Cuse at (3) Duke
Colgate at (6) UMass
Murlund at (7) Lehigh
Stony Brook at (2) Hop
Duke plays at noon Saturday at Koskinen.
Duke is the seven seed, and plays Virginia at home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
Looking at the whole bracket, I'm hard pressed to see a tougher path among the top four seeds.
Colgate and UMass both rely on a dynamic attackman (Baum for Gate and Manny for UMass) to make the whole thing work.
Over at collegecrosse.com, I posed the following question in the comments: "Can UMass win if Manny gets two and one (which is what Stanwick got when Duke put Henry Lobb on him and didn't slide)?"
Syracuse's improvement is primarily due to Bobby Eilers finally figuring out that at 6'5", 210, he can physically dominate most d-mids. Luke Duprey is not most d-mids.
The selection committee treated Carolina far better than they deserved. They weren't punished for the loss to Penn (the way, for example, Nova was punished for the loss to Providence and Cornell was punished for the loss to Brown), and what should have been a substantial RPI and SOS hit from playing Michigan was ignored.
Mark Mathews has to be salivating at the thought of going at the Carolina defense. This could be first team to 21 wins (so could Gate - UMass), but if Carraro wins 50 percent of the faceoffs against Keenan Carolina could be in a lot of trouble. And if the pathologically turnover-prone Carolina team of March shows up, they are cooked.
Here are the brackets for both the Men's and Women's tournaments:
Our Women's team is seeded 7th and hosting Virginia on Sunday at 2:00pm Eastern.
In other news, Duke fans might appreciate knowing that Lehigh (there is that name again) is coached by Duke grad and former Duke assistant coach Kevin Cassese. Cassese, who also plays professional lacrosse and has been a member of the US National Team. He was an assistant to Mike Pressler and stayed through John Danowski's first season in the spring of 2007 before accepting the Lehigh job. The team building job he has been doing there is starting to bear fruit in a big way as Lehigh enters the tournament seeded 7th and with a 14-2 record and wins over tournament teams Colgate, UNC, and Yale.
I think there is a legitimate chance that the ACC will close out the final four. Last 2 years ACC teams have ONLY lost to other ACC teams in the tournament, which is absolutely incredible.
One other thing that might have to happen for Princeton to beat UVA--"good" Tyler Fiorito has to show up in the Princeton goal, and/or he has to get a lot more help from the rest of his defense than he did against Yale. Even if Stanwick still isn't 100%, the Wahoos offense will score if you give them the kind of opportunities Yale had.
Browsing the past few seasons' rosters, I noticed that nobody has worn number 40 since Matt Danowski left, and nobody has worn number 22 since Ned Crotty left.
If we're going to retire numbers, let's do it officially: hang some banners and have a ceremony.
Another approach to numbers--Josh Dionne switched numbers this year from 0 (perhaps not the best choice for a goal scorer, he acknowledged in an interview) to 8--Max Quinzani's number. It seems like a good fit.
As for Maryland, I don't know how you can say Lehigh is flat our better. Maryland has better wins on its schedule. They have beaten Johns Hopkins, Duke and UNC. We barely got past them in the ACC tournament. It took a heck of a game from Wigrizer to win by 1 goal. That loss last week definitely is a red-flag, but Colgates a good team and Maryland probably didn't play their best. I think that Maryland coach is excellent and I expect them to win.
Lastly, I really don't think that Princeton has a shot at beating Virginia. They couldn't even win the terrible Ivy League this year. They are certainly one of the weaker teams in the field. I'd be absolutly shocked if they win. I'd actually be more suprised if Virginia lost that game then if we lost to Syracuse who we've struggled against in the past.
Last edited by loldevilz; 05-08-2012 at 01:24 PM.
'Class of Mullins. No, really! He was our senior class president. The illustrious successor to Charlie Rose and the late Sean Flynn (son of Errol)'
I'm thinking there is at least a chance that this isn't an accident, though it could be an informal sign of respect from the players rather than a team policy.
On the other hand, it could, of course, be an accident, and has nothing to do, as you point out, with whether the number might be retired. The only other number between 0 and 44 that has gone even three straight seasons out of use, 15, was last used by Goalie Rob Schroeder, not a likely candidate for number retirement.
A guess--this will be an up and down the field tournament, with scoring in the possession game coming relatively quick. Teams are filed with talented attackers and offensive mids. There is no old school ball adopted to the new realities of the game, aka Cornell, tat weakens teams in the half court, and then is organized to stop transition offense.
I think that this Championship belongs to he team with athletic long sticks who can guard with the best, but excel in creating unexpected mistakes by offenses (creating groundballs), snatching ground balls, and getting off in transition with speed and awareness. Syracuse had a kid like that when they took down my boys who were 3 up with 3 to go. I think that Duke as a couple of outstanding defenders in this mode. They could make the difference.
If Duke is still standing going into the final weekend,I'd be there if I were a Duke fan. Heck, with Cornell taking a pass this year (too bad about Pannell and thanks for the guy who gave the kid his props here), I might just become a Dukie and show up myself.
Stanwick, however, is to die for. If there is a better play maker, passer, creator of angles, signal giver to a teamate about where the ball is going, and then stone-cold scorer when he needs to be in any sport, I haven't seen him, well okay, Messi. Tough to root againt him and Startza beginnings at a neighboring town on the South Shore of LI, well, I wouldn't be made if they pulled a rabbit out of a hat, but then again I wouldn't be loving it either.
Duke if it makes the final four; Maryland if it does and Duke doesn't. I think that this team finds a way, even though Carolina is probably at least 3 out of 5 the better team, probably more like 4 out of 6. It only takes one, however, and, should it come to it, muy itch says the Terps.
I really like this tournament but do not like the added todo around it, selection and Sunday and such. Give them sticks, a helmet, the same colored uniforms for each team, and let em play one of the best passing games around.
I'm generally in agreement, but I think the key matchups are Palasek vs. Manley and Eilers vs. Duprey. If we contain those guys, we win, and we may win by a lot. I think we are good for at least the 12 we got against Cuse in the regular season (it would be really nice if we got a contribution from the second midfield).
There are a couple of interesting "behind the scenes" videos of the Duke team in Denver, preparing for the Mile High Classic, posted in Insidelacrosse.com.
Interestingly, when Coach Danowski was talking about practicing shooting with the non-dominant hand, he described some players as "amphibious"! Think he has been reading DBR? [PS, I'm pretty sure he used the wrong word on purpose.]