Since 1991, just four teams have won Division I championships. With Johns Hopkins, two-time defending champion Syracuse and Princeton all falling last weekend in the quarterfinals, now, just one of those teams remains alive in this year’s tournament.
The Cavaliers, the lone “Big Four” team still alive in this year’s “Big Dance,” faces Stony Brook at 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU) in an NCAA quarterfinal doubleheader at Stony Brook University. In the day’s other game, 2009 national finalist Cornell takes on Army at noon (ESPNU).
There’s a lot at stake today besides the possibility of having no “Big Four” team in the Final Four this coming weekend in Baltimore. Imagine the prospect of having Army play on Memorial Day Weekend. Now that would be something.
In another sign emblematic of the parity we are seeing throughout all of the lax world, for the first time since 1971, neither Hopkins or Syracuse will be playing in the quarterfinals.
Here’s a look at the updated bracket for the Division I tournament, including a rundown of yesterday’s finals (with Notre Dame edging Maryland and Duke handling rival UNC), today’s game and this weekend’s potential matchups.
Meanwhile, in Divisions II and III, title-game matchups will be determined today.
You can check out the Division III bracket by clicking here.
For the Division II bracket, click here.
And, oh by the way, folks. North Carolina, which beat Towson 18-13 in the 1991 final, was the last team other than Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Princeton or Virginia to win a national title in D-I.
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