Huskies Ready For Elite Eight Matchup
CARY, N.C. - For the second year in a row and third time in program history, the #7 Washington Huskies will be playing in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Huskies will take on the #2 Pittsburgh Panthers in the Elite Eight with a trip to the Final Four on the line. That game will take place Monday, May 10 at 10:00 am PT. This will be the first-ever meeting between Pitt and Washington.
Over the last five years, Washington is 5-3-1 in NCAA Tournament games. This will be the first time since 1999 that Washington will play multiple road games in the same NCAA Tournament and just the third time ever.
Washington has now won multiple NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time in program history. 2013, 2019, and this year are the only years Washington has won multiple NCAA Tournament games.
This year, the Huskies are 11-0-0 this year when scoring multiple goals. Washington has not lost a game in which it scored multiple goals since November 7, 2019, when it fell 3-2 to Cal. Since the start of 2019, Washington is 23-1-0 when scoring multiple goals.
Sam Fowler's second straight shutout, against Missouri State, was the third postseason shutout in his career. That gives Fowler the Husky program record for most postseason shutouts in a career. Spencer Richey is the only other Husky to record multiple postseason shutouts, with two.
Fowler now has 15 career shutouts. The last Husky to record more shutouts in their career was Ryan Herman, who recorded his 18th in 2015. Fowler's current career GAA of 0.64 is the second-lowest in Husky history, behind Mark Schuur's 0.56 mark. In five career postseason games, Fowler has a 0.60 GAA and a 0.875 save percentage.
Kalani Kossa-Rienzi earned his second assist of the year, against Missouri State. Kossa-Rienzi is the first true freshman to earn an assist in the postseason since 2017 for the Huskies, when Blake Bodily did. If Kossa-Rienzi earned another assist this postseason, he would be the first Husky freshman in over 20 years to have multiple assists in one NCAA Tournament.
Nick Scardina now has three goals in his last four games after scoring his first career NCAA Tournament goal. Scardina is the first Husky since Handwalla Bwana in 2017 to have both a hat trick and a brace in the same season as well.
Christian Soto scored his second career postseason goal in his fourth postseason game. No Husky has had more postseason goals in their career since Kevin Forrest, who had five goals from 2003 to 2007. 40% of Soto's career goals have come in the postseason and 24% of his career point total.
Lucas Meek now has four points in five career postseason games. Only two opponents, Georgetown last year and Grand Canyon this year, have held Meek without a point in the NCAA Tournament.
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