Here's the deal: There are two games tonight, one featuring an upstate New York throwdown and the other featuring one of the Ivy's stronger teams hosting the most chemically imbalanced team in Division I lacrosse. It is highly unlikely that I am going to follow either of these games all that closely as I will be celebrating Tax Day with my colleagues, likely over fine beer, wine, and spirits. Just think about how much you hate doing your taxes each year. Now multiple that by four months of nonstop tax frustration.
Yup, I'll see you guys tomorrow.
Anyway, there are two games today with action extending into business time tonight. Here is your highlight for the day:
- Stony Brook at Yale: I'm becoming more and more comfortable with what Yale has cookin' this season in New Haven. The Elis are feeling like a top 12-ish type of team that can rattle some skulls if given the opportunity. The Bulldogs are still well behind Cornell in terms of the Ivy League pecking order, but relative to the rest of the country, there are only a handful of teams that are arguably in the same competitive position as Yale at the moment. The same can't be said of Stony Brook, rapidly becoming the weird guy at the gas station that just hangs around because he likes the smell of the place. The Seawolves make absolutely no sense this season: The team is currently ranked 28th in both adjusted efficiency margin (+1.98) and Pythagorean win expectation (54.71 percent), but on the season Stony Brook has lost to three teams currently ranked in the 40's in adjusted efficiency margin -- Bryant (41), UMBC (42), and Binghamton (44). All three of those losses have occurred in the last month with two -- the UMBC and Binghamton games -- coming in the last two weeks (both were one-goal defeats for the Seawolves). Stony Brook is going to be heavy underdogs tonight against the Elis, but it's not a question of whether the Seawolves can win that is dominating the narrative this evening; rather, it's a question of whether Stony Brook can play 60 minutes of consistent lacrosse before it enters its stretch run against Hartford and Albany in the America East, fighting for one of the league's tournament positions.
Here's today's full schedule with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage (Wagner isn't in action today because Flashdance isn't going to watch itself):
Leave your notes about the games or anything else (QUERY: I pay all my taxes in bags of potato chips) in the comments below.