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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: May 8, 2012

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Penn State left with questions about being left out of NCAA tournament
Nittany Lions had similar resume with Denver's and better strength of schedule and more quality wins than Princeton, but will watch postseason from home.

Quint Kessenich: Breaking Down the NCAA First-Round Matchups
Let's break down each game of the first round of the NCAA Tournament, looking at the match-ups, trends, and strengths and weaknesses of each team.

Michigan 5, North Carolina 19
Although Michigan’s Team One improved greatly over the course of their season, it wasn’t enough against a high-octane North Carolina team on Saturday. The Tar Heels exploited the differences in top-end talent and depth to run the Wolverines off the field in Chapel Hill.

Canisius stuns Siena for MAAC lacrosse title
After a stunning comeback for a stunning result, the Canisius men's lacrosse team is going to the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Lacrosse: UMass men seeded 6th, will face Colgate
Coming in a combined 29-1, the University of Massachusetts lacrosse teams have their dancing shoes on and their sights set on hoisting championship hardware.

Fairfield U. Lacrosse Fails to Win Tourney Berth
The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team did not receive an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament Sunday.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Yale earns first trip to NCAA tournament since 1992
It came down to trust and confidence.

Today's beats: The MCA news didn't roll out until Friday, so today the beats today are for Adam Yauch: