Today's NCAA games

May 16, 1998|By Jamison Hensley, Bill Free and Katherine Dunn

Men's Div. I quarterfinals

` At Hempstead, N.Y.

No. 2 Princeton (11-1) vs. No. 7 Duke (11-3)

Time: Noon

Skinny: The two-time defending national champion Tigers lead the series 6-1, including a 10-9 victory over the Blue Devils in last year's NCAA semifinals. The game could boil down to ball control, with the spotlight falling on faceoffs, where Duke has made significant strides this season. The Blue Devils are big and athletic defensively but could have problems shutting down Princeton's All-American group of Jesse Hubbard, Jon Hess and Chris Massey.

Statistics:

Princeton Duke

15.0 Goals scored 14.0

7.5 Goals allowed 7.6

.356 Shooting pct. .343

.283 Opp. shooting pct. .237

.490 Faceoffs .575

+9.1 Avg. GB margin +12.0

No. 3 Syracuse (10-2) vs. No. 6 Virginia (8-4)

Time: 3 p.m.

Skinny: The Orangemen have advanced to every Final Four -- 15 straight appearances -- but face perhaps their toughest test in the Cavaliers, who appear to be fully healed from several key injuries. It's predicted to be a shootout between two high-powered offenses, and the score should reach the upper teens. The difference might rest on the goalkeeping of Syracuse's Jason Gebhardt and Virginia's Chris Sanderson, both whom have struggled at times this season.

Statistics:

Syracuse Virginia

14.6 Goals scored 13.6

9.9 Goals allowed 9.5

.349 Shooting pct. .289

.272 Opp. shooting pct. .246

.538 Faceoffs .457

+8.3 Avg. GB margin +2.9

Men's Div. III semifinals

At Salisbury

Washington College (12-4) vs. Salisbury State (14-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Skinny: Salisbury State is seeking its third Division III national championship in five years but faces a dangerous situation against Eastern Shore rival Washington College. It was the Shoremen who ended the Sea Gulls' two-year national championship reign (1994 and 1995) in the 1996 tournament semifinals with a 11-10 victory.

W omen's Div. III semifinals

At UMBC Stadium

No. 1 College of New Jersey (13-0) vs. No. 4 Middlebury (14-2)

Time: Noon

Skinny: This rematch of last year's title game has Middlebury (Vt.) trying to defend its title against one of the most tournament-tested programs in the country. New Jersey (formerly Trenton State) is making its 14th trip to the Final Four and had won six straight titles before Middlebury broke the streak last year.

No. 2 Williams (13-1) vs. No. 6 Hartwick (18-3)

Time: 3 p.m.

Skinny: After losing twice during the regular season and twice in previous tournaments, Hartwick got past William Smith, 8-7, in overtime to reach its first Final Four. Williams makes its first tournament appearance and scored its most impressive victory this season over Middlebury, 12-10.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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