Towson State is installing 2,000 temporary bleacher seats at Minnegan Stadium in anticipation of an overflow crowd for its NCAA quarterfinal game against Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The temporaries, in one end zone and in front of the permanent stands, will raise Minnegan's capacity to 6,700. All tickets are $6, and all seating is reserved.
"We're moving toward a sellout," said Towson State sports information director Peter Schlehr, noting that 1,000 tickets were sold Monday.
It will be the Tigers' first game since edging Hopkins, 14-13, in their season finale, marking the first time they have played a varsity team back-to-back. In their first year of lacrosse, 1959, they played successive games against a Marine Corps club team.
Hopkins coach Tony Seaman still winces at the mention of the Towson game in which the Blue Jays fell behind, 8-0, 11:19 into the game, stormed back to go ahead, 12-11, and lost on Joe Genovese's last-second goal.
"Everybody took turns making mistakes, and each mistake cost a goal," Seaman said. "Sometimes there were two mistakes at once. We simply didn't save the ball. They shot well and suddenly it was 8-0.
"The revenge factor is great for us only in practice, because it will make the team work harder. But it will have no effect once the game starts."
* PLAYING WITH PAIN: Freshman midfielder Greg Nelin will play his second straight game with a fractured right thumb in Maryland's quarterfinal at Princeton on Saturday. Injured last week in practice, Nelin played with a cast in Saturday's victory over Duke.
* STREAKING: Going into its quarterfinal against Brown, second seed North Carolina has won nine straight since losing to Loyola on March 14, its third-longest winning streak in history. Two Boys' Latin alums, senior Mike Thomas and junior John Webster, rank No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, on Carolina's career points list with 137 and 130.
* STAGGERING TASK: Syracuse senior attackman Tom Marechek needs 20 goals to break Gary Gait's school record of 192, a tall task considering the Orange has, at the most, three games left. Gait concluded his career in 1990 with an NCAA tournament mark of 15 goals.
Top-seeded Syracuse, which will entertain Yale on Saturday, is 72-5 in 13 seasons in the Carrier Dome.
The Carrier Dome mystique may have worked against Yale in the first meeting, but midfielder Clayton Simmers vows it won't have the same effect the second time.
"We went up the first time simply to play Syracuse," Simmers said, "not to beat them."