Recap of the 2022 NAIA Men's Lacrosse Invitational Quarterfinals

Recap of the 2022 NAIA Men's Lacrosse Invitational Quarterfinals

Pensacola, Fla. – [Schedule/Results] [Bracket] Three of the four higher seeds, along with an upset highlighted the quarterfinals of the 2022 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational Wednesday at Ashton Brosnaham Park. 

No. 6 Aquinas (Mich.) knocked off No. 3 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 10-5 for the lone upset of the day. In addition to that the top seed Indiana Tech posted a 20-14 win over No. 8 Benedictine (Kan.), No. Reinhardt knocked off No. 7 Keiser 16-6 and No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) took down No. 5 Tennessee Wesleyan 8-7. 

Game Notes/Highlights

No. 1 Indiana Tech def. No. 8 Benedictine (Mich.) 20-14 (Box Score)

  • No. 1 Indiana Tech led wire-to-wire, including an eight-goal second quarter to defeat No. 8 Benedictine in the first quarterfinal of the tournament.
  • Indiana Tech struck first as Andrew Ryan netted a pair of goals in the first five minutes to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
  • Benedictine responded with a goal two minutes later, however, the Warriors added three straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 6:17 remaining. 
  • The Ravens responded as Brady Guck, spark three unanswered goals to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Warriors after the first quarter.
  • Indiana Tech opened the second quarter with five straight goals to extend their lead to 10-4 midway through the period.
  • Sean Molyneux added a goal for Benedictine, however, Indiana Tech tallied three more goals to take a 13-5 lead with 48 seconds remaining in the first half. 
  • Jordan Rodriguez added a goal in the closing seconds of the half for Benedictine to cut it to 13-6 at the break.
  • Benedictine carried that momentum into the third quarter netting three of the next four goals, including two from James Carson bringing the Ravens within five at 14-9 with 6:29 left. 
  • Two minutes later the Ravens took advantage of an Indiana Tech penalty as Rodriguez tallied a man-up goal before Benedictine added one more in the third making it 14-11.
  • The Warriors responded with four unanswered goals from four different players to give Indiana Tech an 18-11 edge with 8:19 remaining.
  • The Ravens add three consecutive goals before the Warriors closed out the game with a pair of scores for the 20-14 final.
  • Indiana Tech was led by Ryan with six goals and four assists, while Samuel Bodley notched two goals and four assists.  Chas Nedbal made 16 saves in the win.
  • Benedictine was led by Carson with three goals and two assists as Joseph Doyle, Sean Molyneux, and Rodriguez each finished with a hattrick.  Joseph Bianchi 21-32 on faceoff with six ground balls.
  • Indiana Tech advances to face the winner of #4 Cumberlands and #5 Tennessee Wesleyan at 4 p.m. CST Thursday.

 

No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) def. No. 5 Tennessee Wesleyan 8-7 (Box Score)

  • Thomas Fogarty netted five goals to lead the fourth-ranked Patriots past #5 Tennessee Wesleyan 8-7 in the second quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Invitational.
  • Fogarty connected with the back of the cage twice in the first three minutes of the game to put Cumberlands in front. 
  • Tennessee Wesleyan responded with a pair of goals from Jaylen Steen off an assist from Zach Smiley to even the score 2-2 midway through the first quarter.
  • Cumberlands added two more goals to take a 4-2 lead after the opening quarter. The Patriots Christian Vanover added a pair of man-up goals in the second quarter to put Cumberlands in front 6-2 at the break.
  • Fogarty added his fourth goal of the contest to open the third quarter. 
  • Tennessee Wesleyan responded with four unanswered goals, including two from Kyle Gasior to bring the Bulldogs within a goal at 7-6 with 14:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • The two teams traded goals over the final minutes as the Patriots defense forced a pair of turnovers in the closing minute for the 8-7 final.
  • Cumberlands was led by Fogarty, who finished with five goals and six points, while Vanover added a hattrick.  Will Settle made 14 saves in the win.
  • Gasior, Jackson Lollis and Steen each finished with a pair of goals, while Gasier added seven ground balls.  Austin Hall added ten saves as four Bulldogs tallied three ground balls apiece.   
  • Cumberlands advances to the semifinals against #1 Indiana Tech Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. CST.

No. 6 Aquinas (Mich.) def. No. 3 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 10-5 (Box Score)

  • #6 Aquinas netted three first-quarter goals and never looked back as they knocked off #3 St. Ambrose 10-5 to advance to the semifinals of the NAIA Invitational.
  • Aquinas struck first as Joey Fitzgerald notched an unassisted goal six minutes into the contest.  The Saints added two more goals to take a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
  • Christian Dimaano put St. Ambrose on the board off an assist from Matt Cortopassi with 8:59 remaining in the second quarter.
  • The score remained that way until the closing second of the first half as the Saints added two goals in a span of 26 seconds to give Aquinas a 5-1 lead at the half.
  • The two teams traded goals to open the third quarter before Mitch Haggart tallied a goal and an assist to extend Aquinas lead to 8-2 with 8:44 remaining. 
  • After St. Ambrose netted a man-down goal, Jon Jardis put a well-placed shot into the cage to give Aquinas a 9-3 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
  • The Bees looked to battle back in the fourth quarter as Michael Shakerin tallied a goal to make it 9-4.  Each team added a goal in the closing five minutes of the game for the 10-5 final.
  • Clayton Boerighter made 21 saves to lead the way for the Saints.  Haggart netted four goals and five points as Gavin Kleynenberg tallied three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
  • Hunter Northway went 13-16 with eight ground balls, as Nolan Hayes made 16 saves between the pipes for St. Ambrose.  Two other Saints added four ground balls each.
  • Aquinas will face the winner of #2 Reinhardt and #7 Keiser in the semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST.

 

No. 2 Reinhardt (Ga.) def. No. 7 Keiser (Fla.) 13-11 (Box Score)

  • Reinhardt used an eight-goal run to take control and defeat #7 Keiser 16-6 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Invitational.
  • Keiser struck first as Max Heistand and Ryan Schwatz each netted a goal to give the Seahawks a 2-0 with 6:56 remaining. 
  • Reinhardt responded with three unanswered goals, including a goal and an assist by Cameron Cochran to make it 3-2 after the opening period.
  • The two teams traded goals to begin the second quarter as the Eagles tallied three goals to extend their lead to 7-3 at halftime.
  • Cochran added a goal to make it 8-3, however, the Seahawks took advantage of a penalty as Jack Weilandt add a man-up goal.
  • Reinhardt added two goals in the final two minutes of the third quarter to extend their lead to 12-5.
  • The Eagles continued to add to their lead with four unanswered goals to take a 16-5 advantage with 6:08 left.
  • Keiser’s Stafan Duckett added a goal in the closing minutes for the 16-6 final.
  • The Eagles were led by Dillan Boussquet with six points, while Cameron Cochran tallied five points in the win.  JR Sess went 14-26 on faceoffs with four ground balls.
  • Keiser was led by Cole Stassi with a  goal and two assists.  Cole George made eight saves between the pipes as Cam Provines scooped six ground balls and won 12 faceoffs on the day.
  • Reinhardt advances to the semifinals against #6 Aquinas, Thursday at 7 p.m. CST.

Invitational Information

men's lacrosse

8th ANNUAL
MEN'S 
LACROSSE
NATIONAL INVITATIONAL

May 8-11, 2024
Savannah, GA