The NCAA Lacrosse Championships get into full swing in all divisions this weekend. Second-ranked Syracuse, the defending national champions, host Army on Sunday in the Men's Division 1 tournament. The Orangemen enter the event with a 13-1 record, their only loss coming to top-ranked Virginia, 11-10, back on March 7. Syracuse disposed of the Cadets, 12-7, on Feb. 28. Pete Coleman (Madison, Fr.) comes off the bench for Syracuse and has recorded five goals and one assist this season.
Virginia gets things under way on Saturday when they take on Mount St. Mary's in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Cavaliers are reeling from the Yeardley Love death, in which one of their now-former players is alleged to have murdered her. Virginia's only loss was to Duke, 13-9, on April 17. They've already taken the measure of the Mount, 15-7, on Feb. 23. The Mount (12-4) starts Matt Nealis (Chatham, Sr.) on defense.
As for Duke, they will welcome Johns Hopkins to Durham, N.C. on Saturday. Tommy Patterson (Chatham, Fr.) will suit up for the 12-4 Blue Devils, while Mike Maydick (Chatham, Jr.) will pull on a jersey for the 7-7 Blue Jays. Patterson has played sparingly in his first season for Duke, while Maydick has scored two goals in the five games in which he has participated.
In nearby Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina hosts Delaware on Sunday. The fourth-ranked Tar Heels (12-2) have integrated Cam Wood (Chatham, Fr.) into their offense, and he has responded with two goals, while playing all 14 games, two of which he has started in midfield.
Princeton, the lone New Jersey representative, will greet Notre Dame in a Sunday contest that begins at 2:30 pm. Jack McBride (Madison, Jr.) hopes to carry over some of the magic that saw him score with a second left on the clock against Cornell to give the Tigers the Ivy League championship last weekend. The prolific McBride leads Princeton in scoring with 33 goals this season; his 13 assists are second on the team. Lining up alongside McBride will be Chad Wiedmaier (Chatham, Soph.), a starting defender. Meanwhile, Rob Castelo (Westfield, Fr.) and Tom Gibbons (Short Hills, Fr.) will stand ready to enter the game if called upon for the 11-4 Tigers, ranked sixth.
The aforementioned Cornell has a Saturday tussle scheduled with Loyola of Baltimore in Ithaca, N.Y. Loyola (9-4), which has lost its last two games, counts on Matt Langan (Madison, Jr.) for a significant part of its scoring punch. Langan has accounted for 15 goals and 17 assists this season.
In the Division 3 bracket, Rochester Institute of Technology has a date with Connecticut College in New London, Conn. on Saturday. Jerry Ragonese (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) leads RIT (13-5) in groundballs picked up this season, with 134, and has prevailed on 237 faceoffs for a 61 percent success rate. On the other side, Jonathan Gray (Westfield, Jr.) may see action for the Camels (14-2).
Roanoke is scheduled to visit Gettysburg on Saturday, having disposed of Wittenberg, 15-4, in a first-round game Wednesday night in Salem, Virginia. Jeff Keating (Chatham, Soph.) had three goals, an assist and three groundballs in the victory. He now has 29 goals (three game winners) and 25 assists this season. Also suiting up for Roanoke (17-2) will be Kyle Hagens (Chatham, Fr.).
Also moving on is Springfield, who decisioned Widener, 7-1, at home on Wednesday. Harry Bernstein (Westfield, Soph.) gives the Pride (13-5) the occasional offensive explosion, which they will need against Salisbury (18-1) in Maryland on Saturday. He has scored 11 goals and assisted on six this season.
Rensselaer Poly had a first-round bye and will take on Middlebury at home on Saturday. Grant Foulsham (Madison, Soph.) has played in 11 games for the 14-2 Engineers, having contributed a goal and an assist.
The national tournament will serve as the occasion for a Centennial Conference grudge match between Haverford, who will have Dickinson over on Saturday. The Fords (11-5) have Kendall Baker (Summit, Fr.) and Will Sangree (Summit, Soph.) entering off the bench, while B.J. West (Summit, Soph.) and Alex Yedibalian (Madison, Jr.) serve the Red Devils (15-2) in a similar capacity. Dickinson defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 7-3, at home on Wednesday.
Montclair State's championship aspirations ended at home on Wednesday when they lost, 8-6, to Endicott in the first round. Patrick Nann (Livingston, Sr.) scored twice for the Red Hawks, who finish the season 15-4.
Notre Dame's Gina Scioscia (Summit, Sr.) looks to prolong her collegiate career when the Fighting Irish take on defending champion Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday in Division 1 action. Scioscia's 38 goals and 21 assists this season rank her second on the team, which brings an 11-6 record into the contest.
