Face-Off Classic: Game previews

March 05, 2010|By Edward Lee

Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic
(Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium)

No. 6 Duke vs. No. 7 Maryland
Time: 11 a.m.

DUKE

Record: 2-1

Coach: John Danowski

Leading scorer: Senior attackman Max Quinzani (13 goals, 3 assists)

Goalie: Freshman Dan Wigrizer (10.98 goals-against average, .548 save percentage)

MARYLAND

Record: 2-0

Coach: Dave Cottle

Leading scorer: Junior attackman Grant Catalino (3 goals, 6 assists)

Goalie: Senior Brian Phipps (10.05 goals-against average, .474 save percentage)

Outlook: Which Blue Devils team will show up Saturday: the one that struggled against Bucknell and Notre Dame or the one that convincingly beat Pennsylvania? The Terps showed resilience in rallying from a four-goal deficit against No. 9 Georgetown last Saturday, but they can't get stuck in a hole again.

No. 8 Princeton vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins
Time: 1:30 p.m.

PRINCETON

Record: 1-0

Coach: Chris Bates

Leading scorer: Senior attackman Rob Engelke (1 goal, 4 assists)

Goalie: Sophomore Tyler Fiorito (14.00 goals-against average, .440 save percentage)

JOHNS HOPKINS

Record: 3-0

Coach: Dave Pietramala

Leading scorer: Senior attackman Steven Boyle (13 goals, 4 assists)

Goalie: Senior Michael Gvozden (5.03 goals-against average, .650 save percentage)

Outlook: The Tigers' offensive outburst in a 17-14 season-opening win over then-No. 8 Hofstra might have surprised some, but it wasn't totally unanticipated, as Bates brought his free-wheeling offensive plan from Drexel. However, surrendering 14 goals isn't a recipe for success. The Blue Jays have their own concerns after committing 29 turnovers in an 8-7 win against Siena on Sunday.

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Loyola
Time: 4 p.m.

NOTRE DAME

Record: 2-0

Coach: Kevin Corrigan

Leading scorer: Senior midfielder Zach Brenneman (4 goals, 3 assists)

Goalie: Senior Scott Rodgers (7.50 goals-against average, .634 save percentage)

LOYOLA

Record: 3-0

Coach: Charley Toomey

Leading scorer: Senior attackman Collin Finnerty (6 goals, 3 assists)

Goalie: Junior Jake Hagelin (6.53 goals-against average, .535 save percentage)

Outlook: The Fighting Irish scored perhaps the biggest win this season, knocking off then-No. 1 Duke, 11-8, on Feb. 20. If senior attackman Cooper MacDonnell (8, 1) can't play because of a shoulder injury, Finnerty will likely have to lead the Greyhounds' offense. Hagelin is quietly putting together a solid season.

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