Quint Kessenich: Breaking down the first round

For 16 teams, a national championship is only four wins away. The beauty of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament is its diversity, a range even greater this season with the absence of usual powerhouses Johns Hopkins and Virginia. Among those 16 are newcomers Detroit and Bryant, which started the season a combined 0-13 but played their best when it mattered most. Teams such as Towson, Penn State and Albany have returned to contention after long absences, and the old guard is well-represented, too (Maryland, Duke and Cornell). The first round, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, is filled with matchups you wouldn't normally expect to see until much later in May. Here's a breakdown of each (order based on game times): —Quint Kessenich, For The Baltimore Sun
By Quint Kessenich, For The Baltimore Sun
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