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NCAA Prospect Watch: White, Tripucka Combine For 12 Points

March 19, 2016
Even though their teams are currently trending in differnt directions, the Blue Devils' Jake Tripucka and Cavaliers' Matt White both put on offensive clinics when Duke and Virginia met Friday night.

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

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

Friday, April 12: #7 Duke (10-4) vs. Virginia (5-7) Final: 19-16

The first half featured four lead changes as the teams battled to a 9-9 score at intermission. the Cavaliers stormed out of halftime and scored four goals in just over five minutes to open the third quarter to claim a 13-9 lead.  Duke responded with three straight goals before Virginia closed the quarter with a goal to make the score 14-12 after three periods. The Blue Devils carried the momentum into the fourth by scoring seven unanswered goals to go in front, 19-14. The Cavaliers scored a pair of man-advantage goals in the final 2:19 to account for the final 19-16 margin. Tripucka had a hat trick and four assists, while White tallied four goals and an assist.

Next Up: Virginia (5-7) vs. Bellarmine (7-4), Saturday, April 20 at 1:00pm ET

                #6 Duke (10-4) @ Rutgers (2-11), Saturday, April 20 at 7:00pm 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.

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

Saturday, April 13: #4 Denver (10-2) vs. #6 Loyola (9-3) Final: 13-12 OT

Loyola trailed by as many as five goals twice during the game, at halftime when Denver scored with five seconds to go in the second quarter, and late in the third quarter when the Pioneers tallied an unassisted goal at 4:01 to go up 9-4. But Loyola reeled off three goals in the quarter's final three minutes to pull within a pair, 9-7. Denver responded by scoring the first two goals in the final quarter to extend its lead to 11-7. The teams then traded goals before Sawyer restarted the rally for Loyola, tallying a pair within 26 seconds to pull within a goal, 12-11. The Greyhounds tied it at 12 with 2:11 left in regulation to force overtime. But during the extra period, Denver picked up a groundball off the opening faceoff, ran the length of the field and scored 16 seconds in to take the victory. Sawyer finished with a season-high six points on four goals and two assists.

Next Up: #8 Loyola (9-3) @ Hobart (5-6), Saturday, April 20at 1:00pm ET

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

Wednesday, April 10: #8 Syracuse (8-2) vs. #2 Cornell (10-2) Final: 13-12

Van Bourgondien got Cornell on the board first, and the Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 lead. But Syracuse rallied back within one, 5-4, with 2:45 left in the first quarter. Cornell got a second goal from Van Bourgondien with just over a minute left in the quarter to go into the first break with the road team up 6-4. The teams traded runs in the second, with Cornell going into the break up 8-6. Less than four minutes into the second half, Cornell pushed back to a three-goal lead, 9-6, but that would be the high water mark. The Orange scored three of the next four to go into the fourth quarter down one, 10-9. After Syracuse tied it, Van Bourgondien briefly put The Big Red back in the lead, 11-10, with 9:25 left, but that only triggered what would turn into a decisive three-goal run by the Orange. Cornell got back within 13-12 with 4:22 left, but hit the post in the final 20 seconds. Van Bourgondien finished with a hat trick and an assist.

Next Up: #7 Cornell (10-2) @ Brown (5-5), Saturday, April 20 at 3:00pm ET

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

Tuesday, April 9: Bryant (4-8) vs. Holy Cross (6-6) Final: 10-6

Despite falling behind early, 2-1, Bryant scored three straight to take a 4-2 lead at intermission. Holy Cross scored in the opening minute of the third, but Bryant responded with back-to-back scores to pull ahead 6-3 with four minutes left in the period. The Crusaders cut the deficit to two, but Poli put a stop to any momentum Holy Cross was trying to build when he buried a shot right down the middle 42 seconds into the fourth. It was the first score in a three-goal stretch for the Bulldogs, who took a 9-4 advantage with just under 11 minutes left on the clock. Holy Cross tacked on two more to Bryant’s one, but the Bulldogs came out ahead 10-6. Poli had the one goal and added an assist.

Saturday, April 13: Bryant (5-8) @ Wagner (1-10) Final: 15-6

In what was a relatively close game in the first and fourth quarters, Bryant broke it open with six goals in each of the second and third quarters to pace itself to a 15-6 victory over Wagner. Poli contributed an assist in the win.

Next Up: Bryant (5-8) @ Mount Saint Mary’s (4-9), Saturday, April 20 at 1:00pm ET

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

Friday, April 12: #15 Yale (7-3) vs. Brown (5-5) Final: 11-8

Yale opened up to a 3-0 advantage, but Brown woke up and scored four of the next six goals to cut the lead to one just 25 seconds into the third period. The Bulldogs pushed their lead back to three, 7-4, with 1:40 to go in the third. But with 1:35 left in the third, the Bears cut the lead to two, and with 23 seconds left, they cut it to one. Five minutes later, they tied it up, then took their first lead with 8:07 left in the fourth. Yale was down one, 8-7, with 8:03 left in the fourth, but exploded to net the final four scores in an 11-8 win. McCormack contributed four groundballs.

Next Up: #12 Yale (7-3) @ #4 Maryland (8-2), Saturday, April 20 at 12:00pm ET

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

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

Saturday, April 13: #15 Johns Hopkins (7-4) @ #1 Maryland (8-2) Final: 7-4

Johns Hopkins went up 2-0 before Blye cut the lead back to one with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. The teams traded goals leaving Hopkins with the 4-2 advantage at the half. The Blue Jays opened scoring in the second half, extending their lead to 5-2 just over 30 seconds in. Maryland broke its scoreless streak with 9:34 remaining in the third to pull back within tow, 5-3. However, Hopkins closed out the scoring in the third quarter with 6:01 remaining to take a 6-3 lead into the final stanza. The Terps scored first in the fourth, cutting the lead to 6-4 with 11:19 remaining in the game, but the Blue Jays clamped down defensively and net one more goal with 2:18 in the game to seal the 7-4 victory. Blye finished with the one goal, while Haus was held pointless.

Next Up: #4 Maryland (8-2) vs. #12 Yale (7-3), Saturday, April 20 at 12:00pm ET

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

Friday, April 12: #18 Lehigh (9-4) @ #9 Bucknell (10-3) Final: 11-7

Bucknell struck first and built a 3-1 lead after one quarter. But Lehigh scored the only three goals of the second quarter to lead 4-3 at halftime. The Mountain Hawks tacked on two more to start the third and extend their lead to 6-3 with 7:41 left in the quarter. Bucknell eventually cut Lehigh’s lead to 7-5, but the Mountain Hawks scored four of the next five goals to put the game away. Feeney finished with six saves.

Next Up: #15 Bucknell (10-3) @ Colgate (8-4), Saturday, April 20 at 12:00pm ET