March 28, 2014

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Ten-2-Watch: Another Big Test for Defending Champs

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.

Another high-octane ACC matchup headlines this week's selections, with Boston College, which has given Syracuse and North Carolina fits, looking to spring an upset over undefeated Maryland in College Park. We also welcome Megan Schneider, Lacrosse Magazine's new staff writer, to the fold. She'll have to work her way to the top, though, inheriting Jac Coyne's last-place 24-26 mark from the first five weeks.










Last Week 9-1 8-2 7-3 8-2 8-2 6-4 7-3 9-1 8-2 5-5 5-5 0-0
Overall 34-16 32-18 31-19 31-19 31-19 29-21 29-21 27-23 25-25 26-24 24-26 24-26













M:UNC@JHU UNC
JHU JHU UNC JHU UNC JHU JHU UNC UNC UNC JHU 
W: BC@MD MD
MD MD BC MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD
M:TOW@HOF TOW
HOF HOF HOF TOW TOW HOF HOF TOW HOF TOW  HOF
W: UNC@NW UNC
UNC NW UNC NW UNC UNC UNC UNC NW UNC  UNC
M: PEN@YAL YAL
YAL YAL YAL PEN YAL PEN YAL YAL PEN PEN YAL
W: PSU@FLA PSU
FLA PSU FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA 
M: UVA@MD MD
MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD UVA UVA
MD 
W: LOU@GT GT
GT GT LOU GT GT GT LOU LOU GTN LOU
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MD3:ITH@CAB CAB
CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB CAB
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WD3:MID@AM MID
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MD1: No.  4 North Carolina (7-2) at No. 10 Johns Hopkins (5-2)

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Maryland plays host this weekend to a Boston College team that played defending champion North Carolina tough at home last week. How will this next ACC test pan out for the unbeaten Terrapins?
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Saturday, 2 p.m.

How much will we see of Tar Heels faceoff man R.G. Keenan? He went 0-for-6 in limited action last week since returning from a leg injury, but now he figures even more prominently with freshman faceoff guy Stephen Kelly out indefinitely after having wrist surgery on Monday. Keenan and Frankie Kelly, Stephen's older brother, will assume the role of facing off against Johns Hopkins' Drew Kennedy, who has won 67.7 percent of his draw this year. Stephen Kelly had been UNC's best option, winning 71.2 percent of 121 faceoffs this year. That's certainly one matchup to watch as the Tar Heels, winners last week against then-No. 1 Maryland, head to Homewood Field.

WD1: No. 4 Boston College (7-2) at No. 2 Maryland (11-0)

Saturday, 12 p.m.

After falling to undefeated No. 1 North Carolina last week by just one goal, scored in the final 30 seconds of the game, Boston College has another tough ACC matchup against No. 2 Maryland, which also has a perfect record. The Eagles are undefeated on the road and hoping to break the Terps’ 11-game winning streak. Expected to dominate on draw controls, Maryland currently is ranked fifth in the NCAA in points for the season, led by junior Kelly McPartland’s 36 goals and 18 assists. The Terps defense -- led by freshman Nadine Hadnagy, who recorded a team-high three caused turnovers in a 19-8 win over Towson on Wednesday -- has held all of their opponents 10 goals or fewer. Hoping to improve its 1-2 conference record, Boston College’s offense is led by juniors Covie Stanwick (21g, 19a) and Mikaela Rix (28g, 9a).

MD1: No. 19 Towson (7-2) at Hofstra (5-3)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

A good old fashioned CAA battle under the lights on Hempstead Turnpike. The winner will remain unbeaten in conference play and likely keep a spot in the top 20. The loser will be handed its first league loss. It's Towson's first big test since being blown out by Johns Hopkins and Loyola in February. They've won six straight since. The Pride are currently on top of the CAA standings and want to stay there. Sophomore Sam Llinares leads Hofstra in scoring with 12 goals and 15 assists. It will be a homecoming from Long Island-native Tom DeNapoli, who leads Towson with 14 goals and 13 assists. Two years ago at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium, Towson scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and overtime to win 10-9 in an epic comeback. DeNapoli had three goals and three assists, including a score with two seconds left in the fourth quarter to force OT. The Tigers also won the matchup, 7-6, this week last year.

WD1: No. 1 North Carolina (11-0) at No. 11 Northwestern (5-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

With the No. 1 scoring offense in the NCAA as the defending national champion, North Carolina is poised to remain at the top of the charts with its 11-0 record. Jenny Levy's dynamic senior-sophomore attacking duo of Abbey Friend and Aly Messinger will challenge Wildcats junior goalie Bridget Bianco, as they are all on the Tewaaraton Watch List. As a team, the Tar Heels are third in draw controls per game in the NCAA, but Northwestern's Alyssa Leonard averages about eight draw controls per game, ranking second in Division I women's lacrosse. Although they lost to No. 3 Syracuse last weekend, the Wildcats rebounded against previously undefeated No. 6 UMass with top scorer Kaleigh Craig netting a hat trick. After North Carolina broke Northwestern's eight-year streak of championship game appearances last year, the Wildcats are eager to hand the Tar Heels their first loss of the season.

