Southern New Hampshire's Toufik scores two goals to beat UMass-Lowell
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mohamed Toufik scored twice and Dom DiMaggio notched his fourth shutout of the postseason as second-seeded Southern New Hampshire blanked No. 4-seed UMass-Lowell 2-0 in the NCAA tournament on Friday. The Penmen, who won their seventh game in a row, improved to 19-3 overall, while the River Hawks' season came to a close at 15-6-1.
Southern New Hampshire advanced to Sunday's NCAA quarterfinals against Mercyhurst.
Toufik scored his first goal with 10:17 left before halftime. He took a pass from the right side from Jonathan Lupinelli and netted his eighth goal of the season. The Penmen took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
SNHU appeared to double its lead a minute into the second half, as a rebound of an initial shot by Chris Tsonis was put in by Keegan Campbell, but Campbell was whistled for being offsides. The River Hawks picked up the pressure in the next several minutes, with Majid Saeed having the two best chances to put UML on the board.
In the 54th minute, Saeed sent a shot to the top left corner of the SNHU goal, but DiMaggio made a diving save on the bid. Just shy of the 65-minute mark, Saeed had a great look from 12 yards, but his attempt sailed over the crossbar.
Toufik made it 2-0 with just under 20 minutes remaining. Following a scramble off a restart, Jordan Branco raced to track down a loose ball and his attempt was knocked away by UMass-Lowell goalie Chris Maierle. The rebound came out to Toufik, who knocked it home from 15 yards.
DiMaggio made the one save, while Maierle notched seven saves as the Penmen outshot the River Hawks 15-6.
Southern New Hampshire is making its third Division II quarterfinal appearance in four seasons and will be looking to make its third NCAA semifinal appearance and first since 2002.