There were upsets galore in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, perhaps none bigger than Fairleigh Dickinson’s shocking 1-0 victory against St. John’s in East Region action in New York.
Senior Antony Moore delivered a 36th minute strike to give the Knights the lead and their defense did the rest, holding off a Red Storm attack that never could find a way to get a shot past FDU goalkeeper Jacob Lissek.
In Virginia, goalkeeper Phil Saunders made a pair of penalty saves to help Maryland-Baltimore County upset Old Dominion in penalty kicks after ending the match in a scoreless draw.
Northeastern knocked off neighboring rival and ACC foe Boston College, 1-0, courtesy of a goal by junior Dante Marini. The victory sets up a showdown with New England powerhouse UConn.
One of the more dramatic results of the night saw Winthrop score a late equalizer from Achille Obougou before riding a trio of penalty kick saves from freshman goalkeeper Enrique Miranda to a penalty shootout victory against SMU.
Coastal Carolina made it look easy winning the best match-up of the first round, riding a pair of goals from top pro prospect Pedro Ribeiro to post a 3-0 victory against Elon.
Here is a rundown of all the NCAA Tournament First Round results:
NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Michigan State 2, Cleveland State 1. (RECAP)
Xavier 1, Kentucky 0. (RECAP)
Maryland-Baltimore County 0, Old Dominion 0 (UMBC wins in penalty kicks). (RECAP)
Fairleigh Dickinson 1, St. John’s 0. (RECAP)
Charlotte 3, UAB 2. (RECAP)
Syracuse 1, Cornell 0. (RECAP)
South Florida 0, Florida Gulf Goast 0 (South Florida advanced in penalty kicks). (RECAP)
San Diego 2, Cal-State Northridge 1. (RECAP)
Michigan 3, Niagara 1. (RECAP)
Washington 1, Air Force 0. (RECAP)
Virginia 1, Lafayette 0. (RECAP)
Northeastern 1, Boston College 0 (RECAP)
Northwestern 1, Western Illinois 0. (RECAP)
Winthrop 1, SMU 1. (Winthrop advanced in penalty kicks) (RECAP)
Coastal Carolina 3, Elon 0. (RECAP)
Brown 2, Drexel 0. (RECAP)