What We’re Watching: NCAA Quarterfinals and the NLL Championship

May Madness is in full swing as the college lacrosse playoffs have already treated us to some amazing games, but now a trip to the Final Four is at stake for the Quarterfinal winners and a chance for teams to cement themselves in college lacrosse history. Also starting this weekend is the first game of the National Lacrosse League Championship where the best professional indoor lacrosse players will also try and carve their names into history. Here are the playoff games we will be watching this weekend.

Saturday 5/18

#3 Virginia vs Maryland
ESPNU at 12 pm ET

The last time these two historic programs met in the playoffs it was for the 2011 National Championship. This meeting could be another one for the ages. Virginia is firing on all cylinders after winning the ACC Championship and blowing by Robert Morris in the First Round. Maryland was dominant for most of the season until two losses to Johns Hopkins set them back a bit. The Terps are definitely ready to make another championship run after a gutsy overtime win against Towson in the First Round. These old rivals will battle it out once again to see who gets to go back to the Final Four.

#2 Duke vs #7 Notre Dame
ESPNU at 2:30 pm ET

These ACC foes met twice this season with Duke winning their first meeting 14-8 in early April and Notre Dame coming out on top in the second game 12-10 in the ACC Semifinals. By now both these teams know each other very well and any adjustments that will be made in their gameplans will be small. In their third game against each other with a berth to the Final Four on the line it is going to come down to who wants it more and who is ready to pull off the tough plays at the end of the game. Duke barely made it past Richmond in the First Round last weekend and must now go through the determined Fighting Irish.

NLL Championship Game 1: Buffalo Bandits vs Calgary Roughnecks
Bleacher Report Live 7:30 pm ET

Not only have the college lacrosse playoffs been going on, but the playoffs for the National Lacrosse League have been in full swing as well. They are coming to an end as the 3 game series for the NLL Cup begins on Saturday with the Buffalo Bandits facing the Calgary Roughnecks. Players like Buffalo’s Josh Bryne, Dhane Smith, and Ian MacKay will face off against Calgary’s Curtis Dickson, Zach Currier, and Jesse King. If you have not watched much box lacrosse, then this a great chance to watch some of the most talented lacrosse players in the world battle for the NLL Championship and pull off plays like this:

Sunday 5/19

#1 Penn State vs #8 Loyola
ESPNU at 12 pm ET

This will be the must watch game of the weekend. Two Tewaaraton Finalists in Penn State’s Grant Ament and Loyola’s Pat Spencer will try to outdo one another and help their team move on. These two have been scoring highlight reel goals and making unbelievable plays all season, but which superstar will move on to further cement their name in college lacrosse history? Or will there be other players who steal the spotlight in this game to send their squads to championship weekend? One thing is for sure and that is that Pat Spencer will likely have at least one highlight reel goal like he did against Syracuse in the First Round.

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#4 Penn vs #5 Yale
ESPNU at 2:30 pm ET

The best of the Ivy League meet again for the third time this season with much more on the line this time around. Penn has been the surprise team of the year and has been Yale’s kryptonite giving them two of their three losses on the season. Penn’s faceoff man Kyle Gallagher has been the only one to best Yale’s TD Ierlan all year. TD is statistically the best faceoff man the NCAA has ever seen. Both teams have threats all over the field and in this final meeting it will interesting to watch what kind of game is played. Will the teams play run and gun trying to score goals quick? Or will they slow it down since faceoffs will be a toss up and neither team will know when they get the ball next? Either way fans will be treated to a wild playoff lacrosse game.

Who do you think will make it the Final Four?

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