The quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament begins Saturday afternoon at James Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY as the No. 2-seeded Cornell Big Red face No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers, and the No. 3 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays take on No. 6 Denver Pioneers. The winners of each contest will face each other in the semifinals, which is played next weekend in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium.
As expected, Cornell made it passed its first-round opponents with ease. Last Saturday, senior attackman David Lau tallied four goals and an assist, while Tewaaraton Trophy finalist (the NCAA MVP) Rob Pannell had two goals and two assists to lead the Big Red (14-2) to a domnating 12-5 victory over Hartford. The Cavaliers (10-5) moved on to the quarterfinals by squeaking by Bucknell, 13-12, in an overtime thriller.
Saturday's play will be capped by Johns Hopkins and Denver. Last Saturday, the Blue Jays, who have earned nine NCAA Championships, smoked Hofstra, 12-5, while last Sunday the up-and-coming Pioneers defeated Villanova, 13-10.
(For a complete preview of Saturday action visit SB Nation's College Crosse.)
Here’s the latest NCAA Tournament bracket and game schedule for this weekend:
- (2) Cornell vs. (7) Virginia — Saturday at 12 p.m on ESPN2.
- (3) Johns Hopkins vs. (6) Denver — Saturday at James Shuart Stadium (2:30 p.m on ESPN2).
- (1) Syracuse vs. Maryland — Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA (12 p.m on ESPNU).
- (4) Notre Dame vs. (5) Duke — Sunday at Gillette Stadium (2:30 p.m on ESPNU).
Sunday morning, SB Nation New York will provided a full preview of the No. 1-seeded Syracuse Orange's contest against Maryland.