Favorite: Denver The Pioneers (10-2) have won three overtime games, the latest at Loyola on Saturday. A win over Michigan or Fairfield clinches the top seed for the league tournament, which will be played at Hobart. Eric Law, Wesley Berg and Cameron Flint can torch defenses for a team with the No. 1 rank in the Rating Percentage Index. Contenders: Loyola, Ohio State The Greyhounds (9-3) have been hinting that they're near their 2012 national championship form, but the lack of top RPI wins means that Loyola (No. 10 RPI) must win the AQ or beat Johns Hopkins (April 27) to lock up an NCAA bid. They still have work to do. Old Mill grad Justin Ward (23 goals, 27 assists) has become the centerpiece of the offense. Ohio State (8-3) has wins over Penn State and Virginia. The Buckeyes' RPI is No. 14, so winning at least one game in the ECAC tournament might be essential. Logan Schuss ranks ninth in the country with an average of 4.18 points per contest. The Buckeyes travel to Air Force this week.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun