Today's NCAA games

May 10, 2008|By Edward Lee

Denver (10-6) @ Maryland (9-5)

Site -- Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time -- Noon

Outlook -- Today's game is a rematch of a first-round game in 2006, when the Terps prevailed, 16-8. No. 7 seed Maryland's offense relies heavily on the output of freshmen Grant Catalino (25 goals, 11 assists), Travis Reed (20, 11) and Ryan Young (eight, 17). The key, however, could revolve around the collective defensive ability of seniors Joe Cinosky and Ryne Adolph, sophomore Brian Farrell and freshman Max Schmidt to contain a Pioneers attack that is ninth in the country in scoring (11.3 goals a game). Freshman midfielder Jamie Lincoln ranks third in the country in goals (47), and junior attackman Cliff Smith has 25 goals and 13 assists. Denver's hopes rest on junior goalkeeper Austin Konkel, who has struggled (10.0 goals-against average).

Loyola (7-6) @ Duke (16-1)

Site -- Koskinen Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time -- 2:30 p.m.

Outlook -- Since 2000, these teams have faced each other nine times, but today will be the first meeting in the postseason. The Blue Devils lead the series 5-4. Senior attackman Shane Koppens leads Loyola in assists (23) and points (42), but he must be more productive than his one-goal, zero-assist showing in Duke's 21-8 victory March 8. As dangerous as senior attackman Matt Danowski (36, 48) and senior midfielder Zack Greer (56, 22) are for the top-seeded Blue Devils, sophomore attackman Max Quinzani (52, seven) torched the Greyhounds for a game-high five goals and added an assist. Duke junior Sam Payton and Loyola senior Tim McDermott are ranked seventh (.599) and eighth (.596), respectively, in faceoff percentage.

Navy (9-5) @ North Carolina (8-5)

Site -- Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Time -- 7:30 p.m.

Outlook -- The first round has not been kind to the Midshipmen, who have lost in the first round of the tournament the past three seasons. That trend could continue if Navy doesn't awaken from the doldrums of a three-game losing streak that nearly left the team at home for the first time since 2003. Senior Nick Mirabito (20, 21) and sophomore Tim Paul (21, five) spark the attack, but the Midshipmen need more production from their first midfield. Coach Richie Meade won't reveal which junior -- Matt Coughlin or Tommy Phelan -- will start at goalie, but neither has played in the NCAA tournament. A pair of juniors in attackman Bart Wagner (16, 15) and midfielder Ben Hunt (20, nine) lead a balanced offense for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, who have lost three of their past four.

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