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May 31, 2012
NCAA Tournament Favorites (And Not So Favorites)
Loyola University, with its undergraduate student body of 4,000 on a cozy campus in northern Baltimore City and only one previous trip to the Division I tournament title game, threw down another statement for parity in the sport.

May 25, 2012
Hopkins Must Get A Handle on its Postseason Problem
At Johns Hopkins University, success is measured a certain way when it comes to men's lacrosse. At Homewood, the pressure to win titles, or at least go deep into the NCAA tournament, is palpable.

May 25, 2012
Loyola's Season Not Reflected in All-America Voting
The Loyola Greyhounds are the top seed in the NCAA tournament with a 16-1 record, the best in the game. And you'd never know it, based on some All-America team picks.

May 18, 2012
Notre Dame Offense Catching Up to Its Defense
Everybody knows Notre Dame knows defense. In recent years, it's hard to argue anyone defends better, and this year's unit, led by junior goalie John Kemp, has been nothing short of brilliant. But now the Irish, the kings of the low-scoring, tight victory, may finally have broken out with the kind of shooting and scoring its coach and players have felt coming for some time.

May 18, 2012
Hard to Determine Pace of Virginia-Notre Dame
It's easy to be lulled into pre-game thinking, based on the past. Virginia is the classic, get-up-and-down team, built for transition and quick scoring. Notre Dame is the plodding, clock-draining, defensive force. When no. 5 UVA meets the no. 4 seed Irish in the quarterfinals, Virginia will try to run the Irish out of PPL Park, while Notre Dame will play for the 8-7 win with its hypnotic tempo, right? Not so fast.

May 16, 2012
Stanwick, Cummings Remain Close Down Stretch
When Maryland attackman Joe Cummings and Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick were warming up to face other before last year's NCAA title game, they looked for each other and exchanged gestures that were meant to say, "Can you believe this? We're both here."

May 9, 2012
Penn State Gets Stuck On Outside of Tournament
There is not a doubt that the Penn State Nittany Lions, under second-year coach Jeff Tambroni, would have been a worthy competitor in this year's NCAA tournament. There is also no doubt that, under the rules of admission to the tournament, the Lions deserved to be left out.

May 7, 2012
Loyola Showed Its Mettle At Hobart, of All Places
Coaches have been known to worry about so-called "trap" games. You know, the type of bad performances that crop up when a superior team (at least on paper) gets caught looking past an inferior opponent to something bigger and suffers a loss it never saw coming.

April 29, 2012
Loyola-Johns Hopkins Result Good for Both Sides
Make no mistake about how the final outcome affected each team in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 10-9 overtime win by No. 10 Johns Hopkins over top-ranked, previously-undefeated Loyola. The Blue Jays woke up in a great mood on Sunday. Loyola had to be angry and a bit dejected over how close it came to knocking off its Charles Street rivals for only the fourth time in 50 tries.

April 25, 2012
Johns Hopkins Can't Find Its Way In April
There used to be a time in the Dave Pietramala era at Johns Hopkins when the Blue Jays owned the month of April. Actually, that had been the case for pretty much the entire coaching run his alma mater. Not in 2012.

April 18, 2012
Bucknell's Streep Ruled Out For Rest of Season
Bucknell senior midfielder Charlie Streep, who had surgery six months ago to repair a torn ACL he suffered last fall and planned to return this season, has now been ruled out for the rest of the year by Bison coach Frank Fedorjaka.

April 14, 2012
ACC Tournament Is Wide-Open in Charlottesville
As Duke was ruining Senior Night in Charlottesville on Friday with a dominant, third-quarter run that set up a stunning, 13-5 rout over top-ranked Virginia, the picture became equally clear and fuzzy. Next week's ACC tournament -- back at UVa -- is way up for grabs.

April 13, 2012
With Healthy Holmes, Maryland More of a Threat
There were some things that frustrated the Maryland Terrapins during last week's 13-6 rout over Navy, such as out-shooting the Midshipmen by a 29-8 count in the first half, yet heading into intermission with only a 6-5 lead. But for Maryland, watching junior midfielder and faceoff specialist Curtis Holmes look like his old self was a pure joy.

April 8, 2012
Navy's Youth, Lack of Stoppers, Spells Big Trouble
Two weeks ago, Navy had beaten 12th-ranked Colgate to earn its fourth straight victory. The Mids were regularly hitting double digits in scoring, and were living on the edge of the top 20 with an exceptionally young team under first-year coach Rick Sowell. But after back-to-back losses to Lehigh and Maryland, the Mids may have hit the wall.

