NCAA MLAX First Round: Three ACC Men's Teams Advance to Quarterfinals


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After trailing 6-2 at the half, the No. 8 seed Syracuse men's lacrosse team dominated the second half of its NCAA Tournament first round game at the Carrier Dome on Sunday night, outscoring Albany 9-3 to advance to the quarterfinals by a final tally of 11-9. 

The Orange advance to face No. 1 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals on Saturday in a noon start in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Sergio Salcido had a team-high four points on two goals and two assists. His goals came at crucial times as well; the first snapping a four-goal Albany run in the first half, and the second giving the Orange their first lead of the game, 9-8, with 9:54 to go. The redshirt junior midfielder also assisted Derek DeJoe's goal with 2:09 left in the 3rd quarter that tied the game, 7-7.

Tim Barber and Jordan Evans added two goals each for Syracuse, while Evan Molloy had 12 saves in goal.

After Albany won all five faceoffs in the first quarter, Syracuse's Ben Williams went 12-of-19 over the final three quarters.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Sophomore Mikey Wynne scored five goals, freshman Ryder Garnsey added a hat trick and that paved the way for the University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team Saturday night at Arlotta Stadium as the fifth-rated Irish advanced with a 15-7 triumph over 13th-ranked Air Force in an NCAA Championship first-round matchup.

That came in front of 1,017 fans on a windy, overcast, 45-degree evening in South Bend, as the Irish (11-3) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the seventh straight year (the best active streak in the country) by ending the Falcons' 15-game win streak (the longest in the nation).

Kevin Corrigan's club played an NCAA first-round game on its own campus for the eighth time in nine years and won for the seventh time (including six in a row). His Irish took control with a six-goal second-period spree. Notre Dame's 15 goals marked the most allowed all year by Air Force's defense that had ranked third nationally. Sophomore Brendan Collins chipped in with a goal and four assists for the Irish for a career-high five points.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. –  North Carolina won a back-and-forth battle in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament first round, beating sixth-seeded and host Marquette 10-9 at Valley Fields before a sold out crowd of 2,053.

Carolina built its biggest lead of the game at three goals early in the fourth quarter before the Golden Eagles scored twice to cut the lead to 10-9 with a minute to play.  But the Tar Heels held on to improve to 9-6 and they will now face Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 22 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Michael Tagliaferri led the Tar Heels with three goals while Steve Pontrello and Chris Cloutier each had two scores.  Tagliaferri and Pontrello each added assists to their goal totals and Patrick Kelly had two helpers to lead the Heels.  Brian Cannon, Shane Simpson and Timmy Kelly each had single goals for the Tar Heels.  Marquette, the Big East Conference Tournament champion, ended its season at 11-5.  The Golden Eagles were led by three goals from Tanner Thomson while Ryan McNamara had two goals and an assist.  Blaine Fleming had a pair of first half goals for the Golden Eagles.

DURHAM, N.C.—Loyola senior attackman Zach Herreweyers scored six goals and Pat Spencer added eight points to lead the seventh-seeded Greyhounds to a 16-11 victory over Duke in the first round NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament action.

Loyola (13-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never let Duke (11-8) get any closer than a goal throughout the 60 minutes. Blue Devil junior attackman Jack Bruckner put forth his best effort with a season-high six goals as the Blue Devils’ season comes to an end.

Duke, trailing 3-0, pulled within on with a pair of Bruckner goals 36 seconds apart. The Greyhounds, as they would do all afternoon, answered with two more. That trend continued as the Blue Devils pulled within a single goal two more times in the opening half only to have Loyola respond with two unanswered.