Archive for March, 2009

Lacrosse Spotting: ESPN Classic

March 31, 2009

The Maryland vs. Virginia 7 OT game had an appearence on ESPN  Classic last night, and will make another appearence tonight (8:30pm EST) in case you missed it. If you didn’t know already, ESPN Classic stopped doing any original productions last year and all they do now is re-air old shows and games. So you would think they could take some of those old games from the 80s, 90s, and earlier in the decade and show one a night, or at least one a week. I know I would love to see the Air Gait game, or the 1987 championship game.

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Trudie’s Top Ten: 3/30

March 30, 2009

Here’s who I think are the top teams in college lax this week:

The Best of the Best:

1. Virginia-Undefeated after 11 games and managed to win the 7 OT game against Maryland. 4-5 games left depending on the ACC tournament. Including regular season games with Duke and UNC the next two Saturdays, plus a trap game against Dartmouth before the NCAA Tournament.

2. Syracuse-Like UVA, won a close game on Saturday against Loyola. Could have been #1, but will stay in the second spot for a while. Play a good Princeton team this Saturday in the Big City Classic.

Contenders?

3. Princeton- Only one loss still, that was to Hofstra. They have a huge test against Syracuse this weekend. If they can win, they might be the next great Princeton team.

4. Cornell-They blew out a normally good UPenn program by 10 goals. Only loss is to UVA and they beat Duke. Still have a tough schedule left against most of the Ivy League, Syracuse, and Hobart. I don’t think they can get through it without a few losses.

5. Notre Dame-The only other undefeated team at 7-0, but have a pretty weak schedule, so I will never make them my top team, top seed, top anything. Only big game was UNC and the rest of the schedule isn’t too tough except for maybe at Ohio State in the big stadium at the end of the season.

Likely to Choke When It Matters:

6. UMBC-Got through their hard part of the schedule and are 8-2. Only conference games and conference tournament remain. Just waiting for the NCAA Tournament now, because they are in for sure.

7. Maryland-All three of their losses have been to pretty big rivals. Still have to play Hopkins and Navy. On a good day they could beat the best team, but they are still a second rate program until they win a big game.

8. North Carolina-With the OT win over Hopkins last weekend. It gave UNC enough to get an At-Large bid for the NCAA’s. Still have to play UVA and Ohio State. But they can sleep easy knowing they are a big program that plays a decent schedule, and has a quality win.  

9. Hopkins-Losing record at 3-4? Three game losing streak? Games against Maryland and Navy still to come? I don’t know why other polls list them so low. We’ve seen this the past few seasons. Hopkins will win when it matters. They get Maryland in Baltimore, and they haven’t lost to Navy in three decades. They might squeek into the NCAA Tournament, but my theory is if Hopkins can win its first playoff game, they get the taste for blood and will get into the Final Four, probably the championship game, and probably win a title.

10. Duke-Not a dominant program, but still have some great players and will win some games. Big game against UVA in two weeks, plus a couple more games in addition to the ACC Tournament.

11. Hofstra-Only loss is to Hopkins, plus they beat Princeton. Still have to play their conference schedule and a game against UNC. At-Large bid for sure, but will probably win the CAA unless Towson can beat them in the confernce championship game.

If It Only Happened Another Day…

March 29, 2009

http://sacredheartpioneers.cstv.com/sports/m-lacros/recaps/032809aaa.html

http://www.lax.com/scores.phtml?div=1

Maryland vs. Virginia wasn’t the only game that turned into a marathon. Sacred Heart vs. Villanova also went very long. Not quite as long as the record setting seven overtimes that happened in Charlottesville, but at five overtimes is still pretty notable. Sacred Heart won the game 8-7 in the fifth extra period.

A sidenote to this game is how crushing this loss is to Villanova for their chance to go to the NCAA Tournament. It will be tough for them to get the AQ, firstly because they lost to a team they should have beaten, and secondly, the CAA only lets four teams play for the conference championship and they are in fourth place now. They still have four regular season conference games left against the top teams Hofstra and Towson, and will get challenges from Drexel and Robert Morris.

