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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

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Monday, May 26, 2008

NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

Who:Johns Hopkins vs. SyracuseWhen:1 p.m.Where:Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.TV:ESPN.Records:Blue Jays 11-5, Orange 15-2

When Syracuse has the ball: Each member of the starting attack, starting midfield and second midfield has at least 10 points. So the focus will be on fifth-year senior Danny Brennan, a faceoff specialist, to see if he is able to get the ball to those players. Brennan won 18 of 27 in the regular season meeting and 16 of 26 in an NCAA semifinal victory over Johns Hopkins in 2004. Combined, he is 34 for 53 (64 percent) in those games.

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Keep an eye on: Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Matt Bocklet. He has 90 groundballs, the most for a non-faceoff specialist since goalie Kevin Mahon had 124 groundballs in 1976.

When Johns Hopkins has the ball: After a somewhat disappointing regular season, sophomore attackman Steven Boyle is 5 for 12 shooting in the NCAA tournament. He handled Duke's pressure defense well in the semifinals; he had two goals, one assist and one turnover. Syracuse will want to keep senior attackman Kevin Huntley (32 goals) away from the middle of the field. Huntley is a precise and creative shooter who is most dangerous when he has the entire goal at which to shoot.

Keep an eye on: Syracuse freshman longstick midfielder Joel White. He defended senior midfielder Paul Rabil in the regular season and helped hold Rabil to 1 for 10 shooting.

X-Factor: Goalies. Syracuse's John Galloway is trying to become the fifth freshman starting goalkeeper to win a national title. Meantime, Johns Hopkins sophomore Michael Gvozden has a 4.86 goals-against average and .721 save percentage in the team's eight-game winning streak.


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