April 26, 2013

Ten-2-Watch: Survival of the Fittest

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.

Overall 71-29 68-32 67-33 67-33 66-34 66-34 66-34 62-38 58-42
Last week 9-1 7-3 9-1 8-2 7-3 7-3 7-3 6-4 5-5










W:WC@LEM LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
LEM
W:CON@GT GT
GT
GT
GT
GT
GT
CON
CON
CON
M:BUC-ARM BUC
BUC
BUC
ARM
ARM
BUC
ARM
BUC
ARM
W:SYR@LOY SYR
SYR
SYR
SYR
LOY SYR
SYR
SYR
SYR
M:UNC-DUK UNC
UNC
DUK
DUK
UNC
DUK
DUK
UNC
UNC
M:MER@SH MER
SH
MER
MER
MER
MER
SH
SH
MER
M:LOY@JHU JHU
LOY
JHU
LOY
LOY
JHU
JHU
LOY
JHU
M:COR-PRN COR
COR
COR
COR
COR
PRN
COR
PRN
COR
M:ND-SYR ND
SYR
ND
ND
ND
ND
SYR
SYR
ND
W:FSC@ROL ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
ROL
FSC

All times Eastern.  

WD2: No. 7 West Chester (12-3) at No. 4 Le Moyne (12-2), 3 p.m. Friday

West Chester has played in nine of the past 12 Division II women's championship games and is the only South Region team to ever win the NCAA title. Last year the Rams fell one goal short of another championship and two weeks ago they were undefeated. But after losing three of its last six games, West Chester, ranked No. 5 in the latest NCAA regional poll, enters the final two weekends of the season in survival mode. If the Rams want one of the South Region’s four playoff spots, a win over Le Moyne would go a long way. Le Moyne has won 10 straight since losing back-to-back games in early March and recently handed Adelphi its first loss of the season.

WD1: No. 17 Connecticut (13-1) at No. 8 Georgetown (11-3), 4 p.m. Friday

UConn is in the midst of a historic season, with a 13-1 record. (The one loss was to Syracuse.) The Huskies are great in clutch games, going 3-0 in overtime and 6-0 in games decided by two goals or less. UConn has a well-balanced attack with five players who have 20 goals or more, led by junior midfielder Lauren Kahn (32g, 22a), and clinched its first Big East tournament bid with a 10-7 win over Notre Dame on April 22. In a year of firsts, they also clinched a perfect 7-0 record for the first time. Freshman goalie Shannon Nee is in the national top 20 in terms of save percentage (.453) and is the second-best freshman keeper after Duke's Kelsey Duryea (.522). Still, a road game against the Hoyas is a tough win for the Huskies. Georgetown is 12-0 against UConn and is coming off a pair of Big East wins against Rutgers and Villanova. Seniors Carolina Tarzian (30g, 13a) and Rosie Corcoran (15g, 20a) are the 1-2 punch of the Hoyas' attack.

MD1: No. 13 Bucknell (11-3) vs. No. 19 Army (8-4), 4:30 p.m. Friday at Lehigh (Patriot League semifinal)

TV: CBS Sports Network

Army makes an unprecedented ninth-straight Patriot League tournament and are coming off back-to-back wins. The Black Knights are seeded third and have several studs all over the field, led by senior Garrett Thul, sophomore attackman John Glesener and shutdown defenseman Brendan Buckley. Second-seedeed Bucknell is no easy out, as CBS Sports Network analyst and LaxMagazine.com columnist and resident Patriot League expert Evan Washburn explained in his weekly column. A creative defensive approach and 10-man ride have been known to cause havoc. The winner of this plays the winner of Lehigh-Colgate in the championship on Sunday.

WD1: No. 5 Syracuse (11-3) at No. 12 Loyola (9-6), 7 p.m. Friday

Syracuse will be licking its chops for this game, since the Greyhounds upset them at home in the Carrier Dome in the 2013 Big East Championship. The Orange is adjusting to a post-Michelle Tumolo world since her ACL injury in the Cornell game, but sophomore Devon Collins has plenty of game experience. The Syracuse attack has averaged 15 goals per game in its last three games, which is slightly better than its season average (14.87). The Greyhounds' young defense is steadily getting better, though, especially freshman keeper Molly Wolf (.428 sv). She had a career-high 14 saves in a 10-4 over Rutgers.

MD1: No. 1 North Carolina (10-3) vs. No. 5 Duke (11-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill (ACC semifinal)

TV: ESPNU

Tobacco Road blood rivals meet in ACC semifinals.

Both teams are red hot as neither has lost since Duke upended the Heels 11-8 in mid-March.  They also both have explosive offenses that benefit from having the ball a lot. Duke’s Brendan Fowler (66 percent) and North Carolina’s R.G. Keenan (55 percent) are two of the best in the crouch-and-clamp business.

Last game, Fowler won 17 of 23 at the dot. If Keenan can win a few more face-offs and jumpstart some Carolina transition it will go a long way is exorcizing some of the Tar Heels’ Blue Devil demons.

MD2: No. 1 Mercyhurst (13-0) at No. 6 Seton Hill (12-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

Mercyhurst has answered the bell every game this season, including three one-goal victories against ranked opponents. But if the Lakers want to grab the No. 1 spot in the first-ever ECAC tournament and, more importantly, retain their hammerlock on the top spot in the South region, they have one more hurdle to jump. And it's a big one. Seton Hill is on an 11-game tear and have averaged nearly 17 goals per game this spring behind the dynamic duo of Matt Delmonico (34g, 21a) and James Delaney (22g, 20a). 'Hurst head coach Chris Ryan has lauded the play of junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Sullivan, but the entire Laker defense will have to be tight if they want to keep the train rolling.

MD1: No. 7 Loyola (10-3) at No. 11 Johns Hopkins (8-4), 2 p.m. Saturday

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TV: ESPNU

Loyola has its swagger back, thanks to Josh Hawkins. The Greyhounds are averaging a goal per game more and allowing a goal per game fewer since the so-called defensive midfielder has returned to the lineup. Then again, since Dave Pietramala took the helm for Johns Hopkins in 2001, the Blue Jays are 12-0 against Loyola and seemingly always at their best when their record NCAA tournament streak (41 straight appearances) is in peril. And that's certainly the case Saturday. According to LaxMagazine.com bracketologist Patrick Stevens, even if Johns Hopkins defeats the defending NCAA champion, it might need Maryland to win out to keep the streak alive. Loyola's not necessarily sitting pretty either. There's plenty at stake Saturday at Homewood Field.

MD1: No. 6 Cornell (11-2) at No. 12 Princeton (8-4), 4 p.m. Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: ESPNU

Who said Ivy League kids just compete in New York for jobs?

At the Big City Classic, the two titans of the conference meet in a game that will foreshadow the upcoming Ivy League tournament.

In many ways, the teams are built eerily similar with lots of starpower trending towards the offensive end. Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber and Cornell’s Rob Pannell are the headliners and each be making an opening argument for their Tewaaraton candidacy.

MD1: No. 2 Notre Dame (10-2) at No. 9 Syracuse (10-3), 6:30 p.m. Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: ESPNU

If you’re expecting a 60-minute game at the Big City Classic...don’t. Syracuse has played five straight one-goal games and eight overall this season. They’ve gone to overtime twice. Notre Dame has played five one-goal games and three overtime affairs this season. Everything about this game screams one-goal game down to the wire. Or does it? Since a huge 13-12 win over Cornell on April 10,  Syracuse needed a miracle fourth-quarter rally to beat Rutgers by a goal, lost to rival Hobart for just the second time since 1987, and then trailed at the half in a one-goal win over a sub-.500 Georgetown team. We’ll get a better sense of how good Syracuse really is against a typically consistent Notre Dame team.

WD2: No. 10 Florida Southern (9-2) at No. 3 Rollins (14-1), 7 p.m. Saturday

Rollins is where Florida Southern wants to be. Six years after their formation, the Tars are a perennial NCAA tournament team. The Mocs have always been able to use Rollins as a model for how to build a successful program in Florida. Now they can literally use Rollins to boost the program toward its first NCAA tournament. A victory would give FSC a signature win against a South Region opponent, but it will remain an uphill battle for the Mocs, who lost head-to-head to Pfeiffer. With Limestone and Rollins still FSC's schedule, there’s a chance for some late-season magic. Rollins beat Florida Southern 12-10 on April 3.


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