Lacrosse Spotting: SportsCenter and Top Plays

March 29, 2009

The Maryland vs. Virginia 7ot game was featured on the 11pm (EST) edition of SportsCenter twice. It had a short segment in the regular part of the show, with a few select highlights from the 4th quarter and the overtimes. Brian Carroll’s game winning goal was the #9 play in the Top Plays.

Trudie Boo: College Lacrosse Bracketologist II

March 28, 2009

After today’s epic lacrosse action, I felt the need to update my projected brackets.

Automatic Qualifiers:

America East– UMBC

CAA– Towson or Hofstra

ECAC-Loyola

GWLL-Notre Dame

Ivy League-Princeton

MAAC-Providence

Patriot League-Colgate or Bucknell

At Large-Hopkins, Syracuse, Cornell, Hofstra, Towson (only if they win CAA), Maryland, 2nd place Patriot League team, Duke, North Carolina, Navy

Seedings:

1. Virginia

2. Syracuse

3. Princeton

4. Notre Dame

5. The winner of  the Hopkins vs. Maryland game

6. The loser of the Hopkins vs. Maryland game

7. Cornell

8. UMBC

Which Means the first round games would be:

1. Virginia plays Providence

2. Syracuse plays Hofstra

3. Princeton plays Loyola.

4. Notre Dame plays Navy

5. Hopkins or Maryland plays UNC

6. Hopkins or Maryland plays Patriot League 2nd Place

7. Cornell plays Patriot League Champ

8.  UMBC plays Duke

Last two in: North Carolina, Navy (strength of schedule, big wins).

First three out: Harvard, Hobart, 3rd place Patriot League team if it isnt Navy

3/28/09: The Most Epic Day of Lacrosse EVER!

March 28, 2009

 

By now everyone in the lacrosse world has probably heard about the Maryland vs. Virginia game. It was the longest ever at 7 overtimes! I avoided watching regulation because I was already watching the Syracuse vs. Loyola game on ESPNU. Loyola had a four goal lead in the fourth quarter, but eventually let Syracuse comeback and then take the lead winning the game 14-13. I decided to go ahead and watch the overtimes for the Maryland vs. Virginia game because I figured they will never show the full game on tape delay and I might as well see a great finish.

Maryland had a few opportunities to win in all the overtimes. There were two key penalties that they could not capitalize on. One on Adam Ghitelman at the end of the first OT and another on Max Pomper with a high hit. However, all the goalies involved in this game did a stupendeous job keeping the ball out of the net.

Oh yeah this also happened today:

1. Syracuse 14 Loyola 13-Loyola led 12-8 in the fourth quarter.

2. Hopkins 9 UNC 10 ot-This was a back and forth game eventually won by UNC in OT. They will be in the NCAA tournament with this win.  

3. Gettysburg 11 Salisbury 10– Salisbuy’s first loss since the 2006 NCAA Championship and first regular season loss since 2003, when Lynchburg beat them.

4. Hobart 7 Fairfield 9-This probably keeps Hobart out of the NCAA’s unless they can get the ECAC AQ.

Harvard Loss to GTown Might Cost Them Trip To NCAA Tournament

March 27, 2009

Harvard lost to Georgetown on Wednesday…Just found out about it because I have been busy with work. I think the loss may keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. Which will either open another spot for a conference that will not have an at large like the CAA or America East. Or possibly UNC since they are on the fence unless they can win a majority of their last four games against Hopkins, UVA, Ohio State, Hofstra, and the ACC Tournament.

Inside Lacrosse Bracketologist a QUACK!

March 25, 2009

http://blogs.insidelacrosse.com/2009/03/25/inside-lacrosse-2009-midseason-bracketology/#comment-34306

Hours after posting my predicted bracket, IL did the same. Only their bracket has some clear impossibilities…

1. Brown will not go to the NCAA Tournament. They will not win the Ivy AQ, they don’t have the tough schedule and big wins like Princeton and Cornell do, and Harvard will have more consideration.

