Jack Tigh scored in overtime to lift the Yale men’s lacrosse team to a 19-18 victory over Ivy League rival Penn in the NCAA quarterfinals Sunday in East Hartford, Conn.
The defending national champion Bulldogs (13-3) reached the final four for the third time in program history, avenging a 12-11 loss to the Quakers (12-3) in the Ivy League tournament final.
Sunday’s game is tied for the second-highest scoring game in NCAA tournament history and the highest scoring postseason game since 1994.
Yale will face No. 1 seed Penn State in the semifinals. The Bulldogs handed the Nittany Lions their only loss this season, 14-13, on Feb. 23.
Virginia, which beat Maryland in overtime Saturday, will face Duke in the other semifinal next Saturday in Philadelphia.
Yale took an 18-16 lead with 3:13 left on a goal from Jackson Morrill. An odd situation occurred with 1:11 remaining when Yale tried to take a timeout but instead was called for an illegal procedure. Penn took advantage of the man-up opportunity with a goal from Tyler Dunn with 46.7 seconds left to cut the lead to one. After a scrum that ended with the ball in Penn’s possession, the Quakers took their final timeout with 35 seconds left.
Penn's first shot after the timeout went wide. With just 10 seconds left, Simon Mathias raced from behind the goal, came out past the right post, and quick-handed a lefty shot to tie the game at 18 with only 4.4 seconds to go. Yale's T.D. Ierlan, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, won the ensuing faceoff and raced down the field, but couldn’t get a shot off before the end of regulation.
NCAA DII men’s semifinals
Limestone 16, Indianapolis 7: The Saints (20-0) reached the Division II national championship game for an NCAA-record 12th time and the fifth time in the past six years with a victory over the visiting Greyhounds (16-3) in Gaffney, S.C.
Limestone will take on Merrimack in the title game next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 1 p.m.
NCAA DII women’s final
Adelphi 11, West Chester 5: The Panthers (19-3) defeated the Golden Rams (20-3) Allendale, Mich., to secure their ninth national championship.
Kole Pollock scored four goals to lead Adelphi.
NCAA DIII men’s semifinals
Amherst 12, Williams 8: Colin Minicus had three goals and two assists to help the host Mammoths (18-3) beat the Ephs (18-4) in Williamstown, Mass., and advance to the national championship game.
Cabrini 16, Salisbury 13: Jordan Krug scored seven goals and the visiting Cavaliers (21-2) scored four of the game’s final five goals to defeat the Sea Gulls (22-2).
Cabrini will face Amherst in the national title game in Philadelphia next Sunday.
Cross Ferrara scored three goals for 12-time national champion Salisbury, which fell short of the national championship game for the first time since being knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2015.
NCAA DIII women’s regional final
Salisbury 8, Amherst 7: Emma Skoglund scored with four seconds left to lift the host Sea Gulls (19-3) over the Mammoths (14-6) for a berth in the national semifinals Saturday in Ashland, Va.
Taylor Poore had three goals and an assist for Salisbury, which will meet Tufts, an 11-6 winner over York (Pa.), in the final four.
NCAA DI men’s semifinals
» 3 Virginia vs. 2 Duke, noon
» 5 Yale vs. 1 Penn St., 2:30
NCAA DI men’s finals
» Virginia/Duke vs. Yale/Penn St., 1
NCAA DI women’s semifinals
(at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field)
» 4 Northwestern vs. 1 Maryland, 7:30
» 3 North Carolina vs. 2 Boston College, 5
NCAA DI women’s finals
» Northwestern/Maryland vs. North Carolina/Boston College, 12
NCAA DII men’s final
» Merrimack vs. Limestone, 1
NCAA DII women’s final
(at Allendale, Mich.)
» Adelphi 11, West Chester 5
NCAA DIII men’s final
» Amherst vs. Cabrini, 4
NCAA DIII women’s semifinals
(at Ashland, Va.)
» Salisbury vs. Tufts, TBA
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