April 19, 2013

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Ten-2-Watch: Defending Champs Head to Florida's Senior Day

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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WD2: No. 5 West Chester (10-2) at No. 8 Lock Haven (10-1), 3 p.m. Friday

West Chester is in the middle of a brutal stretch of five Top 15 opponents in 15 days. The Rams have lost the first two games of that swing, but if they can beat Lock Haven and Indiana (Pa.) this weekend, they’ll be in good postseason position heading into the PSAC playoffs. Of course, arch rival Lock Haven is not going to roll over. Since losing to No. 3 Limestone last month, the Eagles have rattled off seven straight PSAC wins and only one of those has come by fewer than 10 goals. Lock Haven beat West Chester during last year’s regular season, but WCU was the only PSAC team to reach the NCAAs. The PSAC playoff picture is a mess right now, with IUP joining these two in a three-way logjam for first, but it will be much clearer after this weekend.

WD1: No. 7 Notre Dame (11-1) at No. 5 Syracuse (9-3), 6 p.m. Friday

If two Top 10 teams going head to head wasn't enough to intrigue you, this game now has the added subplot of Syracuse having to play without star attacker Michelle Tumolo. The school announced that the senior tore her ACL in Tuesday's win over Cornell and is out for the rest of the season. What impact will that have on the nation's sixth highest scoring offense? Tumolo leads the Orange with 24 assists and ranks second on the team with 46 points. Alyssa Murray (40g, 20a) and Kayla Treanor (34g, 9a) still provide a strong foundation, but others will have to rise to the occasion, and they won't get to ease into their new roles. Notre Dame has played a relatively soft schedule - Sunday's win over Georgetown is its only win over a current Top 20 team - but the Irish boast a terrific four-year starting goalie in Ellie Hilling. Hilling made 14 saves in the win over Georgetown and is capable of stepping up on the big stage.

WD3: No. 3 Middlebury (11-1) at No. 6 Colby (9-2), 11 a.m. Saturday

Seeding is sort of irrelevant in the NESCAC tournament; the league is so competitive that No. 19 Tufts might not even qualify for the playoffs. But, after losing to Bowdoin, Colby likely wants to win this for a shot at a top three seed and the right to avoid Trinity until the finals. That won’t be easy. Before losing to Trinity last weekend, Middlebury hadn’t won a NESCAC game by fewer than five goals. Middlebury defeated Colby, 8-6 last year. Two years ago Colby won in double overtime. This matchup also pits Middlebury, the NESCAC’s highest-scoring, against Colby, its second-stingiest defense.

MD1: No. 15 Bucknell (10-3) at Colgate (8-4), Noon Saturday

Colgate's high-flying attack has struggled against teams that play disciplined defense, and Bucknell certainly qualifies in that category. Both teams have clinched Patriot League tournament berths, but seeding and (for Bucknell, at least) at-large positioning are still factors. The Bison rank in the top 12 nationally in scoring defense (12th, 8.2), man-down defense (4th, .816) and caused turnovers (7th, 9.62). They'll look to bounce back from an 11-7 loss to Lehigh in which they coughed up an early lead. Colgate rebounded from its loss to Lehigh with a 14-10 win over Lafayette last week that included a 10-goal outburst in the second half. “At halftime, I kind of ripped into the guys and said this is not how we are going to go out. Something needed to change,” Peter Baum, the 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner, told GoColgateRaiders.com. Will that momentum carry over to Saturday?

MD1: No. 12 Yale (8-3) at No. 4 Maryland (8-2), Noon Saturday

As outlined by LaxMagazine.com's Gary Lambrecht, Yale beats teams by winning the faceoff war with technician Dylan Levings, executing on offense and just playing harder than their opponents.

Unfortunately for the Elis, Maryland, coming off a devastating 7-4 loss to archrival Johns Hopkins, follows that same blueprint but with better athletes.

Facing a stingy Yale backline, the Terrapin attack, which produced just a goal and an assist against the Jays, needs to get back on track quickly.

Let the grit-and-grind begin.

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WD1: No. 4 Northwestern (13-1) at No. 3 Florida (15-1), Noon Saturday

This game has all the makings of a great one. The defending national champion and perennial powerhouse Northwestern travels Gainesville, Fla., to play new power Florida. It's Senior Day for the first class of Gators players that built the program to what it is today. It will be a special day at Dizney Stadium, Kitty's Korner included.

Florida holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series including winning the last two meetings. The game will be a decisive game for the ALC title and seeding for the post-season tournament. Florida can share a portion of the league title with Northwestern with a win, but other games around the league will determine seeding.

MD1: No. 19 Villanova (5-6) at No. 3 Notre Dame (9-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Villanova offensive coordinator Simon Connor's innovative offensive schemes meets the Gerry Byrne-led Irish buzzsaw defense in South Bend.

After a disastrous 1-5 start, the Wildcats have righted the Main Line ship, winning four of their last five and taking sole ownership of first place in the Big East. During that stretch, freshman jitterbug John Kluh has contributed 16 points and sophomore Reed Carlson has taken over net duties.

While Notre Dame has been stockpiling wins and has the best postseason tournament resume, there have been questions as of late. It took a dominant second half defensive performance to escape Georgetown last Sunday,

A Villanova win assures them first place seeding in the Big East tournament.

MD2: No. 3 Merrimack (8-1) at No. 4 Adelphi (10-1), 4 p.m. Saturday

While St. Michael's still might have something to say about it, this game will likely determine who gets the top seed in the Northeast-10 tourney and the priveledge of hosting all the way through the championship game. Adelphi's road loss to St. Mike's last weekend allowed Merrimack to jump the Panthers in the polls, but Adelphi is a completely different team at home (one of the primary reasons they need home field advantage in the playoffs). The Panthers have won their last 17 contests in Garden City dating back to 2011. Merrimack's lone loss came out of region (Limestone), so they can take a loss and still be in good shape for the NCAAs, but Mike Morgan's troops would like nothing better than to put Adelphi on the bubble on their own field.

MCLA1: No. 2 Colorado (14-0) at No. 1 Colorado State (14-0), 7 p.m. Saturday

Two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the MCLA (Boston College being the third) square off to determine who will get the top seed in the RMLC playoffs. The winner will avoid a rematch with BYU in the conference semifinals, as well get a leg up in the race for the top seed at nationals. Colorado State, the defending national champion, is right where we expected the Rams to be after returning much of their roster from last year, but Colorado is a bit of a surprise being in this position. We knew the Buffs were going to be good, but they've grit their way through one of the toughest schedules in the country, thanks to the play of senior goalie - and Player of the Year frontrunner — Brad Macnee. Fort Collins got slammed with nearly two feet of snow earlier in the week, but forecasts call for clear skies and temps in the low 40s at game time.

WD1: No. 13 Loyola (7-6) at Rutgers (9-4), 1 p.m. Sunday

After a slow start to the sesaon Loyola is now above .500 and 3-1 in the Big East. The Greyhounds handed Notre Dame its first loss of the season last Friday. The Scarlet Knights are 9-4 but 1-3 in the Big East, although they only lost by two to Syracuse (pre Michelle Tumolo season-ending injury). The Scarlet Knights have a 16 RPI and 13th toughest strength of schedule and, according to LaxPower.com's Dr. Larry Feldman, will make the NCAA tournament as an at-large team as it stands now. Rutgers also hosts nationally-ranked Georgetown on Friday.


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