NCAA Tuesday Preview: Patriot League Tournament Begins


Five games are on tap for Tuesday, with two of those games belonging in the Patriot League.  We’ll get to those later, but here are two games worth focusing on (besides UMass Lowell vs. Dartmouth):

Albany vs. Siena: 4 PM

The Great Danes had a very important two game stretch last week, edging Bryant and Yale in hopes of gaining a first round NCAA game to be played at Albany.  Lyle Thompson breaking the NCAA career points record has come and gone, so now he can focus mainly on getting that NCAA Championship.  Siena has been a disappointment this season, except from freshman Chris Robertson, who looks to be a star in the making in the MAAC.  Pick: Albany.

Brown vs. Bryant: 7 PM

Tuesday games don’t seem to be friendly for Brown.  They had a loss in OT to Bucknell, an OT win against Marist, and a close 4-goal win against Providence last week.  Their Rhode Island trip finishes up with Bryant, who may have found their groove lately and has done fairly well in Tuesday games against UNC and Albany.  Yet they cannot capitalize and complete the upset.  I think this will turn out to be a very entertaining game, and I wouldn’t be surprised in Bryant pulling off the upset and maybe ending Brown’s chances at getting an at-large if they don’t win the Ivy League Tournamnet.  Pick: Brown.

Now for the entertaining portion of the day:

Army vs. Loyola: 4 PM

When both team met mid-March at West Point, Loyola came out with a 12-10 win.  Zach Herreweyers tied his career high with 6 goals and Grant Limone made 18 saves in only his third career start.  For Army, John Glesener was limited by the play of Pat Frazier and only recorded an assist.  Fast forward to today, where Army has consecutive losses to Navy and Colgate, while Loyola fell to Bucknell and has alternated wins and losses since February 18.  If the pattern persists, Loyola should win, and even if this pattern didn’t exist, I still think Loyola moves on.  Pick: Loyola.

Lehigh vs. Bucknell: 7 PM

How about those Lehigh Mountain Hawks for the past six games!  They looked to be down and out after losing to Army 7-5 March 21, but they’ve won five of those last six games, including huge non-conference wins against Princeton and Stony Brook in back-to-back games, before just getting by archrival Lafayette last on Friday 11-10 to get that 6th and final seed, along with a 12-10 Holy Cross win over Boston.  Bucknell has had it’s share of good games and bad ones, from wins against Navy, Brown, and Loyola, to losses against Delaware, a blowout to Army, and a one goal shocker against Mount St. Mary’s.  I smell an upset here in this game of inter-state rivals.  Pick: Lehigh.