Sunday's Duke-Vanderbilt game in Durham, N.C. pits players from local towns against each other. Bridget Nolan (Summit, Soph.) has played in all games but one for the 13-5 Blue Devils, contributing four goals and one assist. Hannah Clark (Chatham, Soph.) has scored 16 goals and assisted on 11 in a reserve role for the 12-5 Commodores. The squads met earlier this season, with Duke enjoying a 19-10 victory at Vanderbilt.
Boston University brings an 11-8 record to Philadelphia on Saturday, when they will try to upset Penn. Brittany Carlin (Summit, Fr.) starts on defense for the Terriers.
Stanford will travel east for a Saturday rendezvous with James Madison in Virginia. The 15-5 Cardinals feature the trio of Carolyn Bradley (Short Hills, Fr.), Paige Farmakis (Chatham, Soph.) and Ilyssa McIntyre (Chatham, Soph.). Farmakis is the team leader in groundballs (39) and is second in causing opposition turnovers (26). Bradley has scored seven goals with three assists, while McIntyre has notched one goal this season.
On the Division 3 level, undefeated Hamilton (18-0) hosts Kenyon (15-2) on Saturday. Rebekah Gibson (Short Hills, Soph.) contributes to a stingy Hamilton defense, while Kenyon's Trina Rennie (Short Hills, Jr.) and Meghan Henshall (Madison, Soph.) will try to penetrate. Rennie has accounted for 19 goals and five assists this season, while Henshall is responsible for eight goals and two assists. Kenyon advanced to the second round with a 19-14 victory over the College of Wooster on Wednesday in Gambier, Ohio, in which Rennie scored twice. Hamilton had a first-round bye.
Saturday's contest between Stevens Tech and Trinity (Conn.) is set to take place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Both sides scored first-round wins on Wednesday. Stevens got past Montclair State, 15-12, while Trinity defeated Bridgewater State, 19-3. Pamela Loria (New Providence, Jr.) scored a goal for Stevens (17-2) and came up with two groundballs, while teammate Sam Zucker (Westfield, Sr.) was credited with three groundballs in the Montclair win. Megan Leonhard (Summit, Fr.) contributed a goal for Trinity in its victory, while Joy Finnen (Chatham, Fr.) came off the bench to provide relief on defense. The Bantams are 14-3.
Colby moves on to a Saturday showdown with Cortland State in Clinton, N.Y. after disposing of Southern Maine, 16-5, on Wednesday. Mary Cummings (Summit, Jr.) brought up three groundballs and caused two turnovers for the Mules (14-4). The winner gets the Hamilton-Kenyon victor on Sunday.
The College of New Jersey has a Saturday date with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Salisbury, Maryland. The Lions advanced by handing Cabrini a 19-7 defeat in Ewing on Wednesday. Caroline Chobor (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) starts on defense for TCNJ (15-3). She was credited with one groundball against Cabrini.
Notre Dame defeated Providence, 6-2, in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday to kick off the Big East tournament. Alexa Maldonado (Short Hills, Soph.) singled twice in three at-bats for the Fighting Irish (45-9).
Ramapo scored a 3-0 victory over SUNY-Old Westbury in the ECAC Metro Softball tournament on Thursday in Old Westbury, N.Y. Danielle Rothenberger (Livingston, Soph.) produced a single from three at-bats and scored a run for the Roadrunners (28-15).
Connecticut's Pat Butler (Chatham, Fr.) gave the Huskies six good innings in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over Manhattan in Storrs, Connecticut. Butler, a 6-5 righthander, allowed three earned runs in his stint. The Jaspers managed six hits off Butler, who walked none and struck out five batters. He left the game before the Huskies (39-10) scored the winning run and, thus, did not factor in the decision.
Duke's Michael Ness (Chatham, Sr.) left Wednesday's game with Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. after five innings with the game knotted at 4. Three of the four runs were earned, and came on six hits and one walk. Ness struck out three batters. Duke ended up losing the game, 6-4. The Blue Devils fell to 28-22 on the season.
Mike Murray (Westfield, Sr.) enjoyed a day off behind the plate, but still joined in the fun as Wake Forest romped over UNC-Greensboro, 22-9, on the losers' diamond Wednesday. Murray assumed designated hitter duties and had a 2-for-4 outing, singling, walking and scoring twice, and driving in three runs. The Demon Deacons are now 13-35.
John Puttress (New Providence, Fr.) singled twice in four at-bats and scored one run in Sanford, Maine on Tuesday as Northeastern lost to Maine, 8-3. Northeastern dropped to 11-26.