Archive: Memorial Day Weekend

Back from Foxborough

The plan for the rest of the week includes a year in review for our local teams and final thoughts from the semifinals and championship, etc. That stuff will be up starting later today....

By Christian Swezey | May 28, 2008; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

In-Game Blog, Halftime

*Syracuse leads 6-5. *SU is 11-0 this season when leading at halftime. *Hopkins is 0-4 this season when trailing at halftime. *Hopkins trailed 7-6 at halftime of the 2005 NCAA title game. It came back to defeat Duke, 9-8. *The crowd has a heavy concentration of Syracuse fans. *Coming later,...

By Christian Swezey | May 26, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

In-Game Update, Part I

I'm only allowed to do this a couple times during the game. So anyway, a quick update on the first quarter. Johns Hopkins had the ball for 5 minutes 51 seconds. The folks behind me from Laxnation have been very disappointed, for lack of a better term, with Syracuse's shot...

By Christian Swezey | May 26, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

From Foxborough

FOXBOROUGH, May 26--A few things going on in the pregame... Bill Belichick is on the sideline talking with Johns Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala. Belichick has been to at least three Hopkins games this year... Syracuse will be wearing white on white. It looks like Hopkins will be wearing light blue...

By Christian Swezey | May 26, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

What to Watch Today

Here's a look at a few key matchups in the Hopkins-Syracuse national championship game. Questions for Johns Hopkins 1. Who will defend Mike Leveille? Leveille (#19, 48 goals, 32 assists) is Syracuse's first-team all-American attackman. In the regular season meeting he was defended by senior D Matt Bocklet. But that...

By Christian Swezey | May 26, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Impressions from the Semifinals (Updated Again)

Some thoughts from the semifinals from Saturday. *Virginia's shortstick defenders played very well. The unit accounted for three goals and one assist against Syracuse. The goals were from senior Will Barrow, sophomore Max Pomper and freshman Rhamel Bratton (he went from defense to offense on the play). Sophomore Mike Thompson...

By Christian Swezey | May 25, 2008; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rhino Bar Event

For those who did not come to Foxborough/Foxboro, please don't forget about the fundraiser that Jon Halperin is running at Rhino Bar in Georgetown. A $10 cover is being charged; 80% will go to breast cancer research, the other 20% to the Tewaaraton Award scholarship fund. The cover charge entitles...

By Christian Swezey | May 24, 2008; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts from the Final Four

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan...

By Christian Swezey | May 24, 2008; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

From Foxborough

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Arrived at Gillette Stadium a little while ago. There were signs all over Logan Airport in Boston welcoming fans for the 2008 Lacrosse Championships. And fwiw, the sign as one enters town reads "Foxborough," even though the maps read "Foxboro." Frankly, this argument is as tired as the Duke...

By Christian Swezey | May 23, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Games Within the Game, Hopkins-Duke

A few things to maybe keep an eye on for the Hopkins-Duke semifinal... 1. Duke MF Ned Crotty vs. Johns Hopkins LSM Matt Drenan. Crotty won the matchup in the regular season: He scored three goals in the first half, all on roughly the same move. He went behind the...

By Christian Swezey | May 22, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (9)

Keeping It Hot, 5/22

*The weather forecasts for the Boston area: Saturday, 66 degrees and cloudy; Monday, 74 and cloudy. *Earlier, I referenced why Maryland and Navy reminded me of a quote from a high school football coach in Valdosta. Ga. The late Valdosta coach Nick Hyder went 249-36-2 and won seven state titles...

By Christian Swezey | May 22, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to Beat a Zone Defense

This post is in case Virginia uses its zone defense again this weekend. I'd be surprised if it opened in a zone; but if Syracuse's midfielders prove too much for Virginia's shortstick defenders, then a zone may be the answer. *Take Outside Shots. In this regard, attacking the zone is...

By Christian Swezey | May 21, 2008; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday's Times of London

A daily ritual of mine is to buy the same-day Times of London at a convenience store down the street from my house in DC. (The Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch and is printed and distributed on the East Coast via the NY Post printing presses. Murdoch owns that...

By Christian Swezey | May 21, 2008; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Duke's Shooting in NCAA Quarterfinal History

Duke made 21 of 50 shots (42 percent) in its quarterfinal win over Ohio State yesterday. That shooting percentage was one of the best in quarterfinals history. 1977 Navy 14 for 20 (.700) vs. Penn 1971 Army 19 for 30 (.630) vs. Hofstra 1985 North Carolina 16 for 31 (.526)...

By Christian Swezey | May 19, 2008; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lacrosse Final Four to FedEx Field?

Spoke with John Williams, director of NCAA championships, for a story for tomorrow's paper. During the interview he mentioned that officials from several venues have "expressed an interest" in applying to host the lacrosse semifinals and final--and that one such venue was FedEx Field. The others included the new complex...

By Christian Swezey | May 15, 2008; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Insider Info on Maryland-Virginia

Virginia Insider Dave Curry was an all-American midfielder at UVa and member of the U.S. world team in 1998. He also was an assistant coach at UVa when it won the national title in 2003. He gives us a look at the Maryland-Virginia quarterfinal on Saturday in Annapolis. Since it...

By Christian Swezey | May 14, 2008; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

If You're Going to the Quarterfinals in Annapolis...

Navy SID Scott Strasemeier sent an e-mail yesterday that caught my eye: The record attendance at an NCAA quarterfinal is 12,289, set at Hofstra in 1999. I was at those games and remember well the circumstances: Johns Hopkins played the home team, Hofstra, in beautiful weather. (The second game was...

