Today's NCAA State Men's Games

May 13, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,Sun Reporter

LOYOLA (7-5) @ALBANY (14-2) Site: John Fallon Field Time: 2:30 p.m. Outlook: Back in their first NCAA tournament since 2001, the Greyhounds face an opponent they have never seen. It happens to be the surprise team of the tournament. Albany is a high-scoring squad averaging 13.6 goals per game and is led by senior attackmen Frank Resetarits (54, 21) and Merrick Thomson (49, 12). But the Great Danes give it up on defense, and that's where Loyola, with its seniors and speed in the middle of the field, can hang around in a shootout. Loyola defensemen Michael Graham and Eddie Graham have their hands full, but so does Albany with the likes of senior A Dan Bauers (28 g) and junior A Shane Koppens (18, 26). The Greyhounds are just 1-4 on the road. NAVY (11-3) @ NORTH CAROLINA (9-5) Site: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. Time: 5 p.m. UMBC (10-5) @MARYLAND (10-5) Site: Byrd Stadium Time: 7:30 p.m. Outlook: UMBC, an at-large team in its second straight tournament and fourth overall, is looking for its first postseason win. The Retrievers feature dynamic junior M Terry Kimener and the 100-goal attack of seniors Drew Westervelt and Andy Gallagher - bothered by a knee injury - and freshman Cayle Ratcliffe. UMBC looks like 10 or 12 goals waiting to happen. Maryland (24-4 vs. UMBC) has lost its second defensive midfielder, senior Jimmy Borell, for the season with an injury, and senior G Harry Alford has had issues in night games. But this is the type of game the Terps find ways to win with nasty defense and manufactured goals. Watch sophomore A/D Jeremy Sieverts and sophomore M Dan Groot, who have improved greatly since March.

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