Today's NCAA men's games

College Lacrosse

May 23, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht

Today's NCAA men's games

Division I quarterfinals

No. 2 Navy (13-2) vs. No. 7 Cornell (9-4)

Time: Noon

Site: Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Outlook: Navy has enjoyed a breakthrough season with a school-record 13 victories and its first playoff victory since 1989. To advance to the final four for the first time since 1981, the Mids must beat the Big Red on its home field, where Cornell has lost just four times in its past 24 games and only once in 13 NCAA tournament games. Navy has depth, balance and defense, starting with sophomore goalie Matt Russell, who is second in the nation with a 6.38 goals-allowed average. Sophomore attackman Ian Dingman (55 points) and senior attackman Joe Bossi (40 goals) lead the offense. Cornell, seeking its first final four berth since 1988, is led by senior attackman Andrew Collins (36 assists) and junior attackman Sean Greenhalgh (32 points). This is the first meeting between the schools in 26 years.

No. 4 Syracuse (12-2) vs. No. 5 Georgetown (11-3)

Time: 3 p.m.

Site: Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Outlook: Georgetown is in its third straight quarterfinal game, but the Hoyas have the unenviable task of stopping the Orange from going to its 22nd consecutive final four. Syracuse, averaging just under 15 goals a game, puts constant pressure on defenses, thanks mainly to senior attackman Michael Powell, the school's all-time leading scorer. Powell is a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist for the fourth year, having won it in 2002. The Orange won at Georgetown two weeks ago, 13-9. The Hoyas' upset hopes boil down to controlling the tempo by winning faceoffs and playing great defense. Junior Andy Corno leads a team that has won 68.8 percent of its faceoffs, while senior defenseman Andrew Braziel and junior long-stick midfielder Brodie Merrill, another Tewaaraton finalist, spark a unit that has allowed only eight goals a game. -- Gary Lambrecht

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