March 1, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: Marching In With a Great Slate

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Welcome to March! And oh, what a weekend of games are ahead. It's so good we couldn't fit a top-10 matchup between the North Carolina and Notre Dame men on the Big Board.

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. 12 Princeton (1-0) at No. 3 Johns Hopkins (3-0), 5 p.m. Friday

National TV: ESPNU

This will be the first significant test for a Johns Hopkins team that has shown more run-and-gun in its repertoire, averaging more than 14 goals per game in its three wins. While bringing back John Greeley slowly from ACL surgery, the Blue Jays have flashed their depth at midfield, getting more reps for speedy Lee Coppersmith and even some offensive contributions from short stick Phil Castranova, who missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury.

But that depth could be tested again, as All-American midfielder Rob Guida did not play in Johns Hopkins' 17-8 win over Michigan last Saturday due to an unspecified injury. Coach Dave Pietramala defined Guida's status as "week-to-week, day-to-day," according to The Baltimore Sun. (Attackman Wells Stanwick and defenseman Rob Enright also missed the Michigan game for violating a team policy. They will play Friday.) Princeton has already picked up a big road win at Hofstra, despite starting a freshman (Matt O'Connor) in goal in a season opener for just the third time in 25 years and running its attack through another freshman, Ryan Ambler. Both played well in their debuts, with Ambler's four-point performance (one goal, three assists) earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.

MD1: No. 6 Virginia (3-0) at No. 18 Syracuse (1-1), 6 p.m. Friday

It's been 17 years since Syracuse beat Virginia 22-21 on a Friday night in the Carrier Dome, inspiring fans and lovers of a fast-paced game alike. Current Providence defensive coordinator and former Orange goalie John Galloway was in the stands that day, and was lured to Syracuse in part because of the high-scoring affair.

What's going to happen when the new rules meet this traditional rivalry? Will the Orange and Cavaliers out-do 22-21? Syracuse started off against Albany surely looking like it's possible, playing to a 16-15 double overtime loss, but then beat Army 6-2 on Sunday. Virginia, meanwhile, is taking about 20 more shots per game over the same period a year ago. The Dome scoreboard will tell the tale.

WD1: No. 1 Maryland (3-0) at No. 6 Virginia (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Virginia needs to shake off a tough 10-9 loss to Syracuse, whereas the Terps have rolled to a 3-0 record and a No. 1 ranking. (They dispatched the Orange along the way, too.) Cavaliers sophomore midfielder Courtney Swan (9 draw controls) must have a big day against Maryland freshman phenom Taylor Cummings (14 DCs) to get those valuable possessions. The Cavaliers defense, led by senior goalie Kim Kolarik (8.67 GAA), will have to cut the Terps' 18 goals per game average in half to keep things competitive. Virginia hasn't beaten Maryland since an OT win in the 2008 ACC championship.

MD1: No. 1 Maryland (3-0) at No. 19 Duke (2-3), 11 a.m. Saturday

National TV: ESPNU

A tale of two seasons as Maryland has been the talk of 2013, while Duke is again limping through February with losses already to Denver, Notre Dame and Penn.

With the new rules in effect, the Terrapins have proven that they can be effective beyond just running grinding inverts for minutes at a time. Last Saturday, and led by first-line midfielders John Haus, Mike Chanenchuk and Jake Bernhardt's nine total points, Maryland took down the reigning national champion Greyhounds 12-10.

Two years ago, when Duke was 1-2 and struggling to score goals, a freshman attackman named Jordan Wolf was inserted into the starting lineup against Maryland where he scored the game-winner in overtime. The fleet footed attackman is now the linchpin of the Duke attack (21 points through five games) and will again need to rise to the occasion against a physical Terp defense. Duke, goalie Dan Wigrizer is saving the ball at a 44 percent clip.

MD1: No. 11 Colgate (3-0) at No. 7 Cornell (1-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Get out the popcorn. The duel for attackman supremacy is going down.

Of course, 2012 was supposed to be the year of Rob Pannell. But instead, the pitbull attackman broke his foot in Cornell's second game. Question mark dodges were replaced by actual questions: would Pannell ever get off the Rolly Cart and suit up for the Big Red?

Baum, meanwhile, flew under the radar in Hamilton N.Y. and picked up the scoring slack, putting up 96 points on his way to winning the Tewaaraton Bronze.

Pannell got a fifth year of eligibility and is now back at full strength, scoring 13 points in wins over Hobart and Binghamton. Baum has kept up his own torrid pace, averaging close to five points a game in Colgate's three wins.

While Pannell will get marked by Bobby Lawrence, Baum will likely see some mix of Mike Bronzino, Jason Noble and Thomas Keith.

@Corey_McL The biggest top-15 men's showdown in upstate New York this weekend won't be played between Virginia and Sryacuse at the Carrier Dome on Friday, but at Cornell on Saturday, when Tewaaraton-caliber talent goes at it in one of the better non-conference matchups of the year. Peter Baum, 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner vs. Rob Pannell, 2011 Tewaaraton Award finalist. Get your popcorn ready, indeed.

