CSN Spotlight: Virginia faces critical test at home


CSN Spotlight: Virginia faces critical test at home

Virginia faces a must-win, two traditional CAA powers try to keep pace with James Madison and North Carolina hopes to further establish itself as a Coastal Division contender. Catch all the college football action this Saturday on CSN and CSN Plus.

New Hampshire (3-2) at William & Mary (3-2), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN

New Hampshire is riding a two-game win streak as they hit a soft point in their schedule, but it's back to business this week as they head to Williamsburg to face the Tribe. Quarterback Sean Goldrich is expected to return for the Wildcats to the lineup after an ankle injury held him out the past two weeks. Goldrich is a four-year starter who threw for 2,391 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

William & Mary will look to counter with its balanced attack on offense. Last week against Villanova, the Tribe put up 466 yards of offense, 199 of which came on the ground. A steady dose of their lethal two-headed running attack with Mikal Abdul-Saboor and Kendall Anderson will be key.

Syracuse (3-2) at Virginia (1-4), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN

Virginia faces a must-win on Saturday as they host Syracuse. With four losses already, it seems unlikely the Cavaliers are going to be able to rebound and win five of their seven remaining games to become bowl eligible. Having said that, Virginia must win this game in order to keep the season from completely unraveling.

Read the full preview of this game and all the latest Virginia news here on the Cavaliers Report.

Wake Forest (3-3) at North Carolina (4-1), Sat. 7:00 p.m. on CSN Plus

North Carolina won four-straight before heading into their bye week and are now seen as one of the Coastal contenders which of course puts them on upset watch in the always goofy Coastal Division. They will have to find a way to solve a Wake Forest defense that shutout Boston College last week for a 3-0 win.

As good as the defense has looked, however, they may struggle against the explosive North Carolina defense led by quarterback Marquise Williams. Can the Demon Deacons do enough on offense to match the Tar Heels? With the suspendion of cornerbacks M.J. Steward and Mike Hughes, there is a real opportunity here for Wake Forest to stun the Tar Heels.

RELATED: Hokies Report: Avenging last year's ugly loss

Maryland vs. Northwestern NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

USA TODAY Sports Images

Maryland vs. Northwestern NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After dispatching of Denver in the quarterfinals, the No. 1 seeded Maryland Terrapins take on their Big Ten rivals, the fourth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats, Friday night in the Final Four of the 2019 Division I women's lacrosse tournament. 

It's a matchup of two NCAA women's lacrosse heavyweights, the Terps winning three of the last five national titles, while Northwestern has seven championship trophies of their own. 

Maryland and Northwestern faced each other twice earlier this season, the Terps triumphing in their lone regular season matchup 17-13 on April 11. The Wildcats got revenge in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game in a 16-11 affair, Maryland's only loss of the season thus far. 

Looking to watch No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 4 Northwestern tonight? Here's how to watch: 

Maryland vs. Northwestern How to Watch

What: Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats, 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Final Four

Where: Homewood Field, Baltimore, Md. 

When: 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, May 24

TV Channel: ESPNNews

Stream: ESPN3

Maryland vs. Northwestern Preview

Record: Maryland (20-1, 6-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (16-4, 5-1 Big Ten)

Last Game: 17-8 win vs. Denver, 5/18 (Maryland), 18-14 win vs. No. 5 Syracuse, 5/18 (Northwestern) 

Last Head-to-Head Matchup: Northwestern 16-11 win on 5/5

Top Scorers: Jen Giles, 76 points on 54 goals and 22 assists (Maryland), Selena Lasota, 100 points on 82 goals and 18 assists (Northwestern)

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

USA TODAY Sports Images

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.