Ever since No. 1 seed Loyola easily dispatched of Canisius and Denver bounced No. 8 seed North Carolina from the NCAA tournament last Saturday to set up this Saturday's quarterfinal, the sentiment within the lacrosse community appears to have settled on the improbability of the Greyhounds being able to beat their Eastern College Athletic Conference rival for the third time this year.
Color Pioneers coach Bill Tierney unimpressed.
"Don't buy it," he said Tuesday. "Don't buy that stock. That's for people who flip coins, not play games. Loyola took it to us twice already, and I don't think there's any lack of confidence on their part nor should there be. They have every good chance of getting us the third time."
History would seem to bear out Tierney. Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times researched instances when teams have tangled with each other three times in a single season and in the three occasions when one side has won the first two meetings, that squad also proved victorious in the NCAA tournament.
Saturday's contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis will be the third time in five weeks the Greyhounds and Denver will tangle on the field. Neither side will have to alter their scouting reports, but that doesn't provide Tierney with much solace.