Scott Stadium, Charlottesville
Tickets: $12 reserved, $10 general admission.
Games: No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Johns Hopkins, noon; No. 6 Princeton vs. No. 3 Maryland, 3 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet, both games live.
TAR HEELS (10-4) VS. BLUE JAYS (12-1)
What's going on: Johns Hopkins is 7-6 on grass and 39-3 on artificial turf under Coach Dave Pietramala (Scott Stadium has natural grass). Even some of the grass wins have been hairy -- they include four one-goal victories. Five players shoot at least 31 percent for the Blue Jays, led by Conor Ford (37 goals), Kyle Barrie (26 goals) and Kyle Harrison (21 goals).
For North Carolina, starting attackman Scott Falatach (30 points) has missed the past two games for unspecified reasons and is unlikely to play today. That puts a burden on Jed Prossner (39 goals) and goalie Paul Spellman (167 saves). The Tar Heels are good -- their losses came by a combined five goals.
TIGERS (10-3) VS. TERRAPINS (13-2)
What's going on: Princeton will feel comfortable, considering its success in the NCAA tournament and that Syracuse is playing a few hundred miles away. The Tigers have won 26 of their last 32 playoff games dating from 1992; all six losses have been to the Orange. Ryan Boyle (19 goals, 39 assists) is the two-time Ivy League player of the year. But can anyone other than Boyle and Jason Doneger (34 goals) score? Only six players have scored in double figures, and expect Boyle and Doneger to struggle against Chris Passavia and Lee Zink.
Maryland doesn't look much like Syracuse, though ACC player of the year Joe Walters (45 goals, 19 assists) is from upstate New York. The Tigers' defense takes away inside shots, so look for outside shooting from Walters, Justin Smith (15 goals) and Bill McGlone (24 goals).
-- Christian Swezey