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NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2021: Semifinal Bracket, Schedule After Quarterfinal Results

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 24, 2021

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Joe Robertson scored in overtime to help No. 2 seed Duke overcome an upset bid from Loyola during Sunday's quarterfinals in the 2021 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship.

Maryland and Notre Dame also went to overtime before Anthony DeMaio scored the winner for the Terrapins in the day's second quarterfinal.

North Carolina and Virginia previously advanced to the semifinals during Saturday's action. Let's check out all of the latest tournament information followed by a recap of Sunday's play.


Sunday's Quarterfinal Results

(2) Duke d. Loyola; 10-9 (OT)

(3) Maryland d. (6) Notre Dame; 14-13 (OT)


Semifinal Matches (May 29)

(1) North Carolina vs. (4) Virginia

(2) Duke vs. (3) Maryland


Day 4 Recap

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Duke and Loyola traded the lead back and forth all game, but it appeared the underdog Greyhounds were primed to earn the program's fifth Final Four appearance with two goals 48 seconds apart by Dan Wigley and Kevin Lindley to take a 9-8 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation.

Loyola defenseman Cam Wyers, one of the nation's best defenders, was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty with 1:38 remaining, however, which opened the door for Brennan O'Neill to score the tying goal for the Blue Devils 29 seconds later.

Duke's last-second possession in regulation failed to produce the winner, which sent the teams into sudden-death overtime.

The Blue Devils earned the first possession of overtime, but Wyers forced a turnover to put the upset in the hands of Loyola's attackers.

They failed to convert, and Robertson, who'd already showcased his flair for the dramatic with two overtime goals earlier in the season, stepped up for Duke again in a crucial spot.

Duke Men's Lacrosse @DukeMLAX

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"I think when the game's on the line, that's my favorite part," Robertson told reporters. "That's what makes it exciting. That's why athletes competeβ€”because you have a chance to lose. You'll be more upset if you didn't take a shot than if you miss a shot or it gets saved."

His goal sent Duke to its 13th Final Four for a chance to compete for the program's fourth national title.

Meanwhile, the day's second game looked like a potential blowout in the making as Maryland rushed out to a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Notre Dame fought back by outscoring the Terrapins by a 6-2 margin in the second to send the game into halftime tied at seven.

The seesaw nature of the match continued in the second half as the Fighting Irish built a three-goal lead early in the fourth period only for the Terps to score three times in 46 seconds to level the contest.

After a barrage of goals throughout the game, the final 4:24 of regulation was scoreless to set up another overtime thriller. This time it was DeMaio punching his team's ticket to the penultimate round.

Maryland Lacrosse @TerpsMLax

TONY TIME ⌚️⌚️⌚️<br><br>TERPS WIN! <br><br>We’re going to the Final Four!!!! #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/rVOoEDmSdY

The NCAA tournament resumes with the semifinals Saturday followed by the championship match in its annual slot on Memorial Day afternoon next Monday. The Final Four will take place at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

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