2. Siena will not win the MAAC. Providence is more likely to win the conference, like they have in the past.

3. UMass will not win ECAC. It will either be Loyola or Hobart.

4. UNC will be left out. There are too many better teams with bigger wins and better schedules. While I wouldn’t rule out the NCAA rewarding all the ACC teams into the tournament. I think the Patriot League is more deserving of two bids (one AQ, one At-Large).

Trudie Boo: College Lacrosse Bracketologist

March 25, 2009

There is still a good six weeks left of the regular season for college lacrosse, but after watching some good games on ESPNU the past few days, as well as the basketball tournament, I figure now would be a good time to start predicting the college lacrosse bracket. Here’s what I think so far (which will probably be different in a week!):

Automatic Qualifiers:

America East– UMBC

CAA– Towson

ECAC-Hobart or Loyola

GWLL-Notre Dame

Ivy League-Princeton

MAAC-Providence

Patriot League-Colgate or Bucknell

At Large-Hopkins, Syracuse, Cornell, Hofstra, Harvard, Maryland, 2nd place Patriot League team, 2nd place ECAC team, Duke or North Carolina (who ever has the better ACC record…probably Duke).  

Seedings:

1. Virginia

2. Syracuse

3. Princeton

4. Notre Dame

5. The winner of  the Hopkins vs. Maryland game

6. The loser of the Hopkins vs. Maryland game

7. Cornell

8. UMBC

Which Means the first round games would be:

1. Virginia plays Providence

2. Syracuse plays Towson

3. Princeton plays ECAC Champ.

4. Notre Dame plays Harvard

5. Hopkins or Maryland plays Hofstra

6. Hopkins or Maryland plays Patriot League 2nd Place

7. Cornell plays Patriot League Champ

8.  UMBC plays Duke

Why?

Virginia gets the top seed because they will probably be undefeated at the end of the regular season. #2 Syracuse will probably have just one loss, #3 Princeton will have a couple losses since they will probably lose to Syracuse in the Big City Classic. #4 Notre Dame doesn’t have a great schedule which will cost them in seeding. #5 and#6 depend on how the Maryland vs. Hopkins game goes. Both teams will be going and since they both have tough schedules they will be seeded teams. #7 is Cornell who will lose to Princeton on April 18th, but has a good schedule and quality wins. #8 is UMBC who plays in a weaker conference, but still has some big wins so they have to be a seeded team. Providence is in the worst conference in college lacrosse, Towson will be the worst team, but I think they will win the AQ so they have to be placed higher than Hofstra, which will still make it in based on their win over Princeton. The ECAC champ will have to play Princeton. Patriot League Champ will play the 6th seed, the loser will play the 7th seed, which should be Cornell. Duke is the last team in and will play UMBC.

Ivy League will get three teams in because Cornell and Princeton are winning big games and Harvard will sneak in because of their win over Duke. ACC will get in Virginia and Maryland because they play tough schedules. The last team in will be an ACC team as well, UNC or Duke. Patriot League will get two teams in. Hofstra will get an at large bid if they don’t win the CAA. If Hofstra does win the CAA, than Towson will be out for sure and replaced by the 2nd place ECAC team or even possibly the 2nd place America East Team. GWLL only gets one team in, reversed with the Ivy League from 2008 when it was three GWLL teams and one Ivy. Hopkins and Syracuse will be in even if they barely qualify.

Last two teams in: Duke, Patriot League 2nd place

First two teams out:North Carolina, Albany (if UMBC wins the America East)

Trudie Says: Towson Will Be In The NCAA Tournament!

March 25, 2009

Towson will always have a special place in my heart, if only for going there for a summer class during college and getting three credits and a good grade when I really didn’t do that much work. Their high point was going to the 2001 Final Four, they haven’t been that good since. However, I do I think they will make the 2009 NCAA Tournament, even though they currently have a 3-4 record. How? They will win their conference. I just think they will. I had my money on Robert Morris at first, but they lost to Towson in the first CAA game.  Hofstra is the suckers bet to win the CAA. Hofstra hasn’t won a game  by more than two goals all season. Villanova is another possibility, but they haven’t really played a top team yet this season. Delaware is having a bad year, and Sacred Heart can’t win. I better find my Towson lacrosse shorts…Go Tigers!