Just imagine how happy the senior is now after the Blue Devils edged Notre Dame 14-13 in overtime before 8,017 at Shuart Stadium. Van Raaphorst collected a key ground ball at the start of the extra session and Joe Robertson scored the game-winner with 2:33 left in overtime as second-seeded Duke advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year with a rollicking victory over its ACC rival.
Limestone College lacrosse players stress what they call the first six. Dominate the first six minutes and take it from there. Where they’ve taken it now is to the national championship game. And by this time next week, the program may very well have its first six titles. Limestone dominated the University of Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, up 9-2 at the half and eventually winning 16-7, in the NCAA Division II semifinals. The Saints (20-0) will face defending champ Merrimack on May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
#AnotherOne for Yale.
What’s Up, PhilaJersey?
While this may be shocking to some, Philadelphia was ranked the 4th best city to drive in out of the 20 most populous cities in America. This is according to a review conducted by a rental car insurance company that looked at data for fatalities, road quality, traffic, DUIs, and uninsured drivers. The percentages were then compiled into a total score, which was used for the ranking.
Seventy-five years after dropping airborne troops into Nazi-occupied France, vintage warplanes bearing the black and white invasion stripes of Operation Overlord are set to take off from Connecticut on Sunday for a return flight to Europe. Placid Lassie, D-Day Doll, That’s All, Brother and other planes of the D-Day Squadron are to depart from Waterbury-Oxford Airport and leapfrog across the Atlantic to take part in Daks Over Normandy. The international gathering of volunteer pilots, crews and historic planes is to culminate on June 5 with a jump by about 250 paratroopers into the same drop zones used in the June 6, 1944 invasion.
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