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May 4, 2007 — Bracket Buster I

Tonight at historic Homewood Field, the one of the most anticipated matches of the season took place as Vanderbilt took on Johns Hopkins in the semifinal round of the American Lacrosse Conference postseason tournament.

The two teams played very much like they knew an NCAA Tournament bid was at stake. The teams took chances, doubled smartly, cut and shot well, and finished with flair. Hopkins, especially, played some very pretty lacrosse. In the first half, a three-way passing play led to a Blue Jay goal which might have been one of the best I’ve seen in the post-Jen Adams era.

In the end, despite a late Vanderbilt run that closed the score to 12-10, Hopkins was able to run down the clock with a perfect stall.

The thing is, as good as this game was, I wonder if Sunday’s match between Princeton and Georgetown will be equally tension-filled and another bracket-busting match.

And could it be that the winner of this game gets into the NCAA Tournament, whilst the loser doesn’t get in?

If Princeton beats Georgetown, you can use a head-to-head confrontation between the two teams as one of the criteria for an at-large bid, even though Georgetown’s RPI is a 9, and the Tigers are an 18.

If you’re anywhere near 1952 Stadium on Sunday, go see this match. It is, in essence, an NCAA play-in game.