The quarterfinals of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2011 end on Sunday with the remaining two contests. The No. 1 seed, Syracuse, will take on Maryland, and Notre Dame and Duke will face off to close out the day's action. Maryland was the only team to pull off an upset on the opening weekend of the tournament, but will they be able to make it two in a row when they play the top seed?
Saturday's action saw both of the higher seeds upset. To open the day, the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers upset the No. 2 Cornell Big Red, 13-9. Just one week earlier, the Cavs needed overtime to beat Bucknell, 13-12. Cornell opened the game with a 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but Virginia dominated the second quarter with a 7-0 run to lead 10-4 at halftime. It was enough for the Cavs to ride to the upset victory as they were outscored 5-3 in the second half.
The No. 6 Denver Pioneers defeated the No. 3 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 14-9, on the strong play of Todd Baxter and Cameron Flint (three goals each) and Jeremy Noble (two goals, three assists).
Here is the weekend's remaining schedule and the results so far:
Sunday, May 22
No. 1 Syracuse vs. Maryland, 10 a.m. MT, ESPNU
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 5 Duke, 12:30 p.m. MT, ESPNU
Saturday, May 21
No. 7 Virginia def. No. 2 Cornell, 13-9
No. 6 Denver def. No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 14-9
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