May 10, 2013

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Ten-2-Watch: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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.

This weekend features NCAA tournaments across all levels of play. Use #NCAALAX to discuss the NCAA tournament 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. All times Eastern.

Brackets: MD1 | WD1 | MD2 | WD2 | MD3 | WD3

Overall 85-35 81-39 80-40 80-40 80-40 76-44 75-45 75-45 67-53
Last week 6-4 4-6 7-3 4-6 6-4 5-5 3-7 6-4 4-6










W:BC-DAR BC
BC
BC
BC
BC
BC
BC
BC
BC
W:MAS-CON MAS
MAS
CON
MAS
MAS
CON
MAS
MAS
MAS
W:ND-STN ND
ND
ND
ND
STN
STN
ND
ND
ND
W:LH@ROL LH
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
M:SAL@W&L W&L
W&L
SAL
SAL
W&L
SAL
SAL
SAL
SAL
W:YRK-F&M F&M
F&M
F&M
F&M
YRK
F&M
F&M
YRK
YRK
M:LEM@LIU LEM
LEM
LEM
LIU
LIU
LIU
LIU
LEM
LIU
M:ALB@DEN DEN
DEN
DEN
ALB
DEN
DEN
DEN
ALB
ALB
M:COR@MD COR
COR
COR
MD
MD
MD
MD
MD
MD
M:LOY@DUK DUK
LOY
LOY
LOY
DUK
DUK
LOY
LOY
DUK

WD1: Boston College (12-7) vs. Dartmouth (10-7) at Syracuse, 1:30 p.m. Friday (NCAA First Round)

The Eagles enter the NCAA tournament having won eight of their last nine games. Sophomore attacker Covie Stanwick set a single-season record for Boston College with her 60 goals, and will be looking to pour a few more on top of that against the Big Green. She'll have a tough keeper to beat with Dartmouth junior Kristen Giovanniello. Giovanniello's numbers are down from last year (.410 save percentage in 2013 versus .475% in 2012) but she's still a force. She had an overtime save against Princeton that set up the Big Green's 11-10 double OT win over the Tigers in the Ivy League semifinals. Dartmouth's offense will need to be more productive than usual (9.94 goals per game) if the Big Green expects to beat Boston College and advance to a second-round game against No. 4 Syracuse.

If the Eagles can pull it off, it will be their first ever NCAA tournament victory. If Dartmouth wins, it will be the Big Green's first tournament victory since 2006, when they advanced to the championship game.

WD1: UMass (17-2) vs. UConn (13-4) at State College, Pa., 6 p.m. Friday (NCAA First Round)

The Minutewomen are one of two teams in the country with both a top-five defense (7.95) and a top-five offense (15.11). (The other is Stony Brook.) The offense is particularly impressive. UMass is well-balanced with five players who have 40 points or more. Altogether, the team shoots .496, and goal leader Sam Rush (61g, 8a) has a .670 shooting percentage. Rush will likely draw a match-up with UConn’s top defender, senior Kelsi Tucci (11 CT). Both teams are extremely pumped for this regional rivalry match-up. UConn is a first-time NCAA tournament participant, whereas UMass has gotten a bid for the past five years. Still, the Minutemen haven’t gotten an NCAA tournament win since 1984. Whoever comes out on top will be making history.

WD1: Notre Dame (12-4) vs. Stanford (13-5) at Evanston, Ill., 8 p.m. Friday (NCAA First Round)

Let's turn back the clock to Feb. 16, when unranked Stanford held a 7-2 halftime lead against then No. 8-ranked Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams. The Irish came out guns blazing in the second half, scored six of the next seven goals and got some timely scoring late from Betsy Mastropieri and Grace Dooley to win 12-10. That game seemed quite telling as Notre Dame stormed a 10-0 start and Stanford stumbled with uncharacteristic losses to Denver and UC Davis. But it's not how you start; it's how you finish. The Irish lost four of their last six games and failed to qualify for the Big East tournament. The Cardinal, meanwhile, rebounded in the MPSF tournament and avenged its loss to Denver with a 7-6 victory in the conference championship game to secure the AQ.

Moral of the story: It's a toss-up in Evanston, with the winner earning the pleasure of a round-of-16 date Sunday against second-seeded Northwestern.

Notre Dame relies on its playmakers on the defensive half of the field, including a trio of first team All-Big East players in goalie Ellie Hilling, defender Barbara Sullivan and midfielder Margaret Smith. Sullivan, a sophomore, leads the Irish in ground balls (49), draw controls (62) and caused turnovers (32). Smith can do some damage on offense too.

Stanford, which has never won an NCAA tournament game but is making its third appearance in four years, has gotten a boost from Rachel Ozer (47 goals, 22 assists) after she missed most of the 2012 season due to injury. The Cardinal's 15.22 draw controls per game are tops in Division I.

