2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Previewing the Quarterfinals

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Previewing the Quarterfinals
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There was a little bit of everything last weekend for every lacrosse fan.  Offensive shootouts, overwhelming defenses and great saves combined with close games, blowouts and an upset.

It's your typical first round in an NCAA tournament.

So maybe the only top seed to lose, North Carolina at No. 8, isn't a huge upset. I'd argue that Bucknell and Delaware's upset bid against Virginia and Duke respectfully weren't huge upsets either.  Bucknell played great down the stretch and dominated their conference tournament.  Delaware showed a lot of heart in their conference tournament to win it all and did it again at Duke where opponents usually get roasted in the first round.

The tournament now moves to Hempstead, New York and Foxborough, Massachusetts this weekend.  The second and third seed will play their foes at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra on Saturday.  The first and fourth seed will play their challengers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

All the games are very interesting over the course of the weekend.  The unseeded Maryland team will probably give Syracuse all that they can handle in the game that most fans are interested in, according to Inside Lacrosse.  Duke and Notre Dame provide a rubber match of the last two games they played against each other, one in last year's championship game and the other in an earlier game this season.  

Cornell is riding high as Virginia continues to struggle and fall despite holding on against Bucknell. Finally, it may not be the best game on tap, but it will be interesting to see how Denver will play outside of their home and against northeastern teams like Johns Hopkins.

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