Ten to Watch: Get in on It

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.

Enter your picks next to each game and see how they stack up to ours, then click the "Submit Picks" button below. Go undefeated and we'll feature your new picks with ours next week -- you know, a little face time next to the pros.

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WD1: No. 6 Georgetown at No. 9 Notre Dame - Friday, 6 p.m. Eastern 

Hook: The Irish will have to deal with the same trio of scorers that torched them for 11 goals and eight assists in the Big East semifinal – Molly Ford (22g, 10a), Ashby Kaestner (15g, 10) and Jordy Kirr (18g, 12a).

MD1: No. 9 Maryland at No. 1 Virginia - Saturday, 12 p.m. Eastern

Hook: Can't get to Charlottesville? Fasten yourself to the couch. This one's on The Deuce -- ESPN2 -- and available in high definition. Both teams have playmakers on attack and defense, but UVA has the decisive advantage at midfield. If Dom Starsia gets to dictate pace, it'll be a fun game. If Dave Cottle gets to dictate pace, well, you can pass time trying to spot Grant Catalino's nose hairs in HD.

MD1: No. 2 Syracuse at No. 15 Loyola - Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern

Hook: Loyola has some talent, but the Greyhounds have been painfully slow to start in most games (see: 4-1 halftime deficit against UMass in an 8-6 loss). Against Bryant and St. John’s, you can get away with that stuff, but not against the Orange. Consequently, this will be the last 'Cuse-Loyola game for the foreseeable future -- the Orange had to drop the Hounds to make room for new Big East opponents starting in 2010.

MD1: No. 7 Johns Hopkins at No. 12 UNC - Saturday, 2 p.m. Eastern

Hook: A bright spot in Hopkins' crazy 16-15 loss to Virginia last week? Chris Boland. The attackman, who sat out last year due to academic eligibility concerns, tossed in a career-high six goals and added two assists for the Jays. This game will be broadcast on ESPNU. UNC has had Hopkins' number of late and is coming off a similarly nagging defeat -- a loss to Maryland in which the difference was a deflected goal.

WD1: No. 5 Duke at No. 10 Virginia - Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern 

Hook: Inconsistency has plagued both teams (as much as you can call being in the top 10 a plague). The Wahoos had lost two of three and three of five before getting back on track with a win over James Madison. Both the Blue Devils' losses have come on the road.


I have no freaking clue what Virginia is doing from week to week. Which team will host the Blue Devils in Charlottesville? Will it be the one that routed Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, or the one that need OT to beat both Penn State and William and Mary? I say the latter.

 

This season’s proved to be a bit of a challenge for the Virginia women. They’ve been outplayed considerably in ACC losses to Maryland (17-11) and North Carolina (12-8), needed overtime to beat unranked Penn State and Wiliam & Mary at home, and got edged at home by Princeton before taking some frustrations out on James Madison in their last game. Next up are the Duke Blue Devils, winners of four of their last five behind ACC leading goal-scorer Carolyn Davis (33g). Predictably, the Cavaliers haven’t had much trouble scoring with Ashley McCulloch (23g, 21a), Blair Weymouth (29g, 11a) and Jenny Hauser (18g, 8a) leading the way, but Virginia’s defense — a question mark heading into the season — must improve for the Cavs to have a chance in their last home game before four straight on the road. Virginia is allowing 9.5 goals per game, though not all of that falls on junior keeper Lauren Benner (44.1sv%), who has started 10 games in her first significant playing time since high school.

MCLA: No. 5 BYU at No. 1 Michigan - Saturday, 7 p.m. Eastern 

Hook: It's not very often that BYU travels somewhere and is a prohibitive underdog, especially when they boast an impressive record, but the Cougars will be in that position when they arrive in Ann Arbor. After dispatching former No. 1 Chapman a couple of weeks ago, Michigan has been rolling thanks to a defense that hasn't missed a step from last year's national championship team. The Wolverines should be wary of the Cougars, though -- BYU head coach Jason Lamb has two full lines of talented middies, giving him the strength he had during his team's 2007 title run.


WD1: No. 14 Stanford at No. 2 Maryland - Sunday, 12 p.m. Eastern

Hook: Even if the Cardinal defeats Johns Hopkins on Friday, this is the win it needs to secure an NCAA tournament at-large berth (provided Stanford takes care of business in the weakened MPSF).  The Terps have been unstoppable, but they will be playing their third game in six days, giving the Cardinal at least a glimmer of hope here.


WD3: No. 1 Salisbury at No. 3 Franklin & Marshall - Sunday, 1 p.m. Eastern

Hook:
Neither of these teams will be flying high heading into this contest. Hours after Salisbury was tabbed the No. 1 team in the land on Tuesday, they were defeated by No. 18 Colby, 15-14, snapping a long home winning streak. However, the Gulls will have four days of rest heading into the F&M battle, unlike the Diplomats, who will be playing a league contest against Ursinus on Saturday on the road - a dubious bit of scheduling, to say the least. F&M should have plenty of motivation heading into the game as a win would assuredly propel the Dips into the No. 1 spot.

Quite a week for the alma mater against some overrated Gulls. The No. 8 Colby women went down to the Eastern Shore and knocked off the No. 1 Salisbury Sea Gulls -- Ohanian's and Krome's school -- on Tuesday and then on Thursday the unranked White Mule men's team defeated No. 5 Endicott (formerly the Power Gulls, now just Gulls). Both Colby squads have to deal with a NESCAC problem this weekend. The women play No. 5 Middlebury in New Haven, Conn., on Friday afternoon while the men have to travel to No. 11 Middlebury on Saturday. If the White Mules can pull of that sweep, Waterville, Maine, officially becomes a lacrosse destination. Never thought I'd say that.

MD1: Army at No. 17 Colgate - Sunday, 1 p.m. Eastern

Hook: Colgate staked its claim in the Patriot League race by upsetting Navy. Army might be 5-4, but the last two losses to Lehigh and Hofstra came in overtime and double overtime, respectively. Reverse those outcomes and a 9-8 loss to Cornell, and you're looking at a formidable, 8-2, top-10 Black Knights team.


Colgate’s Brandon Corp is a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-American, and oh yeah, he’s been invited to try out for the 2010 U.S. Men’s team. But you know what? He’s still one of the most underappreciated players in the country. He’s having a great senior season – 22g, 15a – that includes three goals in each of the Raiders’ last two wins — Navy and Ohio State. He’ll find a way to make sure his team knocks off Army.


The Red Raiders are starting to roll. After a 1-3 start that included a one-goal loss at Duke, a two-goal loss at UNC and another narrow loss at UMBC, Colgate has rebounded with four straight wins, including back-to-back victories over Navy and Ohio State in the past week. It’s not that the defending Patriot League champs are sneaking up on teams either, having been tabbed anywhere from 16-19 in the various preseason polls. Led by senior All-America attackman Brandon Corp, who leads the nation in scoring with 4.71 ppg, this team appears poised for another run to the postseason.


WD1: No. 13 Loyola at No. 9 Notre Dame - Sunday, 1 p.m Eastern

Hook: The trip to South Bend is no cupcake. That said, hosting two bona fide Big East contenders in three days isn't easy, either. The Greyhounds' Cara Filippelli has been on a tear on both ends of the field, and is turning into one of the most complete players in the conference.

So there's some pretty hefty Division I women's action in the Midwest this weekend, huh? Not only do we get an early nod on the Big East race in South Bend, but in Detroit, independent programs Detroit Mercy, Fresno State and Presbyterian meet in a round-robin trifecta Friday, Saturday and Sunday in what could be the worst lacrosse games in America.


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