Today's men's games

May 19, 2001|By Bill Free

Division I quarterfinals

Syracuse (11-2) vs. Hofstra (10-6)

Site: Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y.

Time: Noon

Seeds: Syracuse, No. 1; Hofstra, unseeded.

Outlook: Defending champion Syracuse is playing in its 19th straight NCAA tournament and 22nd overall, having won four national titles (1988, 1989, 1990 and 2000) as the top seed. The Orangemen have a 40-14 record in the tournament, tops for teams that have played at least 20 games. Syracuse has another Powell (Michael) lighting up the scoreboard, with 25 goals and 33 assists; a superb goalkeeper in fifth-year senior Rob Mulligan (save percentage .607 and goals-against-average 7.4) and a super faceoff specialist in Chris Cercy (controlled 197 of 276). There are no weaknesses on this team. Hofstra upset No. 8 Virginia, 15-14, in overtime after being down 14-9 in the first-round game. Tom Kessler scored his fifth goal of the game in overtime to win it for the Pride.

Princeton (11-1) vs. Loyola (10-3)

Site: Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y.

Time: 45 minutes after completion of Syracuse-Hofstra game.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM)

Seeds: Princeton, No. 2; Loyola, No. 7.

Outlook: Loyola will probably have to play near-perfect lacrosse against the most disciplined team in the country to advance to the final four next weekend. The Greyhounds showed a lot of control last week in the first round, committing only one penalty in an 11-9 victory over Georgetown. Loyola goalkeeper Jason Born had a career-high 21 saves against the Hoyas, including 12 in the fourth quarter in a spectacular, game-saving performance. Gavin Prout (34 goals, 21 assists) and Chris Summers (23 goals, 21 assists) are the top Loyola threats. Princeton won five NCAA lacrosse titles in the '90s and finished second to Syracuse last season. The Tigers are built around a strong defense led by Ivy League Player of the Year Ryan Mollett (Boys' Latin), Damien Davis (Gilman), Scott Farrell and goalkeeper Trevor Tierney, the Division I leader in goals-against-average (4.80) and save percentage (.702). Freshman Ryan Boyle (Gilman) leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and 29 assists.

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