The MCLA DI Quarterfinals featured a huge upset as arch-rival BYU sent Utah off to the NCAA with a loss, ending the team’s perfect season.
MCLA DI Quarterfinals – Results & VOD
No. 7 Brigham Young 10, No. 2 Utah 9
Chris Severson took a feed on the crease and deposited his shot in the top right corner, giving Brigham Young a 10-9 lead with six seconds left that turned into a huge upset of archrival Utah.
The game started true to form for the Utes as they quickly build a 6-3 halftime that had the Cougars on their heels.
Instead of turning into the second half blowout like the regular season meeting, BYU struck back in the third to pull within one, 7-6, heading into the final stanza.
The Cougars finally pulled even early in the fourth quarter, but Utah responded with back-to-back goals to seemingly ice the game with a 9-7 cushion. Again the Cougars rallied, culminating in Severson’s game-winner with six ticks left.
Dalon Hampshire was superb in net for the Cougars, turning away 10 shots.
Josh Stout scored six goals for the Utes while Daniel Costa made eight saves.
Chapman will play the winner of the South Carolina-California game in the semifinals.
No. 1 Chapman 11, No. 9 Liberty 10 (OT)
Top-seeded Chapman squandered a 9-4 second-half lead under the constant pressure of Liberty, but Wiley Bonham scored at the 2:02 mark of the first overtime to send the Panthers to the semifinals.
Chapman tried to put the game away early, scoring the first six goals of the game before Liberty finally broke through to cut the lead to 6-1. The deficit for the Flames was 6-2 at halftime.
After the lead moved to 9-4, Chapman watched Liberty go on a 6-1 run capped by a goal with just seconds left in regulation. But Bonham saved the day.
Bonham finished with five goals and two assists in the winning effort while Zach Rich made four saves.
Chase Wright scored a pair of goals and dished out a pair of assists for Liberty.
No. 3 Michigan State 9, No. 6 Virginia Tech 3
Michigan State goalie Kevin Boland not only made 14 saves to keep the Virginia Tech offense at bay, but also scored a nearly full-field goal (video above) to help the Spartans win, 9-3.
State took a 3-0 after the first quarter and weren’t really threatened the rest of the way.
Charlie Pistner led the MSU offense with a pair of goals and an assist.
Michigan State will face Brigham Young in the second Division I semifinal at 7:15 p.m.
No. 5 South Carolina 14, No. 13 California 9
Jake Ellis scored five consecutive goals to help South Carolina pull away from Cal, 14-9, and reach the semifinals in the Gamecocks’ first nationals appearance.
The lead was 6-1 at the half and 12-4 after three quarters as the outcome was never in doubt despite a valiant fourth-quarter effort by Cal.
Colin Hains made 14 saves in the win for South Carolina while Nick Beattie had 13 stops for Cal. Jake Pistotnik had four goals and two assists for the Bears.
South Carolina will face top-seeded Chapman in the first Division I semifinal on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.