April 12, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: Rivalry Weekend Won't Disappoint

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.

Overall 56-24 54-26 54-26 53-27 52-28 52-28 51-29 49-31 47-33
Last week 8-2 8-2 8-2 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 8-2










M:LEH@BUC BUC
LEH
LEH
BUC
BUC
BUC
LEH
BUC
LEH
W:DUK@NU NU
NU
NU
NU
NU
NU
NU
NU
NU
M:MER@LIU MER
LIU
LIU
MER
MER
MER
LIU
MER
LIU
M:DEN@LOY LOY
DEN
LOY
DEN
LOY
DEN
DEN
LOY
DEN
M:DIC@WAC DIC
DIC
DIC
DIC
DIC
DIC
DIC
DIC
WAC
M:ARM@NAV ARM
NAV
ARM
ARM
ARM
ARM
NAV
ARM
ARM
W:MID@TRN MID
TRN
MID
MID
MD
TRN
TRN
TRN
MID
M:JHU@MD MD
MD
MD
MD
JHU
MD
JHU
MD
MD
M:UNC@HOF UNC
UNC
UNC
UNC
UNC
HOF
UNC
UNC
UNC
W:GT@ND ND
ND
GT
GT
ND
ND
GT
ND
ND

All times Eastern.  

MD1: No. 18 Lehigh (8-4) at No. 9 Bucknell (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

This Friday night matchup in central Pennsylvania will determine the Patriot League's regular-season champion. With that title, comes the right to host the four-team Patriot League tournament on April 26-28. The winner of that, of course, earns an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Both teams have been playing well as of late. Bucknell has won nine of its last 10 games, edging Army 9-8 last Saturday. Lehigh has won three in a row for the first time all season and won five of its last six, most recently a 13-10 win over Colgate. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense (Lehigh ninth at 7.92 and Bucknell 10th at 8.00).

Lewisburg, Pa., has not been friendly to Lehigh over the years. Bucknell has beaten the Mountain Hawks at home nine straight times, although the last two regular-season meetings between these teams have been decided by one-goal.

WD1: No. 9 Duke (9-3) at No. 4 Northwestern (11-2), 8 p.m. Friday

The Blue Devils could use a win. They dropped a pair of one-goal games to North Carolina and Boston College. Defeating the team that knocked them out of the 2012 NCAA tournament would feel pretty good. To do so, Duke will need to be on point with its 1-v-1 matchups.

Northwestern doesn’t have a go-to feeder this year, and in fact only 30 percent of its total goals have been assisted. The Wildcats are just dodging to goal, led by senior attacker Erin Fitzgerald (39 goals). The Blue Devils’ starting defense — Mie Graham, Taylor Virden and Lauren Martin — will need to work together to limit Northwestern, and freshman goalie Kelsey Duryea (.546 save percentage in eight games) will need a big day.

@clochary Duke’s top feeder Kerrin Mauer (25g, 21a) drew a face guard in that loss to Boston College, and she was held to zero points and zero shots. Will the same thing happen against Northwestern with “faceguarding specialist” Kerri Harrington?

 

 

 

 


MD2: No. 1 Mercyhurst (10-0) at No. 5 LIU Post (8-1), Noon Saturday

Neither of these teams needed to schedule this game — especially considering the soul-sucking drive that accompanies it — but the fact that Chris Ryan and John Jez worked to make it happen says a lot about the rivalry. And, as usual, this game will not disappoint, mostly because there is still something on the line. Although these former ECC rivals are in different regions after the ECAC split, it still counts toward the in-region records because of the contiguous state rule. It's hard to see either of these clubs not making the NCAA tourney at this point, but putting another chip in the stack always makes Selection Sunday less stressful. The winner of this one earns that peace of mind.

MD1: No. 4 Denver (9-2) at No. 6 Loyola (9-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Last year, Loyola beat Denver three times including in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Since Josh Hawkins returned a couple weeks ago, the Hounds look like they did in 2012 when they won the school’s first national championship. They can score in settled situations. With Joe Fletcher leading the way, they play some mean defense too. But it is between the 30s where they are particularly dominant. Last week, Hawkins, long-stick extraordinaire Scott Ratliff and fellow defensive midfielder Pat Laconi combined for seven points and six caused turnovers in a 13-7 win over Fairfield. 

Denver meanwhile is 9-2 and relying, as they usually do, on Matt Brown’s high-octane offense to overpower opponents. Senior midfielder Jeremy Noble and freshman lefty attacker Gordie Koerber will sit out on Saturday with unspecified injuries.

For the Pios to win, they’ll need senior Chase Carraro to have a huge game. The Kentucky native was hurt during the early parts of the season. But if he’s winning faceoffs and tilting the possession war, it would be a huge boon for a Denver team that’d probably prefer more of a half-field affair.


@Corey_McL
This is probably men's lacrosse's best "newer" rivalry, but Saturday will be last time Loyola and Denver meet in the regular season until at least 2015, and even then, it's up to the scheduling Gods. Loyola heads to the Patriot League next year, and who knows what conference realignment will bring down the road. A growing sport needs new rivalries, and I hope this one can continue. Both coaches, Charley Toomey and Bill Tierney, have said they want it to, as described in Gary Lambrecht's story today.

