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NCAA Prospect Watch: Sawyer, Loyola Win Fifth Straight

March 19, 2016
After a stumble against No. 7 ranked Duke last month, Loyola has regrouped and won five straight games.

Mike Sawyer – A (1st round, 8th overall)

Saturday, April 6: #6 Loyola (9-2) vs. Fairfield (6-5) Final: 13-7

Fairfield scored first, but an extra-man goal by Loyola less than two minutes later would start a 5-0 Greyhounds run. Fairfield stopped the run with 40 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Greyhounds still had enough time to score one to keep a four goal, 6-2, lead. Loyola pushed the lead to 7-2 early in the second and the team’s traded goals leaving the Greyhounds with a fivegoal, 9-4, lead at the half. The Stags pulled back within four 1:22 into the third, but Loyola scored two more before Fairfield tallied another to keep a five goal, 11-6, lead intact. The Greyhounds tacked on two more in the third while Fairfield score the fourth quarter’s lone goal to account for the 13-7 final. Sawyer recorded two goals in the win.

Next Up: #6 Loyola (9-2) vs. #3 Denver (9-2), Saturday, April 13 at 1:00pm ET

Matt White – A (4th round, 28th overall)

Saturday, April 6: #6 North Carolina (8-3) @ #18 Virginia (5-6) Final: 10-7

North Carolina got off to a fast start, rattling off four goals in less than 10 minutes. But the last part of the quarter was all Virginia, as the Cavaliers pulled within one, 4-3, to start the second. Neither team tallied a goal in the first 11 plus minutes of the second quarter, before the Tar Heels scored with 3:33 to play. The Cavaliers matched that goal with an extra-man tally with 1:43 left in the half. North Carolina got the ball back and scored the last goal of the first half with 2.3 seconds left to go up 6-4 at the half. The Tar Heels scored the opening two goals of the third period to pull ahead 8-4. White assisted on the next two goals to pull Virginia back within two, 8-6, with 4:56 remaining in the game. But North Carolina responded with back-to-back goals with just over a minute left in the game to seal the victory. White finished the day with the two assists.

Next Up: #18 Virginia (5-6) @ #7 Duke (9-4), Friday, April 12 at 6:00pm ET

Max Van Bourgondien – M (6th round, 43rd overall)

Saturday, April 3: #2 Cornell (10-1) @ Harvard (4-6) Final: 14-12

Bourgondien registered a natural hat trick in the final 3:29 of the contest, as Cornell scored the final five goals of the game to comeback and defeat Harvard, 14-12. The game was tied 6-6 early in the third quarter before Harvard went on a run to take a 10-7 advantage into the final quarter. The ending was a wild one, as the teams traded goals through the first five minutes of the fourth puttin the Crimson up, 12-9, with 9:48 remaining in the contest. Just 47 seconds later, Cornell scored and that opened the floodgates, sparking the decisive 5-0 run to end the contest.

Next Up: #2 Cornell (10-1) @ #8 Syracuse (7-2), Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00pm ET

Kyle Feeney – G (8th round, 59th overall)

Saturday, April 6: #11 Bucknell (10-2) @ Army (6-4) Final: 9-8

Bucknell scored three goals, including the tiebreaking tally in the fourth quarter, to lift the team to a 9-8 victory over Army. Feeney made 11 saves for the Bison, who trailed 5-3 at the half before surging ahead with a big third quarter. Bucknell was outshot 38-26 in the game and 11-5 in the third quarter, but Feeney made three big saves in the third period while the Bison scored three times on those five attempts.

Next Up: #11 Bucknell (10-2) vs. #19 Lehigh (8-4), Friday, April 12 at 7:30pm ET

Mason Poli – LSM (4th round, 27th overall)

Saturday, April 6: Bryant (3-8) vs. Robert Morris (5-5) Final: 15-11

Trailing 6-5 at the half, Bryant dominated the third quarter, scoring a quartet of goals while keeping Robert Morris off the board to take a 9-6 advantage into the final 15 minutes. Robert Morris cut that lead down to one, 10-9, but it was as close as the Colonials would get as Bryant piled on the next three goals, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 13-9 with minutes remaining. The teams traded goals in the final 2:38, bringing the final to 15-11. Poli was held pointless but did contribute three groundballs.

Next Up: Bryant (3-8) vs. Holy Cross (6-5), Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm ET

Michael McCormack – D (7th round, 51st overall)

Tuesday, April 2: #16 Yale (5-3) vs. Providence (7-4) Final: 13-6

Yale broke open a close game in the first period by scoring 11 of the final 14 goals on the way to a 13-6 win over Providence. In addition, the Bulldog defense didn't allow a goal for the final 28 minutes of play. McCormack recorded two groundballs and caused one turnover in the win.

Saturday, April 6: #16 Yale (6-3) vs. Dartmouth (3-6) Final: 7-5

Yale jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, but then was held scoreless for the next 30 minutes as Dartmouth built a 5-3 lead with 5:48 left in the third period. But the Bulldogs turned up the cylinders and scored the next four goals while holding the Big Green scoreless to comeback for the win. McCormack scooped up five groundballs on the day.

Next Up: #16 Yale (6-3) vs. Brown (5-4), Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm ET

Jake Tripucka – M (6th round, 42nd overall)

Friday, April 5: #7 Duke (9-4) vs. High Point (3-9) Final: 17-6

Duke extended its nation’s best winning streak to seven games with a 17-6 victory over High Point. After battling to a two-goal, 6-4, advantage after 30 minutes, Duke broke open the contest with eight straight goals to start the third period. High Point snapped the run with less than one minute remaining in the quarter, but Duke responded with three consecutive tallies to open the fourth frame, pushing its lead to 12 goals at 17-5. Tripucka contributed two assists.

Next Up: #7 Duke (9-4) vs. #18 Virginia (5-6), Friday, April 12 at 6:00pm ET

*The Hounds also hold player rights to Duke defenseman Casey Carroll (3rd round, 18th overall), who tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2013 NCAA season.

John Haus – M (2nd round, 15th overall)

Owen Blye – A (3rd round, 24th overall)

Friday, April 5: #1 Maryland (8-1) @ Navy (3-8) Final: 11-8

Maryland got on the board first, and built a 3-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. But Navy scored just 16 seconds into the second, starting a five-goal run that gave the Midshipmen a 5-3 lead with 8:34 left in the half. But Haus stopped the run with his second of the game, pulling the Terps to within a goal with 7:26 left in the second, and Maryland tied the game, 5-5, less than three minutes later. Navy opened up the second half with a goal less than two minutes into the third, but Maryland tied the game at 6-6 with 11:50 to play, which was the beginning of a 5-0 scoring spurt for the Terps. The Mids trimmed the Maryland lead back to three with 4:21 remaining, but that would be all Navy could muster and the Terps were able to pull out the victory. Haus finished the day with the two goals and an assist, while Blye contributed two assists.

Next Up: #1 Maryland (8-1) vs. #10 Johns Hopkins (6-4), Saturday, March 13 at 3:00pm ET