Across the world of college lacrosse this week, Duke won the ACC tournament, Brown upset Cornell, and Navy came out of nowhere to dominate Johns Hopkins 8-2, while Loyola and UMass remained undefeated at #1 and #2, respectively, in the latest coaches’ poll. The sadly Hoya-less field for the inaugural Big East Tournament has also been set: Notre Dame will play St. Johns, and hosts Villanova will play Syracuse in the semis on May 3rd ahead of the championship on May 5th.
1 – Notre Dame (10-1, 5-0)
The Irish clinched the regular season title and the number one seed in the conference tournament with a 10-7 win at Villanova this past Saturday. Senior attack Sean Rogers led the way for Notre Dame with three goals and one assist, as eight different players scored in the winning effort. The Irish, ranked 3rd in the country, have now won ten in a row and have no doubt been the class of the conference all year; their only blemish is a 4-3 overtime loss to Penn St. in the second game of the season.
Remaining Schedule – vs. Syracuse 4/28, Big East Tournament
2 – Villanova (8-5, 4-1)
Villanova has to be extremely disappointed after Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame, in which they scored four unanswered goals in the opening ten minutes before failing to get on the board at all in the second and third quarters. The Wildcats’ drought allowed the Irish to go on an 8-0 run that would ultimately prove insurmountable. If seedings hold, though, 13th-ranked ‘Nova will get a chance to avenge this latest loss in the Big East Tournament finals.
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