April 6, 2012
Holman Adapting as UNC Leader and Playmaker
North Carolina junior Marcus Holman knew he would be needed as a point-getter for the Tar Heels in 2012. After moving from midfield back to the attack earlier this season, Holman has been just as busy directing freshman attackmen Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter.

March 30, 2012
Cummings Wants Terrapins to Learn From Fight
Maryland senior attackman Joe Cummings, the Terps' leading scorer and, as a co-captain, one of their prominent leaders, wants the Terps to put the ugly incident behind them. But not too far behind.

March 26, 2012
Blue Hens Are Running Out Of Time To Defend CAA
In recent years, the Blue Hens have made a habit of playing possum early, then coming on late to win the CAA and get to the NCAA tournament. But time seriously may be running out on Delaware this spring.

May 28, 2011
Faus Runs Out of Steam
Denver would not have made it to the NCAA tournament semifinals without freshman goalie Jamie Faus.

May 27, 2011
Virginia-Denver Battle Might Look Strange
Under coach Dom Starsia, Virginia has been known for getting up and down the field whenever possible, in part because its defense was always determined to extend and game and force the issue. When he was fashioning a legendary career at Princeton, current Denver coach Bill Tierney would do anything to slow down the game with ball control, play to his matchup zone defense and go for the 8-6 victory.

May 23, 2011
Stanwick Playing Like A Trophy Winner
Since about mid-April, Cornell attackman Rob Pannell has built what appears to be an insurmountable lead as the favorite to win the Tewaaraton Trophy, which recognizes the game's best player.

May 19, 2011
The Shooters Are Coming!
With eight teams remaining in the NCAA tournament and quarterfinals weekend upon us, you can count on seeing a healthy dose of exceptionally good shooters. Hard to get this far in May without them.

May 14, 2011
No One Plays Keep-Away Like Dolente
He has stared down a number of the best specialists in the game this spring, and on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Johns Hopkins senior face-off man Matt Dolente did it again.

May 10, 2011
Looking for a Sleeper? Meet Bucknell
The only team in Division I with as many victories as Bucknell is top-ranked, top-seeded Syracuse. The Bison (14-2) are not seeded, but in two weeks Bucknell could be the Cinderella story of the NCAA tournament.

May 8, 2011
Denver's Shooters Find Their Marks
When you have won 10 games in a row, including a defining victory over Duke, by averaging more than 12 goals with shooters who relentlessly pound the opposing net, you are a dangerous NCAA tournament team. Say hello to the Denver Pioneers.

May 6, 2011
No More Time for Inconsistency from Maryland
The sixth-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team already has proven its resiliency in 2011. A week after going to sleep with a 4-0 lead, then dropping an 11-6 decision at home to North Carolina, the Terps regrouped on the road to whip Virginia last month, 12-7. Then, a week after blowing a five-goal, second-half lead in College Park before losing in OT to Johns Hopkins, the Terps hit the road and won the ACC tournament to regain its swagger.

April 29, 2011
Give Thanks For The Face-off Rule Change
When Loyola meets Johns Hopkins on Saturday at Homewood Field, count on the battle between the teams' respective face-off specialists saying something meaningful about the final result.

April 28, 2011
Orange Must Contend With A Slow Pace Again
No. 4 Syracuse has seen its share of slowdown games this spring, and the Orange expect more of the same when top-ranked, unbeaten Notre Dame comes to the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

April 23, 2011
Who's Afraid of Virginia? Nobody
The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team literally is imploding before our very eyes. If anyone detected a pulse among the No. 10 Cavaliers during Friday's embarrassing, 19-10 loss to No. 6 Duke in the semifinals of the ACC tournament, please call a doctor to see if this patient can be saved.

April 21, 2011
Maryland Needs to Make Big Splash in ACC Tournament
The University of Maryland men's lacrosse team is playing for more than NCAA tournament seeding this weekend in Durham, N.C.

April 15, 2011
There's Denver, Then There's the Rest of ECAC
It's no secret that the sixth-ranked Denver men's lacrosse team, fresh off its upset victory over Duke, is gathering steam for a possibly historic run in next month's NCAA tournament. In the meantime, the Pioneers are simply bullying the ECAC.

April 14, 2011
Pietramala Having a Coach-Of-The-Year Kind of Season
The last time Dave Pietramala was named National Coach of the Year was in 2002, after he had guided a very young Johns Hopkins team to a 12-2 record and a surprising berth in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

April 9, 2011
Maryland Coach Tillman Not Celebrating Rout of Navy
During the post-game scene that followed No. 5 Maryland's 10-4 rout over unranked Navy on Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the long hug between Terps men's lacrosse coach John Tillman and Navy coach Richie Meade spoke volumes.

