2023 Team 91 in College: May 8 Recap

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Justin Brown came through at the perfect time for Michigan.

The Team 91 2019 Orange midfielder by way of Half Hollow Hills West broke a tie with his first goal of the season and then added another to help the Wolverines upend Penn State, 17-15, in the Big Ten semifinals. Brown and Michigan then knocked off Maryland, 14-5, to win the Big Ten for the first time in school history and nab the first NCAA tournament berth since the program’s inception.

’20 Crush defenseman Trevor Kessel (Shoreham-Wading River) collected a crucial ground ball to get the ball back for Michigan, which eventually set up the Wolverines’ insurance marker with fewer than three minutes to go.

Maryland got to the title game via a 14-9 win over archrival Johns Hopkins’20 Crush SSDM Brett Martin (Half Hollow Hills East) took the ball away once for the Blue Jays.

MAAC Tournament

Marist 19, Mount St. Mary’s 7
Siena 11, Manhattan 8
Marist 12, Siena 7

’21 Blaze defenseman Aiden McCaffrey (Comsewogue) caused a turnover to help the Red Foxes win the MAAC. McCaffrey was even better in the semifinals, coming up with a half-dozen ground balls and two takeaways.

’20 Crush defenseman Trevor Marsala (Mount Sinai) took the ball away twice and picked up two ground balls in the Saints’ semifinal win before adding three ground balls and a takeaway in the championship game.

’21 Ambush Ryan McCarthy (Northport) doled out two assists to go with three ground balls for Siena against Manhattan. He added two ground balls against the Red Foxes.

’19 White Christian Lyons (Syosset) scored once for the Jaspers.

Ivy League Tournament

Yale 22, Cornell 15
Princeton 19, Yale 10

’19 White Jared Paquette (West Islip) was a rock in the Bulldogs’ cage with 19 saves, four ground balls and a caused turnover to help Yale reach the Ivy finals. He added 13 stops, four ground balls and a takeaway against the Tigers.

’21 Blaze Machado Rodriguez (Chaminade) spurred the rout of the Big Red with a 5-for-8 performance at the faceoff stripe. Rodriguez buried a goal, dished out an assist and picked up four ground balls for Yale.

’19 Orange Angelo Petrakis (Massapequa) won a faceoff and corralled a ground ball for Cornell.

Patriot League Tournament

Lehigh 12, Lafayette 8
Loyola 12, Navy 7
Army 19, Lehigh 13

’19 Orange Justin Tiernan (Glenn) went off for five goals and ’19 Orange Christian Mulé (Half Hollow Hills West) dished out three assists for Lehigh in the conference semis. ’19 Orange John Sidorski (East Islip) added a goal, two assists and a ground ball.

Mulé handed out five helpers and caused a turnover in the quarterfinal win over Lafayette. Tiernan ripped home a hat trick and grabbed a ground ball, while Sidorski chipped in an assist.

’20 Crush Xavier Arline (Shoreham-Wading River) pocketed two goals for the Mids, who also got a takeaway and a ground ball from ’20 Crush defenseman Nick LiCalzi (South Side)’22 Smash Jack Flaherty (Chaminade) contributed a goal, an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover for Navy.

America East Tournament

Albany 10, Vermont 4
Bryant 12, Binghamton 11
Bryant 12, Albany 11

’22 Smash Alex Pfeiffer (Sachem North) nearly willed the Great Danes to the title with a three-goal, one-assist, two-ground ball, one-caused turnover effort in the final. Pfeiffer scored once in the semifinal win.

’21 Blaze Matt Keegan (Sachem North) rocketed home a pair of goals to go with an assist for the Bearcats. ’18 Extreme LSM Max Verch (Syosset) chipped in a takeaway and a ground ball.

CAA Tournament 

Stony Brook 13, Drexel 10
Delaware 13, Stony Brook 10

’19 Orange Blake Behlen (Commack) tallied twice and set up another goal in the semifinals to push the Seawolves to the title game. Stony Brook also got two goals and two assists from Behlen in the championship. ’20 Crush Dane Reda (Mattituck) caused a turnover against the Dragons, while ’22 Smash Sean Carlo (Wantagh) buried a goal.

Duke 14, Merrimack 2

’21 Blaze defenseman Jake Wilson (Shoreham-Wading River) blasted home his first career goal and added a ground ball to fuel the Blue Devils’ regular season-ending rout.

’20 Crush Brennan O’Neill (St. Anthony’s) posted a career high in assists (seven) and tied his career best with nine points. He also picked up three ground balls. ’20 Crush Andrew McAdorey (St. Anthony’s) paired two goals with two assists, while ’20 Crush Aidan Danenza (St. Anthony’s) had two goals, a takeaway and a ground ball for Duke.

The Blue Devils also got a trio of ground balls from ’19 Orange LSM Tyler Carpenter (Salisbury, Conn.), a takeaway and a ground ball from ’19 Orange defenseman Kenny Brower and a ground ball from ’19 Orange Connor Drake (Salisbury, Conn.).

Notre Dame 18, North Carolina 9

’21 Blaze LSM Tyler Schwarz (Shoreham-Wading River) caused a turnover and grabbed a ground ball and his twin brother, ’21 Blaze Johnny Schwarz, added a ground ball for the Tar Heels.

Division II

East Coast Conference Tournament

Mercy 19, Molloy 9

’19 White Christian Michaels (Kings Park) denied 14 shots sent his way, complete with two ground balls, for Molloy.

Post 12, Dominican 10

’19 White Billy Gordon (St. Anthony’s) did everything he could for the Chargers, posting a four-goal, one0assist, two-ground ball day in the loss.

Division III
SUNYAC Tournament

Cortland 20, Oswego 10

’21 Ambush Sam Rothman (Half Hollow Hills East) helped the Red Dragons reach the conference title game with a goal, a takeaway and a ground ball. The ’21 Ambush defensive tandem of Logan Schanars (Half Hollow Hills East) and Conner Gallagher (Northport) each gobbled up a ground ball.

Centennial Conference Tournament

Franklin & Marshall 9, Muhlenberg 8
Dickinson 19, Franklin & Marshall 11

’19 White defenseman Kyle Craig (Wantagh) scooped up two ground balls in the semifinal win and added two ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Dips in the final.

Skyline Tournament

Merchant Marine 11, Farmingdale State 9

’18 Extreme Robbie Varello (Smithtown East) scored once and picked up a ground ball for the Rams, while ’18 Extreme Jake Wandle (Rocky Point) also tallied once.

Empire 8 Tournament

St. John Fisher 24, Hartwick 7

’20 Varsity defenseman Nick Cacciola (Shoreham-Wading River) took the ball away twice and picked up a ground ball for Hartwick.

MAC Freedom Tournament 

Misericordia 19, Fairleigh Dickinson 5

’21 Ambush defenseman Aidan Bonn (Huntington) snapped up a ground ball for FDU.