The 2014 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament is officially underway, and there have already been a number of upsets in the first round as eight teams head to the quarterfinals.
No one was surprised to see the Duke Blue Devils dominate Air Force 20-9, moving to 14-3 on the year. While the No. 1 team advanced, several other teams left much earlier than they were hoping, including Virginia, Syracuse and Penn.
Now that the first round is over, let's take a look at the results, quarterfinal bracket and schedule as well as a couple of recaps from some of the biggest upsets to start this year's tournament.
The updated bracket for this year's tournament can be viewed at NCAA.com.
|Saturday, May 17||Time (ET)||TV|
|(7) Maryland vs. Bryant||12 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Albany vs. (6) Notre Dame||2:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, May 18|
|(1) Duke vs. Johns Hopkins||12 p.m.||ESPNU|
|(5) Denver vs. Drexel||2:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
Round 1 Results
|(1) Duke||20-9||Air Force|
|(8) Virginia||8-14||Johns Hopkins|
|(5) Denver||9-5||North Carolina|
|(3) Loyola (Md.)||6-13||Albany|
|Harvard||5-13||(6) Notre Dame|
Bryant 10, No. 2 Syracuse 9
The Bryant Bulldogs came into their first-round matchup against the Syracuse Orange as the clear underdogs. After all, they had just won a play-in game four days earlier against Siena and had little time to rest or prepare for their next opponent.
Instead, the Bulldogs came away with the biggest win in program history.
Throughout the game, the Bulldogs never trailed, but the Orange did keep the game close throughout. Freshman attacker Tucker James was a big reason for Bryant's win, tallying an impressive four goals and two assists, consistently helping the Bulldogs maintain their lead.
Bryant head coach Mike Pressler was clearly thrilled after the win, according to Bryant Athletics via NCAA.com, saying:
There are so many layers to this win. Not only was it Syracuse at Syracuse – one of the most storied programs in Division I history – but we did it after playing a play-in game on Wednesday. To beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on four short days is a monumental win for our program.
The Bulldogs are on a bit of a hot streak, winning five straight games, including four in the past 11 days. They will be hoping to carry that momentum into the quarterfinals, as they'll be playing the Maryland Terrapins in their next game.
No. 8 Virginia 8, Johns Hopkins 14
Despite a rough start out of the gate, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays quickly recovered and came away with a big win to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Cavaliers got off to a very quick start thanks to two goals from Mark Cockerton in the first five minutes to put his team up 2-0, but the lead didn't even last through the first quarter. Instead, the Blue Jays answered with four goals of their own before the end of the quarter.
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That lead continued to grow into the second quarter, with the Blue Jays scoring another four goals before the Cavaliers could answer with another of their own. However, the Virginia players didn't quit, fighting all the way back to 9-8 in the third.
But that was as close as Virginia would get, as the Blue Jays finished the game out with another five straight goals to win 14-8. Wells Stanwick was the clear player of the game, scoring five goals and adding an assist to give him a game-high six points.
"Coach Benson puts us in really good spots in the offense, and you just have to capitalize when you're in those spots," Stanwick told Edward Lee from The Baltimore Sun. "I worked a lot this week on shooting, and that helped me today."
The win helped head coach Dave Pietramala tie Bob Scott's record of 158 career wins at John Hopkins, a record that's stood for 40 years. If the Blue Jays can somehow take down Duke in the next round, the record will be Pietramala's, and he'll be taking his team to the semifinals.