BLTF by John Nichols takes you to Bears in the NCAAs Div. I and III

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Conference Tournament Week

Ivy League:

In the first semi-final game, Penn (Will Laco ’11) fell to Yale, 9-6.  Penn took a 6-5 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Yale scored 4 straight goals and held the Quakers scoreless for the balance of the contest to move on the championship game.

The Ivy’s second semi-final game was a Bears vs. Bears match as Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) face Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12).  In what was one of the best games of the week, the Tigers got revenge for their regular season loss to Cornell and downed the Big Red 14-13 in overtime.  The game was tied 11 times and neither team ever led by more than 2 goals.  Justin Murphy was 6 for 13 on faceoffs and gathered up 2 ground balls.  Mark Strabo was credited with 2 ground balls in what is one of the most understated stat lines of all time.  Mark drew the task of defending Rob Pannell, Cornell’s leader in assists and points and second in goals scored.  Mark held Pannell to 2 goals and 3 assists, well below the 5goals and 4 assists in the teams’ previous match.

In Sunday’s championship game, Yale dominated the faceoff X and downed Princeton 12-8, earning the conference’s AQ slot for the NCAA tournament.  The Tigers fell behind early, but rallied to tie the game at 6 early in the third quarter.  As they did against Penn, Yale ran off a string of goals to ice the game.  Justin Murphy was 0 for 9 on face-off on a day in which Yale won 20 of 24 face-offs and he and Jack each had one ground ball while Mark Strabo had 2 ground balls.

East Coast Athletic Conference:

In the first semi-final, Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) downed Fairfield 10-8 to advance to the championship game.  In the second semi-final, Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) faced the defending NCAA champs, Loyola.  This was another game which was a back and forth affair into the fourth quarter, until the Buckeyes hit the afterburners and scored last 9 goals of the game to ice a 18-11 win.  Charlie had one goal and one assist for the Buckeyes.

The championship game was in keeping with the back-and-forth nature of so many of this week’s key games.  Ohio State built a three goal lead in the second quarter, but Denver rallied to cut the deficit to one at the half.  Throughout the second half, the leads never exceed one goal.  OSU scored the game winner with a mere 22 seconds left in the contest then held on to earn the conference’s AQ to the NCAA tournament.  Charlie Schnider had one assist in the championship game.

Colonial Athletic Association:

Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) fell to Towson, the eventual tournament champion, 11-8.  Hank had one goal for the Dragons.

Big East:

Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) fell to Villanova in the semi-finals 15-12.  Villanova then lost to Syracuse in the championship game.

Other Games:

Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) hosted Colgate for senior day at Byrd Stadium.  The Terrapins ran to a 18-6 win to cap off their regular season.

It was also senior day in Durham as Duke (Josh Offit ’09) hosted Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) in the final Bears vs. Bears regular season game.  Duke won 19-3.  Josh had two assists and a ground ball while Cullen was 13 for 22 on face-offs, scored one goal and got 4 ground balls.  The game marks the end of Marquette’s inaugural season in which the Golden Eagles posted a very commendable 5-8 record.

The NCAA Tournament:

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Conference Tournament Week

Centennial Athletic Conference:

Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) faced Franklin & Marshall in the first conference semi-final.  Gettysburg suffered a one goal loss to F&M on April 24 and the Bullets were seeking to even the score.  Unfortunately, F&M found the way to win again, advancing to the conference final.  In the second semi-final, Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) remained undefeated, downing Washington College 14-7.  In the championship game, Dickinson ran away from F&M 16-2.  Marek scored a goal for the Red Devils in the championship game.  Dickinson earned the conference AQ and will proceed on to the NCAA D-III tournament.

NCAA D-III Tournament


Good luck to all 9 Bears playing in the two Tournaments!!!

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