Navy, GMU advance in NCAA tournament

November 21, 2013
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In its first NCAA men’s tournament appearance in 25 years, Navy scored three times in an eight-minute span of the second half to defeat Virginia Commonwealth, 3-0, Thursday night in Richmond for its 15th consecutive victory.

The Midshipmen (16-3-2) will play at No. 14 seed Wake Forest (9-5-5) on Sunday. The Patriot League champions, who set a program record for victories in a season and boast the nation’s longest winning streak this year, had not won an NCAA tournament match since 1971.

Martin Sanchez scored in the 68th minute and Geoff Fries in the 71st and 76th against the Rams (11-8-2). With his fourth straight shutout, Gavin Snyder (Severna Park) improved to 15-0-0 and lowered his goals-against average to 0.26.

In Williamsburg, George Mason freshman goalkeeper Steffen Kraus stopped two shots in a penalty kick tiebreaker as the Patriots defeated William & Mary. The teams played to a 2-2 draw through 110 minutes before Mason (12-2-6) prevailed on PKs, 4-2, to extend its unbeaten streak to 13 matches.

The Atlantic 10 champions will visit seventh-seeded New Mexico (11-5-2) on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Timi Mulgrew, a Sterling native, put the Patriots ahead in the 34th minute, but two minutes later, Roshan Patel (Langley High) tied it for the Tribe (11-5-3). Mason regained the lead on Wes Sever‘s goal in the 72nd, but Jackson Eskay (Urbana) struck in the 79th. In the tiebreaker, Kraus thwarted the Tribe’s first and fourth attempts, and Chase Miller secured the victory for the Patriots in the fifth round.

In Norfolk, senior forward Tim Hopkinson scored twice in the first 16 minutes and freshman forward Jesse Miralrio posted a goal less than two minutes into the second half and added two assists as Old Dominion (11-5-1) routed CAA champion Drexel, 5-1. The Monarchs will play at sixth-seeded Georgetown (13-4-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday. “We were ready to play and caught them off guard a bit. Very, very pleased with our performance,” ODU Coach Alan Dawson said.

Altogether, seven of the 32 remaining teams in the tournament are from the Washington region.

Fifth-seeded Maryland received a bye and will host Providence — which edged Penn on PKs after a 1-1 draw — at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Eighth-seeded Virginia received a bye and will host St. John’s — a 2-1 overtime winner over Delaware — at 1 p.m. Sunday.

No. 16 UMBC received a bye and will host Connecticut — a 2-1 winner over Quinnipiac — at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The complete bracket is available here. All matches are streamed live online through the host team’s website.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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