WD2: No. 3 Lock Haven (15-2) at No. 2 Rollins (15-1), Noon Saturday (NCAA South Region Semifinal)

This is Division II lacrosse’s version of new south vs. old south. A team from the PSAC has reached won the South Region in 10 of the 12 Division II tournaments, but LHU is the only squad representing the conference this year. The region is growing. When Lock Haven reached the championship game in 2009, Rollins was in its second-year of existence. Dennis Short has done much in that time to build the program and the last time these two teams met, in March of 2012, Rollins won 18-10. Much has changed for both teams since then. Lock Haven has midfielder Jessica Pandolf and goalie Chrissy Baffuto back from injury. Rollins has grown into a national power and wins over PSAC teams are no longer considered upsets.

MD3: Salisbury (15-5) at Washington & Lee (16-4), 1 p.m. Saturday (NCAA Second Round)

Earlier this spring, it was Washington & Lee that introduced Salisbury to a phrase the Sea Gulls don't hear very often: losing streak. The Generals handed Jim Berkman's outfit a 7-6 double-overtime loss on Feb. 23, which gave the Gulls consecutive losses and a losing record at the time. They meet again with far more at stake. Playing the game in Lexington is actually a boost for Salisbury as the Gulls lost three of their five games at home this spring. Beating W&L will be no easy task, as the Generals have weapons all over the field. But Berkman believes that his team is better than what the record shows. "We lost five games by seven goals," he said. "Each [loss], we kind of kicked ourselves in the butt, not necessarily what the opponent did. We’ll play with confidence, but we’ll have to play well for 60 minutes to come out of their with a win."

WD3: No. 9 York (14-4) vs. No. 6 Franklin & Marshall (15-4), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Salisbury (NCAA Quarterfinal)

Franklin & Marshall ushered in the Mike Faith era in a big way back on Feb. 26, defeating York in the season-opener, 13-6. It was a victory that announced F&M as back for good and one that has them favored here in the NCAA second round.  The Dips have not lost to any teams outside the Top 5 all season. York was still figuring out who its starting goalie is when it headed to F&M earlier this season. They’ve since gone with Ashley Smith, who was brilliant in the first round against Washington & Lee and said afterward the Spartans still haven’t played their best game. The site of this one is familiar to York, the Spartans lost twice at Salisbury this year. Salisbury actually visited Franklin & Marshall twice this year.

MD2: No. 3 Le Moyne (15-2) at No. 2 LIU Post (11-2), 3 p.m. Saturday (NCAA North Region Semifinal)

The Dolphins and Pioneers square off for the first time since they met in the 2010 national championship game, a contest won by Post, 14-9. Not much has changed philosophically for these programs. Le Moyne still has a disciplined approach complemented by a strong defense. Post is a little more wide open in their game, and have the more dangerous offensive weapons. These contrasting styles should make for an interesting finish.

MD1: Albany (13-4) at No. 4 Denver (12-4), 7:30 p.m. Saturday (NCAA First Round)

Denver's 2,000-capacity Peter Barton Stadium has been sold out since mid-week, and fans have been angling to get "hill" tickets behind one of the goals for a chance to watch what's expected to be a tremendous first-round matchup. It's the second NCAA tournament game ever to be held west of the Mississippi River; the first was Denver's 2011 first-round game against Villanova. Albany brings great storylines to Colorado, headlined by the Thompson trio and Tewaaraton Award finalist Lyle, who is within striking distance of the NCAA's all-time single-season scoring record. Patrick Stevens broke down this matchup more in-depth here. It will be interesting to see how much Denver pushes the pace.

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MD1: Cornell (12-3) at No. 6 Maryland (10-3), 1 p.m. Sunday (NCAA First Round)

Our own Joel Censer wrote 1,700 words on the showdown between two tradition rich programs that have faced their fair share of postseason heartache.

A few months ago, many considered Cornell and Maryland postmarked for championship weekend. After some mid-season stumbles however, the two powers will now meet in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Terps and Big Red are built differently. Cornell wins with starpower and a few dynamic athletes (see Pannell, Rob) on the offensive and defensive end. Maryland is more of a grit-and-grind outfit which makes every team earn its goals and possessions.

Tempo, goalkeeping, and ground ball scrums will likely sort out who moves on to the wuarterfinals.

MD1: Loyola (Md.) (11-4) at No. 7 Duke (12-5), 5:15 p.m. Sunday (NCAA First Round)

These two teams met two months ago and the Blue Devils clawed out a 9-8 victory over the Hounds. Duke Sophomore Kyle Turri was making his first start in net while Loyola’s star defensive middie Josh Hawkins was suspended.

Of course, things have changed since then. Duke was just beginning a streak that saw them silence the critics by winning 10 of their last 11 games. In North Baltimore, Hawkins eventually returned to the lineup to give Loyola a boost between the 30s.

This game will likely be won between the 30s. Duke has star face-off technician Brendan Fowler, turnover-causing long-stick Luke Duprey and d-middie extraordinaire Will Haus. Loyola answers with one of the best rope units of the past decade in Hawkins, long-stick Scott Ratliff and Pat Laconi.


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