Lacrosse the Internet: April 30, 2013

It's the last day of April . . . and of existence! Run!

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North Carolina Forges Identity: Just Plain Good
Before North Carolina topped Virginia 16-13 on Sunday for the ACC tournament championship, it had been 17 years since the program won a conference title and five since coach Joe Breschi took over leading the Tar Heels.

Quint's Top 20 and Analysis, April 29
We had the crocus stage. Now its tulip time. Tulips are a sign of spring. They are a perennial, like the NCAA Tournament, a plant known for its showy flowers.

Washburn: Three Days in the Lehigh Valley
This past weekend I was on the call for the Patriot League men's tournament, which each year is hosted by the team that finishes first in the conference regular season. The semifinals are played on Friday and the championship on Sunday. In 2013, the honor of hosting the tournament went to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, who went a perfect 6-0 through the regular season.

The Computing Machines Says. . . .
Larry Feldman has used ratings percentage index (RPI), quality wins (QW), and strength of schedule (SOS) data from past years to model the probabilities that teams will make the tournament based on their standing on those indices.

2013 Colgate Lacrosse Player Blog: Back in Bethlehem (Game Highlights)
The weekend we had preparing for all season was upon us, The Patriot League Tournament. As Coach Murphy said throughout the week, it’s a new season, everyone was starting 0-0. Despite what we would consider a sub par Patriot League regular season at 3-3, we had a chance to redeem ourselves over the weekend. There could be no better way to start our championship run than against our rivals the Lehigh Mountainhawks.

One Week To Go: NCAA Tournament Projections
The NCAA playoff picture is a lot clearer. Last week there were about 10-12 teams fighting for 8 At-Large bids. This week, there are 9. However, all of that can change with conference tournaments this week. Teams like Yale, Ohio State, Penn, and even Loyola and Maryland, have to win next week and hope there are no upsets in conference tournaments.

Q&A with ESPN's Mark Dixon
ESPN analyst Mark Dixon, who provided color commentary for No. 7 Loyola’s 8-4 victory over No. 13 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, will handle play-by-play duties for the championship final of the America East tournament at Stony Brook this Saturday and then add analysis for the title game of the Ivy League tournament the next day. The former Blue Jays midfielder, who can be followed on Twitter @Dixonlacrosse, discussed No. 3 Notre Dame’s candidacy for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, three teams that could challenge the Fighting Irish for that honor, and No. 16 Lehigh’s potency in the tournament.

High school lacrosse faces challenging new reality with early recruiting
In February, three months after orally committing to play college lacrosse at his dream school, Sam Offutt began high school tryouts at Landon.

Trying Season Ends Early for Men's Lacrosse
The calendar still shows April, and yet the season is over for the UVa men's lacrosse team. Forgive Dom Starsia and his players if they feel out of sorts. For only the second time in Starsia's 21 seasons as their head coach, the Cavaliers will be spectators when the NCAA tournament begins in May.

Today's beats: For whatever reason I've been listening to a lot of Blues Traveler lately.

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