Underdogs Closing In On Baltimore
Tommy Scherr, Alex Smith responsible for Delaware's victory over Virginia
May 16, 2007
By Paul Carcaterra
Special to CSTV.com
An analyst for CSTV, Paul was All-American on Syracuse's '95 title team. He is president of No Limit Lacrosse Camps, and developer for Maverik Lacrosse.
This week CSTV lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra offers his thoughts and opinions on the first round of the NCAA tournament and gives his analysis and predictions for the upcoming NCAA quarterfinals.
The two biggest parts of the game week in and week out are goaltending and face-off play. On Sunday,
People can touch on parity, but more importantly,
I think everyone's initial reaction after
Defending national champion Virginia started with a disappointing loss to Drexel in the first game of the season and now ends its season with a disappointing loss to Delaware--two teams on paper that aren't even close to the Cavaliers.
One was senior leadership, which they got from guys like Tewaaraton Trophy winner Matt Ward, Matt Poskay, Michael Culver, Kyle Dixon and J.J. Morrissey. That was an extraordinary senior class and one of the top senior classes in the last 10 years. That, in addition to the Cavaliers' lack of ability to control the game at the midfield--which has
A critical turning point in the season was when Duke played
Always a First
Ever year or two we get introduced to a new team making its first appearance in a final four. Loyola made it in 1990, Brown made an appearance in the mid 1990s and Georgetown did it in the late 1990s. In 2001, Notre Dame made its first final four appearance and last year UMass got to the national championship game.
It's interesting to see these new teams. It always tells you that lacrosse is changing. But then you've had five national champions--Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Princeton,
Last year UMass and Hofstra battled it out, but people expected Hofstra to go to the final four before the NCAA tournament started. I can't recall a time where two unheralded teams played each other in the quarterfinals. Usually those teams are spread out and upsetting the powerhouses, and this week we have an opportunity to see UMBC and
X-factors aren't necessarily the best player on each team, but the player that needs to have an incredible performance for his team to win and emerge in the NCAA tournament from this point on.
Duke - Peter Lamade
Lamade had huge expectations to be the Blue Devils' leader from the midfield this year. The senior has actually turned out to be the third option behind Brad Ross and Ned Crotty, but for Duke to win a national championship, people are going to have to hear from Lamade.
The Tar Heels are a young and talented team without a go-to guy who can lead the offense. Although Petracca is a redshirt freshman, his play through the remainder of this season will be pivotal because
I think you're going to get numbers out of Frank Resetarits and Merrick Thomson and good play in the midfield out of Jordan Levine regardless, but the style that Albany plays--they love to get up and down the field and it puts extraordinary amount of pressure on a team's goalie--will force Queener to play his best lacrosse against Cornell. Saturday's matchup with the Big Red will not be an easy task. Although Cornell loves to push, especially from restraining box to restraining box, they do it as well as any team in the country.
Cornell - John Glynn
If you took the number off of Glynn's jersey and look at his numbers, hands down he has First Team All-American numbers. He has incredible numbers, and he's that perfect type of midfielder who can take the pressure off a guy like Max Seibald. So much attention is on Seibald that Glynn has an uncanny ability to find spots and seams in a defense. He distributes the ball, he can shoot from the outside and he can dodge off a quick feed. The Cornell attack has been steady throughout the course of the year, but Glynn will have to put numbers in the NCAA tournament and play the type of lacrosse he's played all year for Cornell to win the national championship.
Johns Hopkins - Kevin Huntley
In his freshman year, Huntley scored some of the biggest goals for Johns Hopkins during its 2005 national championship season. Last year, he was the team's leading goal scorer, but this year, because of the change in the Blue Jays' offensive system along with some fresh faces stepping up, Huntley's play has gone unnoticed most weeks. For
Heading into their first round matchup with
UMBC - Jeremy Blevins
Hall had a decent game against
NCAA Tournament Playmakers
Best Attackman: Matt Danowski (Duke)
Best Midfielder: Paul Rabil (Johns
Best Defensive Midfielder: Ethan Vedder (Cornell)
Best Face-off Man: Alex Smith (
Best Defenseman: Casey Carroll (Duke)
Best Goaltender: Matt McMonagle (Cornell)
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