The tournament is currently wide open
Virginia-North Carolina and Duke-Maryland celebrate the Final Four game of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
We knew last weekend’s four quarter-final games were going to be on TV.
And even we I didn’t expect them to be as good as they were.
Of course, 4th Virginia put on a miraculous performance in what was a resounding victory over 5th Georgetown to start the weekend. But as a result of that, we saw three overtime, two of which almost ended in legitimate upset wins.
Here are the final scores of the quarter-finals round:
No.1 North Carolina: 12
No.9 Rutgers: 11
# 5 Georgetown: 3
No. 4 Virginia: 14
Maryland # 3: 14
N ° 6 Notre Dame: 13
N ° 10 Loyola: 9
Duke n ° 2: 10
After another weekend filled with action in men’s varsity lacrosse, we move on to the semi-finals, with either game taking place on Saturday in Hartford, CT. As many expected, the nation’s top four teams – North Carolina, Duke, Maryland and Virginia – are still alive at this point and are legitimate contenders for the national title.
This tournament is currently wide open. There is no team that is greater than the head and shoulders of the other remaining teams, which should make this weekend’s slate even more entertaining.
NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Dates, Times & TV Information
No.1 North Carolina vs No.4 Virginia – Saturday, May 29, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Duke # 2 vs. # 3 Maryland – Saturday, May 29, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The first game of the weekend is the one I look forward to the most – expect it to be a high scoring game given the sheer strength of those two offenses.
North Carolina is the best offensive unit in the country, averaging 16.67 goals per game – a formidable mark. Not to mention, the Tar Heels have accumulated 28 goals in their first two playoff games (16 against Monmouth, 12 against Rutgers).
Virginia, meanwhile, is averaging 14.63 goals per game and played an offensive clinic in the quarterfinals against Georgetown, scoring 14 goals on a Hoyas team who appeared to be a Darkhorse championship contender after a first-round victory. against Syracuse.
UVA had 27 goals in the tournament’s opening two rounds, adding 13 against Bryant in the round of 16.
As for the second game of the day: could Maryland finally lose for the first time this season?
Duke sports a chilling attack led by one of the best feeders we’ve ever seen in Michael Sowers. The graduate forward and Tewaaraton Award finalist is the quarterback in this Blue Devil attack and will face a tough defense from Maryland that allows just 10 goals per game.
The same goes for the Maryland offense (16.23 goals per game) – the Terrapins have a tough job on their hands considering Duke’s defensive unit also scores 10 goals per game.
Maryland forward and Tewaaraton Award finalist Jared Bernhardt, facing strong defense from the Blue Devil, should be a clash to watch out for starting Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Which players to watch out for
Of the top players remaining in the range, three are finalists for the Tewaaraton Award.
- UNC forward Chris Gray (86 points, 46 goals, 40 assists) – Finalist for the Tewaaraton Prize
- Maryland forward Jared Bernhardt (87 points, 64 goals, 23 assists) – Finalist for the Tewaaraton Prize
- Duke forward Michael Sowers (79 points, 35 goals, 44 assists) – Finalist for the Tewaaraton Prize
- Virginia forward Connor Shellenberger (67 points, 31 goals, 36 assists)
- Virginia goalkeeper Alex Rode (185 saves, 55% saves)
As previously mentioned, Michael Sowers against a solid defense from Maryland and Jared Bernhardt against a Duke defensive unit of the same caliber should be clashes to watch.
While Chris Gray will certainly be a factor in the UNC-Virginia game, UVA forward Connor Shellenberger will attract some eyeballs especially after his quarterfinal performance. The rookie had six goals and an assist for seven points in the crucial victory over Georgetown.
Virginia’s success on the defensive side could be largely determined by the play of goaltender Alex Rode, who recorded eight saves on 11 shots faced for a 73% save rate against the Hoyas after racking up 18 saves against Bryant in the first. tower.