The First Round just rounded out with some great games were witnessed as teams gave it their all in order to proceed to the next round; taking another step further towards deciding who will be crowned this year’s National Champions.
Released earlier in the week, my predictions went 7-1.
The scores were scattered all over the place but the general decisions were more or so correct. Each team in the tourney has a shot of winning the title, making this year’s Quarterfinal a must see.
Saturday, May 19th
#6 Loyola vs. #3 Yale
Both are great teams here. Yale played a great UMASS team and came out the victor as the Bulldogs battled to score on Sean Sconone as he who made 10 saves to keep UMASS in the game.
Loyola kept the pace against Virginia, setting a lead at half 10-5. A late Virginia surge was stopped as Loyola went on to win 14-12.
Loyola’s offense has been great all season. The Loyola defense has to be locked down if they want to beat that dynamic Yale team. I’m going with another close game, but I’ll go with Yale to advance to the Semis. 15-13
Denver vs. #2 Albany
This will be another great game. Denver should be buzzing off their upset against Norte Dame.
If the Pios can find a way to stop that Great Dane offense, they’ll be able to win. However, I don’t think that will be the case.
Albany will also be up against Trevor Baptiste, the best Face-Off player in the country. He will matchup nicely against TD Ierlan, who is widely considered the #2 to Baptiste. It will be a true battle of who will win the face offs considering the legitimacy of both specialists. I’m going with Albany. 13-8
Sunday, May 20th
Cornell vs. #1 Maryland
Cornell is coming off an amazing win at the Dome, knocking off a talented ranked Syracuse team. Cornell played lights out, capitalizing on Syracuse’s mistakes.
Maryland did not have an easy game against Robert Morris University.
Being outplayed by a hungrier team is not something the talented Terps are used too.
RMU took a 6-3 lead to half as the Terps looked shell shocked by the effort RMU had given them, winning on offense and defense against the nationally ranked #1 Maryland team.
Maryland stormed back scoring 6 in the third, out-scoring RMU 6-1. It was all Maryland from that point as they went in to win 14-11, closer than everyone expected. If Maryland comes off lazy against Cornell, we could be looking at another major upset. I don’t think Maryland will come out that flat again. It will be a great game but Maryland should bounce back against a very good Cornell team. Maryland 13-10
If Jeff Teat isn’t contained, the Terps will have a tough matchup ahead.
#5 Johns Hopkins vs #4 Duke
Duke controlled the game against Villanova the entire way, going up 11-4 at half and ultimately winning the contest 17-11.
Hopkins is coming off a tight comeback win against Georgetown in OT. JHU underestimated the firepower that G-town has.
Down 8-3, Johns Hopkins found the will to win to tie it at 9-9, winning it in OT from Shack Stanwick.
Duke is looking real good. I don’t believe Hop has what it takes the beat the juggernaut that is Duke Lacrosse. It’ll be a battle of offenses, but Duke should win this one. I’ll go 14-10