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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. 20 Albany (6-3) at No. 10 Johns Hopkins (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday

TV: ESPNU

Albany takes their high-scoring, fast-paced act to Baltimore to face the spotlight and play in nationally televised game.

There’s no secret as to why the 6-3 Danes are averaging 15 goals a game, and taking down perennial powers like Syracuse and UMass. The Thompson trio of Lyle, Miles and Ty (Lyle and Miles are brothers, Ty is their cousin) are unguardable box- field hybrids who have accounted for 59 percent of Albany’s points in 2013.

On Friday, the trio will face their stiffest test yet when they match up against a vaunted Hopkins’ backline that includes last year’s defenseman of the year Tucker Durkin.

Buckle up.


@Corey_McL
This game has much more buzz than last year, when Albany came to Homewood and was beaten 17-6. The Great Danes, led by the Thompson trio, are being compared to the Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball team, even by Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, who, as described in this preview by USA Today's Eddie Timanus, wrote "Florida Gulf Coast" in his notes while watching tape of Albany recently, noting the similar swagger from both teams.

 

 

 

 


WD1: No. 8 Penn State (7-3) at No. 4 Northwestern (9-1), 8 p.m. Friday

In the second half of the Nittany Lions' upset win over Florida, Penn State scored 10 goals and held the Gators to two goals on just three shots. Even more impressively, they committed zero fouls in the same period. None. 30 minutes of play, and not a single misstep. That is an impressive feat.

The Nittany Lions will need a similarly excellent performance to walk away from Evanston with a win. The Wildcats are not as dominant as they have been in years past, but they are gamers who play to win. Northwestern has rallied to a pair of back-to-back one-goal wins over Ohio State and Syracuse, and always seems to find a path to victory.

"They have that belief they are going to win every game, and that is the difference at the end," Syracuse coach Gary Gait said. Against the Buckeyes, it was senior midfielder Taylor Thornton going to goal more often, and scoring a career high four goals. Against Syracuse, Ali Cassera broke out for a career-best five goals in a rematch of the 2012 NCAA championship.

This game has some interesting biographical notes: Nittany Lions coach Missy Doherty and Wildcats coach Kelly Amonte Hiller were teammates at Maryland in the mid-1990s. Between her playing career at College Park and her current job in Happy Valley, Doherty spent seven years coaching at Towson, where one of her very best players was Hillary Fratzke, now a Northwestern assistant. Playing under Doherty, Fratzke became the Tigers' all-time draw leader, and she's been a boon to the Wildcats' draw specialist Alyssa Leonard, who is currently No. 2 in the country in draw controls (7.40). That said, Penn State's Tatum Coffey got the better of Leonard last year, and Northwestern needed some good pressure defense to secure a 14-7 win.

WD1: No. 2 North Carolina (11-1) at No. 1 Maryland (13-0), Noon Saturday

Senior defender Melissa Diepold is Maryland's go-to crease defender, and will likely draw two-time ACC Player of the Week Kara Cannizzaro as her mark. Cannizzaro has 35 goals already this season, with the most memorable one being the overtime game-winner against archrival Duke. Similarly, North Carolina needs to find a way to stop Terps ace attacker Alex Aust, who is currently the leading scorer in the country. Junior defender Sloane Serpe is excellent on 1-v-1, but midfielder Margaret Corzel (21 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers) might be a better matchup on the 5-foot-9 Aust. (Serpe is 5-foot-5; Corzel is 5-foot-7.)

If Tar Heels coach Jenny Levy is feeling adventurous, she might consider freshman midfielder Alyssa Andress an answer to the Aust question. Andress won a defensive player of the year award in high school, and at 6-foot-1, would have the size advantage. It's rare for a player as tall as Aust to have to deal with someone physically bigger, and it might just throw her off her game.

@clochary I feel so boring for picking both Northwestern and Maryland, but I just can’t bring myself to pick against either of them at home. The Terps have won 49 of their last 50 home games. The Wildcats have won 79 of their last 81 home games.









WD2: No. 6 Pfeiffer (12-0) at No. 3 Limestone (10-1), Noon Saturday

This is the most anticipated regular season game in Conference Carolinas history as both teams come in unbeaten in the South Region. Two years ago Limestone narrowly escaped against Pfeiffer, winning 7-6, in the closest conference result since 2009. With Rollins and any of a handful of PSAC teams potentially getting in, Pfeiffer likely needs to win this game to reach the NCAA tournament. Even if Limestone loses, the Saints can fall back on wins over Lock Haven and Rollins to sway the committee. Either way, there's a very good chance both teams will win again in the conference championship game.