April 4, 2011
Hofstra Knocked Down By Injuries, But Far From Out
The Hofstra Pride has lost midfielders Steve Serling, Drew Coholan and Dan Pezzolla to season-ending injuries, but as they showed while running past Towson in an impressive, 12-5 road victory on Saturday, the Pride keeps moving on.

April 1, 2011
Coppersmith Could End Up on Hopkins' First Midfield
One minute, Johns Hopkins sophomore midfielder John Greeley was down on the Homewood Field turf, after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot from Virginia defenseman Matt Lovejoy. The next minute, sophomore midflelder Lee Coppersmith had been promoted from the second midfield out of necessity.

March 30, 2011
Maryland Men Need to Get in the Zone
Of all of the disturbing developments in their stunning, 11-6 loss to North Carolina at home on Saturday, the Maryland Terrapins' total breakdown in the face of a pretty ordinary Carolina zone defense ranks way up there.

March 23, 2011
Terps Ready for Rastivo, New-Look UNC
Maryland took in Tuesday night's North Carolina-Darmouth contest, which was televised on ESPNU, and the Terps witnessed the defensive lineup changes the Tar Heels employed in their 12-7 victory. Emmit Kellar and Jordan Smith each got his first career start on close defense. But the big change came in the net, where sophomore Steven Rastivo replaced junior Chris Madalon and recorded 12 saves in his first career start.

February 24, 2011
Kemp Embraces Legacy of Notre Dame Goalies
John Kemp got a two-paragraph text Saturday from his brother Joey critiquing his play on national TV -- after the first quarter.

February 23, 2011
Lambrecht: CAA the Toughest Conference in D-I
Hofstra, Drexel, Delaware, UMass, Penn State, Towson -- no conference in the country rivals the CAA, writes Gary Lambrecht.

February 18, 2011
Drexel Has Right Stuff to Make Unexpected Run
UMass in '06, Delaware in '07, Notre Dame last year -- encroaching parity has meant surprise contenders. How 'bout Drexel?

February 16, 2011
Lambrecht: Penn State No Longer the Also-Ran
It won't happen immediately, but Jeff Tambroni's Midas touch will prevail in Happy Valley, writes Gary Lambrecht.

February 10, 2011
Desko: Syracuse Offense in Need of 'Go-To Guy'
Syracuse's 'D' needs no introduction. The Orange elephant in the room is the offense. Plus, Bob Shillinglaw plays weatherman.

February 9, 2011
Hopkins Has Slid, But Can the Jays Recover?
Things have gotten dicey at Homewood the last two years. The recovery effort is worth watching, writes Gary Lambrecht.

June 7, 2010
Drama, Hardship and Newness Mark NCAAs
Did the 2010 season culminate with the greatest NCAA Division I tournament in its 40-year history? Gary Lambrecht argues the case.

May 30, 2010
Duke-UND Final Gives Lax Needed Facelift
Duke and Notre Dame, polar opposites in style and profile, have ensured lacrosse fans a new Division I champion.

May 25, 2010
Lambrecht: Cottle 'Whacked,' What's Next?
Maryland sent a message this week firing Dave Cottle. Was it the right one? What's to keep his successor from the guillotine?

May 18, 2010
Lambrecht: Door Is Wide Open for Maryland
With both Princeton and Syracuse out of the way, Maryland's path to the final four and potential championship just got easier.

May 5, 2010
Lambrecht: Cloud Envelops Virginia Lacrosse
Real life and death have brought a cloud back to Virginia, where lacrosse teams keep getting smacked by fate's cruel, random hand, writes LMO's Gary Lambrecht.

April 27, 2010
Old Friend Next on Seaman's Comeback Path
Whether he gets canned or not, Tony Seaman has already won the fight, writes LMO's Gary Lambrecht.

April 21, 2010
Lambrecht: Loyola 'D' Draws Line in Sand
Georgetown was the latest to find out what many in Division I circles already know: the Hounds' Green Wall is impenetrable.

April 14, 2010
Lambrecht: Questions Linger for Maryland
Maryland thinks it has found the right mix at midfield. Gary Lambrecht thinks otherwise. The Terps still lack a difference maker at the position, he writes.

March 23, 2010
Lambrecht: 'Cuse No Longer Stuck in Middle
Syracuse was supposed to be paralyzed by its midfield. Jeremy Thompson (pictured) and co. have vaporized that myth.

March 16, 2010
Lambrecht: Can Navy Ressurect Its Season?
"We’re going to freakin’ rise from the ashes,” says Mids coach Richie Meade. Gary Lambrecht examines the likelihood.

March 10, 2010
Lambrecht: Swan Song for Cottle, Seaman?
Dave Cottle and Tony Seaman are both fending off the forces determined to get rid of the old and bring in the new.