Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/26/12
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Unseeded Maryland will face No. 3 seed Duke in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament today at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m., as the Terps (11-5 overall) battle the Blue Devils (15-4) for the third time this season.
The game can also be called Philly central for grads playing on the big stage as numerous players from the region will play key roles in the game.
The winner of the Maryland/Duke game will advance to the championship game against the winner of the No. 1 seed Loyola (16-1)/No. 4 seed Notre Dame (13-2) game on Monday, May 28. The Greyhounds and Fighting Irish play in the first game on Saturday, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start. That game also features many Philly grads.
The games will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as streamed on ESPN3.com. Fans can also watch the game on their wireless device with the WatchESPN app. Eamon McEnaney will provide the play-by-play, while the analysis will come from Quint Kessenich. Paul Carcaterra will be the sideline reporter.
Last year Maryland ended Duke’s hopes in the semifinals with a 9-4 victory and then bowed to Virginia, 9-7, in the title game.
“I think it’s going to be a great game,” said Duke sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf, who earned Second Team All-American honors for the Blue Devils this year. “Maryland has got a great team, great program, great coaches, so it’s going to be a battle and I’m really looking forward to it. You know they knocked us out last year, so we’re actually very excited we got the rematch, so it’s going to be a great game. We’re very fortunate to get another shot at them.”
Philly players on Duke:
Junior goalie Dan Wigrizer, Haverford School (Played in 14 games, .530 save percentage, GAA 8.54, 122 saves, 11-3 record)
Sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf, Lower Merion (Played in 19 games, 32 G, 31 A, Second Team All-America)
Sophomore defenseman Henry Lobb, Malvern Prep (Played in 17 games, 13 GB, 14 CT)
Freshman LSM Brian Dailey, Conestoga (Played in 18 games, 1 G, 17 GB, 5 CT)
Junior defenseman Billy Conners, Malvern Prep (Played in 17 games, 12 GB, 1 CT)
Freshman midfielder Tanner Scott, Conestoga (Played in 9 games)
Philly players on Notre Dame
Sophomore MF/FO Liam O’Connor, Haverford School (Played in 15 games, 3G, 39 GB, 82 of 176 FO, 47 percent)
Sophomore attackman Westy Hopkins, La Salle/Lawrenceville School (Played in 16 games, 16G, 7A)
Sophomore defenseman Stephen O’Hara, St. Joseph’s Prep (Played in 15 games, 36 GB, 12 CT)
Junior defenseman Tyler Andersen, Radnor (Played in 15 games, 1 G, 18 GB)
Freshman goalie Conor Kelly, Haverford School (redshirted)
Philly players on Maryland
Sophomore goalie Niko Amato, La Salle (Played in 16 games, .543 save percentage, 138 saves, .735 GA, 11-5 record, Honorable Mention All-America)
Junior attackman Owen Blye, Downingtown East (Played 16 games, 17 G, 16 A, 14 GB)
Freshman defenseman Goran Murray, Haverford School (Played in 16 games, 1 G, 18 GB, 14 CT, Honorable Mention All-America)
Freshman attackman Kevin Forster, La Salle (Played in 15 games, 1 G)
Freshman defenseman Casey Ikeda, Conestoga (Played in 3 games)
Philly players on Loyola
Junior midfielder Chris Layne, Malvern Prep, (Played in 17 games, 11 G, 10 A)
Freshman attackman Nikko Pontrello, St. Augustine Prep (Played in 15 games, 4 G, 6 A)
Freshman defenseman Alex Klincewicz, Lower Merion (Played in 2 games)