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Top seeds tumble on night of huge upsets
November 29th, 2007 7:45AM
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Paul Kennedy recaps the stunning developments

1-4-6-9-14-16.

It reads like the numbers on a lottery ticket.

No, those are the seeds who fell Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament.

The casualties included top-seed Boston College, the ACC regular-season and tournament champion, Indiana, winner of seven national titles, and Brown, which took a nine-game winning streak in the NCAA Tournament.

BOSTON COLLEGE-MASSACHUSETTS (1-2). The Eagles looked to be cruising when ACC Player of the Year Alejandro Bedoya put them ahead in the 18th minute, but Bryan Hogan and Mark DeSantis scored second-half goals off corner kicks to send UMass into the third round for the first time.

"We're a little bit stunned right now and we have to thaw out," said UMass coach Sam Koch, "but we're excited. We're excited about moving on. My hat goes off to Boston College. They're an outstanding team and they gave us so much trouble in the beginning of the game. I'm very pleased with our guys for holding in there and being able to get it done in the second half.

"In reality, they're [Boston College] the ones that are under the most pressure. Being the ACC champions and playing at home. They're the ones that I think were feeling it in the second half and we tried to do everything we could to take advantage of that."

INDIANA-BRADLEY (1-1, 4-5 PKs). No. 4 seed Indiana's postseason ended as its regular season ended -- with a shootout loss.

The Hoosiers, who fell to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final, came back from a layoff of 17 days to go ahead on John Mellencamp's goal after only 97 seconds, but they received a blow in the 27th minute when midfield star Brad Ring limped off with an ankle injury and did not return.

Stephen Burst equalized off a rebound in the 69th minute for Bradley, the Missouri Valley champion.

The first nine attempts were converted in the shootout before freshman Michael Roach saw his attempt sail high and bounce off the crossbar, sending the Braves into the round of 16.

"For us, everything was new," said Bradley coach Jim DeRose. "Being down a goal was new; being here was new. At halftime we said, and I know this is cliché or trite, but we said there was 45 minutes left in our season. We can take losing 1-0 but we can't take not going out and saying we worked absolutely as hard as we could. The guys did a good job, and Stephen found a goal to get us back into it."

BROWN-OLD DOMINION (1-2, OT). The Monarchs will return to the round of 16 for the second year in a row thanks to the upset win over No. 6 Brown, the Ivy League champion.

ODU scored first on a goal by A.J. Kulp on a free kick from 45 yards and held off Brown in the second half after Kevin Davies tied the score.

Cameroonians Nane Joseph and Ambane Emmanuel teamed up for the winning goal less than four minutes remaining in the second overtime. Joseph won a loose ball in midfield and fed Emmanuel, whose shot from 16 yards out looped over Brown goalie Paul Grandstrand and into the back of the net.

"The difficult thing is it's hollow after what this team has accomplished," said Brown coach Mike Noonan. "This team has probably got more character and trust than any I've coached."

NORTHWESTERN-UIC (0-2). UIC is 6-0-1 and has allowed only one goal in its last seven games after winning the Chicago derby.

“Some people might have thought early in the season that we weren’t a special team,” said UIC coach John Trask. “I always knew we were a special team and I think that is coming to the forefront now.”

Freshman Kevin Stoll headed in the first goal in the 72nd minute off a corner kick. Sophomore Ian Sarachan -- son of former Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan -- then iced the victory by scoring on an empty net with eight seconds remaining.

AKRON-SOUTH FLORIDA (0-1, OT). A goal by Trinidadian Yohance Marshall two minutes into the second overtime session sent the Bulls into the third round of the NCAA Tournament for only the third time.

Marshall chested a loose ball into the goal after Zip keeper Evan Bush punched out Simon Schoendorf's free kick.

Former U.S. U-17 goalie Diego Restrepo kept USF in the game in the first half with several diving saves.

The loss was the first at home this season for No. 14 seed Akron, the Mid-American champion.

"I'm very proud of the team," said Bulls coach George Kiefer.  "I thought the guys battled against a very good unbeaten Akron team at home. I was especially proud of the guys who came off the bench and gave us quality minutes."

TULSA-CENTRAL CONN. STATE (2-3). The Blue Devils' remarkable season continued when they upset No. 16 seed Tulsa, the Conference-USA champion and winner of its last 10 games.

CCSU, which was 2-8-2 after 12 games, had never scored as many as three goals in a game this season until it beat Harvard, 3-2, last weekend in the first round, and it did it again in the win at Tulsa.

Junior Yan Klukowski, who scored the winning goal against Harvard, equalized for the Blue Devils 98 seconds after Tulsa went ahead on a goal by Ashlee McInnes, and he assisted on the other two goals by freshmen Johan Rundquist and Connor Smith.

"It's just an amazing feeling to be able to help this team," said Klukowski, the former captain of England's U-18 schoolboy national team who had a trial at Reading.



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