Today's men's NCAA tournament games

May 11, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

Hofstra (9-5) @ Johns Hopkins (8-5)

Site -- Homewood Field

Time, TV -- 2:30 p.m., ESPNU

Outlook -- The Blue Jays have distanced themselves from their five-game losing skid with a five-game winning streak to end the regular season and earn the fifth seed - the 12th consecutive year that Hopkins has been awarded a top five seed. Senior attackman Kevin Huntley (26 goals and eight assists) powers the Blue Jays' attack, while senior midfielder Stephen Peyser has already set a career high in goals with 18. Hopkins has not lost at home in the first round since 1990 and is 3-0 against Hofstra in the postseason. The Pride did, however, tag the Blue Jays with an 8-7 overtime loss March 8. Freshman attackman Jay Card scored a game-high four goals in Hofstra's upset, and senior midfielder Kevin Unterstein held Hopkins senior midfielder Paul Rabil pointless.

UMBC (12-3) @ Virginia (12-3)

Site -- Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time, TV -- 5 p.m., ESPNU

Outlook -- Before last year's victory over Maryland, UMBC had dropped three straight first-round decisions. But unlike those seasons, the Retrievers are riding a wave, having won 11 consecutive games. The past two victories were of the comeback variety and netted UMBC its second America East championship in three years. Senior midfielder Terry Kimener (26, 20) and sophomore attackman Matt Latham (26, 4) must fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to junior attackman Ryan Smith (29, 14). The Cavaliers are paced by the trio of juniors Garrett Billings (30, 23) and Danny Glading (21, 32) and senior Ben Rubeor (33, 12). Neither senior goalkeeper Bud Petit nor freshman Adam Ghitelman strike fear in opposing offenses.

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