I was filling out my basketball brackets and noticed that in the first round there are a couple of legitimate lacrosse matchups. So I thought I would play out the tournament as if the teams were playing lax. I will include my brackets and some notes.
In the East bracket, Mt. St. Mary's plays UNC, which this year in lacrosse would probably result in a similar result as in hoops -- a lopsided Carolina victory. They should compete for the championship in both sports this year.
In the Midwest, Georgetown faces UMBC in a sweet game, IF IT WERE LAX! I like the Hoyas on the hardwood. The lacrosse matchup would be an overtime thriller. It's a shame we have to eliminate either of these guys so early.
Notre Dame plays George Mason, which is a fantastic women's lacrosse pairing.
Interestingly, South Alabama plays Butler, and I just want to wish South Alabama luck. I root against Butler in everything just because they dropped lacrosse.
You may be surprised to hear that only 10 of the 65 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament play Division I men's lacrosse. You'll be relieved to hear that every team in the hoops tournament has a club lacrosse team, some of them quite competitive. Let's play it out.
In the first games between club and varsity programs, Oklahoma of the MCLA, ranked 88th in the MCLA by Lax Power would play St. Joseph's, which is 1-6 this season but would likely beat Oklahoma – likely. Siena, a top 30 team in D1 faces USC, the 43rd-ranked MCLA team, according to Lax Power.
In a fine club lacrosse matchup Texas A&M faces BYU in the first round.
I like Georgetown over Siena to go to the Final Four and UNC over St. Joseph's, as well. They are joined by Cornell, which beats my upset team Michigan State, which beats No. 3-ranked club Oregon one round earlier. BYU, last year's MCLA champion, loses to Duke after a nice run.
Much to this Marylander's chagrin, a final between UNC and Duke is a very possible outcome of the actual lacrosse national championship in May. In the final, Duke beats UNC, but they still have that pesky little asterisk next to their name, even here in hoops pretending to be lax bracketville.