Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: May 24, 2012

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Staff Debate: Winners and Losers - Quarterfinals Edition
As the quarterfinals played out, chalk was the big winner on the women's side (Florida, Syracuse, Northwestern and Maryland all advanced in games where they were favored), while the men's side seemed to draw more contentious assessments depending on who was asked. With both fields down to four teams standing, the Inside Lacrosse crew parses out some winners and losers from the weekend.

Quint Kessenich: What We Learned During the NCAA Quarterfinals
Quint Kessenich did the analysis on the ESPN networks for both days of the NCAA Quarterfinals. Here's what he learned about all the teams.

Irish End Cavs' Repeat Title Dreams
A gorgeous day on the banks of the Delaware River turned sour for Cavalier fans as the stingy defense of the Notre Dame lacrosse team ended Virginia's chances to repeat as National Champions. The Irish would stretch the lead to four goals in the fourth quarter and ended up with a 12-10 victory when the final horn sounded.

Working Off The Weekend: Five Things to Know
Hindsight is 20/20, though my real-life vision is not. After watching all four Division I men's semifinals over the weekend, and sharing instant thoughts on our live blog, I sat down Sunday night to think about the four teams that will play this men's championship weekend: Loyola, Notre Dame, Duke and Maryland.

Photos: Notre Dame-Virginia, Duke-Colgate Quarterfinal Action
Find the guy wearing a bib and win big!

For Duke, Maryland, a matchup of old friends in lacrosse
Maryland freshman Goran Murray and Duke sophomore Jordan Wolf went to high schools a mile and a half apart in the Philadelphia suburbs and played on the same summer lacrosse travel team. But they never faced each other in a game. While Murray played at private Haverford, Wolf starred at public Lower Merion.

Lacrosse's final four doesn't have the familiar feel of yesteryear
A defining trait of this year's lacrosse final four isn't just who advanced to next weekend in Foxborough, Mass., though Notre Dame and Duke earned their semifinal spots a day after Loyola and Maryland did the same. It's who, at long last, did not.

Today's beats: With the clippings queue cleared for a blowout Championship Weekend link post tomorrow, it's time to celebrate with some Arcade Fire.

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