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NCAA Prospect Watch: Sawyer Posts Back-To-Back Three Goal Games

March 19, 2016
Loyola rebounds from loss to Maryland with two straight wins, both fueld by three-goal efforts from attackman Mike Sawyer.

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

Saturday, March 2: #4 Loyola (4-1) vs. Bellarmine (3-1) Final: 8-6

Bellarmine recorded the game’s first goal, but Loyola took over control to take a 5-2 advantage into the break. The Greyhounds continued their run at the start of the third, pulling in front 7-2 with 11:17 left in the quarter. However, Bellarmine reeled off three in a row to pull within two with 8:23 to play in regulation.Loyola then snapped its scoreless drought with 5:54 left in the game to go up 8-5. The Greyhounds held off Bellarmine, allowing just one more goal by the Knights with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter, bringing the final score to 8-6. Sawyer contributed three goals to the victory.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: #4 Loyola (3-1) vs. UMBC (1-2) Final: 21-9

Loyola used a 10-0 run between the third and fourth quarter to extend an 8-6 halftime advantage to what would be a 12-goal margin of victory over UMBC. Sawyer put up three goals, including two in the second half, and added an assist in the victory.

Next Up: #4 Loyola (4-1) @ #19 Duke (2-4), Friday, March 8 at 7:00pm ET

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

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

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

Saturday, March 2: #1 Maryland (4-0) @ #19 Duke (2-4) Final: 16-7

Blye buried a shot from the point to give Maryland a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game. The teams traded goals before Maryland went on a 5-0 run that extended into the second quarter. Duke kept fighting and got back-to-back goals to close the gap to 7-3, but Maryland closed the first half strong, taking a 9-3 lead into the break. The pace slowed down in the third with just one goal for each of the teams. The scoring picked up again in the fourth, beginning with back-to-back goals for the Terps to make it a 12-4 Maryland lead with 12:08 to go in the game. Dukecut the Maryland lead to 14-6 with 8:07 to play, but the Terps scored twice more to wrap things up for good. Duke tacked on a goal with 15 seconds left to make the final score 16-7. Blye recorded a goal and assist, while Haus also tallied an assist. Tripucka was held scoreless for Duke.

*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.

Next Up: #1 Maryland (4-0) vs. UMBC (1-3), Wednesday, March 6 at 5:00pm ET

                #19 Duke (2-4) vs. #4 Loyola (4-1), Friday, March 8 at 7:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 2: Vermont (1-3) vs. Bryant (0-4) Final: 6-5 OT

Bryant led 4-1 at the half, but Vermont dominated the third quarter to force the game into overtime, where the Bulldogs fell to the Catamounts 6-5. Vermont scored all four goals of the third frame to make up the halftime deficit and take its first lead of the game with 3:06 left in the quarter. Bryant scored the only goal of the fourth quarter to tie the game with 10:42 remaining in the contest, but Vermont sealed the victory with 2:38 to play in the extra frame. Poli tallied his fifth goal of the season in the game’s second quarter.

Next Up: Bryant (0-4) at #14 Drexel (3-1), Saturday, March 9 at 1:00pm ET

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

Friday, March 1: #18 Syracuse (2-1) vs. #6 Virginia (4-1) Final: 9-8 OT

Syracuse scored with one minute left in overtime to solidify the 9-8 win over Virginia. The teams traded runs through the first half and the Cavaliers held a 6-4 advantage at the break. However, Syracuse came out strong in the second half and rallied to an 8-6 lead with 13:32 left in regulation. Virginia responded with back-to-back goals and it was White who tied the game with 11:36 remaining. In OT, the Cavaliers won the faceoff, but the Orange came up with a huge save on White to gain possession and set up the game winner. White had an assist in addition to the game-tying goal.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: #6 Virginia (4-0) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (2-2) Final: 18-11

While Mount St. Mary’s tallied the game’s first goal at 9:06, Virginia retaliated with a 6-1 run to firmly grab control of the game. The Cavaliers cruised into the intermission with a 9-5 advantage. The third quarter scoring was an even 4-4, but the Cavaliers outscored Mount St. Mary’s 5-2 in the fourth quarter to solidify the 18-11 victory. White contributed one goal and one assist.

Next Up: #6 Virginia (4-1) vs. Vermont (1-3), Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 2: #7 Cornell (3-0) vs. #11 Colgate (3-1) Final: 19-3

Cornell raced out to an 11-0 lead and controlled every aspect of the game in a 19-3 victory over Colgate. Van Bourgondien put up four points with three goals and one assist.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: #7 Cornell (2-0) vs. Binghamton (0-2) Final: 11-6

Cornell scored the game’s first three goals, and upped its lead to 6-1 at halftime. Binghamton was able to get back on the board on an extra-man situation three minutes into the third quarter, but Cornell answered with five of the next six tallies to make it 11-3 midway through the fourth. However, the Bearcats scored three times in the final 3:43 to bring the final to 11-6. Van Bourgondien recorded two goals in the victory.

Next Up: #7 Cornell (3-0) @ Canisius (0-2) Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00pm ET

Brian Casey – M (6th round, 48th overall)

Saturday, March 2: Georgetown (2-1) vs. Dartmouth (1-2) Final: 10-9

Georgetown scored the eventual game-winning goal with over three-minutes left, as the Hoya defense held Dartmouth scoreless the rest of the way to clinch a 10-9 victory. In a back and forth game with six ties and four lead changes, the Hoyas found themselves trailing by two goals, 9-7, midway through the fourth quarter. But Georgetown tied the game at nine with 4:16 remaining, and less than a minute later scored the go ahead goal. Casey contributed a goal and an assist to the win.

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

Saturday, March 2: Yale (1-1) @ #19 Albany (1-2) Final: 15-8

Albany led the game for the beginning of the first quarter, 2-1, but Yale tied it up and the Great Danes would not hold another lead all game. McCormack played a large role in shutting down Albany’s offense. He caused two turnovers while collecting five groundballs, and also contributed on the other end of the field, tallying an assist.

Next Up: Yale (1-1) vs. #13 Fairfield (3-2), Saturday, March 9 at 1:00pm ET

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

Saturday, March 2: Bucknell (3-1) vs. Navy (2-3) Final: 11-2

Bucknell posted a convincing 11-2 victory over Navy. The Bucknell defense held the Midshipmen without a goal for the final 51 minutes, as the Bison scored the game's final 10 goals. Bucknell's defense forced 22 Navy turnovers, including 20 in the final three quarters. The Bison turned the ball over just 12 times and converted 15 of 16 clears. Feeney had five saves on the day.

Next Up:  Bucknell (3-1) vs. #5 UMass (3-1), Saturday, March 9 at 12:00pm ET