NCAA Tuesday Preview: Pair of Massachusetts Teams Square Off

There’s not a whole lot of college action Tuesday, but more than last week and with better matchups.  There are eight matchups on the docket, with the majority of them starting at 7 PM or a little later, but I’ll take a deeper look at four of them:

Harvard vs. Boston: 7 PM

If you’re a fan of college hockey, this would be a fantastic game to watch.  If you’re a fan of college lacrosse (which I assume you are), this should be a fantastic game to watch.  The Crimson stopped the bleeding of a four game losing streak with a nice late win at home against rival Cornell 10-9 on Saturday.  Devin Dwyer scored the game winner with 32 seconds to play after Cornell tied the game moments before.  A win would be nice for the Crimson, as they enter the final stretch of Ivy League play starting on Saturday against Penn.  BU on the other hand ran into a hot Army team and got steamrolled 17-8.  The Terrier defense couldn’t handle the likes of John Glesener, Connor Cook, and Cole Johnson for the majority of the game.  Freshman goalie Colin MacDougall only stopped 11 shots on the day, but should get the nod over Tommy Connelly again.  Pick: Harvard.

Marquette vs. Notre Dame: 4 PM

The Golden Eagles have been a surprise team to watch this season at 9-2.  However, they haven’t won in a dominant fashion in most of their games, winning by one or two goals in seven of those games, including a 14-12 victory over St. John’s on Saturday.  And it doesn’t get any better; they have Providence, Duke, and Denver before the Big East tournament.  Speaking of Duke, Notre Dame took care of the Blue Devils 15-10 on Saturday thanks to hat tricks from Matt Kavanagh, Conor Doyle, Mikey Wynne, and Nick Ossello.  Even though we’ve had entertaining games on Tuesdays, good luck trying to stop those four as well as Sergio Perkovic, who shockingly didn’t record a single point on the day.  Pick: Notre Dame.

Marist vs. Hofstra: 7 PM

On paper, this matchup doesn’t really pop out, but looking at how these teams have been this season, it certainly is an important game to look out for.  Marist is undefeated in MAAC play and is coming off of a tight 8-7 win over Detroit.  They’ve played all of their opponents tough, whether they won or lost, and won’t mess around with Hofstra.  Meanwhile, the Pride lost a huge home matchup to CAA foe Drexel 8-7 on Saturday, with their season looking very bleak.  The play of Sam Llinares hasn’t done enough for the Pride to be contenders in the CAA.  A win could start something for the Pride going forward.  Pick: Marist.

Princeton vs. Lehigh: 7:30 PM

Last year’s game at Princeton was one of the best games of the year, capped off by a game winning goal in 2OT by Tom Schreiber.  Without Schreiber, the Tigers have still flourished, but have had big slip ups lately, with losses against Brown and Stony Brook in the past week.  But the offensive firepower from Mike MacDonald, Kip Orban, Ryan Ambler, and Gavin McBride has helped the Tigers be contenders in the Ivy League.  Lehigh has had a rough and disappointing season, currently second-to-last in the Patriot League.  They fell to Colgate 12-8 on Saturday and won’t be in the Patriot League tourney for the first time since 2010.  I don’t see Dan Taylor carrying the team on his back and leading the Mountain Hawks to an upset.  Pick: Princeton.