February 22, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: A Pair of National Title Game Rematches

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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WD1: No. 1 Northwestern (2-0) at No. 5 North Carolina (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday

The last three meetings between these two teams were all one-goal games — all won by the Wildcats.

Possessions will be tough to come by for the Tar Heels against Northwestern draw specialist Alyssa Leonard. The junior midfielder tied an NCAA single-game record with 15 draw controls versus USC, and is just 63 DCs away from breaking a program career record, set by Kristen Kjellman. Leonard had five draw controls versus UNC last year.

Defender Kerri Harrington is likely to mark UNC senior attacker Kara Cannizzaro, who leads the Tar Heels with eight goals thus far this season.

@clochary I was very, very impressed with Northwestern sophomore goalie Bridget Bianco at Champion Challenge. She made 12 saves, some of them excellent, against Team USA. From the press box, I could hear her communicating with her defense. The Heels are traditionally a good shooting team, but they'll have to bring their A-game to beat BB.

 

 

 

 


WD1: No. 9 Penn State (1-0) at No. 6 Loyola (0-1), 11 a.m. Saturday

Loyola's undoing last year — draw controls — resurfaced in a season-opening 10-9 loss to Virginia. The Cavaliers doubled up the Greyhounds off the draw (14-7) just as Maryland did in the 2012 NCAA quarterfinals (20-10). Loyola needs a big game from Taryn VanThof, who redshirted last season and scored three goals (to go with three draw controls) in her first game back. She'll likely draw against Penn State sophomore standout Tatum Coffey, who had four draw controls, one goal and one assist in the Nittany Lions season-opening 18-2 win Wednesday over Bucknell.

@clochary Jen Adams' post-game interview after a 10-9 loss to Virginia last Saturday, in which the defense performed well, and the attack just couldn't create separation from the Cavaliers: "Disappointing outing from the 50 on for us... Mark my words, that won't happen again." Penn State defense, you've been warned. The Hounds' attack has something to prove this week.

 

 

 

 


WD1: No. 20 Boston College (2-0) at No. 13 Ohio State (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

This could be a marquee matchup in coming seasons, as both teams feature a strong underclass. The bubble collapsed on BC's practice field during Superstorm Nemo, but the bubble has not yet burst on the Eagles' start to the season, thanks in large part to freshman Sarah Mannelly and sophomores Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix. OSU suffered a surprising season-opening loss to Louisville, but the Buckeyes and their 12 freshmen looked like fast learners in Wednesday's 21-8 victory over William & Mary.

MD1: No. 1 Maryland (2-0) at No. 2 Loyola (2-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

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Last Memorial Day, Loyola celebrated its first national championship by taking down Maryland 9-3 in Gillette Stadium.

Of course, a lot has happened since the Greyhounds were donning championship hats and rapping at midfield about winning the title. Besides graduating Eric Lusby, Dylan Grimm and JP Dalton, Loyola has learned that to the victors go... opponent's best games. Playing Delaware last weekend, the Hounds won only after Chris Layne converted off an alley dodge with four seconds left. On Wednesday, it took four quarters for the Hounds to put down a scrappy Towson outfit.

Maryland has dispelled concerns people had about they would respond to having to actually go to the goal on a consistent basis, by destroying both Mount St. Mary's and Hartford by double digits.

Look for the rematch to be won between the lines. There's no shortage of athletes in College Park and Charlie Raffa and Curtis Holmes seem to have some mojo going at the faceoff X. Loyola d-mid extraordinaire/ruthless cross-checker Josh Hawkins missed the first two games for a violation of team rules, and his availability against the Terps looks like a game-time decision.

@Corey_McL If Josh Hawkins plays, I think that makes a huge difference. Loyola looked crisp and big-game ready with him against Team USA at Champion Challenge in January, but without him has been pushed to the brink by Delaware and allowed Towson to hang tough on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Maryland has gone about its first two games as good as it can, outscoring Mount St. Mary's and Hartford by an average of 15.5 goals. Mount St. Mary's then beat Bucknell, which beat Delaware on Feb. 9, a week before the Blue Hens almost went to OT with Loyola. Just sayin'. A sidenote: Check out Maryland's "Black Ops" uniforms for the game.

 

 

 



MD1: No. 13 Princeton (0-0) at No. 20 Hofstra (1-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Princeton, like all Ivy teams, gets a late start on the season because the league probits teams from practicing before Feb. 1. Hofstra has played one game, a 14-9 win over Sacred Heart, and this starts a stretch of three games in eight days for the Pride. The Tigers return 10 of their top 12 scorers from 2012, including first-team All-American midfielder Tom Schreiber. "He's arguably the best middie, if not best player, in the country on an experienced offensive team," one rival coach said this offseason. Princeton's defense is more of a question mark, where there will be a new goalie and new-look defense, especially after Rob Castelo went down with a season-ending ACL tear before preseason even started. Hofstra will similarly continue to break in a new goalie — sophomore Chris Selva made his first career start in the opener — but the Pride return some offensive threats led by Adrian Sorichetti.

@Uncensered It's Tommy Schreiber's world ... We're just living in it. The prodigal son (St. Anthony's) returns home to Long Island to start his 2013 Tewaaraton campaign. Linemates Kip Orban and Tucker Shanley will help the cause too.

