All games at Byrd Stadium
Today's Semifinals: Georgetown vs. Syracuse, Noon, ESPN2; Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins, approx. 3 p.m., ESPN2 l Monday's Final: 10:55 a.m., ESPN
No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas (13-2)
Coach: Dave Urick, 93-41 in 10 seasons at Georgetown; 215-41 in 20 seasons overall. First Division I final four, won 10 Division III championships at Hobart.
Leading scorers: A Greg McCavera (45 goals, 41 assists); A Scott Urick (44 G, 18 A); A Andy Flick (34 G, 17 A); MF Mike Henehan (20 G, 15 A); MF Tyler Gamble (20 G, 4 A).
Goalkeeping: Brian Hole 8.89 goals-against average, .617 save percentage.
Faceoffs: MF Scott Baughman 73 of 130 (.562), MF Ryan Perraut 79 of 146 (.541).
How they win: By giving the ball to McCavera and letting him create scoring chances -- for himself and others. Of his school-record 93 career assists, 60 have come in the past 24 games. However, when Syracuse tried to clog his passing lanes with a zone defense earlier this season, he responded with a career-high eight goals. Henehan has 10 goals in the past four games; he and Flick have a team-high six thus far in the tournament.
How to beat them: By winning faceoffs and having experience in close games. In the Hoyas' two losses -- 10-8 to Duke and 12-11 to Navy in overtime -- Georgetown won a combined 20 of 49 faceoffs. They have not lost by more than three goals since a 14-10 loss to Maryland in 1997.
No. 8 Syracuse Orangemen (11-4)
Coach: John Desko, 11-4, first season.
Leading scorers: A Ryan Powell (36 goals, 44 assists); A Matt Cutia (40 G, 35 A); MF Matt Caione (18 G, 19 A); A Devin Darcangelo (22 G, 2 A); A-MF Josh Coffman (18 G, 7A).
Goalkeeping: Rob Mulligan, 9.80 goals-against average, .573 save percentage.
Faceoffs: MF Jason Denicker, 119 of 220 (.541); MF Chris Cercy, 78 of 130 (.600).
How they win: By using Powell the way Georgetown uses McCavera. Powell had no goals and seven assists in the team's 17-12 upset victory over top-seeded Loyola (Md.) in the quarterfinals, when Loyola focused on keeping him away from the goal. The Orangemen have several offensive formations with four attackmen on the field at the same time to take pressure off Powell and keep the ball in their end of the field.
How to beat them: Get a lot of shots on Mulligan and do not let the Orangemen dictate the tempo. Johns Hopkins took 52 shots in its 12-10 victory over Syracuse; Georgetown took 46 in its 17-13 win over Syracuse. However, Loyola (Md.) only took 29 last Sunday and was frustrated by Syracuse's patient offense, which held the ball and waited for open shots.
No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3)
Coach: Dom Starsia, 77-27 in seven seasons at Virginia; 178-73 in 17 seasons overall.
Leading scorers: A Tucker Radebaugh (39 goals, 28 assists); A Conor Gill (16 G, 27 A); A Drew McKnight (23 G, 19 A); MF Jay Jalbert (27 G, 8 A); MF Hanley Holcomb (23 G, 5 A).
Goalkeeping: Derek Kenney 8.50 goals-against average, .520 save percentage.
Faceoffs: MF David Jenkins 101 of 160 (.631); MF Jason Hard 99 of 161 (.615).
How they win: Depth. Starsia used 26 players in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' two most important games, a 9-8 victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final and a 17-10 victory over Delaware in the NCAA quarterfinals last weekend. That depth is demonstrated by an outstanding second-line midfield, which has outscored Virginia's starting midfield, 53 goals to 44.
How to beat them: Take a lot of shots and use a lot of players. Virginia gave up an average of 44 shots in its losses and 29 in its wins. In the quarterfinals, Delaware used 15 players in the first quarter and had a 4-0 lead. But by the fourth quarter, after the Blue Hens had made few substitutions, they missed their last 16 shots.
No. 2 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (11-2)
Coach: John Haus, 11-2, first season; 58-23 in six seasons overall. Won Division III title with Washington College (Md.) last season.
Leading scorers: A Dan Denihan (28 goals, 29 assists); A Dylan Schlott (40 G, 4 A); MF Matt O'Kelly (19 G, 18 A); MF Conor Denihan (21 G, 8 A); MF-A A.J. Haugen (21 G, 3 A).
Goalkeeping: Brian Carcaterra, 8.58 goals-against average, .591 save percentage.
Faceoffs: MF Eric Wedin, 147 of 252 (.583); MF Joe Driscoll, 26 of 39 (.667).
How they win: With strong defense and strong individual efforts on offense. The Blue Jays have given up 50 goals in their past eight games (6.3 per game). On offense, 12 of their past 19 goals have been unassisted. Denihan and Haugen are strong one-on-one players and Schlott, a former tight end on the Johns Hopkins' football team, has scored at least one goal in 27 consecutive games.
How to beat them: Play them in the playoffs at Byrd Stadium. The Blue Jays have lost six consecutive NCAA tournament games at Byrd and last won an NCAA game there in the 1989 semifinals. Johns Hopkins has won at least one title in every decade this century except the 1990s (its last title was in 1987) and it has not been to a title game since 1989.