Outlook: The Greyhounds will likely drop after Wednesday’s 12-10 loss at No. 7 Towson, but this still looms as a matchup involving a pair of Top 10 teams. The Blue Devils own a 20-12 advantage in this series and have won the last four regular-season meetings.
No. 5 Northwestern (4-1) @ No. 3 North Carolina (3-1)
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Outlook: Although the Wildcats have an 11-8 lead in this series, the Tar Heels have won the last five meetings, including a two-game sweep last spring. Northwestern has not beaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill since Feb. 25, 2011.
While Megan Taylor, a senior goalkeeper, and Caroline Steele, a senior attacker, have been pivotal as four-years starters for the Terps, they also have delivered many smiles to their teammates and coaches.
The Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week accounted for 14 points on eight goals and six assists in the No. 7 Tigers’ wins against then-No. 18 Georgetown on Saturday and current No. 1 Loyola Maryland on Wednesday. He is tied for sixth among Division I players in points per game at 6.0.
The three-year starter made a combined 21 saves in the No. 20 Wolverines’ pair of victories over then-No. 13 Colorado on Saturday and No. 7 Denver on Tuesday. Her 17 stops in the 8-6 upset of the Buffalos were one shy of a career high and helped earn the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.