Top Seeds Stroll in Men’s NCAA Tournament
Top Seeds Stroll in Men’s NCAA Tournament avatar

It was a goal fest for the top six seeds in Men’s NCAA tournament play this Sunday, with each of the sextet scoring three or four goals in winning efforts.

Notre Dame (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Notre Dame beat Wisconsin with a convincing 4-0 victory. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Top seeds UCLA were too good for Elon 4-0, Washington put down upstart neighbors Seattle University 4-2, number 3 Notre Dame matched UCLA by dispatching Wisconsin 4-0. Cal had it a little tougher against Bradley in a 3-1 victory, the same score as Maryland recorded in their win over Providence, while number 6 Georgetown ran out 3-0 victors over Old Dominion.

Number one UCLA certainly looked the part in delivering that 4-0 beatdown to Elon. Three first half goals were too much for the Phoenix to overcome, with Victor Chavez contributing a brace, while PAC 12 Player of the Year Leo Stolz, was the primary facilitator with three assists.

UCLA will enjoy the home field advantage when they face UConn in the familiar surroundings of Drake Stadium in third round action December 1st.

UConn were one of just four unseeded teams to knock off a ranked team on Sunday, topping 16th seeded UMBC on penalty kicks. Their reward? The Huskies get to play the number one team in the nation in the third round. The Huskies are hardly your typical unseeded team, however. Coming into this game UConn were the number 10 seed in the Coaches poll, UMC were fifth.

UConn's Adria Beso (R) scored the winning PK to take his team through. (ISI Photo/Andrew Katsampes)

UConn’s Adria Beso (R) scored the winning PK to take his team through. (ISI Photo/Andrew Katsampes)

UMBC’s star attacker Pete Caringi scored the game tying goal in the 76th minute to send the match to OT. After a cautious overtime session, it was on to peno’s, where UConn netminder Andre Blake played the hero with two saves and Adria Beso ended the Retrievers season with the winning pk.

The other seeds to fall were number 10, UC Santa Barbara, 13 seed Charlotte, and number 15 CSU Northridge. 10 man Santa Barbara were edged by Penn State, 1-0 on a 78th minute goal from freshman Connor Maloney. The Nittany Lions enjoyed a man advantage from the sixth minute on, after UCSB’s Fifi Baiden was handed a red card.

It was a case of unlucky 13 for 13th seed Charlotte, who were sent packing when Ricky Garbanzo scored his 13th goal of the season for Coastal Carolina in the game’s fifth minute.

Zach Batteer (R) is Staford's top scorer. (ISI Photos/ David Bernal)

Zach Batteer (R) is Staford’s top scorer. (ISI Photos/ David Bernal)

And Stanford also sent a seeded team home for the winter when they pulled the rug out from under CSU Northridge 1-0. The Cardinal got a 21st minute diving header from Matt Taylor and it was all they would need to see off the 15th seeded Matadors.

The third round will be played on campus’ all across the country on December 1st and there are some exciting matchups in the offing. 8th seeded Marquette figure to get all they can handle from 9th seeded Virginia, Georgetown (6) and Michigan State (11), should be a good one, while unseeded UConn or Penn State, could spring a surprise on UCLA (1) or New Mexico (7), respectively.

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About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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