Today's NCAA men's games

May 22, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

Division I quarterfinals

No. 8 North Carolina (10-4) vs. No. 1 Johns Hopkins (12-1)

Site: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time: noon

Outlook: North Carolina is viewed as a major threat to the Blue Jays because the Tar Heels' strengths mirror that of Hopkins'. The Blue Jays win nearly 63 percent of faceoffs, but UNC's Kevin Frew (66 percent) is among the nation's best on draws. The Tar Heels' attack, led by Player of the Year candidate Jed Prossner, may be just as dangerous as the Blue Jays' fine group and the Tar Heels have a goalie in Paul Spellman, who when on, is as good as anybody. But the Blue Jays have beaten the Tar Heels 10 straight times. In the past three meetings, Hopkins erased late deficits and prevailed in each by one goal, including a 10-9 victory in the regular season.

No. 6 Princeton (10-3) vs. No. 3 Maryland (13-2)

Site: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Princeton coach Bill Tierney and his counterpart, the Terps' Dave Cottle, are good friends and the last time the two coached against each other in a tournament game was in the 2001 quarterfinals when Cottle was at Loyola. Princeton won, 8-7, in a game Tierney called the most mentally tough game he's ever coached in. Both coaches lead youthful lineups into the contest, but there is plenty of experience in what could be the game's pivotal matchup. Princeton's attack is led by senior Ryan Boyle (58 points) and junior Jason Doneger (34 goals), but it will be confronted by one of the nation's best defenses, consisting of seniors Chris Passavia, David Wagner and Lee Zink and grad student goalie Tim McGinnis.

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