Today's Ncaa State Men's Games

May 12, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

TOWSON (8-6) @CORNELL (13-0) Site: Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y. Time: 2:30 p.m. Outlook: Towson's last NCAA tournament appearance came in 2005, when it dropped a 12-11, first-round decision at home to Cornell in a game that featured seven ties and five lead changes. The challenge to keep this game close looks much larger for Towson, which primarily needs great games from senior faceoff specialist Matt Eckerl (Calvert Hall) and junior goalie Matt Antol (Loyola) to make that happen. Senior A Bobby Griebe (Boys' Latin) has emerged as a go-to guy, but Cornell, the only undefeated team in Division I and the tournament's No. 4 seed, has tremendous balance. Led by senior A Eric Pittard, the Big Red has five players with at least 30 points. It has allowed only 6.4 goals per game, and senior G Matt McMonagle is outstanding. NAVY (11-3) @ NORTH CAROLINA (9-5) Site: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. Time: 5 p.m. Outlook: Despite trouncing the Tar Heels by 11 goals in a regular-season meeting March 2, Navy is being sent to Carolina since it came up short in the Rating Percentage Index and strength-of-schedule areas. But Navy has owned Carolina in recent years, and the Midshipmen look capable of having another good day against the Tar Heels, who are very good but very young. Sophomore A Bart Wagner (St. Paul's) and freshman A Gavin Petracca have combined for 41 goals and 35 assists. Navy's strong attack, led by senior Ian Dingman and junior Nick Mirabito, has gotten more dangerous with the addition of freshman Tim Paul (Loyola). Navy's rugged defense and deep midfield, led by senior Billy Looney, should get the Mids over the top. NO. 11 NOTRE DAME (11-3) @JOHNS HOPKINS (9-4) Site: Homewood Field Time: 7:30 p.m. Outlook: The Irish have won eight in a row and are a fashionable upset pick. With an offense that features sophomore A Ryan Hoff (Dulaney, 38 goals) and 6-foot-6, 260-pound freshman A Will Yeatman (21, 23), also a tight end on the football team, no wonder. Notre Dame also has a red-hot goalie in junior Joey Kemp (.630 save percentage, 6.47 GAA). Look closer and you see a team that has not beaten anyone in the top 20 since edging Loyola in February. Now, it must solve a dangerous, balanced offense led by junior M Paul Rabil. Now, it must beat a team that has faced only one opponent out of the top 20. Senior G Jesse Schwartzman's inconsistency is a concern, but the Blue Jays have not dropped a first-round game at home since 1990, and it's not happening tonight.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.