NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
Today at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
Loyola, Md. (17-1) vs. Maryland (12-5), 1 p.m., ESPN
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hottest scorer in the tournament has been Loyola's Eric Lusby, who scored five goals in each of his last two games, including Saturday's 7-5 victory over Notre Dame in which he did it on eight shots. Maryland's Drew Snider had four goals in Saturday's 16-10 win over Duke and has four of his six career hat tricks in NCAA Tournament play.
Maryland is in the final for a second straight year and is in its 35th NCAA Tournament, second all-time to Johns Hopkins (41). The Terps haven't won a national title since 1975. Loyola is in its 20th NCAA Tournament and third Final Four. The Greyhounds have never won the championship. The last time they made the semifinals was 1998, when they lost to Maryland, 19-8.
LONG ISLAND LINKS
None for Loyola. Maryland starts Michael Ehrhardt (Chaminade) on defense and Mike Chanenchuk (St. Anthony's) at midfield. Charlie Raffa (St. Anthony's) is the Terps' second faceoff specialist. Joe LoCascio (St. Anthony's) plays second midfield and Greg D'Arienzo (Carey) is in the short-stick defensive midfield rotation.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Who knows? Loyola lost 13 of 14 faceoffs against Notre Dame and still won Saturday. The Greyhounds are known for their fourth-ranked offense but played stifling defense, with goalie Jack Runkel making a career-high 15 saves. Maryland, known for its top-10 defense, hung 16 goals on Duke in the semifinals. Still, don't look for the Terps to try and run with the Greyhounds. They'll be patient on offense and try to limit Loyola's shots. Loyola will try to get out in transition, where Lusby and Tewaaraton finalist Mike Sawyer really shine.