March 22, 2013

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Ten-2-Watch: Ivy's Top Four Tangle Once More

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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WD3: No. 9 Bowdoin (3-0) at No. 11 Hamilton (3-1), Noon Friday

Hamilton is doing its best to put its disappointing first NESCAC season behind it, and will look to get back in the win column after Wednesday's surprising non-league loss at Oneonta. Bowdoin beat Hamilton, 13-11, in overtime last season, an example of how the Continentals' 7-10 record was a bit misleading. In 2010, Hamilton beat Bowdoin 13-11 on the second game of the season. It was the second closest result Hamilton had during its 21-game winning streak. Both teams are 2-0 in NESCAC play and both have knocked off a Top 20 team from Massachusetts (Bowdoin beat Amherst, Hamilton beat Tufts). Expect a big game from Bowdoin's Carolyn Gorajek, who has scored four goals in every game.

MD1: No. 18 Yale (3-2) at No. 11 Princeton (4-2), 5 p.m. Friday

A year ago, Yale put the rest of the lacrosse world on notice when they beat Cornell and Princeton to win the Ivy League tournament. Still, people wondered without the services of quarterback Matt Gibson (graduation) and leading goal scorer Deron Dempster (missing the season for an undisclosed reason), whether Yale would drift back to mediocrity.

But the Elis again look like a potential conference thorn that can go blow-to-blow with anyone. They have a savvy veteran defense led by cover man Peter Johnson and Michael McCormack. Brandon Mangan and Conrad Oberback have shown they can shoulder most of the offensive load. Alberta native Kirby Zdrill has been a revelation taking over Dempster's catch-and-shoot role. Most important, senior faceoff man Dylan Levings has helped Yale dominate the possession war, winning draws at an insane 66 percent clip.

Princeton is built differently than the "Eli Sluggers" as the Tigers rely on a hellacious ride and one of the nation's most explosive offenses. Tom Schreiber is the headliner and primary initiator and has ample feeding options. Cagey Canadian Mike MacDonald can fill it up. The Froccaro brothers are tough bulldogs who can dodge or finish. For the Tigers, all eyes will be on Justin Murphy (57 percent) a hard-nosed, low-to-the-ground Landon product who has recently taken over crouch and clamp duties.

WD1: No. 20 Louisville (7-1) at No. 16 Loyola (2-5), 6 p.m. Friday

This game is a good test case to see how early season scheduling affects in-conference play. The Cardinals’ are currently flying high on a four-game winning streak, but none of their eight opponents are currently ranked. The Greyhounds are on a three-game skid (the longest losing streak of Coach Jen Adams’ tenure), but they have played four Top 20 opponents and two in the current Top 10. Louisville currently has a top-5 offense (15.38 goals per game) and a top-10 defense (7.13).

MD1: No. 12 North Carolina (4-3) at No. 1 Maryland (6-0), Noon Saturday

North Carolina has yet to win two games in a row this season and it has yet to lose two games in a row either. Last week? The Tar Heels lost to Duke but on Monday beat Dartmouth. What to expect against the top-ranked Terps? There's a bunch of history to look at. One: The last time Carolina played a Maryland team that entered the game undefeated was March 27, 2010 when then-No. 3 North Carolina defeated fourth-ranked Maryland 9-7 in Chapel Hill. This one is in College Park. Maryland is coming off of a 10-7 victory at Villanova on Sunday. Sophomore Jay Carlson set a career-high with five goals to lead the Terps' offense against the Wildcats, but the Terps have already proven to have many threats. They are averaging 15 goals per game but not one player has more than 12 goals so far this season.

MD2: No. 5 NYIT (5-1) at No. 9 LIU Post (5-1), Noon Saturday

It was kind of fun at the start of the season knowing that one loss wasn't going to hurt you with the new expanded format in Division II, but we've reached a point in the season where it kind of feels like 2012 again, and every setback has the potential to be a season-ender. With the Northeast-10 having two undefeated candidates — including Adelphi, which has wins over both the Bears and Pioneers — bids are going fast in the North. As such, this contest has all the feel of an elimination match. NYIT appears to have the stronger offense, led by Luke Miller (18 goals, 12 assists in six games), while Post loves to grind, having yet to give up more than eight goals. It's another Long Island classic, so there's more than just an edge in the NCAA race on the line.

