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Q&A with ESPN men’s lacrosse analyst Matt Ward

Q&A with ESPN men’s lacrosse analyst Matt Ward

Matt Ward worked with play-by-play man Mike Corey for ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I tournament quarterfinals at Hofstra on Saturday, watching No. 3 seed Ohio State blitz Duke, 16-11, and No. 5 seed Denver pulverize No. 4 seed Notre Dame, 16-4. The former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton Award winner offered his opinions on all four quarterfinal games.

Were you more impressed with Ohio State’s defensive display against Duke or the offensive fireworks?

I think the offensive piece was more impressive and certainly more critical. Duke had a top-10 defense, and Ohio State showed that it could win the individual matchups to create chaos for defenses...