The first round of the NCAA Tournament features some fantastic matchups. The ILWomen staff debates where some of the biggest upsets could come and the best matchups to watch.
UMass enters this game ranked eighth in the deBeer Media Poll and the Huskies enter at No. 19. I think UConn has played a tougher schedule than the Minutewomen this season and even came away with some key wins.
I think this game will be a battle from start to finish. Neither team is a clear cut favorite at this point. The Tigers are so hard to predict, one minute they are taking down PSU and the next they are going down to Rutgers. They played with grit against Dartmouth in the tournament but couldn make it happen when it mattered most. Duke has an excellent goalie in Duryea, who will need to come up Nike Metcon 3 Dsx Flyknit Og
I think this game has the potential to be very entertaining. Towson has to watch Cook and Petersen. Stony Brook goalie has great stats in part because the SB offense is so good. When really pushed by a good shooting team (Florida, Maryland) the Seawolves yield a high amount of goals (16, 8) and get the loss. If Towson can get the ball in its hands and Nike Kyrie 1 Lyon Blue/Black/Anthracite/Metallic Silver
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Danielle Bernstein: UConn over UMass
Dave Vatz: Offense vs. defense in Denver vs. Jacksonville
Danielle Bernstein: Princeton shooters vs. Kelsey Duryea
Heather Crowley: UConn over UMass
Dartmouth has a tendency to face guard the opposition leading scorer/ playmaker. For the Eagles, that would be sophomore standout and All ACC selection Covie Stanwick. In 18 games, Dartmouth holds an 18 0 advantage over Boston College. If the Eagles hope to beat Dartmouth for the first time in program history and advance to Sunday game against Syracuse, they need to find an answer offensively if Stanwick is held at bay.
Clearly the Cavalier 9 9 record does not show how strong they are. The needed a .500 record to qualify for NCAA play and they upset Duke in the ACC Tournament to attain that mark. With their backs against the wall, Virginia steps up and makes plays. Penn, a team that kicked off their 2013 campaign 0 3, righted the ship through Ivy League play and captured the conference crown last weekend on Franklin Field. The pair of teams have never faced off against one another, though both were in the 2007 Final Four in Philadelphia. I think this is the most exciting first round game for two number of reasons:
Heading into the Ivy League Tournament, Princeton was riding a momentous win over Penn State. Though Dartmouth defeated the Tigers in overtime, I saw a team that possesses a lot of talent. Both of these teams play a very similar style of lacrosse and though Duke currently sits a bit higher than Princeton in the polls, I think Princeton has the depth to upset the Blue Devils in Annapolis.
Two athletic teams that play similar styles of defense (backer zones). Stony Brook currently ranks first in the NCAA in defense and second in offense. Seawolves get Claire Petersen back at full strength. But Towson is a feisty team that hung with some of the top teams in the nation.
I think that UConn will come out on top in its matchup against UMass. Every year it seems that UMass can break through the first round of the tournament. UMass might sport the better record, but UConn put together great runs against better teams (won all their overtime games and played in the tougher Big East). Virginia
2. I think the winner of this game has a very good shot of upsetting No. 6 Georgetown.
fire away, this game has the potential to be close.
Both of these teams pepper the cage and rack up a lot of points, and neither defense is used to playing such firepower. Denver is an offense that relies on Jill Remenapp to set up Jenn Etzel and Kara Secora to get most of its scores, and Jacksonville has a lot more scoring threats despite not having that player that can get six goals Nike Kyrie 1 Silver
Danielle Bernstein: Towson vs. Stony Brook
Halley Quillinan: Katie Schwarzmann
Biggest upset in the first round
1. It one of three games (Duke vs. Princeton UConn vs. UMass being the other two) where I can confidently "pick" a winner.
big. I can wait to see how the freshman handles the pressure of the NCAAs.
The Cavaliers needed a victory over Duke in the ACC Tournament to get to the NCAAs, and they had to get through a stronger overall team in the Blue Devils then what Virginia will face against Penn. Virginia has the capability to shut down the Quakers offense with a strong draw control player in Courtney Swan plus five other players who have at least 20 goals to keep everything on the offensive end.
Halley Quillinan: Covie Stanwick vs. Dartmouth face guard
I don think that Friday game between Towson and Stony Brook is a given by any means; but should Stony Brook advance to Sunday game against the No. 1 seeded Terrapins, Katie Schwarzmann will go toe to toe with Stony Brook midfielder Demianne Cook. In their last outing, Schwarzmann tallied just as many goals as Stony Brook put up. On top of that, she led a midfield unit that held high scoring Cook scoreless.
This is a fascinating game that is hard to predict. UConn is the more battle tested team coming from the Big East, but the Huskies needed four overtime wins to secure its first ever NCAA Tournament berth. Then you have UMass, a highly successful team but one that needed the Atlantic 10 title to get here but has been to the NCAA Tournament many times. This game is so hard to predict with all the angles, and should be a great game to watch.
Heather Crowley: Duke vs. Princeton
Heather Crowley: Towson defense vs. Stony Brook offense
a in game consistently. The sparks will fly, and it may come down to whichever team can control the draw.
Tewaaraton player who can make the most impact
Duryea is one of four goalies in Division I with better than a .500 save percentage and Princeton has averaged .473 shooting this season. I think the Tigers have to have a good day shooting to beat Duke.
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