Men’s DIII Quarterfinal Set: Gettysburg Revenge, RIT Makes a Statement and More
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Gettysburg got their revenge in the NCAA’s only third-round upset. DIII’s top teams faltered with an average winning margin of 10.8 goals, including York’s Saturday win over Denison in the NCAA Round of 16.
Bowdoin 17, St. Laurent 12
A seven-goal first quarter sparked an easy victory for Bowdoin to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Not only did the Polar Bears pick up a win, but they did so convincingly without their top point producer and NESCAC Player of the Year.
St. Laurent’s defense was highly touted heading into the weekend, but didn’t reach the same level it has throughout the season, giving up 14 to Cortland and then 17 to Bowdoin.
A big factor in the result was Ethan Barnard at X, ensuring the Polar Bear offense received plenty of possession. He ended the day with 21 wins from 31 attempts and 14 Go. When a face-off specialist finds himself in a groove where he wins cleanly, it becomes difficult for the opponent to counter and allow his wings to grow. have an impact on the game.
In addition to their X success, they showed a big clear improvement over their performance at the NESCAC Championship with 17 clear rounds in 18 attempts.
Freshman Patrick Fitzgerald led the group with five points (3G, 2A). His versatility was on display with his ability and skills bouncing from midfield to attack in the absence of Donal Mullane. Fitzgerald filled that role in the regular season as well, so it was no surprise to see he was comfortable in the role. Four players had four points past Fitzgerald with Will Byrne, Oliver Bernstein and Zach Chandler all registering three goals and one assist while Matt Ward had all four of his assists. Five additional players appeared in the box score, including several players tallying up their points in transition from defensive roles.
St. Lawrence’s leaders included offensive Jack Hennessy, who had six points on three goals and three assists. Judge Murphy was also a big contributor registering four points, all via goals. Padraic Condon struggled a bit in the draw, but in his nine wins he had eight ground balls, one goal and one assist.
Bowdoin now moves on to the quarterfinals weekend and will spend the week preparing to face RIT on Saturday. The winner faces the winner of Tufts and Salisbury.
Salisbury 13, Cabrini 8
Salisbury progress to the quarter-finals after a tense first half with Cabrini at home.
A 7-1 run capped by three straight unassisted goals from Jarrett Bromwell, Cross Ferrara and Joe Carozza saw Salisbury take an 8-5 halftime lead after leading 4-1. Ferrara, unsurprisingly, stole the show with six goals and two assists. Brice Bromwell and older brother Jarrett each had two points from two goals, and Jack Dowd also had two points via a goal and an assist.
Both keepers were strong with ZJ Shahin making 13 saves for Salisbury and Matt Nestler making 12 for Cabrini.
The teams’ familiarity and strong covering ability created a slower game that Salisbury had no problem enduring. In fact, as they head north, creating a slower game with lots of 6v6s will become more of a priority in their game plan.
Following the victory, the Sea Gulls will get to work scouting to prepare for their quarter-final with Tufts for the first part of what will hopefully be a long weekend in Rochester.
Union 21, WNE 11
A weather delay wasn’t the only storm, as Union exploded for a seven-goal first quarter and a 14-4 halftime lead.
Union was crisp and clean in the transition, creating offensive opportunities and finishing the game with a perfect 24 from 24. The transition opportunities led to high percentage looks, and the offense was clicking 6-on-6 on top. Liberty League Player of the Year Peter Burnes had nine points (7G, 2A). Keaton McCann followed with four points (3G, 1A). Brian Davis, Hayden Frey and Jake Titus each had three points using one goal and two assists each.
WNE reached the knockout stages by playing the spoiler for Lynchburg the day before. Union did a great job making sure the attacking unit had to work for their production. Brian Madden and Noah Rust combined for nine points in midfield, with Rust registering four assists and Madden scoring five goals. Jack Seiter followed up a solid weekend with a solid day on Saturday followed by a 17-of-35 Day 2.
Union advances to the quarter-finals for the third time in program history. They enter with an anyone, anywhere attitude that’s important to have as they head south to Newport News, Va., for a weekend they hope to play in tilts consecutive.
Gettysburg 17, Dickinson 7
The Bullets dominated as they asserted themselves to avenge the overtime loss to their conference championship.
