ST. JOHN'S AT MARYLAND
Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.
When: 1 p.m.
Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for youths and seniors.
Records: Red Storm 11-5-5, No. 1 Terrapins 16-4-1.
At Stake: Quarterfinal against No. 8 Connecticut or No. 9 Akron next weekend.
Outlook: The teams meet in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year: St. John's won in the 2003 semifinals and Maryland triumphed in the 2004 quarterfinals, both by 1-0 scores. The Red Storm, which defeated Marist and No. 16 Dartmouth to reach the round of 16, has scored 27 goals this year -- just seven more than Terrapins senior F Jason Garey. However, the team has yielded only 13 and could pose a formidable challenge to Maryland, which averaged 2.8 goals through the regular season and ACC tournament but wasn't very threatening in a 1-0 victory over Brown on Tuesday. The Terps are 10-0-1 at home this season and 15-0-1 when scoring first. St. John's MF-D Jeff Carroll (West Springfield High) is the brother of D.C. United MF Brian Carroll.
VIRGINIA AT NORTH CAROLINA
Where: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.
When: 1 p.m.
Records: No. 13 Cavaliers 12-4-3, No. 4 Tar Heels 16-3-3.
At Stake: Quarterfinal against Southern Methodist or UNC Greensboro next weekend.
Outlook: The Cavaliers were involved in the most intriguing match of the second round, a 7-6 penalty kick victory following a 4-4 tie with South Florida on Tuesday. In a regular season meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia defeated North Carolina, 2-0, on second-half goals by Adam Cristman and Yannick Reyering. The Tar Heels, the ACC tournament runners-up, advanced to the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Providence. They are 9-1-1 at home, have allowed only 13 goals all season and have registered 15 shutouts overall. Since losing at Maryland 4-1 on Oct. 14, North Carolina has gone nine games without a loss (7-0-2). It started the streak with a 3-2 win over William & Mary and hasn't allowed a goal since, outscoring opponents 13-0.
-- Steven Goff