Today's Ncaa Tournament Games

May 14, 1994

No. 12 seed Notre Dame (10-1) at No. 5 Virginia (10-3) Site: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time: Noon

Outlook: The Fighting Irish had their best regular season in school history, finished ranked No. 14 and will represent the Midwest for the fourth time in five years. Notre Dame returns nine of 10 starters that lost to Virginia by 10 goals in last year's NCAA first-round matchup. The fifth-seeded Cavaliers, who last season advanced past the first round for the first time in four years, are Final Four contenders. Sophomore A Tim Whiteley (St. Paul's) is fifth in the nation in assists per game (2.6). Randy Colley (32 goals, 23 assists) and Robbie Snyder (32, 19) are the top scoring threats for Notre Dame. Synder scores on 47 percent of his shots.

No. 9 Maryland (7-5) at No. 8 Duke (9-5) Site: Duke Lacrosse Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The past nine games between these two teams have been decided by 17 goals. The Terps have won seven of the past eight meetings, including a 13-12 overtime win over the Blue Devils in Durham on March 5. Maryland sophomore G Brian Dougherty is questionable with a leg injury. The Terps have advanced into the NCAA quarterfinals two of the past three seasons. Last year, the Terps fell to eighth-seeded Army by four goals. This year's eighth-seeded team, Duke, plays a quick-striking offense. The Terps are possession-oriented. Scott Harrison, the ACC's leading goal scorer, has 32 goals and 23 assists for the Blue Devils, who have dropped three of their past four games.

No. 10 Navy (7-5) at No. 7 Brown (11-4) Site: Stevenson Field, Providence, R.I.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Seventh-seeded Brown, which began the season 1-4, has the nation's longest winning streak at 10 games, with victories over then-No. 1 Princeton, Hofstra and Massachusetts in that run. The Bears put together that win streak with defense. After allowing double-digit scoring totals in its first five games, Brown has not allowed more than nine goals since a 14-12 loss to Syracuse on April 1. Bears senior G Jay Stalfort has a .660 save percentage, best among goalies in the NCAA tournament. David Evans (Loyola) heads Brown's attack with 34 goals and 26 assists. Navy, which backed into the tournament after losing three of its last five, has lost in the first round the past two seasons. The Midshipmen have averaged only 9.8 goals in their final five games. Rob Bailey (22, 16) has been the most consistent scorer with 10 goals in his past three games.

No. 11 Towson State (7-4) at No. 6 Johns Hopkins (8-4) Site: Homewood Field

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WOLB (1010 AM)

Outlook: The Tigers need to contain Johns Hopkins junior Terry Riordan, who has peaked for the NCAA tournament. The attackman, who leads the nation with 3.6 goals per game, has scored 12 of the Blue Jays' 28 goals the past two games. In the four-goal win over Towson State two weeks ago, Riordan scored three times in a 5-2 Hopkins run that broke the game open. The sixth-seeded Blue Jays have won 18 of 20 matchups with Towson State, including a seven-goal win in their only postseason meeting against the Tigers in 1992. The Tigers have lost four games this season by a combined seven goals. The Tigers' leading scorer, David Quinn, has just one goal in his past two games after netting 13 goals in a three-game stretch. The Blue Jays' only loss in the first round came in 1990, when they were defeated by Princeton, 9-8.

Denison (12-2) at Johns Hopkins women (15-0) Site: Homewood Field

Time: 11 a.m.

Outlook: This is a first-round NCAA Division III playoff game. Denison has won eight straight, allowing an average of under six goals in that span. The Big Red will need to find a way to stop Hopkins' top scorer, Rebecca Savage. She broke her year-old scoring mark with 69 goals this year. Last year, the Blue Jays defeated Denison by three goals to advance to the final four. Denison senior A Cheryl Connolly averages 5.0 goals and 2.0 assists.

Harvard (11-3) at Loyola women (15-2) Site: Curley Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This is Loyola's first appearance in the NCAA Division I playoffs since 1990 and fourth overall. The Greyhounds face a Crimson team that qualified for the postseason for the seventh straight season. Sarah Winters (27, 11) leads the offense for Harvard, which has won four straight. On April 9 at Loyola, Gina Roberts scored five goals as the Greyhounds edged Harvard, 11-10. Tara Kramer (43, 17) leads Loyola in scoring.

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