Ten to Watch: Color it Orange
by Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Each Friday, your crack laxperts here at Lacrosse Magazine
Online will try to handicap the upcoming weekend for the top 10
college games across all divisions. Follow here at laxmagazine.com all season long.
WD1: No. 15 Notre Dame (3-1) at No. 11 Boston University (4-2) – Saturday 12 p.m.
BU is coming off a tough upset at the hands of Vanderbilt, but the Terriers were stymied in Nashville by a good goalie and uncharacteristically poor shooting. Notre Dame has allowed all four of its opponents thus far to reach double digits. BU lost last week and the Irish needed double OT to shake Cal. Both of these teams need a win at this point in the season.
Coyne: Notre Dame
Logue: Notre Dame
MD1: No. 17 Yale (4-0) at No. 10 Cornell (4-1) – Saturday 1 p.m.
Yale's 4-0 start is highlighted by a one-goal win over Massachusetts. They face a Cornell team licking its wounds after a 12-4 loss to top-ranked Virginia. Yale was expected to be better this year and Cornell was expected to slip after losing a great senior class. How much has the gap narrowed?
"Remember that whole "Ivy, Uprooted" feature we ran in the September 2009 issue of Lacrosse Magazine? Don't look now, but it's starting to come to life. With the new Ivy League tournament format and Bill Tierney twiddling his thumbs out in Denver, this race is wide open. Sure, Cornell and Princeton remain the teams to beat, but both are beatable. But Yale is off to an impressive start. Head coach Andy Shay seems to have turned the corner after a few years of getting his kind of players in the door. Scroll down further and you'll see what Harvard and Brown are up to. Penn has given both Duke and Maryland a run for their money. These teams are all positioning for what could be a very entertaining Ivy League campaign."
WD3: No. 1 Franklin & Marshall (4-0) at No. 2
Salisbury (8-0) – Saturday 1 p.m.
Last year's national championship game, won by F&M, 11-10 in overtime, was one of the most exciting contests in the 25 years of the title tilt and this regular season rematch is shaping up to follow in that mold. Both teams are stacked all over the field, but the big difference will be in goal. While F&M's All-American keep Lidia Sanza is back, Salisbury's All-American Sonja Stuart has graduated, leaving junior Julie Ann Caulfield to mind the nets. Don't read too much into this result as the Gulls won last year during the regular season, 10-9, but came up a goal short when it counted.
WD1: No. 4 North Carolina (6-1) at No. 7 Georgetown
(2-3) – Saturday 1 p.m.
Two teams looking to avoid another loss meet in our nation’s capital. Georgetown gets its third straight foe from the ACC a few days after melting away a three-goal lead in a 20-11 loss at Maryland. The Hoyas controlled the tempo for a while against the Terps, but they’ll need a more complete effort against a Carolina team smarting from 13-12 overtime loss at Virginia. It’s the middle game of three straight on the road for the Tar Heels, who haven’t won in D.C. since April 7, 2002. Molly Ford (19g, 4a) could use some help offensively for Georgetown against a UNC defense that, until last week, had yielded just six goals per game in six games.
WD1: No. 17 Loyola (5-3) at James Madison (6-0) – Saturday 1 p.m.
Loyola has been the absolute Jekyll and Hyde team of 2010.
Surpising loss to Penn State, great win over Virginia, back-to-back
losses to Denver and Towson. The Greyhounds have now put three
straight together, including an impressive 18-6 throttling of
Rutgers this week. JMU has slowly been building momentum and is
coming off its most impressive win of the season, a 13-12 overtime
victory against Princeton on Wednesday.
DaSilva: James Madison
Ohanian: James Madison
MD1: No. 20 Brown (2-1) at No. 14 Harvard (4-1) – Saturday 3 p.m.
Both programs have been energized by new coaches in recent
years. Now John Tillman and Harvard want to do what Lars Tiffany
and Brown have already done. Brown won a share of the Ivy title in
2008 and made the tournament in 2009. Harvard has had some
impressive wins under Tillman, but hasn't gotten to the next level.
If Brown is going to keep Harvard at bay, it needs a strong
performance from the guy with the biggest shoes to fill in college
lacrosse in 2010 - goalie Matt Chriss. Chriss has a 44.2 save
percentage stepping in for All-American Jordan Burke and needs to
be good enough to give the Bears solid offense (14.3 goals per
game) a chance.
MD1: No. 11 Lafayette (5-0) at No. 18 Bucknell (4-2) – Saturday 4 p.m.
Can they beat a quality Ivy League team like Penn? Check. Can
they beat a traditional Patriot League power like Navy? Check.
Lafayette has answered every question thrown at it so far, and now
its biggest test of the season comes in a very talented Bucknell
team. Both of the Bison's two losses came in overtime - Duke and
Navy - but the Bison have been without the services of senior Tim
Brandau since he was injured at the end of regulation in the Navy
loss. Lafayette could take a a major step towards the top seed and
the right to host the season-ending Patriot League touranment with
MD1: No. 2 Syracuse (3-1) at No. 7 Johns Hopkins (4-2) – Saturday 8 p.m.
Anyone see the Sun article about Hopkins' goalie situation? Starter Michael Gvozden has
gotten a lot of heat this year and was pulled in the first quarter
of the Blue Jays' loss last week at Hofstra. But while he's never
defeated Syracuse, he usually plays them very well -- 13 saves in a
regular season loss, a dazzling 20 saves in the 2008 championship game and 11 saves in an OT regular season loss. Still, without Chris Boland, who had been suspended, returned and then injured his right leg, Hopkins will have trouble keeping pase with 'Cuse.
|"Ouch, a 3-7 week last week. Fortunately I have another predictable midseason swoon for Hopkins to bail me out, at least for one game. Syracuse has too much talent to lose two in a row, even though it’s on the road again. Last week’s game in Hooville drew 7,501 fans. Expect every bit of that at Homewood, with no shortage of Orange in the stands, again. Will the Blue Jays’ defense keep them in the game, something they couldn’t do in a 14-6 dismantling at Hofstra last week. A similarly ugly result could be in the offing if Hop stays on its heels, defensively."|
WD1: No. 1 Northwestern (5-0) at No. 8 Syracuse (4-1) – Sunday 1 p.m.
Due to Syracuse hosting the NCAA basketball tournament regional,
the game will be played at Christian Brothers Academy. The Wildcats
lead the series 6-1, with that one Orange win coming in 2003. NU
pounded SU 19-8 last year, and 19-7 the year before that. The
Orange does have a powerful attack, and the jury's still out on
Northwestern's starting goalie Brianne LoManto (.536 sv %), mainly
because she hasn't been tested much. Still, Northwestern is on a
34-game winning streak, two shy of the school record (a 36-game
streak was ended by their regular season loss to
Penn in 2008). Given Syracuse's preoccupation with hoops and Northwestern's heavy upstate New York contingent (see Brighton H.S. pipeline and Danielle Spencer), this could turn into a de facto home game for the 'Cats. Yeah, because they don't have enough advantages.
"Syracuse plays terribly against Northwestern. "Cuse thinks its
WD1: No. 12 Penn State (4-2) at No. 14 Vanderbilt (4-3) – Sunday 2 p.m.
Are the ‘Dores back? Perhaps. Three early losses by a combined 20 goals may have lit a fire under Vanderbilt, which upset then-No. 9 BU last week before pummeling Louisville on the road Wednesday. “It just seemed to make them a little angry,” Vandy coach Cathy Swezey told laxmagazine.com’s Clare Lochary. Sophomore middie Ally Carey (11g, 9a) is turning into the offensive many thought she’d be coming out of John Carroll (Md.) School. Another US Lacrosse high school All-American, McDonogh’s (Md.) Molly Fernandez has spurred the under-the-radar Nittany Lions’ 4-2 start. Fernandez leads Penn State with 17 points and six assists, and she’s been named ALC Rookie of the Week three times already. It’s a key league matchup for both teams, and Vandy has won three straight in the series.
Logue: Penn State
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