 

 

 

 


MD3: No. 2 Dickinson (11-0) at No. 10 Washington College (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

As if the rankings don't tell us this game was going to come down to the wire, these two programs have a recent history of playing each other tight. Three of the last four regular season meetings resulted in a one-goal victory, while the fourth was a two-goal margin. Both teams have shown a knack for winning the close games. The Shoremen have pulled out one-goal victories against Ohio Wesleyan and Haverford while the Red Devils have avoided four close shaves, including unlikely one-goal triumphs over McDaniel and Colorado College. The at-large race is going to be a tight one this year, but both of these programs appear to be in good shape if they don't win the Centennial tourney, but the winner can start making plans for May.

MD1: Army (6-4) at Navy (3-8), 2 p.m. Saturday

Navy has managed just 30 goals during its five-game losing streak. The Midshipmen have scored in double figures just once in their last nine games. Those scoring woes won't bode well against archrival Army, which boasts the nation's No. 6 defense and just two weeks ago blanked reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum. Black Knights sophomore goalie Sam Somers ranks sixth in Division I in save percentage (60.0) and second in goals against average (6.79). Army has won four straight in the Star Games series and has discovered its complementary part to Garrett Thul in John Glesener. Both teams squandered chances at an upset last week. Navy led No. 1 Maryland 5-3 in the second quarter and Army led No. 9 Bucknell 5-3 at halftime before yielding losses.

@clochary Sophomore goalie Sam Somers is having quite a season. He’s No. 2 in the country in GAA (6.79) and No. 6 in save percentage (.600).

 

 

 




WD3: No. 3 Middlebury (10-0) at No. 1 Trinity (10-0), 2 p.m. Saturday

Fan Vote Game of the Week

Who will win (WD3)?
Middlebury
Trinity

View Results

Story lines aplenty in this one: A top three matchup with the NESCAC's No. 1 seed on the line; both teams reached last year’s final four; Trinity has defeated Middlebury four times in the past two years, but only once by more than one goal; Trinity coach Kate Livesay played for Missy Foote at Middlebury. But the most intriguing story line may give us the answer to a classic paradox: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

Trinity’s trademark defense has the Bantams averaging 4.56 goals against per game, second best in Division III. Since the second game of the season, only one opponent has scored more than five goals on Trinity. Middlebury, meanwhile, tops the NESCAC with 15.20 goals per game and has yet to less score less than 10 goals. Something's gotta give.

MD1: No. 15 Johns Hopkins (6-4) at No. 1 Maryland (8-1), 3 p.m. Saturday

The postseason has started early for Johns Hopkins, which is on the outside looking in for a NCAA playoff berth after losing back-to-back games against North Carolina and Albany.

Of course all this could change if the Jays get going against archrival Maryland on Saturday.

In many ways, these two teams couldn’t be more different. The Terrapins are currently ranked number one and are consistent, methodical and, above all else, coldly efficient. The Jays, meanwhile, are about as mercurial an outfit in Division I.

Let the bloodspat begin.

@UnCensered Both teams did a good job saying much of nothing to the press this week. My thoughts? Maryland is the perfect matchup for the Jays. I think the Hopkins defense, if they don’t inexplicably slide upfield, can handle the Terps in the half-field. Mike Poppleton and Phil Castronova can survive the Charlie Raffa/Jesse Bernhardt middle-of-the-field buzzsaw. The question, as always, is can John Ranagan and the rest of the feast-or-famine Blue Jay shooters finish enough of their opportunities?

 

 

 

 


MD1: No. 3 North Carolina (8-3) at No. 20 Hofstra (7-4), 7 p.m. Saturday

North Carolina hasn’t lost in a month, winning five straight games to climb to No. 3 in the USILA national rankings, but the Heels do have a pair of surprising losses this year. UMass beat them early in the season without Will Manny and Duke was under .500 when it beat the Heels on March 13. Playing a night game on Long Island against a stout Hofstra defense won’t be an easy task. Hofstra sophomore goalie Chris Selva, a first-year starter, has been outstanding and leads the country with a 6.31 goals against average and ranks second with a 63.5 save percentage. He will be severely tested against UNC’s potent offense. The Heels rank 11th in the country in scoring (12.0 gpg) and Marcus Holman (27g, 26a) is the country’s fourth-leading scorer. Hofstra’s three one-goal losses have put them squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, so the Pride clearly have some big-time motivation.

WD1: No. 8 Georgetown (8-2) at No. 6 Notre Dame (10-0), 2 p.m. Sunday

The Irish (10-0) are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the country (alongside No. 1 Maryland) and have matched a program best for wins. This weekend will be a test, though — both Loyola and the Hoyas will visit South Bend. Georgetown must like its chances here. The Hoyas are solid on the draw (.539) while Notre Dame is shaky (.483) and Georgetown’s balanced attack — 10 players with 13 points or more — will challenge the Irish defense. If they can get it, it would be the Hoyas’ first win over Notre Dame since 2010. Georgetown will be Notre Dame’s first top 10 opponent of the season.

@clochary Check out the LaxMagazine.com video recap of last year’s 7-6 OT win for the Irish. Despite the low score, it was a great game, one of those tense match-ups where every possession counts. Rematch should be great!

comments powered by Disqus