Today's games

May 18, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

Today's games

Division I men's quarterfinals

DUKE (17-1) VS. OHIO STATE (11-5)

Site -- Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Time -- Noon

Seeds -- Duke, No. 1; Ohio State, unseeded.

Outlook -- The Buckeyes return to Ithaca after upending No. 8 seed and Ivy League champion Cornell at Schoellkopf Field last Sunday. Ohio State, making its first quarterfinal appearance in school history, is paced by a frenetic offense that thrives on the fast break. Junior at tackman Joel Dalgarno (39 goals, 34 assists) leads a group of players who have posted at least 17 goals and 22 points. The Buckeyes, who have out scored opponents 123-60 in the first half, will need to get out fast against the Atlantic Coast Conference cham pion Blue Devils, who are 5-2 all time against Ohio State. Duke's vaunted offense, powered by senior attack men Matt Danowski (38, 53) and Zack Greer (58, 22), gets most of the atten tion, but a defense anchored by sen ior goalkeeper Dan Loftus (.628 save percentage) has surrendered just seven goals a game - the sixth-stingi est unit in the country.

Syracuse (13-2) vs. Notre Dame (14-2)

Site -- Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Time -- 3 p.m.

Seeds -- Syracuse, No. 3; Notre Dame, No. 6.

Outlook -- The Irish qualified for only their fourth quarterfinal ap pearance by outlasting Patriot League champion Colgate, 8-7, in overtime last Sunday. The Great Western Lacrosse League titlists spread the wealth on offense with nine different players reaching dou ble digits in points. But Notre Dame's biggest strength might be a senior-la den defense composed of defense men Sean Dougherty and Ross Zim merman and goalie Joey Kemp. That unit has allowed just 6.8 goals per game and will need to stay resilient against an Orange offense that is sec ond in the nation to Duke. Senior at tackman Mike Leveille (42, 28) and junior attackman Kenny Nims (30, 23) lead Syracuse, which has 10 play ers in double digits in points. The key matchup will be at the "X," where Or ange senior Danny Brennan (.673 faceoff rate) and Irish senior Taylor Clagett (.645) are ranked 1-2 in the country in faceoff percentage. Syra cuse is 2-0 all time against Notre Dame.

EDWARD LEE

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