Impact from Sunday's surprises
Sunday yielded some shocking results as Army knocked off 11-time reigning national champion and No. 2 seed Syracuse, 9-8, in double overtime and Notre Dame thwarted No. 6 seed Princeton, 8-5.
It’s only the third time in the history of the NCAA Tournament that two unseeded teams have bounced seeded teams from the first round. In 1990, Rutgers edged No. 6 seed Virginia, 7-6, and Princeton nipped No. 7 seed Johns Hopkins, 9-8. In 2008, Navy surprised No. 4 seed North Carolina, 8-7, and Ohio State dumped No. 8 seed Cornell, 15-7.
Syracuse (13-2), which was attempting to join the 1978-80 Johns Hopkins teams, the 1988-90 Syracuse squads and the 1996-98 Princeton teams as the only squads to capture three straight national titles, became the fourth reigning champion to fall in the first round.
In 1999, 1998 titlist Princeton lost to Syracuse, 7-5. In 2005, 2004 champion Syracuse was edged by Massachusetts, 16-15. In 2007, 2006 titlist Virginia fell to Delaware, 14-8.
Army (11-5) collected its first tournament victory since beating Maryland, 15-13, in 1993. The Black Knights, the Patriot League regular-season and tournament champions, will meet No. 7 seed Cornell (11-5) on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Stony Brook and are aiming for their third Final Four appearance in the program’s history (1971, 1984).
Notre Dame (8-6) earned its first tournament win since defeating Johns Hopkins, 13-9, in 2001. The Fighting Irish will take on No. 3 seed Maryland (12-3) on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Princeton and are looking for only their second Final Four berth in school history (2001).
Update: As pointed out by "Laxxreff," Sunday's outcome marks the fourth time two unseeded teams won in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, Delaware ambushed No. 2 seed Virginia, 14-8, and UMBC stunned No. 7 Maryland, 13-9. My apologies.