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Open Thread: NCAA Tournament Day First Round, Day 2

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The Syracuse Orange take on the Yale Bulldogs at 7:30 on ESPNU. Of course there will be three other games prior, so enjoy the fun and leave your comments.

2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship - Syracuse v Duke Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

If the Syracuse Orange can manage a victory over the Yale Bulldogs tonight at 7:30, SU will be taking on the Towson Tigers in Delaware next weekend. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on TK99/105.

The Tigers were able to pull away from Penn State late in its game in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions were one of two home teams to lose in the first round. The other team being the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays which got BLOWN out against Duke in historic fashion. It was hard not to be impressed by the Blue Devils.

In the third game of the day the Pios took down Air Force. This was the point in the day when I decided to take a nap. No doubt it seems unfair that several teams seeded lower than Syracuse face significantly weaker opponents in the first round, but that’s the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament for ya.

Finally, the game everyone was waiting for, UNC at Albany. It was a matchup that folks were wicked high on, including myself. I will say the atmosphere appeared AWESOME! The first half, however, was not. The Tar Heels went into halftime down 14-3, but on the back of Chris Cloutier’s five goals and one assist Carolina made a big push in the second half but fell just short. What started off as a pretty disappointing game made for great second half viewing.

SATURDAY

Penn State Nittany Lions 8 - Towson Tigers 12

Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 6 - Duke Blue Devils 19

Denver Pioneers 17 - Air Force Falcons 10

Albany Great Danes 15 - North Carolina Tar Heels 12

SUNDAY

Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Marquette Golden Eagles 12:00 PM

Maryland Terrapins - Bryant Bulldogs 2:30 PM

Ohio State Buckeyes - Loyola Greyhounds 5:00 PM

Syracuse Orange - Yale Bulldogs 7:30 PM

So, with only 12 teams of the original 17 remaining, we will have a new Champion this year.

As I said, Syracuse-Yale is at 7:30 on the U. Check out my game preview here.

If I’m taking a guess on the game, I’m going Syracuse in a 15-12 contest.

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As usual, enjoy the games, root for ‘Cuse, and leave your comments below.. G’Orange!