MD1: No. 9 Penn (5-1) at No. 2 Cornell (6-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

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Bucknell proved Tuesday that Rob Pannell and company are not infallible. The Bison frustrated Cornell with their 10-man ride in a turnover-filled game and held the Big Red machine to single-digit scoring, the first time that has happened all season. While Pannell (two goals, two assists) got his keep, midfielders Max Van Bourgondien and Connor Buczek shot a combined 1-for-15 and Cornell managed to win just five of 21 faceoffs. The Big Red now run into a Penn team that is sizzling. The Quakers are finding ways to win games they let slip away the last few seasons, including a wild 11-10 victory over Princeton last week. There are few soft spots in the Ivy League. This encounter is as crucial as they come this early in the season.

MD1: No. 19 Drexel (5-2) at No. 7 Hofstra (5-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Hofstra saw its four-game winning streak and rise up the national rankings get knocked off the rails in a 7-6 loss at St. John's on Tuesday, and now a tough CAA opponent awaits. Drexel is coached by one of the greatest defenders of all-time, Hall of Famer Brian Voelker, but the Dragons have struggled defensively this year after relying on goalie Mark Manos the last few seasons. Drexel is giving up 12.4 goals per game and only once has held an opponent to single digits. They've made up for that with a lights-out offense that features five double-digit goal scorers, including Canadians Robert Church and Ben McIntosh with 17 goals each. Drexel's defensive woes will be music to Hofstra's ears. The Pride is averaging just 9.1 goals per game and Tuesday's six was a season low. Hofstra goalie Chris Selva, a sophomore from Florida, has been fantastic (60.5 save percentage and 6.42 goals against average), so Drexel's offense will be an interesting test.


@Corey_McL
The CAA race never fails to disappoint. This is the conference opener for the Dragons and the second game of the CAA year for Hofstra. The Pride aren't happy with losing to St. John's in Queens on Tuesday, and I think the matchups in this one fare well for the guys on Hempstead Turnpike.

 

 

 

 

 

WD1: No. 6 Duke (8-1) at No. 9 Virginia (4-4), 1 p.m. Saturday

Sophomore Kerrin Mauer is well on her way to being the Blue Devils’ points and assists leader for the second year in a row. The attacker has 40 points and 18 assists so far this season. Overall, Duke’s attack is young — four of the top five scorers are underclassmen — but coach Kerstin Kimmel is slowly cultivating a solid unit. They’ve averaged 14.22 goals per game, which stacks up pretty well against Virginia’s defense (9.88).

MD1: No. 14 Virginia (5-3) vs. No. 10 Johns Hopkins (5-2), 4:30 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Two of the preeminent programs in Division I men’s lacrosse are in a unique position for this game: both are trying to salvage their season.

Johns Hopkins is 5-2, but has lost the two games they played against ranked opponents, including a troubling 13-8 loss to a hungry Syracuse team last Saturday. Against the Orange, the JHU offense looked turnover prone and one-dimensional, while the defense, considered in preseason to be one of the country’s stingiest, seemed both lost and out of sync.

Down in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers have dropped three of four, suffering one-goal losses to Syracuse, Cornell and Ohio State. They have struggled in net as UVA’s netminders have only stopped 47 percent of the shots they are seeing. Last weekend, sophomore Rhody Heller replaced first-year starter Dan Marino in cage. Losing solo captain and resident plough horse Chris LaPierre for the season with a knee injury hasn’t helped the Wahoo cause either.

While both groups have athletic middies and defenseman who can get up and down the field, the game’s outcome will likely be decided by what team can execute in the half-field. The contest will be played at M&T Bank Stadium as the second game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, organized by Inside Lacrosse.

MCLA1: No. 5 Chapman (7-2) at No. 3 Colorado (9-0), 9 p.m. Saturday

Two of the best goalies in the MCLA will be on display when Colorado, led by Player of the Year favorite Brad Macnee (68.6 save percentage), squares off against Chapman, anchored by the steady presence of Warren Nielsen (61.0). As such, it will be surprising if either of these teams flirt with double-digits. Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley said he isn't worried about playing at altitude — "We're a well-conditioned team," he said — however faceoffs are a different story. The Panthers have poor numbers at the dot and that could prove costly in a game where every possession could be the difference in the final outcome.

@Jac_Coyne Forget the altitude and faceoffs. Just take a peek at the weather. Hartley has already checked in with the meteorologists and has seen that the games against both the Buffs and No. 1 Colorado State on Monday call for temperatures nearing 30 degrees in a pair of 7 p.m. local starts. No amount of practice in Orange County can prepare a team for that.

 

 

 

 




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