UMBC continues dream run to Elite Eight, Notre Dame knocked off
UMBC’s dream run continued Sunday with a third straight upset to book the Retrievers a place in the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Retrievers added 12th-seeded Louisville to their list of postseason upsets – they took out Wake Forest in the first round and 4th seed Maryland last weekend – and ran their tournament scoreless streak to 290 minutes behind heroic goalkeeping by sophomore Billy Heavner.
Louisville controlled possession and created a string of chances in the second half, but came up empty in a search for an equalizer after UMBC took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Mamadou Kansaye in the 23rd minute (Highlights). UMBC will travel to Creighton, 2-1 winners over Xavier, with a College Cup berth on the line at 8 p.m. on Friday.
UMBC is one of just two unseeded teams still remaining and the only team from a mid-major conference left. North Carolina upset 7th-seeded conference rivals Clemson behind a brace from fifth-year senior forward Rob Lovejoy to reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the sixth time in the past seven years (Highlights). The Tar Heels are one of only two ACC teams left in the tournament as Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse and Notre Dame all fell on Sunday.
For Syracuse, Sunday’s game in the nation’s capital was a case of deja vu as they lost to Georgetown in overtime in a rematch of a third round game from the 2012 tournament, the program’s only other tournament appearance. The Orange kept Georgetown off the board in the first half thanks to a couple of huge saves by senior goalkeeper Alex Bono and took a 1-0 lead on Alex Halis’s goal in the 55th minute, but a perfectly placed corner kick defender Keegan Rosenberry headed past Bono tied things up in the 80th minute and set up a dramatic overtime finish. Unlike the game in 2012 that ended in penalties, the Hoyas sealed the victory with a golden goal as senior defender Jared Rist scored his first career goal off another precise corner kick delivery from Tyler Rudy.
Georgetown join fellow Big East squads Creighton and Providence in the quarterfinals. Providence advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history after beating UC Irvine 1-0 behind Markus Naglestad’s 30-yard free kick goal late in the second half Sunday. The Friars will face the lone remaining Big 10 team Michigan State in East Lansing on Friday at 1 p.m.
The Spartans rallied from two down to draw level in the 88th minute on a goal by Tim Kreutz after a Washington own goal had given the home crowd hope in the 76th minute. Two scoreless overtimes set up a second straight PK scenario for the Dawgs that was clinched when Darwin Jones’ shot clanged off the crossbar (Highlights).
UCLA was the lone Pac-12 team to survive the weekend after holding on to beat conference foes California 3-2 in rainy Los Angeles Sunday night (Highlights). Jordan Vale’s 55th minute strike held up as the winner in a game where senior midfielder Leo Stolz demonstrated his skill on the ball with a pair of assists and Brian Iloski’s long range strike had given the Bruins a 2-0 first half lead.
Nicko Corriveau’s 82nd-minute goal did in the defending champions Notre Dame at Alumni Stadium in South Bend and leaves Virginia the lone 2013 College Cup team remaining in the field. Creighton and Georgetown both made the College Cup in 2012 and North Carolina, Creighton and UCLA were among the final four teams in 2011.
UMBC at Creighton at 8 p.m.
Providence at Michigan State at noon
Virginia at Georgetown at 1 p.m.
North Carolina at UCLA at 8 p.m.