By Christian Swezey | May 13, 2008; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Final Four Watch Party in Georgetown

I have more information on the Final Four fundraiser/watch party at Rhino Bar in Georgetown. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Semifinal Saturday (May 24). It is being co-hosted by Syracuse super-fan Jon Halperin and the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. The cover charge is $10; 80% of...

By Christian Swezey | May 13, 2008; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Update on Where to Watch the Quarterfinals

Varsity Grille in College Park, just down the street from Maryland's campus, will be showing the games this weekend. If you arrive and don't see them on TV, just ask. That means our list thus far includes the following places. If we're missing any lacrosse-friendly establisments, please let me know...

By Christian Swezey | May 13, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Initial Thoughts on the First Round

Navy Insider Dick Long has filed a postgame scouting report from Navy's 8-7 victory over UNC on Saturday night. I will have it up by 1 p.m. or so. For now, here are some initial thoughts from the NCAA first-round games. *North Carolina and its roster of 20 high school...

By Christian Swezey | May 12, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

If You're Watching, Denver-Maryland

Denver at No. 7 Maryland Where: Noon, Byrd Stadium. TV: ESPNU Radio: WJFK AM-1300 Tickets: $10 adult, $5 student. Parking: Free What to Watch if You're a Casual Fan: The time change and early start I think will be big problems for Denver. It will have its pregame meal at...

By Christian Swezey | May 9, 2008; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where to Watch the Games

The first-round games are being broadcast live on ESPNU at noon, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 Saturday and Sunday. If anyone has suggestions on lacrosse-friendly places that aren't listed below to watch games, please email me at swezeyc@washpost.com. Also, please call these places ahead of time to make sure they're showing...

By Christian Swezey | May 9, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Consecutive Appearances and a Question for Readers

Picked up a tidbit while in College Park earlier today working on a story on Will Dalton for Saturday's paper. Maryland Coach Dave Cottle noted that after Johns Hopkins's 37 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, the next-highest team has six. (Maryland.) Cornell and Navy are next; each has five...

By Christian Swezey | May 7, 2008; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bluffer's Guide to the NCAA Tournament

Don't know anything about lacrosse? Neither do we! Hope our editors aren't reading this. Anyway, here's some info that will help you bluff your way through the first round of the NCAA tournament. Canisius starting goalie Chris Courteau is playing lacrosse for the first time since 2005. He started at...

By Christian Swezey | May 6, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ticket Information

Here is the ticket info for the area first-round and quarterfinal games. Denver at No. 7 Maryland When: Saturday, noon. Byrd Stadium. Tickets: $10 adult, $5 student. Parking: Free for the most part. Hofstra at No. 5 Johns Hopkins When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Homewood Field. Tickets: $7 adult, $5 student....

By Christian Swezey | May 5, 2008; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

NCAA Tournament Selection--FINAL--Gtown Is Not In

No. 1 Duke (16-1) vs. Loyola (7-6), Sat., 2:30 No. 8 Cornell (11-3) vs. Ohio State (10-5), Sat., 5 No. 5 Johns Hopkins (8-5) vs. Hofstra (10-5), Sun., 2:30 No. 4 North Carolina (8-5) vs. Navy (9-5), Sat., 7:30 Also--I don't think Georgetown is in. ESPNU just showed a list...

By Christian Swezey | May 4, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

A Stat for Syracuse and Virginia Fans

Syracuse's loss to Colgate in the regular season finale yesterday was bad news: Only once in the history of the NCAA tournament has a team lost its final regular season game and won the national title. In 1986, North Carolina lost its regular season finale to Virginia, 11-9. It won...

By Christian Swezey | May 4, 2008; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Keeping It Hot, 5/4

*Ryan Major served as the honorary team captain for Johns Hopkins again yesterday. Major also had served that role in a 10-4 victory over Maryland on April 12. Major, a close friend of former Johns Hopkins backup goalie Andy Posil, lost both of his legs to an IED in Iraq....

By Christian Swezey | May 4, 2008; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Most Recent NCAA RPI Numbers

While reading Inside Lacrosse's blogs, I stumbled across the most recent NCAA numbers for RPI. Looks like they are through Sunday's games and were posted this morning. These numbers will change over the weekend, especially with the GWLL tournament. For people trying to keep up with the conference tournaments, Inside...

By Christian Swezey | April 30, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dom Starsia's Top Five Seeds

Virginia Coach Dom Starsia has served on the NCAA tournament selection committee (though not this year). He was asked yesterday, following his team's 11-9 loss to Duke in the ACC tournament title game, which teams he thinks will be the top five seeds for the tourney. His answer: 1. Duke...

By Christian Swezey | April 28, 2008; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (4)

Season Thus Far: Navy

Navy (9-2) Highlights * 5-4 win over Maryland was its third consecutive win at Byrd Stadium. * 3-2 record in one-goal games. Midshipmen went 0-3 in such games last year. MVP: D Brendan Teague, senior Has won his matchups against Bucknell's Austin Winters, Colgate's Matt Lalli and Maryland's Grant Catalino....

By Christian Swezey | April 7, 2008; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Watching from Foxborough

The Harvard-Cornell game on CN8 is being played at Gillette Stadium. The Good News: The football lines at Gillette Stadium are barely visible on television. The kind of bad news: The soccer lines are very visible. Overall, though, if this is how it looks for the Final Four, it will...

By Christian Swezey | April 5, 2008; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

 
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