 

 

 



MD2: No. 1 Dowling (0-0) at No. 4 Limestone (2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

The obstacles facing these teams are surprisingly similar. Both are missing clutch attackman from last year — Vito Demola for Dowling, Shayne Jackson for Limestone — and each coach has been charged with rebuilding parts of the defense, including replacing an experienced goalie — Ryan Dougherty for the Lions, Steve Gartelman for the Saints. Further, they both return faceoff specialists who are 1A and 1B for the honor of being the best in the nation — Louis Riley for DC, Jake Ternosky for LC. And, of course, the two teams split their last two meetings with Dowling taking last year's national title game. If there was one difference at this point, it would boil down to the fact that this will be Limestone's third game and Dowling's opener, and the Saints will be in their friendly, Gaffney, S.C., confines. Could that be the difference?

@LacrosseMag Perhaps most eyes will be on this weekend's rematch of the 2012 D-I men's final (Maryland-Loyola), but don't let this rematch of the 2012 D-II final pass you by. As defending national champ, Dowling enters a new world order in 2013, targeted as the marquee matchup on every opponent's schedule. It doesn't matter to most opponents that the Lions lost a large core of the 2012 team. And it doesn't get any tougher than this opener, on the road against the team they defeated by one goal in last year's final. The Saints already have two games under their collective belt as well. Lots of reasons that point to a deck stacked against the champs.

 

 

 




MD1: No. 12 Lehigh (2-0) at No. 11 Denver (1-1), 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Gary Lambrecht did a great job of breaking down the relationship between Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese and Denver coach Bill Tierney earlier this week, and the idea-sharing meetings the two coaching staffs had in early 2012. So, they might know some tendencies of each other, but those tendencies might be hard adjust to in what could be a wide-open shootout. Lehigh played one of last year's most exciting games in the Patriot League championship against Colgate, and David DiMaria (9g, 5a) and Dante Fantoni (6g, 4a) can clearly light up a scoreboard. Cassese called Tierney the defensive guru of the 90's, but since taking over at Denver in 2010, he's turned over a new leaf with a high-powered offense. The Pioneers have averaged 12.0 goals per game during Tierney's run in the Mile High City. This year's deep Pioneer offense has gotten an added boost from sophomore Eric Adamson. The 6-foot-1 attackman from California already has six goals in two games, surpassing last year's rookie total of five.


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How serious is Chase Carraro's right knee injury? The answer to that question could forebode not only the outcome of this game but also the Pioneers' season.Denver coach Bill Tierney said Wednesday that Carraro will be "out a little while," after sustaining the injury during Denver's 15-12 loss to Penn State last Sunday. "We're a different team without him." Losing Carraro is like losing two players. He might be the only faceoff man in Division I who stays on the field as a first-line midfielder. If Carraro does not play, look for Lehigh's Ryan Snyder to take advantage. The Mountain Hawks have looked really good in their first two games. David DiMaria and Dante Fantoni are playing with midseason swagger, and sophomore sensation Matt Poillon is coming off a 16-save performance against Villanova.

 

 

 

 



MD1: No. 3 Notre Dame (1-0) at No. 8 Penn State (2-0), Noon Sunday

Forget the pigskin. These two traditional football powers are moving their way up the Division I lacrosse ladder. Last weekend, the Nittany Lions traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. where they dispatched Denver in a game that wasn't as close as the final 15-12 score indicated. PSU's Shane Sturgis scored four goals playing point man on those two-man games from behind, while fleet-footed d-mid Michael Richards ran roughshod between the stripes.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, navigated an in-game snowstorm in a 13-5 demolition of Duke. Junior midfielder Jim Marlatt pumped in five overhand goals and freshman attacker Matt Kavanagh — a Long Island native with a Canadian-influenced inside game (from growing up playing hockey) — chipped in another four tallies. Not surprisingly, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Gerry Byrne provided the social media fuel, tweeting: "Just to clarify (for future @NDlacrosse prospects), the driving snowstorm was in Durham, NC NOT South Bend, IN. Just sayin. That is all."

It will be interesting to see how Penn State and Notre Dame respond to the new rules as both teams have stingy backlines and have been involved in plodding affairs before. Last season, the Nittany Lions took down the Irish 4-3. We'll see if the officials have to rely on a quick trigger finger for the 30-second timer.

WD1: No. 7 Duke (4-0) at No. 4 Maryland (2-0), 1 p.m. Sunday

Senior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann (sevens goals) and senior goalie Kasey Howard both had career days against Syracuse in the Terps' huge 19-11 road win, and Maryland looks extremely powerful heading into its first ACC game. Duke is 4-0 against easy competition and the Terps will be the Blue Devils' first real test. Last year, Duke beat Maryland once using a slow-down game, only to get crushed 12-3 in the ACC semifinal game. Sophomore Kerrin Mauer (9g, 10a) appears to be the heart of the Duke offense so far; she'll likely draw attention from 2012 IWLCA Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza.

WD1: No. 8 Virginia (1-0) at No. 2 Syracuse (1-1), 1 p.m. Sunday

Almost 1,500 fans filed into the Carrier Dome to watch Syracuse host Maryland on Sunday. The Orange entered with a target on their backs and exited with a .500 record. They'll get a chance at redemption this weekend against another tough ACC foe. UVA has shown a flair for the dramatic in the early season, beating Loyola by one in the opener and then trailing at halftime before rallying to beat Richmond. These teams have met every season since 1999, with Virginia winning the last eight, including a 9-7 result last season in Charlottesville.


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