QUARTERFINALS

Today, Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

* Games: No. 7 Cornell vs. No. 2 Navy, noon; No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 4 Syracuse, 3 p.m.

* Tickets: $7 adults, $3 children.

* TV: Comcast SportsNet, both games live.

BIG RED (9-4) vs. MIDSHIPMEN (13-2)

* What's going on: Navy is 6-0 on the road this year, including wins at NCAA tournament teams Georgetown, Maryland, North Carolina and Army. Today, however, will be unlike any of those games. Cornell is playing for George Boiardi, a defenseman and Landon graduate who died during a game March 17. His initials and jersey number ("GB21") are on the turf at Schoellkopf Field.

The Midshipmen looked nervous and scored only one goal in the first 18 minutes against Penn last weekend. A similarly slow start will not work today. Navy's defense had better be ready, because Cornell is an incredible passing team -- 90 of its 128 goals were assisted. Navy needs big saves, especially early, from GK Matt Russell (12-1 as a starter) to settle nerves.

HOYAS (11-3) vs. ORANGE (12-2)

* What's going on: Syracuse has won seven straight in the series dating from 1999; that includes a 13-9 victory on May 7. That game was tied at 8 before the Orange ended on a 5-1 run. Senior all-American Michael Powell (42 goals, 34 assists) is playing his final game in upstate New York. The Orange just hope it isn't his final game.

Georgetown gives up eight goals per game, though opponents surprisingly are shooting .292 percent (the Hoyas shoot .247 percent). Neal Goldman had five goals in a 15-8 win over Towson last weekend and needs to be involved again, considering he has made 22 of 49 shots (.445 percent).

Andy Corno has won at least 14 faceoffs in each of the past three meetings with the Orange.