Ncaa Lacrosse Final Four Preview

May 24, 1991|By Doug Brown

SYRACUSE VS. NORTH CAROLINA

* WHEN: Tomorrow, noon.

* WHERE: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230.

* OUTLOOK: Top-seeded North Carolina (14-0), in the Final Four for the 10th time in 12 years, faces a team that reigns supreme in the Carrier Dome. No. 5 Syracuse (12-2) has won 31 of its last 32 in the Dome (losing to Johns Hopkins March 23) and is 13-0 there in the NCAA playoffs. North Carolina defeated Syracuse decisively, 10-3, March 9, but that was in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Orangemen are seeking an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA championship. Although they are without the Gait twins, Gary and Paul, they have another Canadian, Tom Marechek, to lead them with 50 goals. Tar Heels scoring leader Dennis Goldstein has 39 goals, four shy of the school record set by Bert Fett in 1974. Carolina is 3-6 in NCAA semifinal games, 3-0 in finals.

MARYLAND VS. TOWSON STATE

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 3 p.m.

* WHERE: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230.

* OUTLOOK: The memory of No. 7-seeded Maryland's 17-16 win over No. 11 Towson State March 16 is still clear in Terps coach Dick Edell's mind: "It was racehorse lacrosse, end to end," he said. "It was great for spectators. As a coach, I almost dropped dead four times." Edell thinks the Terps could be in for trouble, since Towson now has school all-time goals leader (147) Glenn Smith and midfielder Lindsay Dixon. It was Dixon who scored the game-winner in overtime against Princeton Sunday. Both players missed two games, including the loss to Maryland, early in the season because of academic eligibility irregularities. Tigers coach Carl Runk thinks his team could be in for trouble, too, because Maryland has made such dramatic strides since then. The Terps lead the series, 10-1, with Towson's lone win coming last year, 8-7.

* The semifinal winners will meet Monday (noon) for the championship at the Carrier Dome. That game also will be broadcast by WITH-AM 1230. Home Team Sports will show the semifinal games on a tape-delayed basis Tuesday at 2 p.m. and the final Wednesday at 2 p.m. CBS (Ch. 11) will show the final June 2 at 2 p.m.

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