NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2016: Quarterfinal Bracket, Schedule, Round 1 Results

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMay 16, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, MD - APRIL 16:  Mac Pons #43 of the Maryland Terrapins looks to pass the ball during a college lacrosse game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Capitol One Field at Maryland Stadium on April 16, 2016 in College Park, Maryland.  The Terrapins won 11-8.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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The quarterfinals in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament are set after a couple of key upsets Sunday.

The Towson Tigers took out the No. 2-seeded Denver Pioneers, and the Navy Midshipmen knocked out the No. 4-seeded Yale Bulldogs in the first round Sunday.

The No. 1-seeded Maryland Terrapins also knocked off the Quinnipiac Bobcats, and the Syracuse Orange eliminated the Albany Great Danes.

Eight teams remain. Here's a look at the upcoming quarterfinal matchups as well as recaps for Sunday's first-round action:

2016 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament
Sunday's 1st-Round MatchupsResults
Towson vs. DenverTowson 10, Denver 9
Navy vs. YaleNavy 13, Yale 10
Quinnipiac vs. MarylandMaryland 13, Quinnipiac 6
Albany vs. SyracuseSyrcause 11, Albany 9
Quarterfinal MatchupsDates
Maryland vs. SyracuseMay 21
Brown vs. NavyMay 21
Notre Dame vs. North CarolinaMay 22
Loyola vs. TowsonMay 22
Source: NCAA.com

 

Towson 10, Denver 9

The defending national champions are out after the Tigers pulled off a shocking 10-9 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday in Denver.

Tied at 7-7 with 11:35 remaining in the fourth quarter, Towson scored three straight goals over the course of the next 10 minutes to preserve the program's first road win in the tournament since May 20, 2001.

Towson goalie Tyler White made six of his 13 saves in the final frame.

Towson's official Twitter account reacted once the final buzzer sounded:

The Tigers forced 14 turnovers, and Denver became the fourth No. 2 seed since 2003 to be bounced in the first round of the tournament since it became a 16-team field, per ESPN.com.

Towson will square off against Loyola (Maryland) in the quarterfinals next Sunday.

 

Navy 13, Yale 10

Navy has the fourth-ranked defense in the nation, and it showed by holding Yale to three second-half goals Sunday. As a result, the Midshipmen are on their way to the quarterfinals thanks to a 13-10 victory.

It was a 7-7 game heading into halftime, but Navy's defense was the difference-maker in the program's first NCAA tournament win since 2009.

“It was a complete team win, team effort,” Navy head coach Rick Sowell said, per Navy Athletics (via NCAA.com). “We were finally able to get our offense back on track and our faceoff game, too. We have one of the best defenses in the country, and John [Connors] is one of the best goalkeepers in the country."

Casey Rees scored four goals on seven shots, with three of them coming in the first half. His fourth, the final tally of the game, came with 3:36 remaining.

It was also a big scoring day for Yale's Jack Tigh in the losing effort, per NCAA Lacrosse:

Navy will face Brown on Saturday.

 

Maryland 13, Quinnipiac 6

The top-seeded Terrapins made quick work of Quinnipiac in their first-round matchup, scoring five goals in the first quarter and winning 13-6.

Maryland racked up its 14th straight win and is 17-4 all time in the first round of the NCAA tournament, per the team's official website.

The Bobcats scored the game's first goal 1:35 in thanks to Anthony Carchietta. However, Maryland needed only three-plus minutes to tie the game thanks to Bryan Cole's goal. The Terrapins scored four of the next five goals in the frame, and Quinnipiac didn't come any closer.

Maryland's official Twitter account sent out a celebratory tweet after the game concluded:

Seven different Terrapins found the net Sunday, led by three apiece from Cole, Henry West and Matt Rambo. Maryland also tied its single-season record with 15 wins on the year.

Maryland will move on to face Syracuse on Saturday.

 

Syracuse 11, Albany 9

It took nine goals in the second half for Syracuse to advance to the quarterfinals, defeating Albany 11-9 on Sunday.

The Great Danes took a 6-2 lead heading into halftime, but the Orange scored five goals coming out of the locker room and entered the fourth quarter tied at 7-7. Syracuse tacked on four more goals in the final frame to advance for a showdown against Maryland.

Albany outshot Syracuse 21-12 in the first half, but as Syracuse's official Twitter account showed, the script flipped in the second half:

Three players scored two goals each for Syracuse, and the Orange scored four of the last five goals in the game.

Syracuse also provided highlights from the come-from-behind win:

Syracuse will face Maryland on Saturday.