March 8, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: Moving into Heart of the Season

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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MD1: No. 4 Loyola (4-1) at Duke (2-4), 7 p.m. Friday

Much has been made of Duke's early-sesaon sturggles. The Blue Devils looked downright lost defensively on national television in a 17-6 loss to top-ranked Maryland last week.

Loyola has not exactly been blowing the doors off its competition in the early-season, but has managed to remain at the top of the national rankings and fared well against the Terps in a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup two weeks ago.

The Greyhounds will be the favorite in this one, a position they weren't in last season when they still won. Last year, Loyola beat Duke 13-8 in Baltimore in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

@UnCensered Duke has a top five long-stick midfielder in Luke Duprey and a similarly dominant defensive midfielder in Will Haus. Yet in one of 2013’s biggest head-scratchers, opposing midfielders Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland), Isaac Bock (Penn) Jim Marlatt (Notre Dame) and Eric Adamson (Denver) have each scored five plus points against the Blue Devils this season. Translation: watch out for Loyola’s Davis Butts, Chris Layne or Sean O’Sullivan.

 

 

 

 


MD1: No. 7 Denver (4-1) at No. 11 Ohio State (4-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Last season, Ohio State had a simple strategy when they found themselves up two goals in the fourth quarter against Denver: possess the ball for as long as possible. The Buckeyes played catch for six minutes behind the goal, Mark Matthews helplessly watched from midfield and OSU upset the Pios in an early season game in Jacksonville.

That game helped gain support for what became the new rules as even Bill Tierney, the architect of half-field slog lacrosse advocated for a shot clock after the game. Timer on or off though, OSU looks reinvigorated in 2013. Led on offense by slick-sticked British Columbia natives Logan Schuss and Jesse King, the Bucks are 4-0 and took down media-darling Penn State in a 10-9 nailbiter last week.

Of course, Denver will be seeking revenge and has its own stable of crafty Canucks. Wes Berg scored seven goals in the Pioneers win over a pesky Penn team last Saturday. DU currently has a musical chairs situation in goal as Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante have been splitting time.

MD2: No. 4 Merrimack (0-0) vs. No. 3 Limestone (5-0), 11 a.m. Saturday in Baltimore

It's instinctive to beileve that a team without a game under its belt just can't compete with a higher-ranked, undefeated squad that has already played five games. Merrimack is no stranger to this situation, however. The Warriors traveled to Baltimore after just one game and knocked off a 7-0 Saints squad last spring, and they'll try to reprise that role on Saturday. Alas, Limestone is different than 2012. Last year, they hadn't played one competitive game heading into the Merrimack contest, but the Saints have already knocked off the defending national champions this spring. It was a one-goal game last year — with Limestone's Riley Loewen (6g) and Merrimack's Greg Melaugh (5g, 1a) leading the way — and it's tough envisioning it being any other way this weekend.

WD1: No. 7 Penn State (3-1) at No. 1 Maryland (5-0), Noon Saturday

The Nittany Lions showed some grit in a comeback upset of then-No. 6 Virginia on Sunday, but the Terps are another story. What can stop the powerful Maryland's offense (17.50 goals per game)? Is it freshman goalie Emi Smith? The Regis Jesuit (Colo.) product has settled into NCAA play nicely but overall the Penn State defense is allowing 9.50 goals per game. Keep an eye on the draw, too. Maryland has a great 1-2 punch with freshman midfielder Taylor Cummings (30 DC) on ball and Tewaaraton winner Katie Schwarzmann (19 DC) on the circle. But Penn State's Kelly Lechner (12 DC) and Tatum Coffey (13 DC) are no slouches, either.

@clochary ACC Offensive Player of the Week Alex Aust is having a ridiculous senior campaign so far. The Terp attacker has 43 overall points in six games, which is an average of just over seven points per game. She scored 19 points in two games versus Virginia and Hofstra, both quality opponents. She set a program record for assists in a 17-10 win over UMBC, and added four goals besides. Those 11 points were just one shy of the program record for points in a single game (12, Jen Adams).

 

 

 




WD1: No. 2 Florida (8-0) at No. 13 Dartmouth (3-0), Noon Saturday

Here's an example of not all undefeated records being created equally. Dartmouth won its first two games by one goal apiece against unranked opponents. Florida hasn't really been threatened since its two-goal season-opening victory over third-ranked UNC on Feb. 9 and is coming off big wins over Syracuse and Loyola. The Gators beat Darmouth, 20-4, last season in Gainesville. The game shifts to Hanover this weekend, where temperatures are expected to be in the 40's, but if the Big Green make it closer this time, it will be because of goalie Kristen Giovanniello, not homefield advantage.

