NCAA Tournament Day 1, Princeton, Penn, Yale Win, Virginia Prevents Ivy Sweep (LaxFactor Podcast #208)
The first day of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament kicked off on Saturday with four games being played through the day and I sat down and watched every minute of every game.
Princeton took the first contest of the day over Boston University. Erik Peters stopped 15 of the 20 shots he faced on the day, Chris Brown put up 5 assists and Princeton rolled to victory.
Richmond scared the hell out of Penn forcing Penn to tie the game late to force overtime. Penn would win the first possession of OT and score the game winner, a beautifully drawn up play executed to perfection, Ben Smith scores said game winner, and the Ivies are now 2-0 on the day.
St. Joe’s put up a great showing against Yale. Levi Anderson a guy I’ve slept on all season put up 3 goals in the loss and St. Joe’s had a 9-6 lead at one point in this game before Yale took the wheel and squeaked out a 2 goal victory. Matt Brandau and Leo Johnson each put up 4 goals and 2 helpers while Chris Lyons went 3 & 3 in the Yale win.
The last game of the day, Virginia at Brown gave the Ivy League a chance to sweep the day and go 4-0. But Virginia and Connor Shellenberger had other plans. Shelly went for 4 goals and 4 assists on the day, Cormier chipped in 5 goals, and UVA used a second half surge to drop Bruno 17-10.
I’ll also briefly touch on some Division III scores towards the end of this show. RIT spanked Albion 22-6. Union continued their great run dropping John Carroll 14-7. Salisbury got past Stockton by 9 goals, Tufts murdered Norwich 33-10, St. Lawrence just got past Cortland 15-14, Gettysburg over Roanoke 14-8, Lynchburg got beat by Western New England, Wesleyan took down RPI, York over Denison and so on.