The No. 2 seed Wildcats square off against No. 7 seed
This could be the end of the line for the baseball team, as its hopes of making the Big Ten tournament hang by a filament. After losing to
The men’s golf team is in
Now, back to the lacrosse team, which plays
Like the Wildcats’ first-round opponent,
The Wildcats and Great Danes (hmm, that’d be an interesting death match in a zoo in some theoretical country with no animal cruelty laws and where all wounds get magically healed at the end) played three common opponents this year. Against
In last week's first round, the Great Danes, champions of the America East conference, went on the road, despite being the higher seed, and defeated
The Great Danes are led offensively by senior Taylor Frink, who has 82 points (34 goals, 49 assists) and leads the NCAA with 2.72 assists per game. Fellow senior Jodi Battaglia leads the team in goals with 54 (27 of them coming off of assists from Frink). Freshman goalkeeper Anna Berman is second in the country in goals against average, allowing just 6.82 per game, and senior Nikki Branchini has 92 draw controls.
As a team,
The Wildcats will be led, as always, by junior Shannon Smith, who earlier this week was named a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. Smith has scored five goals in three straight games and leads the nation in points, with 113 (73 goals, 40 assists), good for 5.65 points per game. Nobody is within .5 ppg of her. Meanwhile, freshman Alyssa Leonard (79 draw controls) and junior Alex Frank (63 draw controls) will try to contain Branchini in the circle.
The Wildcats have been sloppy several times this season, falling behind and having to come back and win. Last week's win over Boston College was another example. The Wildcats trailed 8-5 about midway through the second half, before getting it together late for the 11-8 win. Albany reportedly plays a very disciplined, deliberate style, so NU will have to clean up its game and be more efficient on offense.
As for the rest of the bracket, No. 1 Maryland takes on