Sunday, 2 p.m.* WHERE...

LOYOLA VS. NORTH CAROLINA* WHEN:

May 17, 1991|By Doug Brown and Paul McMullen

LOYOLA VS. NORTH CAROLINA

* WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.

* OUTLOOK: Top-seeded North Carolina (13-0) is making its 12th straight NCAA Division I tournament appearance and seeking its fourth championship. The Tar Heels had a first-round bye, while Loyola opened with a 20-9 rout of No. 9 Massachusetts. With 37 goals, senior attackman Dennis Goldstein is six shy of the Carolina single-season record set by Bert Fett in 1974. No. 8 Loyola (9-3) is 1-4 against North Carolina, picking up its only win in the final of its 1990 invitational tournament. Both teams lost to Syracuse in the Final Four last year, Carolina in the semifinals and Loyola in the final. The big surprise for Loyola is Kevin Anderson, the midfielder turned goalie who had 15 saves against Massachusetts and is 4-0.

JOHNS HOPKINS VS. SYRACUSE

* WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Homewood Field.

* OUTLOOK: No. 5 Syracuse, 11-2 after Wednesday's 28-7 romp past Michigan State, is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA title. The only other school to win three straight was Johns Hopkins from 1978-80. No. 4 Hopkins (8-3), which drew a first-round bye, is in its 20th tournament. This will be the 23rd Syracuse-Hopkins meeting. The Orangemen have taken five of the last seven, but lost to the Blue Jays in March, ending their 26-game home winning streak. Syracuse's only loss on the road in its last 26 games was to North Carolina this year. The Orange is averaging 19.2 goals a game and has captured nine straight since losing to Hopkins.

TOWSON STATE VS. PRINCETON

* WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Palmer Stadium, Princeton, N.J.

* OUTLOOK: This is the second NCAA tournament appearance for both teams. No. 3 Princeton (12-2) upset No. 7 Johns Hopkins in last year's tournament and upended the Blue Jays in this season's opener. One of Princeton's strengths is freshman goalie Scott Bacigalupo, a St. Paul's alum who has a save percentage of .682. Another freshman, Kevin Lowe, is the leading scorer with 49 points (11 and 38). No. 11 Towson State (10-3) is wired after Wednesday's 14-13 upset of No. 6 Virginia. "Biggest lacrosse win in school history," said Tigers assistant coach Jeff Clarke. "Regular-season wins come and go, but the tournament is what it's all about. We had never won a Division I playoff game."

MARYLAND VS. BROWN

* WHEN: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

* WHERE: Stevenson Field, Providence, R.I.

* OUTLOOK: No. 2 Brown (13-0) won the Ivy League title and beat three tournament teams -- Loyola, 14-13; Massachusetts, 13-12; and Princeton, 7-5. Maryland defenseman Brian Burlace thinks the No. 7 Terps (9-4) "can beat just about anyone if our defense holds, [goalie] Steve Kavovit is hot and Mark Douglas and Rob Wurzburger are clicking on offense." That may be a lot to ask, but Maryland was in full gear in Wednesday's 13-7 breeze past Rutgers. Junior attackman Darren Lowe leads Brown with 71 points (28 and 43). Oliver Marti, Andrew Towers and Neil Munro are clumped at 40 points apiece.

DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP SALISBURY STATE VS. HOBART

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

* WHERE: Sea Gull Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: Salisbury State (15-0) is making its first appearance in the final, while Hobart (7-6) is seeking its 12th straight title. It's only the third time the Statesmen have been on the road for a championship game. They won at Washington in 1985 and at Ohio Wesleyan in 1989. Hobart put freshman James Gracey in the goal late in the regular season, and he's working with three first-year starters on defense. They'll be tested by the Sea Gulls' record-setting attack and a deep midfield crew. The two teams have met four times, Salisbury State coming closest in their first meeting, a 22-12 game in 1980. That's when Hobart began its NCAA streak.

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