Make sure to check-in/follow Jayskrem's Periscope account for some Big BBQ 2016 Tailgate Vision live from Lincoln Financial parking lot. He's out there now near K Lot, by the La Salle tailgate! Additionally, we did a pregame show or today's festivities from the press box, you can find the Youtube embed below!
(Ed. Note: We made it!!)
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|12:00||Loyola vs. North Carolina||ESPN2|
|2:30||Brown vs. Maryland||ESPN2|
The Skittles Scale. (Ed Note: For information/entertainment purposes only!! #WeDoNotEndorseGambling!!)
North Carolina vs. Loyola.
I think we are in for a real treat in this match-up. Loyola comes into the game at 14-3 (7-1 conf record) and hasn't lost a game since March 19th (10-game winning streak). This is Loyola's 4th trip to the Final Four ever (2012, 1998, 1990) and their second trip since 2012. Loyola's freshman Pat Spencer 36 Gs & 47 As) will garner a great of attention on the field today, but I hope the Heels don't sleep on his teammate Zach Herreweyers (34 Gs & 6 As). Zach has been lights out for the Hounds this season, and became the 9th Hound to ever score 100 or more goals, last week against Towson. Look for him to make some noise if the Tar Heels focus too much on Spencer today.
After 23 years of waiting, the Tar Heels are back in the Final Four. The Tar Heels are 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The Heels dominated the Irish last week and might be the sleeper to watch this weekend. Carolina is led by a dynamic offense that includes Steve Pontrello (45 Gs & 17 As), Chris Cloutier (29 Gs & 14 As), and Luke Goldstock (25 Gs & 21 As). The Heels have also received big contributions from Patrick Kelly (25 Gs) and Michael Tagliaferri (27 Gs) as well.
Make sure to check out this awesome preview by WRAL Sports Fan's @Marilyn_Payne on the how this year's pressure-free season has allowed the Heels to relax and just focus on balling out.
Maryland vs. Brown.
While both games today are going to be great, the later one between the Terps and the Bears does have a bit more juice. It features the #1 overall seed Terps and the unlikely, but fearsome, Brown Bears. While the status of Brown's Dylan Molloy, is officially up in the air, it's probably unlikely we will see him on the field today. While that is obviously unfortunate for Bears fans, Brown has plenty of firepower in their lineup, led in large part by senior Kylor Bellistri. Bellistri (62 Gs & 28 As) was huge against Navy last week, and will need a similar effort today against the Terps if Brown is going to make it to Championship Monday..
Brown's offense got most of the newspaper clippings this year, but one can't get to the big show with a magnificent transition game and behind-the-back shots alone. Though underrated, Brown has a very good defense that should pose some challenges for Maryland. Senior goaltender, Jack Kelly, is 9th in GAA (8.09), and 12th nationally in saves per game (11.56). Additionally, Larken Kemp has been crucial at LSM, and teammates JJ Ntshaykolo, Alec Tulett, and James Lawrence create various match-up problems, as Brown's defense is both fast and very physical. Additionally, keep an eye on star faceoff man, Will Gurral. If Gurral can win his share of faceoffs (and maybe a little more) it'll allow Brown to play that fast style they love.
Maryland comes in as the heavyweight today, a title they've earned this year. Maryland is 16-2 (5-0) and hasn't lost a game in 3 months. Additionally, Maryland hasn't given up more than 10 goals to anyone this season (10 against High Point & Penn State, both Ws) and they played the 3rd toughest schedule in D1 this year. The Terps' starting lineup is solid from top to bottom and MD probably has the deepest bench of the 4 remaining teams. Terps star Matt Rambo (39 Gs & 24 As) leads the offense, but teammates Bryan Cole (21 Gs & 27 As) & Colin Heacock (37 Gs & 9 As), provide plenty of headaches for defenses as well. If Brown can find a way to handle those guys, BOSS Tillman has even more where that came from, with Connor Kelly (26 Gs), Dylan Maltz (24 Gs), & Pat Young (15 Gs).
Maryland's defense has led the team to previous trips to the Final Four, and it's excellent this year as well, however, the Terps have an extremely underrated offense which may surprise people who haven't seen them play all year long. Maryland's offense is deep, creative, and lethal. It'll be great seeing how the Bears try to contain them.
College Crosse TV Pregame Show.
Your boys got here early and taped a pregame show for today's festivities, which you can find below. Make sure you also follow Jayskrem's Periscope account as we'll be broadcasting live from the Lincoln Financial parking lot for some Tailgate Vision. Hope you enjoy!
(If you want to catch up on the College Crosse TV clips and interviews from yesterday's Media Day, here is the Loyola/North Carolina post, the Maryland/Brown post, and the BOSSES post with Coaches Loyola's Charley Toomey, Furman's Richie Meade, and Marquette's Joe Amplo.)
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