Could the fourth time be the charm to knock off three-time defending national champion Northwestern? Perhaps. The Wildcats' 36-game win streak dating back to last season was broken by Penn when mental breakdowns and lackluster plays kept Northwestern from getting past the Quakers' tough defense.
But that was one game.
"We're glad the loss happened in the regular season and not the playoffs," junior
This year might be a little tougher for the defending champs, with a confident Penn team gunning to prove it can knock off Northwestern again, Syracuse riding the only offense more explosive than the Wildcats' and East Coast schools like Virginia ready to bring the crown back to where they think it belongs.
"I don't think anyone feels comfortable in the first round," said Duke coach
So watch out Wildcats, just like you did four years ago, you never know who could sneak up on you.
Northwestern may be the favorite to win, but don't rule out a tough game against Notre Dame. The Irish were booted from the Big East tournament via a triple overtime loss to a Georgetown team that came within one of Northwestern during the regular season. Plus, Big East midfielder of the year
Unfortunately for McKinney, she'll be facing a team that outscores its opponents by an average of nine goals a game and features Aussie national team star
The Commodores are heading to Princeton after their first 12-win regular season ever, thanks in part to senior attacker
Led by a coach who holds the Syracuse men's record for all-time goals scored, the Orange heads into its first home tournament with, what else, the top scoring offense in Division I. Syracuse averages 19 goals a game with Tewaaraton finalist
After losing badly to Northwestern in last year's tournament, the Quakers made amends this season by snapping Northwestern's 36-game win streak last month, 11-7.
The Quakers are ninth in the country in winning margin, averaging four more goals than their opponents. They allowed only 90 goals all season, primarily with All-America
If there's one first-round game with upset written all over it, it's this one. After a season of close and frustrating losses (three of six losses by two goals or fewer), the Tar Heels enter this contest with six seniors, including national team midfielder
Virginia, with senior
Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and national team star
Given that it's Dobbie's last season at College Park, it's highly improbable that she'll let the ball go into anyone's hands but her own or those of her fellow Terrapins, including two-time All American midfielder and Teewaaraton finalist
Duke's going through a rebuilding phase with the loss of four key seniors from the squad that made it to the Final Four last season. The Blue Devils lost seven games this year and bowed out of the ACC tournament with a second-round loss to Virginia. They also suffered a huge blow in March when national team striker and Tewaaraton trophy nominee
Georgetown is coming off a season in which it came within one of knocking of Northwestern earlier in the season and in which it defeated Princeton last week, but blew a three-goal lead against Syracuse in the Big East final. For Duke to win, it'll have to shake up the hotshot freshman duo of
New Hampshire beat Marist in a play-in game while BU got here when it topped Sacred Heart in it's play-in game. While BU's strength of schedule might not be so strong, give this one to the Terriers, who defeated New Hampshire in both meetings this season -- by one each time.