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posted 03.22.2011 at 12.24 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Upset Alert: Five Games with Shock Value

By now you've heard of Saturday's NCAA Division I men's lacrosse upsets: Delaware over Hofstra, Towson over Stony Brook, Penn State over UMass and Penn over Princeton (borderline upset).

Here are five games this week that have upset-alert potential.

Duke, back in the top five, should be wary of Barney Ehrmann (pictured) and Georgetown this weekend.

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1. No. 1 Syracuse (6-0) at No. 6 Villanova (7-1), 7 p.m. Saturday.

After winning two straight overtime games, the Orange heads into a night game outside Philadelphia for its first true road game of the year.

2. Georgetown (3-3) at No. 4 Duke (6-2), 1 p.m. Saturday.

Duke is suddenly ranked in the top five, just in time to be knocked back down by Georgetown? The Hoyas' gained confidence by forcing OT with Syracuse two weeks ago.

3. No. 20 Ohio State (5-3) at No. 3 Notre Dame (4-0), 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Buckeyes are coming off a three-goal loss at Virginia Saturday, and Notre Dame hasn't played since March 12 at Denver. This is a midweek game in South Bend.

4. Lafayette (2-4) at Drexel (4-3), 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Leopards haven't achieved at same level they did last season, but they could catch a Drexel team looking ahead to Hofstra on Saturday and the meat of the CAA season.

5. Air Force (2-5) at No. 15 Denver (5-2), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bill Tierney's bunch is the team to beat in the ECAC, and the Pioneers may be a little shellshocked after narrowly beating Sacred Heart, 15-14 in four OTs. Air Force is coming off a win over Loyola.

Tweet of the Week

"[Brian] Karalunas is a heck of a lacrosse player and doesnt get nearly enough credit, one of if not the best D men I played against" – Former Delaware attackman and 2010 Tewaaraton finalist Curtis Dickson (@CurtisDickson17).

Dickson posted this after Karalunas, Villanova's All-American long stick midfielder, had eight caused turnovers and eight ground balls in a 10-9 win over Princeton last week. Karalunas held Princeton's leading scorer, freshman Tom Schreiber, without a goal or assist and with just two shots.