 

 

 

 


MD3: No. 5 Cabrini (1-1) at No. 3 Lynchburg (2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

The shine came off this game a little bit on Wednesday when Dickinson handed Cabrini a convincing, 12-6 loss, but it's still a good, early-March test for two teams with postseason aspirations. It isn't a 'must-win' contest for either program, but it's more important to the Hornets in the long run. With the ODAC appearing stronger than it has in years, stacking up at-large chips early in the season is important if Lynchburg can't outkick W&L or Roanoke for the league title. The CSAC auto-bid is in the bag for the Cavaliers, so this will be a game to get back on track, especially on the defensive end. Last year, Cabrini allowed 4.95 goals per game. After two games this year, the Cavs are allowing 12.0 gpg.

@LacrosseMag Expectations have never been this high for No. 5 Cabrini, which is saying a lot since the Cavs have appeared in the NCAA tournament 11 straight times. Riding their highest preseason ranking in program history, the Cavs are legitimate contenders for South Region supremacy in 2013. A win over No. 3 Lynchburg would be a great jump-start for a March run that also includes upcoming games against perennial powers Gettysburg and Cortland.

 

 

 



MD2: No. 9 LIU Post (3-0) at No. 7 Adelphi (0-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

If there was one game that symbolized the new world of Division II lacrosse, with the expanded tournament and the introduction of an RPI, it's this one. Despite being located just 10 miles from each other, these two powerhouses who have combined for 10 national titles and appearances in three of the last four championship games, haven't played each other since 2009 — the last year both were members of the ECC. Since Adelphi's departure for the Northeast-10 in 2010, the rivalry went dormant because the stakes were too high for both. Now, it's back, and everything is right on Long Island again.

WD1: No. 4 Syracuse (2-1) vs. No. 2 Florida (6-0), 5 p.m. Saturday in Miami

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Florida and Syracuse played perhaps the best women's lacrosse game of the season last year in the NCAA semifinals, with the Orange rallying for a 14-13 victory after a potential Florida victory was wiped out due to a wise stick check request. They renew the rivalry on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium in the Orange Bowl Classic. The Gators, as expected, have been strong in the early going. Florida is a perfect 6-0, highlighted by wins over North Carolina and Stony Brook, and is allowing just 5.7 goals per game. Syracuse has the offense to challenge Florida, but do they have the defense? After opening the season with a win over Jacksonville, Syracuse was hammered by Maryland 19-11. Syracuse is giving up 12.0 goals per game and has a team save percentage of just 36.8.

WD2: No. 7 Stonehill (0-0) at No. 4 Rollins (1-0), 7 p.m. Saturday

Rollins and Stonehill have met every season since 2010. That year, Stonehill won 20-9. In 2011, Stonehill won 11-9. Last season, Rollins won 14-13, in overtime. It's evidence of the incremental improvements made each season by the South's fastest-rising team. Just don't expect the upward trend to continue exponentially. The two-goal results of the past two seasons should stabilize as the norm. Each of these teams is an early favorite to reach the postseason.

@markmacyk This matchup is even closer than the rankings indicate. Both teams return plenty from last year’s one-goal, overtime result. The slight edge goes to Rollins because throughout the early season, when the Northeast is pelted by super-storms and thunder-snow, the Tars have been practicing outside. (Though usually not on campus.) The Tars didn't lose a game last year until the end of April. This could be a different result later in the year, but, win or lose, Winter Haven isn’t a bad place to visit in March.

 

 

 

 


WD1: No. 11 Penn St. (1-1) at No. 6 Virginia, 1 p.m. Sunday

Both these teams are entering the weekend coming off losses, and both will be hungry for a win. The Nittany Lions rolled the Cavaliers last year, winning 14-7 after building an early 7-0 lead. Of course, the Cavaliers didn't have Casey Bocklet (a Northwestern transfer) last year, and she has added considerable punch to Virginia's attack. The righty sophomore leads the team in goals with seven and has a nice compliment on the other side of the crease with the left-handed Ashlee Warner, who leads the team in points with 11 on six goals and five assists. Penn State freshman goalie Emi Smith, a Regis Jesuit (Colo.) grad, has posted a .500 save percentage so far this season.


@mdasilva15
This is a tough Friday-Sunday swing for the Cavaliers, who coughed up a four-goal lead against Syracuse last week. I see the Wahoos scoring a big upset Friday night against the top-ranked Terps, followed by a letdown loss Sunday to Penn State, whose attack combo of Mackenzie Cyr and Maggie McCormick can cause fits with their exchanges behind and around the goal.
 

 

 

 

 

 

@clochary Maryland AND Penn State in one weekend? That’s some tough scheduling. I lean towards Penn State to win this one, even on the road, because the Cavaliers will be gassed from playing Maryland just two days before.

 

 

 





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