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At Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

NORTH CAROLINA (10-6)

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VS. NO. 7 SEED LOYOLA MARYLAND (14-3)

When: Saturday, noon

TV: ESPN2

Outlook: The Tar Heels own a 9-6 lead over the Greyhounds and have won two of three meetings in the NCAA tournament. North Carolina features the No. 7 offense in Division I at 12.7 goals per game, but Loyola has the ninth-stingiest defense at 8.1 goals. The Greyhounds can help their defense if junior Graham Savio (52.9 percent on 153-of-289 and 69 ground balls) and sophomore Mike Orefice (46.7 percent on 42-of-90 and 24 ground balls) can win their fair share of faceoffs against Tar Heels junior Stephen Kelly (59.0 percent on 222-of-376 and 113 ground balls). With 83 points, freshman attackman Pat Spencer needs just seven more points to eclipse Gary Hanley's Loyola record of 89 points set in 1981.

NO. 5 SEED BROWN (16-2) VS. NO. 1 SEED MARYLAND (16-2)

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Outlook: The Terps have not lost in 15 games against the Bears, but the two sides will clash for the first time since 1995. Brown owns the nation's most prolific offense at 16.4 goals per game, but it will be interesting to see whether that unit can reach that average without junior attackman and Tewaaraton Award finalist Dylan Molloy, who leads the country in assists (54) and ranks second in goals (60). And Maryland's No. 4 defense (7.7 goals per game) will attempt to clog the passing lanes and keep shooters on the perimeter. Keep an eye on the battle for ground balls. The Bears lead Division I with 39.8 ground balls per game, while the Terps rank 40th at 26.9.

Edward Lee

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