May 3, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: It's Time for May Madness

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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All times Eastern. 

NOTE: With conference tournament matchups still being decided as of Thursday night, the slate of games is focused on known matchups from earlier in the week, thus mostly Friday contests.

MD1: Towson (9-7) at No. 9 Penn State (12-3), 3 p.m. Friday at Penn State (CAA Championship)

Towson is the definition of a bid thief. Win this game and the Tigers make the NCAA tournament via the CAA's AQ berth. That would knock one team off the bubble, bad news for teams such as Bucknell, Penn, Yale and even now Loyola after the Greyhounds fell to Ohio State on Thursday night.

Towson scored a mini-upset of Drexel in the CAA semifinals on Thursday and host Penn State took care of UMass. Watch the goalie matchup in this one, with Austin Kaut in net for the Nits and underappreciated Andrew Wascavage backstopping Towson. LaxMagazine.com will have live blog coverage.

WD1: James Madison (11-5) vs. Hofstra (10-7), 3:30 p.m. Friday at Towson (CAA Semifinal)

James Madison had a tough road to the CAA tournament. Sophomore goalie Schylar Healy, the No. 8 keeper in the nation with a .481 save percentage, suffered a concussion in mid-April. She was the only goalie on the Dukes' roster, and James Madison had to scrounge for her replacement for conference games versus William and Mary and Old Dominion. The solution turned out to be starting sophomore midfielder Kaci Starkloff, who strapped on the pads and stepped into the cage. Starkoff acquitted herself well, facing 27 shots and making 13 saves for a .591 save percentage across the two games. She even contributed a combined 3 caused turnovers, and James Madison beat the Tribe, 18-7, and the Monarchs, 17-2. Healy has been cleared for play in the CAA tournament, and Starkoff will return to the midfield, where she has been a steady contributor all season (17 GB, 21 DC, 8 CT).

"She is a selfless competitor that did whatever she could for our team to succeed, and the team rallied behind her," Dukes assistant Katie Linnertz said.

With Healy back in the cage, Hofstra will have to step up its shooting percentage (.369). Defensively, the Pride needs to stop senior attacker Casey Ancarrow, the Dukes' points leader and the defending CAA Player of the Year. Hofstra will also want to keep an eye on junior Amy Roguski. The attacker has had the game winner in the last two matchups between these teams, in the 2012 CAA semifinal and a triple overtime game on April 12.

WD1: Dartmouth (9-6) vs. No. 15 Princeton (10-5), 4 p.m. Friday at Philadelphia (Ivy League Semifinal)

The collective IQ of the City of Brotherly love will raise a few points this weekend, as the Ivy League tournament comes to Penn’s historic Franklin Field. This brainy battle, between the Ancient Eight’s second and third seeds, should be a close one. Five players from each squad made the All-Ivy team and Princeton defeated Dartmouth, 15-13, in Hanover on April 20. The key matchup comes with the Tigers on offense. Princeton’s Erin McMunn ranks second in the Ivy League with 68 points. Dartmouth's Kristen Giovanniello ranks third in the Ivy League with a 9.95 goals against average.

MD1: No. 17 Penn (8-4) vs. No. 13 Yale (7-4), 5 p.m. Friday at Cornell (Ivy League Semifinal)

TV: ESPN3

Two grit-and-grind teams fight to continue their season.

Both squads are competing for the Ivy crown and a potential at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. Whoever wins will move on to the league championship and likely secure a spot to the dance.

Yale is tough-as-nails and with faceoff technician Dylan Levings and between-the-lines savant Harry Kucharcyzk wins lots of possessions. Brandon Mangan is in charge of offensive duties.

Anchored by stalwart goalie Brian Feeney (59 percent) and star defensemen Anthony Santomo and Maxx Meyer, Penn’s defense is currently ranked first by Tempo Free Lax in adjusted defensive efficiency. Zac Losco is the headliner on offense and can wreak havoc over all parts of the field.

The most likely scenario? First to eight goals wins.

WD1: Cornell (10-5) at No. 16 Penn (9-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Philadelphia (Ivy League Semfinal)

This Ivy League semifinal is a rematch of one of the weirder games of the season. On March 23, Penn went up 10-3 in the first half before Cornell stormed back in the second period for an 8-1 run that forced overtime. In overtime, Cornell sophomore attacker Lindsay Toppe took a shot that a) went off the pipe and b) had a dangerous follow-through. Toppe was carded, and Penn’s Shannon Mangini scored on the power play to keep the Quakers’ Ivy League record perfect.
 
