Today's NCAA men's games

College Lacrosse

May 16, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

Today's NCAA men's games

Division I first round

(with seeds) Pennsylvania (7-6) at No. 2 Navy (11-2)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

Outlook: Two of the season's biggest surprises will meet today in Annapolis. After a regular season in which they won a program-best 12 games, the Midshipmen are looking for their first NCAA win since 1989. That year, the Mids took out Penn in the first round. The Mids are ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and second in offense. Despite losing to Maryland last week, the Quakers, coached by former Bayhaws coach Brian Voelker, received the last of 10 at-large bids to the tournament to end a 15-year drought for the Ivy League school. It will be a homecoming for Quakers senior attackman Will Phillips, the Annapolis High graduate who leads Penn with 24 goals and 16 assists.

Towson (11-4) at No. 5 Georgetown (10-3)

Site: Harbin Field, Washington

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: In a game most are expecting to be close and low scoring, the battle at the faceoff X will be key as the Hoyas' Andy Corno and the Tigers' Ben DeFelice, the top two faceoff men in the country, go head-to-head. On average, both team's defenses give up about eight goals per game. Freshman Jonathan Engelke (31 goals) leads a Tigers offense that averages just over 11 goals per game, while former local high school standouts Walid Hajj (McDonogh) and Neil Goldman (Mount Hebron) pace Georgetown (just over 10 goals a game). The Hoyas, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference champ, and Tigers, winners of the Colonial Athletic Association, have not met since 1971.

- Jeff Zrebiec

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