Friday night: Princeton tries to make a statement against Albany in Jersey. Look for the Tigers to put up at least 12 goals and win by 3-4. Detroit travels to Bryant where an uneven match up of two first year D1 teams will result in the Bulldogs of RI putting up big numbers. expect Greer to go 4goals, 3 assists in the first half.
Air Force and Bucknell play on Saturday in Texas. Should be a good game between two decent D1 teams for the Texans who come out to watch. Colgate at Navy should tell us more about both teams. Is Corp back to 100%? the punishing Navy D will help us understand more. Gtown tries to make a statement that they aren't a fluke team at Duke in NC. I like Duke by a couple. Lehigh at St. John's could be a great game as both of these programs are swinging upwards this season. Umass at Loyola will also separate the men from the boys as both of these teams have the potential to climb the polls if they keep winning. UNC-MD should be a great match up. I don't like MD's style of play AT ALL... but you have to like them over a team that just doesn't seem able to win in conference games... well, at least not for the past 5 years! OSU travels to UMBC. If the Retrievers can play like they did against MD, I like UMBC. Rutgers travels to unbeaten Hobart but I don't think the Scarlet Knights will provide much of a challenge but then again, Hobart has only played one or two good teams. The BIG game of the weekend is UVA at Hopkins. Don't ever count out the Blue Jays although your money has got to be on UVA what with the way they have been playing this year... unless you blew it all on the NCAA bball pool. ew, basketball.
On the D2/D3 side of things, CW Post at Lemoyne will be an early tell-tale of who is the favorite and who is only a contender. Dowling at Tech could be good but I think Tech will dominate. St. Mike's has GOT to be pumped to be playing at Rollings in the Orlando area. Much better than playing at home... in cold Vermont.
Montclair State takes on Clarkson in FLA. Both of these teams have skilled offensive players but I think Clarkson's D will be too much for MSU and Clarkson will win by at least a couple goals. There is a LOT of great NESCAC action this weekend with Amherst at Bowdoin, Conn at Midd, Trinity at Colby, Tufts at Williams and Wesleyan at Bates. I see Midd, Tufts and Wesleyan winning by a few each in tough games. The Amherst game could be a trap for Bowdoin while the Camp TrinTrin-Colby match up has me scratching my head. I must say I like Colby at home. Gburg plays at Muhlenberg and needs to start winning on the road. Haverford and H-SC meet at H-SC's place for a good game and Ithaca will play Cortland in a HUGE upstate rivalry game. Public-Private, Red-Blue... whatever you want to call it, it is always entertaining and you get to see some great lax. I don't think this year's iteration will be particularly competitive after the first half. I expect the Dragons to outclass IC in the second half. Lynchbirg at Stevenson is really big for both teams. should be a great game by all accounts. WAC and McDaniel face off at McDaniel. McD is stronger than many give them credit for and this could be a good match up. at the very least it will show us what WAC can really do against good teams in mid-season form. WNEC and Naz will play in Dallas and although both teams are doing well, you can tell they are playing inspired lacrosse and are hungry for wins. This may be a much better game than the Air Force Bucknell tilt which is also taking place in TX.