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'Barometer games' are on tap this weekend
'Barometer games' are on tap this weekend

Sure, there's plenty of lacrosse left to be played this season. But this weekend brings us five games — we'll call them "barometer games" — that could determine a team's direction the rest of the season. The games will gauge the quality of the teams involved. Will they be contenders or pretenders? The time to jell is now. Can they do it? No. 1 Denver at No. 4 North Carolina Friday, 4 p.m., ESPNU Denver is looking for its first NCAA lacrosse title. The Pioneers beat No. 6 Duke, 17-13, in Week 1 with an offensive onslaught. They are highly skilled and deep on offense. Freshman faceoff man Trevor Baptiste and Maryland transfer Connor Cannizzaro...

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