The NCLL’s premier fall lacrosse event, the Fall Brawl, took place this past Saturday in College Park, MD. The 18th annual event drew a fantastic crowd on what turned out to be an unusually warm fall day in the DMV (that’s mid-Atlantic speak for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).
This years fall tourney welcomed 8 Division 1 and 4 Division 2 squads from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. One of the participating D2 squads was actually Maryland’s B team, which is not an actual Division 2 team. Maryland is allowed this courtesy for hosting the event and allowing the NCLL to utilize its multi-field complex and access to parking and lights. Plus, College Park offers a perfect location to minimize travel distances for teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia.
But the idea of a Division 1 team splitting up its large fall roster to compete in both divisions in this years tourney did not sit well with some in the D2 Bracket. A point of discussion that may be addressed prior to the 2020 event.
That aside, the event was a great success that featured a few upsets and plenty of drama to go around. Let’s breakdown the round robin results from the morning.
Division 2 Bracket
Rowan 6, Kutztown 3
VMI 8, MD-B Squad 2
Rowan 9, VMI 5
MD-B Squad 5, Kutztown 2
MD-B Squad 8, Rowan 1
VMI 1, Kutztown 0 (forfeit)
After suffering a few injuries to key players on an already light roster, Kutztown decided to call it a day after their game with Maryland. This left an odd number of D2 Teams remaining for the playoff bracket and all with identical records! This made for an interesting method of determining a winner. More on that in our championship post.
Division 1 Bracket
Navy 8, Towson 7
Penn State 9, Salisbury 2
MD 6, JMU 5
Delaware 7, Albany 2
Navy 6, Salisbury 3
Towson 6, Penn State 5
MD 7, Albany 1
JMU 10, Delaware 5
Towson 8, Salisbury 2
Penn State 6, Navy 5
JMU 15, Albany 1
MD 10, Delaware 5
The host Terps were the only D1 squad to go 3-0 in round robin play, sneaking by JMU by a goal before defeating Albany and Delaware.
Penn State was impressive, going 2-1 in the morning, including a thrilling 6-5 win over defending National Champion Navy.
JMU’s offense exploded for 25 goals in its final 2 wins, after losing to MD by 1. JMU always brings a lot of spirit to these events and a large contingent of tailgaters.
Delaware kicked off their day with an impressive win over Albany before dropping their final 2 games of the day.
The Great Danes from Albany failed to grab a win but definitely won the dedication award, driving 7 hours to play in this years event. Salisbury failed to grab a win as well but gave Navy a tough 60 minutes.
Penn State was forced to withdraw from the finals, despite their upset win over Navy. The Nittany Lions had to return to campus before the games could be completed, which meant the midshipmen would face JMU in Semifinal 1. Towson would then face the host Terps in the other D1 semifinal.
Championship scores and video highlights to follow in our next post.
2019 Fall Brawl Photos can be found here.