Maryland rolled into the next round of the NCAA Tournament, while Loyola pulled off the biggest upset in the first round of games.
Jared Bernhardt had six goals and an assist to lead the third-seeded Terrapins to a 17-11 victory against Vermont.
Sam Shafer had a career-high 16 saves — including a game-saver in the closing seconds — to lead the Greyhounds to a 14-13 victory against seventh-seeded Denver.
“I’m so happy for guys like Sam,” Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. “To have his biggest game of his career in the biggest moment of the season, just the way we did it. There were so many periods of adversity where they just kept bullying their neck and fighting through.”
In College Park, Md., Bernhardt had the most goals of any Terrapin in NCAA Tournament history. Maryland went on a 5-0 run late in the first half and were never threatened the rest of the way. Vermont scored the final two goals of the game.
Junior midfielder Kyle Long had a hat trick. Senior attackman Logan Wisnauskas and graduate attackman Griffin Brown each scored a pair of goals. Senior midfielder Bubba Fairman, sophomore attackman Daniel Maltz, junior midfielder Joshua Coffman and sophomore faceoff specialist Luke Wierman each had a goal.
Senior Jeremy Shockey won 19 of 28 faceoffs for Maryland and helped neutralize Vermont’s Tommy Burke, who had won 72 percent of his draws this season.
Maryland improved to 13-0 for the first time in program history and travels to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, May 23, at 2:30 p.m. The Fighting Irish escaped against Drexel, 10-8.
“It’s just great to have another week,” Maryland coach John Tillman said. “Obviously, a lot of work to do but I want them to enjoy tonight and tomorrow and make sure they get some time to enjoy and appreciate what everybody’s done to make this season work and then back to work against a really, really good team.”
In Denver, the Greyhounds jumped out to a 9-4 lead before the Pioneers rallied in the second half. Shafer made a point-blank save with three seconds left on shot by Alex Simmons to secure the win.
Aidan Olmstead tied his career high with five goals, including a goal with 3:19 left in regulation that gave the Greyhounds a 14-12 cushion. That score turned out to be the game-winner.
Loyola (10-5) plays No. 2 seed Duke University on Sunday, May 23, at noon in South Bend. The Blue Devils beat High Point, 16-10.
The Greyhounds advanced to the quarterfinals for the third straight tournament.
“We’re just going to keep being where our feet are together as a program and enjoy each other’s company and just get ready for the [next] game,” Olmstead said.
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics and Jack Dempsey