NCAA TOURNAMENT: Small-college powers flex muscles NCAA DIVISION II MEN:
Defending champion Dowling and top-ranked Northern Kentucky
both moved into the quarterfinals with a pair of wins over the weekend.
Dowling's international collection of talent was too much for NYIT as the Golden Lions won the Northeast title, 4-0,
with goals from Senegalese Ahmadoul Gaye
, the ECC Offensive Player of the Year, Norwegian Thomas Vaaland
, the ECC
Defender of the Year, Junior Laurencin
of St. Lucia and Swede Marcus Come
Fifth-year senior Chris Thompson
scored the game's only goal as Northern Kentucky defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 1-0, to win their second straight Great Lakes regional championship.
D2 MEN'S BRACKET NCAA DIVISION III MEN:
(Trinity) and Loras, the only unbeaten teams in the NCAA Division III Men's Tournament advanced to the round of 16 with wins over the weekend.
Trinity improved to 20-0-0 with a 4-0 win
over Principia, while Loras is 21-0-1 after beating perennial D3 power Wheaton (Ill.), 1-0. D3
MEN'S BRACKET NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN:
No. 1 Grand Valley State got a scare in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women's Tournament but
beat Mercyhurst, 3-0, in a shootout after their game ended in a 1-1 tie. Kristina Nasturzio
stopped a season-high five shots through 110 minutes of
action and then denied Mercyhurst's Sarah Powell
in the first round of the shootout to set the tone foe the Lakers, who converted all three attempt.
D2 WOMEN'S BRACKET
NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN:
Powerhouses Wheaton (Ill.) and the College of New Jersey both flexed their muscles in the NCAA Division III Women's Tournament with big wins.
Wheaton is now 23-0-0 on the year and has won 41
consecutive matches after its 7-1 win over St. Scholastica Saturday at Joe Bean Stadium. Diana DiBruno
became TCNJ's all-time career leader with a goal
and two assists Saturday in the Lions' 7-0 win over Farmingdale State. Their 2-0 win over Eastern on Sunday improved their record to 19-0-1. D3 WOMEN'S BRACKET