NCAA lacrosse 2011: Previewing Georgetown, Maryland, Navy, Virginia
GEORGETOWN Coach: Dave Urick, 22nd season.
2010 Record: 9-5, missed NCAA tournament.
Top players: A Travis Comeau, Soph. (25 goals last year); LSM Barney Ehrmann, Sr.; A Rickey Mirabito, Sr. (24 goals).
Top newcomer: MF Matt Sutherland, Sr. (transfer from Cornell).
Outlook: Sophomore attackman Zac Guy will quarterback the offense, after the Hoyas' midfield did so for most of the past three years. Guy is quick and would seem the perfect foil for Comeau's and Mirabito's off-ball cuts. There's depth, too. Sophomore A Davey Emala scored three goals in a scrimmage win over Virginia last Saturday. Senior MF Max Seligmann is a remarkable athlete and can shoot righty and lefty. The pressure defense is a constant; but goalies Jack Davis and CT Fisher have yet to prove they are elite.
What's missing: Intangibles. Talent has never been an issue with the Hoyas, but now their players are working to improve their chemistry and conditioning. Expect a more focused and hungry effort this year to harken back to Urick's early blue-collar teams.
Coach: John Tillman, first season
2010 record: 12-4, lost in NCAA quarterfinals.
Top players: A Grant Catalino, Sr. (34 goals, 20 assists); A Ryan Young, Sr. (18 goals, 30 assists); MF Jake Bernhardt, Jr. (11 goals, 3 assists).
Top newcomer: MF Dan Noskin, Fr.
Outlook: The Terrapins are a popular pick to reach the national championship game on Memorial Day; a title would be Maryland's first since 1975. Senior A Travis Reed (21 goals) has every shot imaginable in his arsenal but lacks foot speed. Catalino has velocity on his shot and good vision but struggled against physical defensemen. Young may make the unit go. He is extremely fast and is a good leader. All three starting defensemen are back in front of redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato.