March 4, 2016
Maryland and Notre Dame square off in Orange County, Calif., on Saturday. (Greg Wall and Andrew Nelles)
Maryland and Notre Dame square off in Orange County, Calif., on Saturday. (Greg Wall and Andrew Nelles)

Weekend Watch: Special Events Dot the Schedule

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

1. Going to Cali

The third annual Pacific Coast Shootout features top-ranked Notre Dame (3-0) and seventh-ranked Maryland (1-1), which is coming off a loss at Yale.

Last year, Maryland coach John Tillman said the Terps' California trip — that ended with a 10-8 win over North Carolina in the 2015 PCC — was one of the highlights of the year and real team bonding experience. Watch for yourself below. They could use the same kick-start coming off a loss in which they scored only three goals despite winning 13 of 16 faceoffs.

The game is set for 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time, at LeBard Stadium in the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. Tickets sold out on Wednesday afternoon to the 7,600-seat venue. A crowd of nearly 6,000 watched in person last year. You can watch for free live at MaxLaxOc.com

2. Hempstead Turnpike Doubleheader

Georgetown (0-3) at No. 9 Hofstra (3-0), Noon Saturday
No. 3 Duke (4-1) vs. No. 16 Harvard (3-0), 3 p.m. Saturday

Hofstra doesn't host an NCAA quarterfinal this year — Ohio State and Brown do — but this is lineup is post-season worthy. The one team that is least so at this point is Georgetown, which desperately needs a win after starting the season 0-3 with a surprising loss to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday. Eamon McAnaney took a look at this double dip in his column this week.

3. Midwest Lacrosse Classic

Bellarmine (1-3) vs. Detroit (0-3), 3 p.m. Friday; No. 15 Marquette (2-0) at Ohio State (3-1), 6 p.m. Friday
Detroit vs. Marquette, Noon Sunday; Bellarmine at Ohio State, 3 p.m. Sunday

Ohio State's Horseshoe hosts this four-team, four-game event. If you pay attention to one make it No. 15 Marquette against Ohio State on Friday night. In this event last year, at Bellarmine, the Golden Eagles pulled out one of their signature one-goal wins and catapulted them to national rankings recognition.

4. Blue Bloods (Plus One)

No. 5 Syracuse (3-0) at No. 13 Virginia (2-2), 5:30 p.m. Friday
Princeton (1-1) at No. 11 Johns Hopkins (1-2), 1 p.m. Saturday
No. 2 Denver (4-0) at No. 10 North Carolina (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

The plus one is Denver, the defending national champion which always seems to play a wild game with North Carolina this time of year. Will Syracuse easily handle Virginia? Princeton visits Homewood Field, but will be without do-it-all midfielder Zach Currier, who was ejected at the end of Princeton's OT loss at Hofstra last Saturday for tossing a ball at an official. All games will be televised by ESPNU, with Denver-North Carolina on tape delay at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

5. Jersey Battle

Rutgers, which broke into the Nike/LM Top 20 at No. 20 this week, brings its 4-0 record about a 45-minute drive east toward the Jersey Shore to Monmouth, which is 2-0, for a 2 p.m. Saturday game.

6. Others of Note

UMass (2-2) at No. 8 Brown (2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday
UMass has been competitive in all of its games since a season-opening loss at Army. Brown is coming off a 16-14 win over Stony Brook.

No. 6 Loyola (3-0) at Holy Cross (0-4), 1 p.m. Saturday
Revenge for last year's Snowglobe Upset Special in Baltimore?

Cornell (1-1) at No. 14 Albany (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
No 30-hour bus ride back for either team invovled this time around.

No. 4 Yale (2-0) at Bryant (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Trap game? Potentially. Yale can't allow itself to lose focus against Mike Pressler's Bryant squad, which in its last three games has beaten Hartford 16-11 (which handed Boston U. its only lost the week before), an improving Providence team 12-10 and lost to Bucknell by one. The Bison will play a role in the Patriot League race all season.

Schedule/Scores

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Where to Watch on TV/Streams

LaxMagazine.com/TV

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