No. 20 Tufts upsets No. 1 Messiah, No. 3 Oneonta blanks No. 5 Brandeis
|Tufts is ready for Kansas City in December|
On Sunday, three of the four men's national semifinalists were decided, and now we have our fourth as Ohio Wesleyan advanced in Monday action. Due to icy conditions in Gambier, Ohio on Saturday, the sectional matches were pushed back one day.
On Monday, the Bishops advanced via PKs against No. 16 Christopher Newport to take the final semifinal berth. After trailing 2-0 for most of the contest, the Captains scored two goals in the final five minutes to draw even, but fell 4-2 in the shootout. The Captains finish their season at 19-3-5, while the Bishops improve to 17-4-4, and will face Tufts in the national semifinals.
Third-ranked Oneonta State surprised No. 5 Brandeis 3-0, scoring early and late in the contest. While the shots were even at 11, the Red Dragons were able to convert on their opportunities. Senior keeper Vincent Pellegrino saved all five shots he faced. The Judges wrap up their campaign at 19-3-1, while the Red Dragons are now 21-0-2 and will face off with No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) in the other men's semifinal match.
|Oneonta State returns to the Final Four for the second time in four years.|
It was junior Jason Kayne who nailed the winner in the just the 53rd second of play for Tufts. Messiah pressed hard, especially in the final 25 minutes of play, but the Jumbos were able to do what few teams have ever done - keep a Falcon team scoreless.
The teams ended up with 12 shots each, with Falcon senior making a number of key saves late in the match.
Tufts coach Josh Shapiro said. "People talk about them being just a skillful team and they are, but they also have four or five guys who are 6-3 and are very good in the air." But the Jumbo defense was up to the task.
"We made a couple of mistakes and (Tuft's) found a moment of quality," Messiah head coach Brad McCarty said. "They were a good team. They defended well and they were good up front."
Messiah ends their season at 21-1-1, while Tufts improves to 14-2-4 and moves into the semifinals for the first time in program history.
Sunday's Quarterfinal at Kenyon:
On Sunday in Gambier, OH, the weather seemed to favor No. 15 Ohio Wesleyan, as the Bishops defeated the fourth-ranked Kenyon Lords 2-0. Juniors Brian Schaefer and Gunnar Bloecher scored for the Bishops, who improve to 17-4-3. The Lords end their season at 18-2-2.
After staking No. 16 Christopher Newport to a 2-0 lead, No. 12 Whitworth fought back, but fell 3-2 in the match. Senior Jalon Brown scored the game winning goal in the 52nd minute off an assist from junior Ryan Balfour. Playing a man down in the ssecond half, the Pirates were still able to make the match tense as senior Colin Schockman made it 3-2 in the 71st minute. But despite outshooting the Captains 18-10, Whitworth was unable to equalize and ends their fourth ever visit to the Sweet 16, and their season, at 17-2-3.