Against Duke, it's Hoya paranoia

Georgetown 0-12 in series despite close encounters, including 10-8 loss in March

Notebook

May 19, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

It's one of the closest rivalries in lacrosse. Scratch that. It's one of the most lopsided.

Just pick your point of view.

When No. 4 Duke squares off against No. 5 Georgetown in Saturday's NCAA quarterfinals, the Hoyas prefer to remember that four of the past seven annual meetings have been decided by one goal. The Blue Devils, however, will take a different spin, highlighting their 12-0 record vs. the Hoyas and their 10-8 win at Georgetown on March 27.

"Yeah, it's been close," Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. "But close the wrong way."

Georgetown would have received a top-four seeding if not for its loss to Duke. The Hoyas would have scored in double figures in every game this season if not for their loss to the Blue Devils.

But the physical Blue Devils defense negated Georgetown's attack of Greg McCavera, Scott Urick and Andy Flick -- the nation's highest-scoring trio. Duke limited the Hoyas to a season-worst 19 percent shooting and shut them down on seven of eight extra-man situations.

"We win with defense first," Duke coach Mike Pressler said. "We believe for us to win, we have to hold teams to single digits."

The rivalry was spiced up last time with some late-game controversy. The referees disallowed three Georgetown goals, including two in the fourth quarter.

The last goal waved off occurred with 43 seconds remaining, when McCavera scored just after Flick was flagged for slashing.

"The calls in that game evened out," Urick said. "You get excited after the game when goals are taken off the board. But you can't get excited over the officiating. You have to realize it's not very easy to do."

No Orange crush?

So top seed Loyola really lucked out when Syracuse beat Princeton in Saturday's first round. Instead of playing the defending three-time national champion Tigers at Princeton Stadium, the Greyhounds have the pleasure Sunday of facing Syracuse, which has merely won 16 straight quarterfinal games.

Still, Loyola (12-0) recorded the fifth perfect regular season this decade, and it included a 10-8 victory over the Orangemen on April 10. But take a peek at Syracuse's other streak: No team has beaten the Orangemen twice in a season since Cornell in 1987.

Deja vu for Hopkins

Second seed Johns Hopkins may not appreciate having to play No. 7 Hofstra at Hofstra Stadium on Saturday, but the Blue Jays saw this exact scenario a long time ago.

In the schools' only postseason meetings, Hopkins was seeded second both times and beat No. 7 Hofstra in the quarterfinals on its way to the 1974 and 1978 national championships.

But looking at more recent history, the Blue Jays are 1-3 in the tournament since 1993 against schools they lost to in the regular season.

If the Flying Dutchmen could repeat their 9-8 overtime win from two weeks ago, it would mark the first time in tournament history that Hopkins would miss the Final Four three consecutive years.

Gulls have experience edge

Salisbury State is venturing into some familiar territory against some unfamiliar opponents.

The Sea Gulls, the Division III champions in 1994 and 1995, will make their fifth Division III national semifinal appearance in six years on Saturday, when they play host to Denison at 1 p.m. That's two more semifinal trips than the rest of the remaining field has totaled in their school histories combined.

Rochester Tech, which has never made the championship game, has advanced to the semifinal round three previous times, but broke a 12-year absence this year. Denison and Middlebury will be making their semifinal debuts.

Tourney trivia

Here's a quick quarterfinal quiz. Which two remaining tournament coaches have the highest active winning percentage in Division I?

Virginia's Dom Starsia? No, he's fifth. Loyola's Dave Cottle? Getting closer, but he's fourth.

It's Georgetown's Dave Urick (214-71) and Duke's Mike Pressler (163-63), whose teams meet Saturday.

Ticket information

Tickets for this weekend's Division I quarterfinals can be purchased by calling Hofstra at 516-463-6633 and Princeton at 609-258-3538. For the semifinals and championship game at Byrd Stadium on May 29 and May 31, tickets can be reserved at 800-462-8377.

Stat of the week

Loyola is only the sixth school to receive the top seed of the NCAA tournament for a second consecutive season. The previous five schools have all advanced to the NCAA tournament final. Here's how they have fared in the championship game in their second go-round as No. 1 seed:

Yr. School Result

'73 Maryland W, Hopkins, 10-9*

'78 Cornell L, Hopkins, 13-8

'84 Hopkins W, Syracuse, 13-10

'89 Syracuse W, Hopkins, 13-12

'97 Princeton W, Maryland, 19-7

*2 overtimes

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