Del Dressel wanted to play championship lacrosse. So, after one semester at Harvard, he transferred to a university renowned for its schools of medicine and advanced international studies -- and its lacrosse team -- Johns Hopkins.

When the Blue Jays meet Syracuse Saturday in Providence at 2 p.m. for the NCAA Division I championship, Dressel's desire will be fulfilled for a third straight year. It will be the ninth straight year Johns Hopkins has reached the final and the third consecutive year it has played Syracuse.

In the championship game two years ago, Dressel, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 170-pound midfielder, scored three goals as the Blue Jays lost, 17-16. In the 1984 final, Dressel had one goal and one assist to help the Blue Jays win, 13-10.

And Dressel has been very influential in helping the Blue Jays (12-1) reach this year's final.

Playing on a midfield unit that includes his brother John and Steve Mutscheller, the son of former Baltimore Colt Jim Mutscheller, Del Dressel has 20 goals and 19 assists and led the team in ground balls.

Dressel's offensive statistics put him behind Blue Jays leader Brian Wood, who has 31 goals and 18 assists.

Syracuse (14-1) comes into the game having lost only to Johns Hopkins, 8-6, in Baltimore early in the season. Tim Nelson, with 21 goals and an incredible 61 assists, leads the Orangemen. Brad Kotz, an attackman, has 35 goals and 15 assists. Five other Syracuse players have more than 20 goals.