by Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Each Friday, we hash out the top 10 games of the weekend ahead in college lacrosse. In the spirit of March Madness, now you can get in on the bragging rights.
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Freshman goalies stand in between the pipes on both ends of the field, which might encourage more shooting, but neither team should be lulled into false confidence. Princeton's Tyler Fiorito, a McDonogh (Md.) product and U.S. U-19 team player, has been everything he was billed to be coming out of high school as the consensus No. 1 goalie in his recruiting class. Albany's John Carroll, all 270 pounds of him, was not so heralded -- despite strong credentials as a Long Island goalie in the Empire State Games. "We don't get that kind of recognition," said Great Danes head coach Scott Marr.
WD1: No. 9 Princeton at No. 5 Virginia - Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern
UVA has been living on the edge, needing big rallies to overcome deficits in eventual wins over Penn State and William and Mary, which sandwiched the North Carolina loss in which the Wahoos could not dig out of an early hole. Erin Tochihara is cementing her spot as the starting goalie for Princeton. After stopping a career-high 16 shots in a loss to Duke, she made 13 saves in a win over Penn State, including nine in the first half. That does not bode well for Virginia if it gets down.
MD3: No. 5 Ithaca at No. 2 Cortland - Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern
WD1: No. 4 Georgetown at No. 6 North Carolina - Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern
Both teams are coming off big upset wins (Georgetown over Duke; North Carolina over Virginia) and will be eager to maintain momentum. Jordy Kirr makes the Hoyas go, evidenced well by three goals and three assists her last time out. For UNC, Jenn Russell has five goals and two assists in the last two games, both wins helping erase the memory of the team's paltry offensive output in its loss to Penn.
MD1: No. 11 North Carolina at No. 10 Maryland - Saturday, 2 p.m. Eastern
WD1: No. 16 James Madison at No. 20 Loyola - Saturday, 3 p.m. Eastern
Loyola is riding high after its 16-9 win over No. 14 Cornell that was never close -- thanks to Grace Gavin, that is. She scored three goals in the first two minutes. Both teams have struggled to find consistency on the defensive end -- namely in the cage. Each occupies a platoon. James Madison's goalies managed just one save each in a loss Wednesday to Princeton. That said, the Dukes have managed to play both Notre Dame and Princeton tight, losing by four and two goals, respectively.
MD2: No. 3 C.W. Post at No. 2 Le Moyne - Saturday, 5 p.m. Eastern
MD1: No. 1 Virginia at No. 9 Johns Hopkins - Saturday, 8 p.m. Eastern
WD1: No. 11 Vanderbilt at No. 17 Penn State - Sunday, 12 p.m. Eastern
WD1: No. 8 Syracuse at No. 1 Northwestern - Sunday, 1 p.m Central