ROUND ROCK, Texas – It was a weird, wild and emotional Division I late show at the 2023 MCLA National Championships presented by New Balance at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex on Monday night.
The only upset of the evening was No. 12 Brigham Young (14-6) using a dominant effort on both sides of the field in the second half to upset No. 5 Florida (12-3), 10-6.
The Gators took a 3-1 lead early in the contest, but the Cougars tied it after one at three apiece. The contest was still tied at fives heading into the second half. It was from there that BYU dominated.
Florida managed just one goal the entire second half while the Cougar offense, led by a huge performance from Jake Halversen, who scored three goals – including the eventual game-winner – while handing out a pair of assists.
Dylan Weinberg notched a hat trick for Florida while James Dugan added a pair of goals.
Brigham Young will faceoff with Chapman tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.
No. 8 Utah Valley (16-2) d. No. 9 Boston College (10-3), 12-6
It one of the weirdest game arcs of Day One, Utah Valley went from destitute to destroyers against Boston College.
Trailing 6-0 to the Eagles early in the second quarter, the Wolverines called timeout to get back on track. It worked. Boston College never scored again and Utah Valley tallied the next 12 goals to finish the game.
Blake Yates had four goals to lead the comeback while Max Sturgill posted 16 saves. Henry Miller had a pair of goals for BC and Brian Kaskey turned away 17 shots.
Utah Valley will meet No. 1 Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals at 5:15 p.m.
No. 6 Georgia (13-2) d. No. 11 Simon Fraser (11-1), 11-7
The favored Bulldogs appeared to be in some serious trouble against the undefeated Red Leafs, trailing 7-4 heading into the final stanza. But it was then that Georgia woke up.
The Dawgs went on 7-0 run in the fourth to flip the result into an 11-4 victory.
Sam Wheeler notched a hat trick and an assist in UGA’s game-changing fourth-quarter run to victory while Reed McCall made 10 saves.
Jordan Roberts led Fraser with three goals. Brock Jung made 15 saves.
Georgia advances to play No. 3 Liberty in the quarters.
No. 7 Concordia (12-5) d. No. 10 Northeastern (11-6), 12-11
In a game halted for nearly an hour due to a serious injury, Concordia emerged with the 12-11 victory thanks to a last-minute goal from Andrew Buckley.
In an evenly matched contest from the start, neither team could pull away from the other. The Eagles held a 5-4 lead after the fourth and Concordia clung to a 7-5 lead at halftime.
Trailing 8-7 heading into the fourth, Northeastern finally knotted the game at 11 with just under two minutes left to play and grabbed possession. After a lengthy hiatus, Concordia ran a precision break off a turnover to deliver a pretty transition goal by Buckley.
Jeremy Barnes notched a hat trick for the Eagles while Tyler Collins and Chad McFadden had two goals apiece. Daniel Yang finished with seven saves.
Luke Lange had a hat trick for the Huskies while Ryan McCarthy and Christopher Wilkin potted two each. Sam Bellomy was credited with five saves.
Concordia draws No. 2 Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals.