Davis Crayner’s second goal of Monday’s game between his No. 12 Florida State squad and No. 5 Arizona State was the biggest of his collegiate career. It came midway through the second overtime of the first-round game between the two teams, sending the Seminoles to the 2019 MCLA national tournament quarterfinals.
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It was tight game for most of the evening. The Sun Devils (12-3) led 2-1 after the first quarter but watched the Seminoles (9-6) counter to take a 5-4 bulge into halftime.
Still trailing 6-5 after three quarters, Arizona State found its strike, overtaking Florida State, 9-8. With less than a minute remaining, Florida State found the equalizer, send the game to extra time. There, Crayner dodged to the left side of the net and hit a high stinger just above the goalie’s head.
Joining Davis Crayner with two goals was Reid Smith (along with an assist). Colin Peaks made 14 saves in the win.
Jake Marthens was outstanding, scoring four goals with two assists. Johnny Perlite made 18 saves.
Sam Stanton right away in overtime for @UNHLacrosse, as they take down Cal Poly to advance to the quarterfinals of the MCLA Tournament in their first appearance in 17 years! (via @MCLA) pic.twitter.com/S83BD5DJFt
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No. 8 New Hampshire (11-0) d. 9 Cal Poly (8-4)
New Hampshire senior middie Sam Stanton drove in front of the cage and bounced home a shot in the first overtime, giving the No. 8 Wildcats a 10-9 extra-time win over No. 9 Cal Poly. It was the first time all game that UNH had led.
Behind the powerful scoring of A.J. Guralas (4g) and Doug Gosselin (2g, 1a), the Mustangs jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter and appeared ready to turn the contest into a blowout. The two teams traded goals in the second quarter to keep Cal Poly’s lead at four, 8-4.
A 4-1 third quarter by UNH brought the Wildcats to within one, 9-8, and finally, in the fourth quarter, New Hampshire found the equalizer, setting the stage for Stanton.
Stanton led a band of four players who notched two goals in the win. Goalie John Leach made 12 stops in the win.
No. 6 Liberty (15-1) d. Michigan State (8-7), 12-6
In a rematch of a regular season clash, Liberty methodically pulled away from defending national champion Michigan State during the course of the game as the Flames back line refused to cede any momentum to the Spartans offense.
Carter Elliott struck for five goals and an assist for Liberty, which advances to play SELC rival South Carolina in Tuesday’s quarterfinal. C.J. Nichols chipped in with a hat trick while Brayden Harriman made nine saves.
Charlie Pistner’s two strikes led the way for the Spartans and Jackson White made 10 saves.
No. 7 Colorado (12-2) d. No. 10 Concordia-Irvine (12-4)
Ross McDonald had four goals and three assists to lead Colorado to a comfortable victory over Concordia-Irvine in yet another rematch from the regular season, 16-9. Leading 8-5 at halftime, a 5-0 run in the third by the Buffs ended any suspense.
Jack Carr (3g, 1a) and Tyler Bogart (2g, 1a) helped on the offensive end while Russell Riley was credited with a pair of saves.
Three different players netted a pair of goals for the Eagles while Tyler Schweickert made 13 saves in the losing effort.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2019 MCLA National Tournament.