MD2: No. 6 NYIT (2-0) at No. 5 Adelphi (1-0), Noon Saturday

The Long Island block party continues again this weekend when the Bears and Panthers rekindle their rivalry that has been dormant since 2009. Adelphi won its new-found rivalry game with LIU Post last Saturday, 8-7, in front of a sell-out crowd and it won't get any easier with NYIT coming for a visit. The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak, including a win over No. 8 Seton Hill, and haven't lost to the Panthers since 2005. Adelphi has goalie Eric Janssen, who has gotten the Panthers to the brink of a national title and was superb against Post, to backbone an experienced defense. Expect it to be in the single-digits and it expect to come down to the wire.

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MD1: No. 3 Cornell (4-0) at No. 8 Virginia (5-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

It wouldn't be hard to argue with the statement that Virginia was caught looking ahead to this showdown on Tuesday, when the Cavaliers escaped with a 12-10 win against Vermont in Charlottesville. "I told the kids afterwards that's not how we want to be, not how we want to live our lives and play lacrosse," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "You can't mail in an effort." Well, then. Cornell enters on an early-season tear, averaging 16.5 goals per game and with Rob Pannell squarely in the lead for the Tewaaraton if the selection committee handed the award out today.

MD1: No. 5 Princeton (2-0) at No. 10 North Carolina (2-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Princeton travels down to Tobacco Road to look for their first win over an ACC team in nearly a decade.

Last Friday, Chris Bates's team put the rest of the country on notice that they weren't some paper tiger when they disposed John Hopkins 11-8 on national television. Midfield Tom Schreiber was the best player on the field, Jake Frocarro outplayed Tucker Durkin and a makeshift Princeton defense showed considerable backbone. Jake Frocarro is by far the best freshman in the country, while classmates Ryan Ambler and goalie Matt O'Connor aren't too far behind.

In many ways the Tar Heels are built like Princeton with a bunch of offensive stars, a talented youth movement and a defense still trying to figure itself out. Similar to Schreiber, UNC's Marcus Holman is a Tewaaraton candidate who has ample support in the form of Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter. First-year middie Steve Pontrello looked downright dangerous against Notre Dame on Saturday. UNC faceoff man R.G. Keenan (54 percent) could be the difference against a Princeton team that struggled against JHU's Mike Poppleton.

@Corey_McL This game could say a lot about the direction the season will take for either Princeton or North Carolina. The Tigers are coming off a week in which they knocked off Hopkins at home but needed a comeback to beat Villanova. North Carolina has already had a few heart-breaking losses (to Notre Dame and UMass) and things can start heading in the wrong direction quickly if they don't get a good feeling back. I would call this the Jack McBride Bowl, but we're a year late for that.









WD1: No. 6 Duke (5-1) at No. 11 Georgetown (3-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

The Hoyas are 4-0 for the first time since 2008, and a lot of the credit for that goes to the defense, which has better levels of fitness and confidence than they did last season. (Coach Ricky Fried gives credit for the improvement to his new assistant, Meg Dentler, a former goalie and 2005 CAA Player of the Year at George Mason.) Georgetown most recently held Stanford to just eight goals on 20 shots in a 15-8 win on Tuesday. The Hoyas will need sharp defense to stop Duke, which averages 15.67 goals per game. Blue Devil sophomore Kerrin Mauer is having a terrific season, with 16 goals and 14 assists already.

WD3: No. 3 Cortland (2-0) at No. 9 Franklin & Marshall (2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Franklin & Marshall is back and it's almost as if it never left. In fact, with convincing wins over York and Washington & Lee, the Diplomats actually look better in the first few games of the Mike Faith era than they did a year ago. Cortland, which has reached two consecutive final fours, will be F&M's biggest test yet. This is the first ranked opponent of the year for Cortland, which will also face No. 2 Salisbury while in Lancaster. Last season, Cortland won at F&M, 14-9, but the Red Dragons graduated all-time great Lindsay Abbot, while F&M returns the bulk of its defense intact.

@LacrosseMag With a 2-0 start, first year coach Mike Faith has done a good job of helping the Dips quickly turn the page following the 2012 season. F&M will be a contender in the Centennial race once again this spring, but the true test of the program’s return may be how it stacks up against top-notch non-conference foes. This weekend’s battle against Cortland starts a stretch that also includes Ithaca, Messiah, Salisbury and New Jersey in the next four weeks.

 

 

 




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