NCAA First Round Recap: Blowouts, Closecalls, and One Very Big Cinderella Upset

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Well, the first round of the NCAA tournament has come and gone, and only eight teams remain on the road to Baltimore. The biggest news, and shock, from the weekend was Army’s double-OT win over ’Cuse at the Carrier Dome. In case you missed any of the past week’s action, here’s a rundown of the first round games.

Duke 18, Johns Hopkins 5

  • Hopkins failed to contain Crotty (2g, 6a) and Quinzani (4g, 1a)
  • Duke defense shut down Kimmel (0 points) and contained Boyle (2g, 1a)
  • Duke got off to a quick start, and later had a 12-0 run in a 33:31 span
  • Hop cut the lead to 6-4, but it was all Duke after that
  • Duke outshot JHU 40-15, won GBs 37-17, and went 18-of-27 on face-offs
  • Only Duke’s second-ever tournament win over Hopkins

Maryland 11, Hofstra 8

  • Maryland was clearly the more athletic team, but Hofstra held them close in the first half
  • The first half was a tight defensive struggle, with Maryland taking a 4-3 into the half
  • Hofstra had two early second-half goals to take a 5-4 lead
  • The Terps showed their offensive ability, going on a 7-1 run in the second half
  • Hofstra showed some life at the end, going on a 3-0 run to end the game at 11-8
  • Maryland outshot Hofstra 38-31 and won the ground balls 41-21

Cornell 11, Loyola (MD) 10 (3OT)

  • A tale of two halves
  • Like usual in 2010, Cornell had a fast start (9-2 lead), but lost a lead late in the game
  • Big Red freshman goalie AJ Fiore made 15 saves in the contest
  • Loyola tied the time at 10 with 7 seconds remaining
  • Cornell was 8 of 12 on face-offs in the first half, but Loyola won 12 of 15 in the second

Stony Brook 9, Denver 7

  • The most back-and-forth game of the day
  • Tom Complitello and Kevin Crowley each had 3 goals for the Sea Wolves
  • Crowley now has at least 3 goals in seven of his last eight games
  • First-ever NCAA tournament win for Stony Brook

Virginia 18, Mt. St. Mary’s 4

  • Virginia looked sharp despite the tragedy on campus
  • UVa got off to an 8-0 run to start the game
  • Steele Stanwick led the way on offense (1g, 5a)
  • MSM’s T.C. DiBartolo stopped 10 of 26 shots he faced

Notre Dame 8, Princeton 5

  • The Irish proved they belong in the tournament
  • Scott Rodgers made 14 saves for ND (74%)
  • The Irish defense held Princeton scoreless for the final 22:13
  • Jack McBride was huge for Princeton (2g, 3a)

North Carolina 14, Delaware 13

  • Arguably the most exciting first-round game, featuring 10 ties and four lead changes
  • UNC had a very balanced offensive attack all game long
  • Delaware outshot the Heels 45-43, won 18 of 30 face-offs, and they were 6 of 9 on EMO
  • Marcus Holman, Sean Delany, Matt Davie, and Thomas Wood had 9 goals for UNC, despite only taking a total of 11 shots

Army 9, Syracuse 8 (2OT)

  • One of the biggest shocks in tournament history
  • The Orange had a 2-0 lead just 2:58 into just the game
  • Syracuse also lead 7-4, but Army finished the game on a 5-1 run
  • Army’s Jeremy Boltus scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winning goal
  • Army’s first NCAA tournament win since 1993
  • Only Syracuse’s second loss in an NCAA play-off game at the Carrier Dome

Next Weeks Match-Ups:

  • #1 Virginia vs. #8 Stony Brook, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. @ Stony Brook
  • #5 Duke vs. #4 North Carolina, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. @ Princeton
  • #3 Maryland vs. #11 Notre Dame, Saturday, 12 p.m. @ Princeton
  • #7 Cornell vs. #15 Army, Sunday, 12 p.m. @ Stony Brook
  • All games are on ESPNU

Look for a preview of the second round games later in the week and feel free to leave your thoughts on the first round games in the comments.

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