MD1: No. 13 Penn (3-3) at No. 11 Yale (4-2)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

It's yet another conference tilt that will help figure out the Ivy League pecking order. Penn is searching for its first league win. The Quakers have lost to Princeton 15-12 and Cornell 17-9. Yale has lost to Cornell 11-9 and beaten Princeton 16-15 in a back-and-forth thriller on Saturday. Penn doesn't mind getting out in transition and utilizing a deep bench. With Yale coming off a 16-goal game, are fireworks in store in New Haven?

WD1: No. 13 Penn State (6-3) at No. 5 Florida (11-2)

Saturday, 12 p.m.

Although both teams are 2-0 in ALC games, Florida's lone losses are against No. 1 North Carolina and No. 3 Syracuse. The Gators are second in the NCAA in points behind North Carolina, with reigning ALC Offensive Player of the Week Shannon Gilroy commanding the offense -- and the NCAA -- with 73 points. Gilroy, also a key factor on draw controls, set a school record Wednesday against Stetson with her 150th career goal. Penn State will look to extend its five-game winning streak with a balanced attack. Maggie McCormick leads the Nittany Lions in points (29), followed close behind by the Cyr sisters, top goal scorer Madison Cyr with 28 and Mackenzie Cyr with 25.

MD1: No. 8 Virginia (8-2) at No. 5 Maryland (7-1)

Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

The top-ranked Terps are coming off their first loss of the season and will be hungry to down border rival Virginia. There will be matchups to watch galore with James Pannell and Mark Cockerton facing a Maryland defense that includes long-stick midfielder Mike Ehrhardt and close man Goran Murray. On the other end, the Terps' offense, buoyed by senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, will look to put rubber on Cavaliers freshman goalie Matt Barrett. It's the Terps last regular-season crack at Virginia at ACC foes before Maryland bolts for the Big Ten this summer.

WD1: Louisville (6-3) at No. 16 Georgetown (3-5)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

After losing to undefeated Johns Hopkins last weekend and to Loyola on Wednesday, Georgetown will bring intensity Saturday to turn its season around against Big East conference challenger Louisville. The Cardinals are currently tied with Cincinnati for first place in the Big East. Nikki Boltja leads Louisville with 37 goals (which rank third nationally) and 47 points. Boltja has been named Big East Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. Sophomore Kaylin Morissette has a whopping 71 draw controls, an average of 7.88 per game, third-highest in Division I. The Cardinals will face a Hoyas offense that continually executes man-overload plays that isolate the 1-on-1, which in turn create numerous down-to-the-wire scenarios. Georgetown has gone into overtime three times this season and has allowed late comebacks for many of its opponents, including Loyola. Georgetown's Kelyn Freedman and Caroline Tarzian are on the Tewaaaton Watch List, with 14 goals apiece, as is Morissette for Louisville.

MD3: No. 9 Ithaca (6-1) at No. 3 Cabrini (7-0)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

What is it going to take to slow down Corey Elmer and the Cabrini machine? There have been opponents who have done it for a quarter or two - Whittier was tied with the Cavaliers at seven apiece late in the third quarter last weekend - but none have managed to do it for 60 minutes. Does Ithaca offer anything that might change that storyline? They do have one of the top netminders in the biz in sophomore Scott Sidnam and the Bombers have chewed up all but one opposing offense (that one being RIT). More importantly, Ithaca has an offense that is not only talented, but savvy enough to make the Cabrini defense work while simultaneously resisting the temptation to get in a track meet with the Cavs.

It's not hyperbole to say that Cabrini's offense is in the same neighborhood as RIT, so the Cavaliers enter the game as signficiant home favorites. But if this game is still tight as the fourth quarter progresses, advantage Bomb squad.

WD3: No. 3 Middlebury (7-0) at No. 7 Amherst (6-0)

Saturday, 12 p.m.

There will be a combined 637 wins on the sideline in this showdown between the two teams currently seated at the top of the NESCAC. Middlebury's Missy Foote won her 400th game earlier this week with a 19-4 victory over RIT in Florida. The Panthers then delivered her 401st with a dominating, 14-5 victory at No. 4 Franklin & Marshall on Thursday night. Hannah Deoul netted five goals in the win over the Diplomats. Few can come close to Foote's resume, but Amherst's Christine Paradis, with 236 wins and a national title in 2003, matches up. Middlebury won 13-4 last year, but Amherst has already defeated three ranked NESCAC teams: Bates, Bowdoin and Hamilton.


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