Loras men, Wheaton (Ill.) women are in the Final Four
|Loras junior Erik Berkowitz
scored the eventual game winning goal against Wheaton on Saturday
evening. The win puts the Duhawks into the Final Four
Photo by James Naprstek, Loras College
There were 14 matches on the schedule today, and we are down to one. But we do have our two Final Four teams: the Loras Duhawks men and the Wheaton Thunder women.
In women's action in St. Louis, Wheaton jumped out to a two goal lead in the first half against Washington U.and held on to win 3-1, earning a spot in the national semifinals.
In men's action in Dubuque, Loras held a two goal lead into the 87th minute, gave up a Wheaton goal, but held off the pressing Thunder for a 2-1 victory and a trip to San Antonio.
In Texas, No. 5 Ohio Northern cruised past No. 10 Susquehanna 4-1. Freshman Keegan Ross had two goals in the match. The Polar Bears will face No. 6 Montclair State in an Elite 8 match as the Red Hawks defeated No. 4 Trinity 2-1.
|Sophomore Kevin Kozic scored
the winner for Scranton on Saturday
Photo Scranton Athletics
At York, after No. 1 Messiah went up 2-0 early in the second half, No. 18 York came back with two goals by Cody Peterson to tie the match. After a scoreless overtime, the Falcons prevailed 4-2 in the shootout. Earlier, No. 25 Scranton pulled a mild upset on No. 12 Stevens, shutting out the Ducks 1-0. Sophomore Kevin Kozic had the winning goal for the Royals in the 64th minute.
At Amherst, the Lord Jeffs went up 2-0 on No. 15 Swarthmore and then held on for the 2-1 win. sophomore Gabriel Wirz scored first for Amherst off senior Spencer Noon's corner kick. Noon also added an unassisted goal early in the second half. Earlier, No. 7 Williams took a 1-0 lead over No. 8 Brandeis on a goal in the 64th minute and held on to win. Senior Patrick Ebobisse scored off an assist by Mohemmed Rashid, and senior Matt Ratajczak played stelluar defense for the Ephs, keeping a pressing Brandeis team off balance in the box. It will be an all NESCAC Elite 8 match on Sunday.
|Sophomore Dara Spital puts in
the game winner on Saturday against Cortland State
Photo by Dave Burbank
On the women's side at Carnegie Mellon, the No. 23 Tartans blanked No. 18 Wheaton(Mass.) 3-0. Junior Alex Venegas had two goals in the match, and junior Rachel Contopoulos added her first of the year in the 67th minute. Earlier, No. 8 Emory used an early 2-0 lead to handle No. 20 Loras 2-1. Sophomore Emily Feldman scored twice for the Eagles, who will face Carnegie Mellon on Sunday in the fourth round.
At Messiah, No. 3 Lynchburg fell to Johns Hopkins 3-1, setting up yet another match-up between the Blue Jays and the Falcons. In the match, Hopkins scored in the 18th minute to take the 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Kelly Baker. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead when junior Jenny Hall scored as the half came to a close. Lynchburg got back into the match as junior Angela Bosco scored early in the second, but Hopkins padded their lead in the 62nd minute when sophomore Emily Nagourney scored just her second goal of the season.
|Sophomore Emily Feldman had
two goals in Emory's contest with Loras
In the first match, top-ranked Messiah blanked MIT 5-0.
At Ithaca, Brandeis held a 2-0 advantage for most of the match, and held on to defeat Cortland State 2-1. Sophomore Dara Spital scored twice in the first half for the Judges, who had to work hard to hold off Cortland State in the second half. The morning match had No. 17 Misericordia and No. 6 Ithaca play to a scoreless draw. Misericordia then advanced over the Bombers in PKs to claim their first Elite 8 in program history.