May 2, 2014

NCAA Men's DI Conference Tournament Clearinghouse

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Albany made it through to the NCAA tournament by toppling Stony Brook and then UMBC to take the America East title this weekend. (Greg Wall)

With Drexel's OT game-winner against Hofstra on Saturday evening, we now have all but the Ivy League's conference tournament and automatic NCAA bid decided. The Ivies play their final Sunday at noon, with host Harvard battling No. 3 seed Penn in the finale.

Read more on the Ivy showdown, and how things went down in all the other men's Division I tournament action below.

Ivy League

Dates: Friday/Sunday
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Seeds (in order): Harvard (9-5), Cornell (11-3), Penn (9-3), Yale (9-4)

Semifinals - Friday (available on ESPN3)
Penn 11, Cornell 10 | Box Score
Harvard 10, Yale 9 | Box Score

Final - Noon Sunday (ESPNU)
Harvard (10-5) vs. Penn (9-4)

The Crimson and Quakers will meet for the Ivy League tournament championship after each pulled out a one-goal victory in the semifinals. A football on the field — yes, a football thrown from the stands by a spectator — in the final minute of Harvard's game against Yale nearly cost the Crimson. Yale went two-men up after Harvard coach Chris Wojcik was called for an unsportsmanlike questioning the one-minute unreleasable call made for the object on the field. Yale scored once but Harvard tied up the final faceoff to win. Harvard has already won its first regular season title since 1990, and now has a chance to win its first Ivy tournament and punch a ticket to the NCAA tournament. In the Penn-Cornell semi, Penn's hero was midfielder Zack Losco, who scored the Quakers final four goals in the fourth quarter.

Completed Tournaments

America East

Champion: Albany (11-5)
Runner-Up:
UMBC (8-7) 

Albany topped UMBC in the America East finals for the second straight year, with Lyle Thompson finishing the tournament with 114 points on the season, tying Steve Marohl's NCAA record (which he will likely break against whoever the Great Danes draw in the first round of the NCAAs). Miles Thompson earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 18 goals and four assists in the tournament. 

Semifinals
UMBC 16, Binghamton 10 | Box Score
Albany 17, Stony Brook 16 (OT) | Box Score

Finals
Albany 20, UMBC 11 | Box Score

Atlantic Coast Coast Conference

Champion: Notre Dame (9-5)
Runner-up: Syracuse (11-4)

The Fighting Irish quieted any doubt that they were on the NCAA tournament bubble by taking a pair of one-goal victories in the ACC tournament in Chester, Pa. On Friday night, they toppled Maryland 6-5, following that up with a 15-14 victory over Syracuse on Sunday in the final.

Syracuse also boosted its stock at the tournament, avenging its worst loss of the season by topping Duke in a thriller to advance to Sunday's final.

Semifinals
Notre Dame 6, Maryland 5
Syracuse 16, Duke 15

Finals
Notre Dame 15, Duke 14

Atlantic Sun

Champion: Richmond (6-10)
Runner-up: High Point (9-7)

Dan Chemotti's Spiders capped a big weekend with the biggest win in program history - not difficult when you're in your first year - taking a one-goal win over High Point to take home the conference championship and a ticket to the NCAA's first round.

“I’m at a bit of a loss of words here,” said Richmond head coach Dan Chemotti after the game. “I’m really proud of our guys and the resolve that they showed and the confidence that they played with today. High Point is a really good team. They made life tough on us today. I thought that both teams really battled and it was an exciting championship game. I have to give our players a lot of credit for the way they executed today.

Richmond never trailed in the game but High Point hung tough all contest, knotting the score three times to keep the pressure on the Spiders, who had previously upset No. 1 seed Mercer to make the final.

Semifinals
High Point 12, Jacksonville 11 | Box Score
Richmond 14, Mercer 6 | Box Score

Finals
Richmond 8, High Point 7 | Box Score

Big East

Champion: Denver (14-2)
Runner-Up: Villanova (6-10) 

Bill Tierney's Pioneers extended their win streak to 11 and captured the Big East title in their first year in the conference, routing the host Wildcats by the same 14-7 margin they had defeated Rutgers by in the semifinals. Junior Wesley Berg earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament after scoring three goals in the final, totalling eight and a pair of assists in the two wins. 

