Cavs, Terps, Hoyas and Midshipmen Are In

By Christian Swezey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 8, 2006

The Virginia, Maryland, Georgetown and Navy men's lacrosse teams were selected for the 16-team NCAA tournament last night.

There was some surprise, however, about the placement and opponents for some of the teams. Georgetown (10-2) was seeded eighth despite being ranked No. 5 in the most recent USILA poll. The Hoyas will face unseeded Navy (11-3) in a first-round game on Sunday. The time is expected to be announced today.

The Hoyas won the regular season meeting, 9-5, on April 1. They also defeated the Midshipmen last year, 11-6.

"I figured we'd play Georgetown," said Navy Coach Richie Meade. "Georgetown has beaten us as badly as anybody has over the past couple of years."

Said Georgetown Coach Dave Urick: "I'm a little surprised we're an eight seed, I thought maybe we'd be a number five. . . . Navy is obviously a great team. It's going to be a heck of a game."

The winner will play the winner of the first-round game between top-seed Virginia and Notre Dame on May 21 in Towson, Md. The Cavaliers (13-0) face the Fighting Irish (10-4) Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

"I think we're going to have our hands full," said Virginia Coach Dom Starsia. "I think Notre Dame is clearly not the number 16 team in the tournament."

But Notre Dame had to play Virginia due largely to NCAA travel restrictions, according to Jon Hind, the associate athletic director at Butler and the selection committee chairman.

"We can only fly two teams," said Hind. "Beyond that, everyone has to take a bus ride of no longer than 300 miles. So [Notre Dame and Denver] had to fly because they're not within 300 miles of anyone."

Maryland (10-4) is the No. 2 seed and will host Denver (12-4) in a first-round game on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner will play the winner of the Princeton-UMBC game on May 21 in Towson.

Georgetown, Navy and Virginia each also has injury concerns entering the playoffs.

Georgetown sophomore Miles Kass played in goal in the fourth quarter of a 10-9 win over Penn State on Saturday. Urick said he was not certain whether Kass, who has been slowed by an injury to his right knee, or fifth-year senior Rich D'Andrea would start in goal.

Navy senior Steve Looney is not expected to play, according to Meade, after he broke his collarbone against Army on April 15.

And Virginia's leading scorer, senior Matt Ward, is questionable after he broke his right hand against Maryland in the ACC title game on April 30. However, Starsia said he "would be very surprised" if Ward did not play.

"Matt is an upbeat kid, he has been very positive about the whole thing," Starsia said. "Matt wants to play and there's no question we need him. The question is how sore is he and what kind of mobility will he have and what sort of protective device will he need."

Navy will need big games from Ian Dingman (30 goals) and Billy Looney (17 goals). In Navy's losses, Dingman is 2 for 27; Looney is 5 for 40.

The Final Four is scheduled for May 27-29 in Philadelphia.


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