Posted Monday, May 10, 2010 by .
DIVISION 1 NCAA TOURNEY
Mount St. Mary's at (1) Virginia - Saturday, 7:30PM
Denver at (8) Stony Brook - Saturday, 5PM
Johns Hopkins at (5) Duke - Saturday, Noon
Quick Analysis: Well the wait is over and the fans may have a little to say about this one - Johns Hopkins makes its 39th straight NCAA tournament after winning two straight over Towson and Loyola to salvage a .500 record. Obviously this is an interesting first-round matchup, since Johns Hopkins has owned Duke in recent NCAA action, including a win in the 2007 NCAA finals
HOPKINS - John Ranagan '09, Billy Dwan Associate Head Coach '87
Delaware at (4) at North Carolina - Sunday, 5PM
Hofstra at (3) Maryland - Saturday, Noon
Quick Analysis: Maryland at the third seed means that Syracuse will be the No. 2 and won't have the possibility of taking on Virginia until the finals. I have a sneaking suspicion that both Virginia and Syracuse fans are excited about that development. This one has a little bit of other controversy as well, since a lot of folks have scoffed at Hofstra making it into the dance after they didn't make it to the CAA tournament. For Maryland, this bracket position sets them up for a potential chance for revenge in the NCAA semifinals as they could face a Syracuse team that ended their 2009 year in the NCAA quarterfinals.
HOFSTRA - Thomas Interlicchio '06
Notre Dame at (6) Princeton - Sunday, 2:30PM
Loyola at (7) Cornell - Saturday, 2:30PM
Quick Analysis: The final bubble spot goes to the Greyhounds, who limp into the post-season after looking like they could have a seed themselves prior to back-to-back losses to Denver and Johns Hopkins to end the year. Cornell is also coming in off a loss, but the OT loss to Princeton was a lot closer than either Greyhounds stumble.
LOYOLA - Mike Bonitatibus '09
Army at (2) Syracuse - Sunday, 7:30PM
NCAA DIVISION II TOURNEY
Limestone (South Region) at Le Moyne (North Region)
Dowling (Central At-Large) at C.W. Post (Central Region)
Another rematch, this one is notable because the Pioneers actually lost the regular-season tilt to the Golden Lions but take the Region bid (and subsequently host the semifinal) - presumably due to a better strength of schedule number.
The Golden Lions are back in their first NCAA tournament since 2006, led by DII goals leader John McClure. In their April 10th win over the Pioneers, goalie Ryan Dougherty made 13 saves and snapped a nearly year-long winning streak for C.W. Post.
The winner of these two semifinals will move on to play in the NCAA finals, scheduled for Sunday, May 30th at 3PM - live on CBS College Sports.
CW POST - Asst Head Coach Frank Vitolo '77
DIVISION III NCAA TOURNEY
#1 Cortland vs. Winner of #8 Keene vs. #9 Castleton
Keene will be heavily favored in their match-up with Castleton. Just going off common opponents, Keene was able to defeat New England College by 15, where Castleton was only do defeat them by one. Castleton also fell to Plymouth state, who Keene defeated 15-7, but comparing scores can often make one look silly, so we'll wait and see how it plays out.
In either case, the winner will have to face a very experienced and talented Cortland team. The Red Dragons are gunning for this fifth straight title game and are favored once again in the north. If the can win their opening game, they'll have a tough game in the quarterfinals against a good Conn. College team they have yet to face or an RIT team that put up a tough 12-11 fight in the regular season.
CORTLAND - Tom Casey '09 Keene St - Warren Dill '07
#4 Connecticut College vs. # 5 RIT
#3 RPI vs. Winner of #6 Middlebury vs. #11 Goucher
# 2 Tufts vs. Winner of #7 Montclair State vs. #10 Endicott
#1 Salisbury vs. Winner of #8 Springfield vs. #9 Widener
Springfield gets bumped down into the southern bracket and will face Widener. Widener has been inconsistent all year, but they got hot in the conference tournament and avenged two regular season losses to take the title. The winner will face #1 Salisbury.
Widener gave Salisbury a game, as they often do, earlier in the year, losing the contest 9-7. Salisbury, with the one seed, will not have to travel and more importantly, they will only have two play Stevenson or Gettysburg and not both.
SALISBURY - Jake Dellillo '06
#4 Haverford vs. Winner of #5 Dickinson vs. #12 OWU
#3 Gettysburg vs. Winner of #6 Roanoke vs. #11 Wittenberg
I wasn't particularly impressed with Wittenberg but they got in over Colorado College. I'm also not sure why Wittenberg is seeded above Denison, but I imagine it's due to some travel consideration. Anyways, I expect the loaded Roanoke offense to win this game easily. Roanoke was upset by Denison early in last year's tournament, so I'd expect a very focused Roanoke team.
A Roanoke win would set up a very interesting sweet 16 match-up with Gettysburg; two perennially ranked teams that don't square off often. Roanoke plays full throttle and boosts the nation's highest scoring offense, which would be in contrast to the control based Gettysburg approach. Roanoke was the last team to beat Gettysburg outside the semi-finals, upending the Bullets 13-12 in the 2006 quarterfinals, which was the last time they met.
GETTYSBURG - Tim Kurpis '06
#2 Stevenson vs. Winner of #7 Cabrini vs. #10 Denison