Another Wednesday is here for lacrosse fans. This used to mean nothing, but now Wednesday is a big night in college lacrosse, featuring a weekly nationally televised game. Tonight, Villanova will visit Georgetown for a 5 p.m. ET showdown on ESPNU.
2013 has been unpredictable to say the least. Some of the big names we are used to seeing in the spotlight are barely in tournament contention, while those at the top continue to fall prey to weekly upsets and thrilling outcomes.
This weekend will tell us more about the tournament picture moving forward, but Wednesday night's games are worth a look as well.
Here are my predictions for Wednesday's two Division I matchups.
Delaware at Marist
The Delaware Blue Hens are struggling thus far in 2013. They are 2-8 so far, but I will say they have played quite a tough schedule. Regardless, they have not proven themselves as a threat this year but definitely have a winnable game tonight if they can come together.
Marist is having a quietly successful year. At 7-1, Connor Rice, Jack Doherty and the rest of the offense have proven that they can score on anyone in the nation. Unlike Delaware, Marist's schedule is rather weak, proven by its absence in the national rankings.
Delaware can definitely pull this one out, as it has the talent to play a full 60 minutes with Marist. Unfortunately, I do not see Delaware's defense stepping up in the end.
Marist wins a close one, 12-10.
Villanova at Georgetown
Both teams are underachieving so far. Villanova, with some impressive victories over Delaware and Syracuse on its resume, is just 2-6 on the year. The Wildcats have a talented roster, but the pieces have not come together as head coach Mike Corrado may have hoped. They have played tough in all of their games but have yet to get over the hump and win consistently.
Georgetown, at 4-5, is in the same boat. The Hoyas have wins over inferior opponents and have yet to net a signature win this year. Georgetown is on the downswing, and I think Villanova is better than its record. Look for Georgetown's defense to have trouble guarding the Villanova attack combo of Jack Rice and Max Hart. Combined with the quickness of Nick Doherty, the Villanova offense should have no problem putting up points.
Villanova steals one on the road, winning 11-8.