by Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
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Hook: Hannah Nielsen's next assist will break the NCAA career record. She's tied with another Australian, Jen Adams, with 178. Nielsen currently leads the nation with 37 assists and 72 points this season. But could this be that token loss for the Wildcats? Duke has done it before, in 2006. The Blue Devils are one of just three teams that can claim to have beaten the Wildcats since their phenomenal run of NCAA titles began in 2005. They'll need a big game from goalie Kim Imbesi, a three-year starter. That's for sure.
MD1: No. 8 Maryland at No. 17 Navy - Friday, 7 p.m.
WD1: No. 14 Penn State vs. No. 4 North Carolina - Saturday, 11 a.m.
Hook: As LMO's Daniel Malloy wrote Thursday, Penn State's season could be in the balance. Provided Northwestern wins the ALC (a next-to-certain provision), the Nittany Lions must spring an upset this weekend at the ALC-ACC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio, to harbor any hope of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Considering Maryland, PSU's opponent Friday, is the hottest team this side of Evanston, UNC might be the Nittany Lions' best bet for said upset.
MD1: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 10 North Carolina - Saturday, 12 p.m.
Hook: North Carolina's ACC demons are now 20 and counting. The Tar Heels' quest for an exorcism takes center stage at Giants Stadium, site of the Inside Lacrosse Big City Classic, in the first of three games in East Rutherford, N.J. Unfortunately for UNC, UVA goalie Adam Ghitelman hit his stride in the seven-OT epic against Maryland, reeling in 22 saves, including six in overtime. The Wahoos can ill afford the sloppy play that plagued them early against Maryland, as the Heels boast the nation's top faceoff specialist in Shane Walterhoefer -- he'll hoard possessions like a squirrel with acorns. UVA's Chad Gaudet provides a change of pace facing off with a long stick; he'll want to disrupt Walterhoefer's rhythm.
MD2: No. 1 NYIT at No. 3 C.W. Post - Saturday, 12 p.m.
Hook: Back-to-back one-goal wins have kept the top-ranked Bears unbeaten, but they could be ripe to fall. They were dominated by Molloy in the first and fourth quarters, but held on for a crazy 16-15 victory. LM Preseason Player of the Year Kevin Hennessy has appeared in just three games and has not played since March 9, but NYIT's offense hasn't missed a beat. Keith Henderson leads with 24 goals and 36 points. Post's lone blemish is a one-goal setback at No. 2 Le Moyne, and Greg Cerar (29g, 24a) has been on fire and has to be considered a player-of-the-year candidate.
MD1: No. 2 Syracuse vs. No. 5 Princeton - Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
MD1: No. 1 Stevenson at No. 4 Salisbury - Saturday, 7 p.m.
WD3: No. 2 TCNJ at No. 4 Gettysburg - Sunday, 1 p.m.