NCAA Division I Men's Tournament: Akron knocks off top-seed Wake Forest

Akron, which began the season with a 1-3-1 record, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament after beating top-seed Wake Forest, 1-0, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Zips needed to sweep the Mid-American Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament and have now won three games in 10 days to reach the final eight for the second straight season and seventh time in program history.

Canadian Marcel Zajac broke the scoreless deadlock 51 seconds into the second half, and the Akron defense shut down the nation's No. 2 offense the rest of the way.

German Ben Lundt made five saves to record the shutout and was helped by a trio of freshmen on the backline -- Spaniard Pol Hernandez, Italian Marco Milanese and New Yorker Carlo Ritaccio, whose young brother Matteo left BW Gottschee this summer to join Liverpool.

Indiana-Air Force. Indiana improved to 11-0-0 this season at Armstrong Stadium with a 2-0 win over a 2-0 win over Air Force. Austin Panchot and Timmy Mehl scored first-half goals for the Hoosiers.

Both goals were set up by Trevor Swartz, who has 15 assists for the season, fourth in IU history behind only Sean Shapert (18 in 1987 and 17 in 1989) and Honduran great Armando Betancourt (16 in 1980) and ahead of IU coach Todd Yeagley, who had 14 in 1993.

“He waves at me and says, ‘I gotcha, Coach,” Yeagley said.

Notre Dame-Virginia. Freshman Jack Lynn scored on a header off a cross from former U.S. U-17 midfielder Tommy McCabe in the final seconds of the first overtime session to give Notre Dame a 1-0 win over Virginia.

With losses by No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 6 Duke, No. 10 Virginia and No. 12 Virginia Tech, the No. 7 Irish are the only remaining ACC team left in the NCAA Tournament. The ACC had eight teams seeded and a record-tying nine in the tournament.

St. Mary's-Stanford. Stanford remained alive in its bid for a fourth straight national championship when it beat St. Mary's, 4-2, in a shootout after their game ended 0-0. It was the fifth time in the last four years the Cardinal won in a shootout in the NCAA Tournament.

“We prepare for every eventuality,” said Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. “We want to knock a team out in the first half and then we want to knock them out in second and then overtime. But if we’re both still standing, we’ve put in the homework to be ready for that moment as well.”

Adam Mosharrafa, Arda Bulut, Tanner Beason and Derek Waldeck all converted for Stanford. Englishman Andrew Thomas, who made a career-high 11 saves for the Cardinal, made the key stop in the shootout when he tipped Italian Filippo Zattarin’s penalty kick off the post. The shootout ended when Czech Jakub Svehlik's shot hit the crossbar. St. Mary's finished the season with an 18-0-2 record.

Virginia Tech-James Madison. James Madison reached the quarterfinals for the first time since making it in back-to-back years (1994 and 1995) when it cruised past No. 12 seed Virginia Tech, 3-0.

Once again, the Dukes jumped out to the lead, getting a break in the 17th minute when German Niclas Mohr's ball into the penalty area deflected off a Hokie defender for an own goal. JMU pulled away with second-half goals by Carson Jeffris and Yannick Franz.

Georgetown-Michigan State. Michigan State is back in the final eight for the second straight season and fourth time in the last six seasons after a 1-0 win at 13th-seeded Georgetown.

Midfielder Michael Miller scored his first goal of the season late in the first half following  a pass from defender Michael Pimlott.

The game was moved from Shaw Field, the Hoyas' soccer facility, to their football stadium, Cooper Field, after Friday's women's quarterfinal between GU and Baylor and inclement weather made the field unplayable.

Round of 16, Results
Saturday, November 24

#3 Kentucky 3 Lipscomb 0.
(Reyes 76, Rouse 82; Paynter 76. Att.: 1,939.)
#6 Duke 0 #11 Maryland 2.
(Herve 24, Sejdic 60. Att.: 362.)
Sunday, November 25

#1 Wake Forest 0 Akron 1.
(Zajac 46. Att.: 1,686.)
#2 Indiana 2 Air Force 0.
(Panchot 6, Mehl 22. Att.: 2,179.)
#7 Notre Dame 1 #10 Virginia 0.
(Lynn 100. Att.: 376.)
#8 St. Mary's 0 #9 Stanford 0 (Stanford wins 4-2 on penalties).
(Att.: 2,753.)
#12 Virginia Tech 0 James Madison 3.
(Own goal 17, Jeffris 50, Franz 58. Att.: 740.)
#13 Georgetown 0 Michigan State 1.
(Miller 45. Att.: 1,855.)

Quarterfinals, Schedule:
Friday, November 30
#3 Kentucky vs. #11 Maryland, 6 pm ET
#9 Stanford vs. Akron, 9 pm ET
Saturday, December 1
Michigan State vs. James Madison, 5 pm. ET
#2 Indiana vs. #7 Notre Dame
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