Capsules for NCAA Tournament quarterfinals

Capsules for NCAA Tournament quarterfinals

May 22, 2010

NCAA men's Division I quarterfinals

Sunday's games

(At Stony Brook)

Army (11-5) vs. No. 7 seed Cornell (11-5)

Time: 12 p.m.

Outlook: The Black Knights' first appearance in the national semifinals since 1984 will likely depend on junior attackman Jeremy Boltus (28 goals and 38 assists) and freshman attackman Garrett Thul (40, 9). Junior Tom Palesky (.565 save percentage and 9.01 goals-against average) is a sturdy netminder for Army. The Big Red is powered by sophomore attackman Rob Pannell (27, 47) and senior attackman Ryan Hurley (41, 11). Pannell will likely draw the attention of Black Knights junior defenseman Bill Henderson. One thing to watch: Cornell has allowed opponents to rally back from huge deficits in their last three games, losing once to Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament final.

No. 8 seed Stony Brook (13-3) vs. No. 1 seed Virginia (15-1)

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Seawolves are enjoying their first appearance in the quarterfinals. They lean on the Big Three of midfielders Kevin Crowley (49, 25) and Tom Compitello (36, 35) and attackman Jordan McBride (48, 7). McBride, however, was shut out by Cavaliers senior defenseman Ken Clausen in Stony Brook's 13-8 loss to Virginia on Feb. 27. Six Cavaliers have scored at least 19 goals this season, and the midfield of twin juniors Shamel (20, 17) and Rhamel (22, 6) Bratton and senior Brian Carroll (22, 13) may be the most athletic in the entire country. How will Virginia fare outside of Charlottesville after the tragic loss of women's lacrosse player and Cockeysville native Yeardley Love? Or will the Seawolves thrive in what is essentially a home game for them?

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