WD2: No. 10 Stonehill (7-3) at No. 7 Le Moyne (5-2), Noon Saturday

After a day of upsets on Saturday, the North Region playoff race is suddenly there for the taking for the winner of this one. Le Moyne has put early losses to Limestone, which is in the South Region so the loss can't count for NCAA tournament purposes, and Bentley behind it and is currently on a three-game winning streak. A win over Stonehill would put the Dolphins in good postseason position, even if they stumble against Adelphi or in the NE-10 tournament. Stonehill has only lost in-region to Adelphi and would have a leg up on Le Moyne, Bentley and the rest of the NE-10 if it can pull out this win. Since joining the NE-10 in 2011, Le Moyne has beaten Stonehill three consecutive times, with every win coming by at least six goals.

MD1: No. 12 Drexel (8-2) at No. 13 Penn State (7-3), 1 p.m. Saturday

Two red-hot teams who are winning games in very different ways. Whereas Drexel has a combustible offense that can put up a bunch of goals in a hurry, Penn State is a more prodding outfit that wins by dominating the possession war, protectin’ the pill and playing some mean, Austin Kaut inspired defense.

If this game comes down to possessions than watch the face-off dot. With Nittany Lion Danny Henneghan winning draws at a 58% clip, the Dragon duo of Nick Saputo and Deven Thomas have their work cut out for them.

MD1: No. 4 North Carolina (7-3) at No. 18 Virginia (5-5), 3:30 p.m. Saturday

You know it's desperation time in Charlottesville when Dom Starsia says, "Our season is not over yet. We can still do some damage here." Those were Starsia's comments after a 9-7 loss to Maryland last week, the Wahoos' fourth straight defeat. Not even the presence of Steele Stanwick in the crowd could inspire their lackluster offense. Virginia is shooting just 16 percent (15-for-93) over its last two games. The four-game losing streak is Virginia's longest skid since 2004, when the Cavaliers finished 5-8 and failed to reach the NCAA tournament. (That was the year then-defending NCAA champion Virginia went 0-2 on a road trip to Colorado, including a 9-7 loss to Denver that put the Pioneers on the map.) It doesn't get any easier, not with North Carolina coming to town. The Tar Heels took down No. 1 Maryland two weeks ago and beat Johns Hopkins in overtime last week. In between, they put up 18 goals on a very good Brown team. North Carolina's "pick-friendly" offense gives our own Joel Censer the goosies.

MD2: No. 5 Le Moyne (8-1) at No. 2 Adelphi (7-0), 4 p.m. Saturday

Adelphi has managed to dispatch a couple of ranked ECC teams, but now it's time to see if the Panthers can handle one of the top dogs in the NE-10. Gordon Purdie's crew has raced out to its perfect start thanks to a stingy defense allowing less than six goals per game along with a dominant faceoff outfit led by Greg Puskuldjian (66.2 percent) and Rashad Cureton (66.1). Sound familiar? It should, because that's essentially the recipe Le Moyne has been using for the past decade to become one of the premier teams in D-II. The Dolphins are doing it again this year — they have a 73.6 faceoff winning percentage thanks to Kam Bumpus and a 4.22 goals against average — and if not for Merrimack's red hot goalie, this would be a clash of unbeatens. The over/under in terms of goals is hovering around 10 and a two-goal lead will feel like 20 in a game that could last all of 90 minutes.

MD1: No. 8 Syracuse (6-2) at No. 8 Princeton (6-2), 5 p.m. Saturday

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TV: ESPNU

Syracuse is two one-goal losses away from a perfect 8-0 record, but if defense and face-offs are the keys to winning, Syracuse is defying logic. The Orange have won just 41.5 percent of their face-offs (influenced by a 2-for-24 effort in a loss to Villanova), and have saved just 50 percent of the shots they've seen. Junior goalie Dominic Lamolinara has helped shore up the defense since coming on at halftime of the Hopkins game on March 16. The Maryland transfer has a 60.4 save percentage and 6.77 goals against average in the last four games. Princeton is also two one-goal losses away from perfection, and doesn't have great numbers in those categories (50.8 face-offs and 52.7 save percentage). What the Tigers do have is a lights out attack/first midfield unit. Led by junior All-American middie Tom Schreiber (17g, 16a), those six players have combined for 93 of Princeton's 100 goals.

MCLA1: No. 1 Colorado State (10-0) at No. 4 BYU (11-2), 7 p.m. Saturday

The two blue bloods of the MCLA square off in the first of what could once again be three meetings this spring. The Rams and Cougars are locks for Greenville, so this contest is more for seeding purposes than anything, but both parties involved will readily admit that they just want to win this game simply to make the other miserable. This rivalry was formed under the watch of Jason Lamb and Flip Naumburg, but it has remained constant — if not ratcheted up a couple of notches — with Matt Schenck and Alex Smith at the helm, helped by back-to-back meetings in the national semifinals. This one will not be for the faint of heart.


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