The win means that Denver will be making a fifth-straight NCAA tournament appearance and will have a chance at making its third final four in that stretch.

Semifinals
Denver 14, Rutgers 7 | Box Score
Villanova 9, Marquette 6 | Box Score

Finals
Denver 14, Villanova 7 | Box Score

Colonial Athletic Association

Champion: Drexel (12-4)
Runner-Up: Hofstra (11-5)

The Dragons earned a second straight overtime win on Saturday night, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament by besting the host Pride in three OTs. Drexel had previously needed OT to get by Towson in the semifinals, rallying just to make the trip to Long Island to take on Hofstra.

The 11-10 victory, won on a Cole Shafer goal in the third extra frame, will be a first-time NCAA tournament qualifier when the field is announced on Sunday evening.

Semifinals 

Hofstra 8, Delaware 6 | Box Score
Drexel 11, Towson 10 (OT) | Box Score

Finals
Drexel 11, Hofstra 10 (3OT) | Box Score

ECAC

Champion: Air Force (10-5)
Runner-Up:
Fairfield (12-4) 

The Falcons will be making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988, sweeping by Ohio State and Fairfield to earn the ECAC crown. Eric Seremet's squad ran out to an early lead, but had to hold off the charging Stags at the end of the contest. The win was Air Force's second of the year over the Stags, who now must await the announcement of their tournament fate on Sunday evening.

Semifinals
Fairfield 12, Michigan 5 | Box Score
Air Force 14, Ohio State 7 | Box Score 

Finals
Air Force 9, Fairfield 8 | Box Score

Loyola took home the Patriot League title in its first season in the conference and hasn't lost since its season-opener against Virginia. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Champion: Siena (11-5)
Runner-Up: Marist (6-9)

For the third time in six seasons, Siena took home the MAAC crown, jumping to a 6-1 halftime advantage and holding on to top tournament host Marist for a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Saints were perfect in the league's regular season and continued that stretch with wins over Canisius and the Red Foxes, led by Most Outstanding Player Tommy Cordts, who had 13 saves in the final.

Semifinals
Siena 14, Canisius 11 | Box Score
Marist 11, Detroit 9 | Box Score

Finals - Saturday, 11 a.m. (Time Warner Cable)
Siena 11, Marist 7 | Box Score

Northeast Conference

Champion: Bryant (14-4)
Runner-Up:
Hobart (5-10) 

Hobart's bid at a Cinderella run to the NCAA tournament fell flat in the conference finals, as Bryant expanded a two-goal halftime lead to a five goal advantage in the third quarter and cruised to its third straight NEC crown and NCAA tournament berth. Sophomore Shane Morrell (five goals) and sophomore Gunnar Waldt (14 saves) anchored the effort for Mike Pressler's Bulldogs. Hobart had upset top-seeded Saint Joseph's in the semifinals but couldn't make it two in a row to earn a spot in the tournament.

Semifinals - Thursday 
Hobart 10, St. Joseph's 9 (2OT) | Box Score
Bryant 12, Sacred Heart 8 | Box Score

Finals
Bryant 10, Hobart 4 | Box Score

Patriot League

Champion: Loyola (14-1)
Runner-Up: Lehigh (13-5)

The Greyhounds joined their women's counterparts in dominating the Patriot League, backing up its unbeaten regular season with a run through the conference tournament as its host in the first year in the league. With or without a win Saturday against Johns Hopkins, the Greyhounds should be on the short list for a high seed and first-round NCAA tournament home game.

Quarterfinals
Colgate 10, Bucknell 9 (2OT)
Lehigh 10, Navy 6

Semifinals
Loyola 12, Colgate 6
Lehigh 12, Army 11

Final
Loyola 16, Lehigh 7


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