Sunday, May 8, 2011

Previewing the NCAA Lacrosse Bracket

The bracket came out tonight, this is an entry previewing each game.
#1 seed Syracuse vs. Siena. Syracuse comes in as the overall favorite to win the NCAA title. Siena is a team that benefited from a weaker conference. I was lucky enough to see Siena in action against Johns Hopkins and they had no business against a top 5 team. This should be an Orange steamroll.

#2 Cornell vs. Hartford. Honestly I don't know much about either this year, but Rob Pannell is a big time player on the attack. After a fabulous sophmore year, Rob is bound for greatness in this tournament as well as Cornell, who looks to go to back to back Final Fours. This should be an easy W for the Big Red, a team that is going far.

#3 Johns Hopkins vs. Hofstra. Johns Hopkins is a strong team this year lead by Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland. Hofstra is a team that started off very well, climbing the rankings early, but then fell later. This should be an interesting one, I'd take the Blue Jays.

#4 Notre Dame vs. Penn. The defending National Champion runner-up and long time #1 this season look to repeat their magical run. This is a W for the Fighting Irish.

#5 Duke vs. Delaware. The defending National Champion squares off against the Blue Hens. Duke, led by coach John Danowski, brings a lot to the table. Long stick middie CJ Costabile, notable for his face-offs and scoring the game winning goal against Notre Dame in last years epic National Championship, is a dominating force on the face-offs. The Blue Devils roll in this one.

#6 Denver vs. Villanova. Mark Matthews is the leading scorer for the Pioneers, tallying 62 points on the season. The Wildcats have flirted with the NCAA tournament for a while now, and this could very well be the game they break through. It's a toss up but I think the Pioneers will eek this one out.

#7 Virginia vs. Bucknell. The Cavaliers have had a rollercoaster of a season. But lead by attackman Steele Stanwick and goalie Adam Ghitleman, the Wahoos could really make a run. This is the team I think nobody wants to face, seeing the weapons they have. It will be interesting though what UVa can do without the Brattons. Wahoo Wah.

#8 UNC vs. Maryland. Maryland took a hit in the seeding with a loss to Colgate on Saturday, but John Tillman's Terps have the ability to rebound. They split the series with the Tar Heels this season, Maryland winning in the ACC Tournament en route to the crown. Maryland is also the team nobody wants to face. UNC is a good team centered around freshman superstar Nicky Galasso and veteran Billy Bitter. The Terps win in a close one, and they will be rockin' down in College Park.

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