Who deserves to be the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
I think it’s an interesting question. Everybody has some positives on their resumes, and everybody has some negatives. I think when you look at UMass, which is the current No. 1 team, they can win the
Based on Saturday's 10-9 overtime win against No. 3 Loyola, has No. 8 Johns Hopkins cemented a seed and a home game in the first round of the NCAA tournament?
If they don't lose to Army [this Saturday]. I think that loss to Navy really hurt them in the NCAA metric criteria for the NCAA tournament. It dinged their RPI and that loss to Navy was their last game of the season. So I think if they beat Army at home on Saturday, Hopkins will definitely have a first-round home playoff game at Homewood Field. If they lose to Army, a lot will depend on what happens in conference tournaments and other action around the country. But if the teams that are supposed to win do win this week and weekend and Hopkins loses to Army, they could be on the road for the first round of the NCAA tournament.
By winning the Patriot League tournament and amassing a 14-2 record, has No. 12 Lehigh secured a seed and first-round game at home?
I do. That’s another team that took care of everything that was in front of them and now get their first ever NCAA tournament. I think Lehigh has played their way into a top-eight seed. But that’s just me. You’ve got North Carolina playing Michigan this weekend, Maryland at Colgate. Let’s say Maryland loses to Colgate again like they did last year. I think Maryland losing seals the deal for Lehigh to get a top-eight seed. When you look at a top-eight seed, you’re talking about UMass, Loyola, Virginia, Notre Dame, Hopkins, Duke. Then you’ve got Maryland, Lehigh, North Carolina and if Princeton wins the
Do No. 14 Cornell, No. 16 Villanova and No. 17 Syracuse have to win their respective conference tournaments to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament?
I think Syracuse without question has to win the
You were on hand to watch Princeton beat Cornell for the Ivy League regular-season championship last Saturday. Can any of the teams in the Ivy League prevent the Tigers from winning the conference tournament this weekend?
Not with the way the Tigers are playing right now. I believe they outscored their Ivy League competition, 81-35, in six games. And [senior goalkeeper] Tyler Fiorito gave up less than five goals and saved somewhere around 73, 74 percent. So when you have that combination, that's going to be tough to beat. I was incredibly impressed by Princeton on Saturday. Their offense was flowing, it was diverse, and their transition game was incredible. Defensively, I don't think as a close unit, they're as scary as some people might think, but [senior John] Cunningham at the long-stick midfield position is an absolute beast, and Fiorito between the pipes is just unbelievable. With his playing at a championship level and the offense clicking the way that they are, they're going to be very difficult to beat in the Ivy League tournament.
Denver coach Bill Tierney said during a conference call Monday that the