John Nichols’ BLTF for the NCAA Div I & III–all you need to know about Bears in the May Madness

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First Round, Tournament Results

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Bears vs. Bears

Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) and Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) faced off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Maryland, seeded 6th, played host to the Big Red.  Cornell outscored the Terps 10-6 in the second half to blow the game open and post a 16-8 win.  The win sets up the next BvB game as Cornell will next face Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schnider ’12) in College Park on Saturday.

Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schnider ’12) made it to the next round by beating CAA tournament champion Towson 16-6.  Charlie got off one shot, but couldn’t convert.  The #3 seeded Buckeyes will be in the “home team” role when they play Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) next Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

#4 seed Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) took one of the tournaments true wild cards—SUNY Albany—and came away with a 19-14 win in the weekend’s highest scoring game.  Denver had enough defense to deal with Albany’s 3XThompson offense, but Albany’s defense couldn’t keep the potent Pioneer offense in check.  Next up for Denver: North Carolina.  Given the scoring tears that these two teams have been on lately, they should give the scoreboard at Lucas Oil Stadium a real workout.

While the other games involving Landon Bears weren’t all that close, the Duke (Josh Offit ’09) and Loyola matchup got extended to two overtimes before the Blue Devils prevailed.  Josh Offit was not about to let this be his last game as his 13 shots indicate.  Josh recorded one goal and one assist for Duke during that shooting barrage.  Josh’s goal came late in the fourth quarter and put Duke up 10-9.  Next, Duke will travel to Indianapolis to play Notre Dame.  The teams last faced each other in February when Notre Dame won 13-5.

D-III

Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) played Aurora in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.  The Battling Bishops were coming off a strong showing in the North Coast tournament, which was capped by their win over a very good Dennison team.  Unfortunately, Aurora’s stout defense and steady goal keeping shut down the OWU (actually pronounced O-woo per the game’s announcers) offense in the second half, ending their season.

Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) continued their winning ways with a second round win over Adrian 20-7.  Marek scored a goal for the Red Devils.  Next up for Dickinson-traditional D-III powerhouse Salisbury.  Salisbury had a rough start to their 2013 season, losing two of their first three games, and then falling in their conference tournament championship game. If Dickinson can down the Seagulls, then they will face the winner of the Stevenson/Lynchburg game.

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BEARS vs Bullis @ home 5pm 5/15, IAC semi-finals

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