Today's games

May 21, 2000|By Gary Lambrecht

NCAA men's Div. I quarterfinals

Notre Dame (10-3) vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins (8-3)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM)

Skinny: It's the playoff pedigree of Johns Hopkins against the upstart Irish. Hopkins is playing in its 29th consecutive NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays are riding a seven-game winning streak and the outstanding play of faceoff man Eric Wedin, goalie Brian Carcaterra and a defense led by Brandon Testa that has kept five of its past seven opponents in single digits. Notre Dame, led by attackmen Tom Glatzel and Todd Ulrich and faceoff men Kevin Higgins and Chad DeBolt, will look to keep the ball away from a Hopkins offense that has had excellent balance in recent weeks.

No.7 Duke (11-4) vs. No. 2 Virginia (12-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Skinny: The Blue Devils, fresh off their best performance - a 13-1 first-round blowout over Hobart - are hoping to capitalize on their Atlantic Coast Conference familiarity with the Cavaliers and some Virginia rust. The Cavaliers, who own the nation's longest winning streak at 12, have not played in 19 days. Duke wants to slow the tempo and keep the Cavaliers from their trademark offensive runs. The game's key matchup figures to be Duke's Scott Bross against the Virginia tandem of Jason Hard and David Jenkins in the faceoff circle. Blue Devils goalie Matt Breslin had a career-high 22 saves against Hobart.

NCAA men's Div. III semifinal

Washington & Lee (16-1) vs. Salisbury State (16-1)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium (Salisbury)

Time: 1 p.m.

Skinny: These two progams meet for only the third time, with a trip to the DivisionIII title game on the line. The winner of this game will meet the Nazareth-Middlebury winner in the title game May 28 at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. W&L holds a 2-0 lead over Salisbury, with regular-season wins in 1978 (11-3) and 1979 (16-11). Salisbury, the defending national champion, is making its 12th straight and 22nd overall tournament appearance and playing in the semifinals for the sixth time in the past seven years and 12th overall. Salisbury has won three times in four trips to the title game. This year's team has been led by Joe High (Dulaney), who had six goals and two assists in last week's quarterfinal win over Washington College.

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