NCAA Thurs: Luther, Rose-Hulman, Lycoming advance
|Rose-Hulman senior William
Senat works against Lion's sophomore Charlie Sestito in Thursday's
NCAA First Round match.
Penn-State Behrend photo
The Men's NCAA Tournament kicked off on Thursday with three first round matches in the three pods with a first round bye. The action continues on Friday with four more first round tilts.
The women's NCAA Tourney gets started on Friday with four first round matches of their own; two at Washington U and two at Wheaton (Ill.).
The first match of the 2013 tournament featured the Midwest Conference champ Lake Forest College hosting Pool C bid Luther College. The visiting Norse blanked the Foresters 3-0, ending their third ever NCAA appearence in the opening round. Luther will travel to Loras for a second round match on Sunday.
In the match, Luther outshot Lake Forest 12-10, with a seven-to-one advantage in shots on goal. Norse senior Matt Hoffman scored the game winner in the 35th minute of the first half off an assist by senior Brock Arend. James Garcia-Prats scored early in the second, with freshman Ryan Medina assisting, and Dane Huiker added an unassisted goal to seal the win.
|Luther senior Matt Hoffman
scores the game winner in Thursday's NCAA match against Lake
Photo by Jeff Nelson
HCAC winner Rose-Hulman went on the road to AMCC champ Penn State-Behrend and after playing the Lions to a scoreless draw, ended with a 9-8 win in the shootout. The Fighting Engineers advance to the second round and will face No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio on Sunday.
The MAC conference divisional champs Lycoming (Commonwealth) and King's (Freedom) faced off in the first round, with the visiting Warriors coming away with a 1-0 win. Alfonce Mutuku scored the winner early in the first half, sending Lycoming into the second round on Sunday against No. 2 Rutgers-Camden.
In the NCCAA national tournament, Lancaster Bible fell to Moody Bible 1-0.