March 15, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: Notre Dame-Denver Heads to Peyton's Place

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Each week, the Lacrosse Magazine staff picks and previews of the weekend's best, from all levels of the college landscape. Use #Ten2Watch to discuss the games to come, and tweet @LacrosseMag to make your own picks. Also make sure to vote in our LaxMagazine.com Fan Vote Game of the Week.

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MD1: No. 4 Johns Hopkins (5-1) at No. 11 Syracuse (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

Our own Joel Censer wrote close to 2,000 words about Saturday’s showdown in the Carrier Dome. The last time Division I’s two preeminent powers met in upstate New York, Syracuse won 5-4 in overtime. Controversy ensued in the extra period after Johns Hopkins’ Kyle Wharton scored on a diving goal that the officials’ waived off, saying he stepped in the crease. After the game, every lacrosse fan with a working internet cable flocked to the interwebs to voice his or her pleasure or displeasure with the call.

In 2013, Hopkins (5-1) and Syracuse (3-1) are similar. Both have experienced, stingy defenses. Both have slick-sticked offenses where there are questions about who will initiate. If the Jays have an advantage, it’s between the stripes with faceoff savant Mike Poppleton (73 percent) and full-field muscle John Ranagan, Michael Pellegrino and Phil Castronova running roughshod. Then again, the Dome bears little resemblance to the comfy confines of Homewood.

MD2: No. 2 Le Moyne (4-0) vs. No. 3 Limestone (7-0), 1 p.m. Saturday in Baltimore

The beat goes on for Limestone. They've already defeated a No. 1 team (Dowling), a No. 4 team (Merrimack) and now the Saints get a crack at the No. 2 Dolphins. Like the previous two, this is a rematch from last year, when the two teams met in the NCAA semifinals and Limestone walked away with a 10-8 road win that sent it to Foxborough. Similar to the Dowling game, this matchup will feature two of the best faceoff men in the business in LC's Jake Ternosky (93-for-143, 65 percent) and LM's Kam Bumpus (47-for-58, 81 percent), with the winner determing who wins this contest. For the third time, the Saints will enter the game with far more game experience than their opponent, with the Dolphins having played four games against relatively weak competition and Limestone entering game eight against solid opponents.

MD3: No. 11 Tufts (0-2) at No. 4 Stevens (5-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

It's never fun trying to play with a cornered animal, be it an elephant or other mammal. That's exactly what Stevens will be facing in this contest. Having spotted the NESCAC and rest of the at-large field a two-game head start due to poor offseason decision-making abilities, Tufts can barely afford another setback — a precarious position heading into a four-day road trip featuring the fourth-ranked Ducks and No. 2 Stevenson. Stevens won't be intimidated, however. The Ducks stood toe-to-toe with No. 1 Cortland for 62 minutes on Wednesday in Virginia Beach before bowing, 12-11 in extra time. With the Empire 8 in the bag, the stakes are very low for the Ducks, but they will be approaching this game as tournament dry run. For Tufts, this is the most important third game of the season it has ever faced.

WD1: No. 10 Georgetown (4-1) at No. 3 North Carolina (5-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

North Carolina will be eager to avenge last year’s 9-8 loss to Georgetown. While the third-ranked Tar Heels are off to a great start, the draw has been a weak point for them (46.5 percent) and a strong one for the Hoyas (55 percent). Junior midfielder Kelyn Freedman leads Georgetown with 16 draw controls and is coming off a career-high five goals in the Hoyas’ 15-8 midweek victory over Johns Hopkins.

@clochary Duke freshman goalie Kelsey Duryea has three wins in her three NCAA starts, including a 9-save performance in the Blue Devils’ 10-7 duel against Jacksonville on Wednesday. Nice work for the U19 alum.

 

 

 

 


WD3: No. 3 Cortland (3-1) at No. 6 TCNJ (4-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Cortland suffered its most lopsided defeat in two years on Wednesday when it fell to Salisbury, 13-7, at Franklin & Marshall. It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire this weekend for the Red Dragons, who run into a red-hot TCNJ team that beat No. 16 Messiah, 16-10, on Saturday and then rolled over Ramapo, 19-1, on Wednesday. Cortland defeated TCNJ at home twice last season, the second time a 9-7 victory in the NCAA quarterfinals, but TCNJ has historically fared very well against Cortland. The only team since 2008 to beat Cortland as bad as Salisbury did on Wednesday? TCNJ, which defeated Cortland by seven in 2011 and six in 2009.

MD1: No. 7 Princeton (3-1) at No. 14 Penn (4-1), 3 p.m. Saturday

The Tigers and Quakers meet in one of two top-flight Ivy League men's matchups this weekend, the other being Cornell-Yale at 1 p.m. Saturday. Penn's versatile offense took advantage of Villanova last week in a 13-9 win. Princeton will continue to lead on its rebuilt defense and young guns in support of Tom Schreiber.

@UnCensered Last week Penn struggled to contain Villanova’s Max Hart who scored four goals in the first half. This week, the Quakers will have to improve their midfield defense in preparation for Princeton’s Tom Schreiber. It’s sort of pick your poison when it comes to guarding Schreiber: slide early and he’ll carve you up with the pass. Don’t slide at all, and prepare to get a bunch of side-armed rockets sent your way.

 

 

 

 


WD2: No. 6 Limestone (5-1) at No. 3 Rollins (5-0), 7 p.m. Saturday

Rollins beat Limestone 11-10 last February, an early-season victory that ultimately led to Rollins earning the South’s No. 1 seed, and a bye into the Regional Finals in May. It was the first victory ever for Rollins over Limestone, which had beaten the Tars in their three previous meetings. Rollins has roared out to an unbeaten start thanks in part to a pair of one-goal victories over NE-10 teams. Limestone’s only loss came by one goal to Le Moyne of the NE-10. This one might come down to who scores last.

@LacrosseMag Coming off the most successful season in its “Short” history last year, Rollins doesn’t appear to have missed a beat in 2013. Located in Winter Park, Fla., the Tars have emerged as a South Region power to challenge the longtime supremacy of Limestone. In his first few seasons, Coach Dennis Short had a roster built mainly with in-state players. With an assist to the team’s recruiting coordinator Chrissy Short — his wife — the net has been cast wider these days. The 28-player roster includes 18 out-of-staters representing 11 different states, in addition to the 10 Floridians. The mix is obviously working very well.

 

 

 

 


MD1: No. 3 Notre Dame (3-1) at No. 5 Denver (5-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sports Authority Field in Denver

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The ole contrasts in styles for the Mile High Classic nightcap. According to Tempo Free Lax, Notre Dame is second in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency. Denver, meanwhile, is first in adjusted offensive efficiency.

The 3-1 Irish, who had won back-to-back one-goal games against Penn State and North Carolina, got burnt playing with fire when they lost to a pesky Hofstra team 8-7. The Irish have the usual components: a devastating attack unit, defensive coordinator Gerry Byrne's quick-to-double "strategery" and a Kemp in goal.

Denver's star midfielder/faceoff man Chase Carraro was injured during the first of the game of the season, but the Canadian-infused roadshow must go on. For the Pios (5-1), anyone is a threat to go off on any given day. Eric Law had seven points against Lehigh. Wes Berg dropped seven goals against Penn. California southpaw Eric Adamson scored five goals against Duke. On the defensive side, Denver has been using both Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus in net. In an irony of ironies, slide-and-recover architect Bill Tierney even has the Pioneers playing some zone.

So what happens when a boxla-flavored rock meets Notre Dame's immovable defense? I guess we'll find out.

The game will be played at the home of Peyton Manning and the NFL's Denver Broncos.

WD1: No. 13 Dartmouth (4-1) at No. 6 Duke (6-1), Noon Sunday

Dartmouth will be smarting from dropping a 14-8 game to Florida last week, which was the Big Green’s first home loss since the 2010 season. Dartmouth got worked over by the Gators on draws (15 to 9), and they’ll need to up their game against Duke, which has won 57.7 percent of its draws thus far this season. Junior midfielder Maddie Salamone leads the Blue Devils with 30 draw controls thus far, followed closely by Taylor Virden (23) and Taylor Trimble (30). Dartmouth senior midfielder Courtney Bennett leads her team with 18 draw controls.

WD1: No. 1 Maryland (7-0) at No. 18 Stony Brook (4-1), 1 p.m. Sunday

Stony Brook made a splash when it opened last season 5-0 with a win over nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins, and then played No. 4 Duke to a one-goal game. That was followed by blowout losses to Florida and Maryland. Since then Stony Brook has gone 14-3, but has yet to register a win to show they’re ready to move into the top reaches of Division I. They’ll get their chance against a Maryland team that plays at Boston College 24 hours before traveling to Long Island for this game. That might be Stony Brook’s best hope because Maryland has looked fantastic this year. The Terps have scored at least 15 goals in every game, have won their first seven by at least five goals, and have trailed an opponent for a grand total of seven seconds this year. Senior Alex Aust has put up a staggering 51 points already this season — a national-best 7.29 points per game. Of course, right behind her is Stony Brook’s Claire Peterson at 6.6 points per game. Expect some fireworks in this one.

@MarkMacyk Two years ago, Joe Spallina stood at the podium after Adelphi won its third straight Division II championship and said he'd take his team on a bus to Maryland, stop at McDonald's, and face the Terps that day. He, and several of those players, got that chance with Stony Brook last year and Maryland won, 21-7. But that was in College Park, without goalie Frankie Caridi. This one is on the Seawolves’ home turf on Long Island’s North Shore, where SBU has lost just once in the Spallina era, to Duke by one goal.

 

 

 



@clochary Is it late enough in the year to start speculating about who the last undefeated team standing will be? So far, the Terps are one of just five teams with no losses, along with Florida (10-0), UConn (5-0), Notre Dame (6-0), and Cornell (5-0).

 

 






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