The Big Red is in good position for the second edition of this game. They’re on a three-game winning streak, and freshman attacker Emily Tripodi broke a Cornell single-season assist record (36) in the course of a six-assist performance in a 18-17 win over Boston University on April 27. That said, if the game is close, the smart money is on Penn. The Quakers are 5-1 in one-goal games, and 4-0 in overtime. Cornell is 2-3 in one-goal games and 1-1 in OT.

MD1: No. 14 Johns Hopkins (8-5) at Army (8-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Bracketologist extraordinaire Patrick Stevens has Johns Hopkins on the outside looking in for the NCAA tournament field, something that hasn’t happened since 1971. Drexel getting upset by Towson on Wednesday night gave the Blue Jays one small sliver of hope, but Loyola’s fourth-quarter collapse against Ohio State on Thursday probably pushed the Buckeyes off of the bubble and wiped out any gains from the Drexel loss. The numbers certainly don’t seem to favor the Blue Jays, but stranger things have happened. It appears the Blue Jays only shot is to swing the eyeball test of the committee with a convincing win over Army and hoping Penn and Yale play an ugly Ivy League semifinal with the winner of that game getting hammered in the final.

MD2: No. 4 Le Moyne (13-2) at No. 6 Merrimack (11-2) 7 p.m. Friday (Northeast-10 Semifinal)

There are a lot of machinations that could occur among the contenders for the four North region bids over the next two days, and they are esoteric enough to fill up far more room than we have available here, but it's a safe bet that both the Warriors and Dolphins are approaching this game with the same mindset: win, or miss the NCAA tourney. In the regular season meeting, Merrimack rode a spectacular, 24-save performance from netminder Connor Reagain to post a 5-3 victory in the face of a withering, 50-32 shot advantage for the Dolphins. Kam Bumpus and Andrew Chadderdon combined to shoot 0-for-26 in that match-up, a shot-distribution that is unlikely to be repeated in the rematch. The Warriors boast the NE-10 player of the year (Corey Lunney), defender of the year (Brandon Waiter) and goalie of the year (Reagan), along with homefield advantage, but with so much on the line, these bitter rivals will undoubtedly put on a show worthy of the game's weight.

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MD1: No. 16 Princeton (8-5) at No. 2 Cornell (12-2), 8 p.m. Friday at Cornell (Ivy League Semifinal)

TV: ESPNU

The two Ivy League blood rivals met last Saturday in what was supposed to be a tight game, Instead the contest turned into the “Rob Pannell Show” as the fifth-year senior cut up the Princeton defense for nine points and the Big Red coasted to a 17-11 win.  

The Tigers will likely need to win the encore to get an at-large NCAA postseason berth. Starting just his second game of the season, sophomore goalie Eric Shaschagrin was a lone bright spot at the defensive end, making 12 saves against the Cornell shooting gallery. Princeton’s own offensive megastar candidate Tom Schreiber could begin his case for the Tewaaraton by outplaying Pannell.

WD2: No. 7 West Chester (13-4) vs. No. 12 Indiana (Pa.) (13-2), 4 p.m. Friday at Lock Haven (PSAC Semifinal)

After two months of grinding, it all comes down to this one for these two NCAA tournament hopefuls. The loser goes home, the winner heads to the PSAC championship and, perhaps, the NCAA tournament. History is on West Chester’s side. IUP is fresh off the best regular season in program history, but West Chester is West Chester -- the most successful South Region program in history and a participant in nine of the last 12 Division II National Championships. Before last season, West Chester had reached every PSAC championship ever played. WCU won at IUP, 15-8, in the regular season

MLL: New York Lizards (1-0) at Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

TV: ESPN3

These are the top two teams in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason rankings. Chesapeake is the defending league champ and New York revamped its roster this offseason and is now stacked with more talent than any team in the league, save the Bayhawks. The matchup got an extra jolt of intrigue on Thursday, when the Bayhawks put Casey Powell on the active roster. Powell, the league's all-time leading scorer, previously said he was retired but Chesapeake took a chance on him anyway, picking him up in the supplemental draft.


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