|Bertin Jacquesson – Junior – Forward – Pittsburgh – Jacquesson made the runs he needed to make to be in position to drive two shots into the back of the frame from inside the box in Pitt’s 2-1 win over Cleveland State. Josh Luchini and Michael Sullivan provided the assists on his first goal. Rodrigo Almeida and Guilherme Feitosa provided the double assist on the second. Jacquesson drew a foul inside the box that resulted in a penalty kick that was converted by senior midfielder Valentin Noel and provided a helper on sophomore forward Luis Sahmkow’s goal in the Panther’s 3-0 on the road win over Akron. Jacquesson has 7 goals and 3 assists on the season. The Panthers are 10-4-5 and advance to face undefeated Kentucky in Lexington in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. This is the third consecutive season that Pitt has reached the Sweet Sixteen.
|Jacob Babalai – Sophomore – Forward – Portland – Babalai played a key role in Portland’s 2-1 win over UC Riverside and 2-0 win over Oregon State. He scored off an assist from midfielder Sebastian Nava and assisted on the goal scored by midfielder Gurman Sangha in the Pilots 2-1 win over UC Riverside. He also netted what proved to be the game-winner in Portland’s 2-0 second round win over Oregon State in Corvallis. The Pilots avenged a 3-2 loss during regular season play to Oregon State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host Western Michigan on Saturday. Babalai has four goals and eight assists on the season.
|Carlo Agostinelli – Redshirt Junior – Forward – Stanford – Agostinelli converted a header from within the center of the box that was set up by a cross from Shane de Flores and scored with a double assist from Keegan Tingey and Connor Evans to give Stanford a two goal advantage in the first 17 minutes of play in their 6-2 win over High Point University. He also assisted on the goals scored by de Flores and Hughes. The Cardinal improve to 12-2-5 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host UNCG. Agostinelli has 5 goals and 10 assists on the season.
|Ryan Wittenbrink – Redshirt Senior – Forward – Indiana – Wittenbrink came through in the clutch providing the big play the Hoosiers needed on the offensive side of the ball to top a very good Saint Louis team 1-0. Wittenbrink pushed the ball down the left flank then utilized his speed and touch on the ball to create the space and the angle he needed to place a shot into the far corner of the frame. He has nine goals and eight assists on the season including five game-winners. Indiana punches their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth season in a row. The Hoosiers return to the field of play on Sunday when they host the Thundering Herd from Marshall.
|Danny Lokko – Sophomore – Forward – Cornell – Lokko came through in the clutch for the Big Red when he scored twice within a three minute span of time during the last ten minutes of the match to give Cornell the punch they needed on the offensive side of the ball top top Maryland 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lalo Serrano assisted on Lokko’s first goal and Stefan Copetti provided the helper on the second. The win was Cornell’s first in the NCAA Tournament since 1977. The Big Red improve to 14-3-1 and will seek to keep their season alive when they face Syracuse on the road on Sunday.
|Levonte Johnson – Senior -Forward – Syracuse – Johnson placed a shot into the back of the frame 57 seconds into the first overtime period to net what proved to be the game-winning goal as Syracuse slipped past a determined Penn team 2-1 in overtime. Johnson’s goal was set up by a nice move and cross from sophomore midfielder Giona Leibold. Syracuse improves to 15-2-4 and moves forward to the Sweet Sixteen where they will host Cornell on Sunday.
|Max Murray – Junior – Forward – Vermont – Murray converted a header with a double assist from Alex Naggy and Yani Bazini to net the Catamount’s first goal in their 3-2 win in overtime over a very good Quinnipiac team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also scored twice and defender Garrett Lillie added the game-winner in Vermont’s subsequent 3-2 come from two goals down win over number 11 seed SMU in Dallas. Murray has ten goals and five assists on the season. The Catamounts are now 15-3-2 and will host UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday.
|Luke Jeffus – Junior – Midfielder – Tulsa – Jeffus came up big for Tulsa when he scored from 12 yards out in the 93rd minute of play after receiving a pass from Malik Henry-Scott. The goal gave the Golden Hurricane the edge that they needed to top Georgetown 1-0. Tulsa improves to 10-4-2 and advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament where they will host a red hot Creighton team in the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday.
|Ben Stitz – Senior – Midfielder – Pennsylvania – Stitz found the back of the net twice to lead Penn to a 3-0 first round win over Rutgers. He also played an active part in the Quakers’ offense in a subsequent 2-1 loss to Syracuse in overtime in the second round. Stitz and forward Stas Korzeniowski combined to lead a potent Penn attack with each contributing 11 goals and 7 assists on the season. Penn closes out a stellar 13-3-2 season that included a 6-1-0 mark in Ivy League play.
|Alejandro Maillet – Graduate Student – Midfielder – Creighton – Maillet drove a header into the net to score the game-winning goal in Creighton’s come from behind 2-1 win over Missouri State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maillet followed that performance by contributing the helpers on both of forward Duncan McGuire’s goals in Creighton’s 3-1 come from behind win over number one seed Washington. The Bluejays secure a huge on the road win over the Huskies and earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2016. Creighton will seek to keep what has been a magical end of the season run alive when they travel to face Tulsa on Saturday.
|Mohammed Seidu – Sophomore – Defender – Marshall – Seidu’s first goal of the season was a big one. He converted a header out of a corner kick put in play by defender Gabriel Alves to give Marshall the edge they needed to top Elon 1-0. Seidu also put in a full shift on the defensive side of the ball in the win over Elon and Marshall’s subsequent contest with Virginia in which Marshal prevailed in a penalty kick shootout after the game was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of regulation and overtime. The Thundering Herd survive and advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Indiana.
|Daniel Nimick – Senior – Defender – Western Michigan – Nimick put in a solid shift on the defensive side of the ball in Western Michigan’s 2-1 overtime win over Louisville and in their subsequent 1-0 win over Lipscomb. Both wins came on the road. Nimick also contributed the game-winner in the win over Lipscomb. The Broncos are 15-2-2 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Portland.
|Oliver Semmle – Graduate Student – Goalkeeper – Marshall – Semmle anchored a Thundering Herd defense that shutout Elon on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He followed that up with a solid five save evening that included a vital stop in a penalty kick shootout during which he also converted a pk as Marshall advanced past Virginia in Charlottesville in a game that came down to a penalty kick shootout after it was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Marshall is 11-3-4 and will travel to Bloomington to face Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday.