Today's games

May 17, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

Division I men's quarterfinals

Virginia (13-3) vs. Maryland (10-5)

Site -- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time, TV -- Noon, ESPNU

Seeds -- Virginia, No. 2; Maryland, No. 7.

Outlook -- As Sunday's 10-9 victo ry over UMBC proved, the Cavaliers' fortunes revolve around the potency of their attack. Senior attackman Ben Rubeor leads the team in goals with 35, and junior attackmen Garrett Billings and Danny Glading are tied for the team lead in points with 58 each. The Achilles' heel for Virginia has been a shaky defense exposed by the Retrievers. The Terps need to jump on the Cavaliers early. (Mary land is 9-0 with a lead after the first quarter, but only 1-5 when trailing after the opening period.) Freshman attackman Grant Catalino has been a beast, recording 10 goals and seven assists in his past four games. Sopho more goalkeeper Brian Phipps, who is scheduled to start today, boasts a .649 save percentage and 5.92 goals-against average. The Terps and Cava liers have met four times in the post season, with Maryland owning a 3-1 lead.

Johns Hopkins (9-5) vs. Navy (10-5)

Site -- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time -- 3 p.m.

Seeds -- Johns Hopkins, No. 5; Navy, unseeded.

Outlook -- Although these schools have played each other 81 times, to day will be the first time in the NCAA tournament. Despite being the high er seed, the Blue Jays face significant physical and mental obstacles. A pro-Navy crowd will likely urge on a Mid shipmen squad that bounced fourth seed North Carolina, 8-7, last Satur day. Sophomore attackman Tim Paul has scored a team-leading 26 goals, and senior attackman Nick Mirabito leads the team in assists (23) and points (45). Momentum, however, might be on Hopkins' side. The Blue Jays have won six consecutive games and the past 34 meetings with Navy. Senior midfielder Paul Rabil and sen ior attackman Kevin Huntley lead the team in goals with 26 each. A key story line will center on the goalie play of Midshipmen junior Tommy Phelan and Johns Hopkins sopho more Michael Gvozden.

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