Goalkeeper: Hopkins' Brian Carcaterra is a first-teamer and is playing his best lacrosse. He can stir Hopkins' players. And you have a freshman on the other end in Virginia's Derek Kenney. One of Hopkins' goals will be to get a lot of shots on Kenney to see how he handles it. I think Virginia has more shooters and Hopkins has the better goalie, which could present the opportunity for an overtime or one-goal game. This the biggest edge in any of the games. Edge: Hopkins, large margin.
Faceoff: Hopkins' Eric Wedin against Virginia's Jason Hard and David Jenkins is 50-50. But Virginia has two of them. The more important the game and the hotter the day, the more faceoffs can wear on you. Wedin is not the greatest technique-wise, but he is a warrior. Edge: Virginia, since it's two against one.