2024 Team 91 in College: May 13 Recap

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Welcome to the NCAA tournament, Joey Spallina.

The Team 91 2022 Smash alum by way of Mount Sinai was dialed in for Syracuse. He paired four goals with four assists for an eight-point night against the No. 1 scoring defense in the country as the Orange squeezed Towson, 20-15, in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday night. Spallina’s four helpers allowed him to eclipse the 50-assist mark for the first time in his career.

Syracuse, which will take on Denver on Saturday, also got a goal, an assist and a pair of ground balls from ’19 Orange Christian Mulé (Half Hollow Hills West)’22 Smash Michael Leo (St. Anthony’s) also found the back of the net twice for the Orange.

Duke 19, Utah 7

The ’20 Crush and St. Anthony’s duo of Aidan Danenza and Brennan O’Neill lifted the Blue Devils to a rout with matching two-goal, two-assist, one-ground ball performances. Duke, which moves on to take on Maryland, also got a goal, two takeaways and three ground balls from ’19 Orange LSM Tyler Carpenter (Salisbury, Conn.).

’19 Orange defenseman Kenny Brower (Massapequa) also spearheaded the defense with three ground balls and a caused turnover. ’21 Blaze defenseman Jake Wilson (Shoreham-Wading River) tacked on a takeaway and two ground balls. ’19 Orange SSDM Jake Caputo (Middle Creek, N.C.) capped off the defense’s stellar day with a takeaway and a ground ball.

’20 Crush Andrew McAdorey (St. Anthony’s) scored twice and added a caused turnover for Duke.

Albany 13, Sacred Heart 7
Notre Dame 14, Albany 9

’23 Bandits Jordan Faison (Pine Crest, Fla.) bagged a goal and collected a ground ball as the Irish opened up their title defense by taking out the Great Danes. Notre Dame moves on to play Georgetown, which handed the Irish their lone loss of the season earlier this year.

’22 Smash Alex Pfeiffer‘s (Sachem North) career game lifted Albany into the matchup with Notre Dame. Pfeiffer scored four goals and handed out two assists in the Great Danes’ play-in win over the Pioneers. ’22 Smash defenseman Max Neeson (Pottsgrove, Pa.) racked up four ground balls to lead the defense.

Neeson paired a takeaway with a ground ball against Notre Dame. Pfeiffer contributed a ground ball.

Johns Hopkins 13, Lehigh 10

’20 Crush SSDM Brett Martin (Half Hollow Hills East) secured a ground ball and led a staunch Blue Jays defensive effort as Hopkins grounded the Mountain Hawks.

’19 Orange SSDM Nick Turrini (Calhoun) snagged a ground ball for Lehigh.

Denver 16, Michigan 11

’19 Orange Justin Tiernan (Glenn) capped his fantastic lone season as a Wolverine with four goals, an assist and three ground balls for Michigan. He finished the year with a program single-season record of 57 tallies, including 12 games with at least a hat trick.

Virginia 17, Saint Joseph’s 11

’19 White LSM Alex Keener (Bethpage) took the ball away once and grabbed a ground ball for the Hawks.

Maryland 16, Princeton 8

’20 Crush faceoff midfielder Koby Ginder (Brunswick, Conn.) won his lone faceoff and collected a ground ball in the process for the Tigers.

Division II

Pace 16, Mercyhurst 10
Adelphi 14, Pace 9

’21 Ambush Danny Zabbia (Half Hollow Hills West) had a monster four-goal, one-assist, two-ground ball, one-takeaway day to help the Setters zip past Mercyhurst in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Zabbia also tacked on a goal and a ground ball against Adelphi.

Division III

Middlebury 17, Geneseo 10

’21 Ambush goalie Andrew Tittmann (Northport) denied 15 shots sent his way to go with three ground balls for Geneseo.