Gettysburg stopped their momentum early and never gave up, allowing Dickinson to score consecutive goals just once. Every time Dickinson scored and hoped to string together positive plays to generate momentum, Gettysburg had an answer.
Dickinson’s best response came from back-to-back unassisted goals from Owen Porter and James Isaacson; Porter found the back of the net on a great move from underneath that got him to the front of the cage.
The defensive side of the ball was a story of two when it comes to styles in this game. Dickinson plays a consistent help and support style while Gettysburg was much more reliant on winning games and not slips. Of the seven goals they conceded, only two were assisted. In addition to a solid defence, the group benefited from a solid goaltending game from Scott MacMillan with 11 saves.
The scoring for Gettysburg came in situations where they could take advantage of Dickinson’s quick slides with fast ball movement and attacking approaches from it. Spencer Knife led the group with five points in the left attacking zone with three goals and two assists. Aidan Wykoff had four goals and four more players had three points on the day.
The third time was the charm of Gettysburg, and they are now moving forward to see Union at Newport News.
Tufts 22, St. John Fisher 8
Tufts turned what was supposed to be the game of the weekend into a blast, jumping on St. John Fisher from the start.
The Tufts trio of Cam Kelleher in midfield with Mac Bredahl and Jack Boyden in attack proved to be serious threats combining for 22 points. Bredahl led the group and took a step forward in his Player of the Year campaign with a 12-point performance on four goals and eight assists. His finesse, first step and vision are a set that consistently proves too much for defenses to handle; he now sits at 136 points with an incredibly even tally of 67 goals and 69 assists.
A huge storyline of the game was Tufts’ head-to-head X success with an 18-of-33 performance against first-team All-American Joe Post. Mason Kohn deserves most of the credit there with 14 of 24 attempts with nine on the ground.
The Tufts defense was organized and the area was sweltering as they held one of the strongest attacks in the country at eight goals.
St. John Fisher had strong performances from Ian Evans and Nicholas Miller on offense, with Miller registering four points on a hat-trick and an assist while Evans had a goal and two assists. Goaltender Ben Hammond had a good day with 15 saves in addition to these guys on offense.
Tufts is now part of the most competitive part of the quarter-finals bracket, perhaps ever. They will now prepare for a Day 1 game in Salisbury with a hopeful Day 2 where they will see the winner of RIT against Bowdoin.
CNU 21, Wesleyan 8
CNU picked up a third-round win over Wesleyan with a dominant ground advantage and an explosive third quarter.
The CNU defense held Wesleyan scoreless from the 2:00 mark in the second quarter until the 14:16 mark in the fourth and made count on the other end to extend their lead from range to insurmountable.
Defense and pressure from the captains proved extremely disruptive, with the group combining for 22, prompting turnovers. Ryan Young led the group with nine balls on the ground and five caused turnovers; Max Wayne, Campbell Pozin and Phoenix Hines each contributed four.
The score was led by four players totaling four points. Andrew Cook entered midfield with four goals. Each member of the starting line-up also had four, with Drew Miller and Dylan Rice each scoring three goals and one assist. Alex Brendes completed the unit and had two goals and two assists.
Wesleyan leaders include goaltender Colin Hanley, who recorded 15 saves. Midfielder DJ Dixon scored a hat-trick while striker Justin Hazard and Matt Gill each scored two points.
The captains will continue to serve as the host site for this weekend’s action as they host York for the first time since 2018.
RIT 22, MIT 3
RIT sent a message to the rest of the DIII world with a massive victory in total domination.
It ended quickly with an 8-0 first quarter that led to a 16-1 halftime lead for the Tigers. Fifteen players entered the scoresheet with Spencer Bell topping the group with four goals and one assist. Luke Pilcher, Quinn Commandant and Marley Angus each had four points, Pilcher and Angus had a hat trick and an assist with Commandant recording an even 2 and 2.
MIT reached that point with a huge win over Amherst and went into tilt at 16-0; every time the first loss of the season ends the season, you know you’ve had a great year. Although he went scoreless in this one, Ryan Gebhardt now holds the career scoring record with 117 points on the season and 91 goals. Freshman Matthew Sardis finished the year with a 70% faceoff clip on 293 wins with 202 balls on the ground.
RIT will now be set to host Bowdoin in their first tilt of the weekend while the facility is used as the host site for these two as well as Tufts v Salisbury.