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No need to beat around the bush…it’s playoff time!  Punk is always right with his picks and excpects nothing but a solid performance in his choices across all 3 divisions.

Division 1
Round 1
#1 Virginia vs Villanova - Virginia
#8 JHU vs Brown - JHU

#4 Princeton vs UMass - Princeton
#5 Cornell vs Hofstra - Cornell

#2 Syracuse vs Siena - Syracuse
#7 Notre Dame vs Maryland - Notre Dame

#3 Duke vs Navy - Duke
#6 North Carolina vs UMBC  - UNC

D1 - Round 2
#1 UVA vs #8 JHU - Virginia
#4 Princeton vs #5 Cornell - Cornell
#2 Syracuse vs #7 Notre Dame - Syracuse
#3 Duke vs #6 UNC - Duke

D1 - Semis
#1 Virginia vs #5 Cornell - Virginia
#2 Syracuse vs #3 Duke - Syracuse

#1 Virginia vs #2 Syracuse - Virginia

Division 2

Limestone @ CW Post - Post
Merrimack @ Le Moyne - Le Moyne

D2  - Finals
CW Post vs Le Moyne - CW Post

Divsion 3
Round 2

Springfield @ #7 Cortland - Cortland
#12 Western New England @ #13 Tufts - Tufts
#18 Saint Lawrence @ #2 Middlebury - Middlebury
Eastern Connecticut @ #17 Wesleyan - Wesleyan

#11 Denison @ #1 Roanoke - Denison
#10 Washington And Lee @ #6 Gettysburg - Gettysburg
#14 Cabrini @ #4 Stevenson - Stevenson
#5 Salisbury @ #8 Haverford - Salisbury

D3 - Round 3
Cortland vs Tufts - Cortland
Middlebury vs Wesleyan - Wesleyan

Denison vs Gettysburg - Gettysburg
Stevenson vs Salisbury - Salisbury

D3 - Semis
Cortland vs Wesleyan - Wesleyan
Gettysburg vs Salisbury - Salisbur

D3 Finals
Wesleyan vs Salisbury - Salisbury

Verticle_Standard_LogoPunk really likes the idea of these big showcase games annually built into the lacrosse schedule.  No doubt about it.  This year there are 3 of them.  And if you count Final Four, you got a 4th.  It’s cool to go to the big stadium with a decent crowd and see some top notch lax while you’re at it.

However, Punk has a bone to pick with these folks that set it up.  Seriously, Why on earth would you hold it this early.   It’s way tooooo cold out to go to watch two lax games.  I know the point was to start the season off with a bang and the first couple were to see if it went well and then set up other one’s during the season.  I get it.  But c’mon how about a few more weeks until it warms up a bit.

Punk’s crew went to the games last year and we were miserable.  It was a combination of windy and cold so we had to spend the 2nd game at the bar.  We were all lucky the first year that it was like 50 degrees.  The weather is predicted to be in the low 40’s for Saturday.  That’s not fun for anyone.  Especially for someone with kids.  Luckily Punk doesn’t have any. (I think that we’re all lucky about that one!!)

So on tap we have JHU vs Princeton in the first game.  This will be a nail biter with two boring non-lethal offenses.  If it’s too cold, you can show up for the second half of this one and catch the excitement at the end.  Princeton edges out the Hop for the win.

The second game has MD vs Duke, which could be a better game with more scoring.  Punk saw that the Dukies lost to Harvard, are you kidding me!   Who knew there was that much turnover in Dukeland?  Maryland smokes Duke in this one by at least 5.

We better have some nice weather on Saturday because Punk’s a sucker for some lax, already got his tix and would love to see some pretty ladies out there!  Club level is the way to go so you can go inside and watch on TV if you’re frozen.  It’s worth the extra coin.

Well, well Laxers!  It has been a while and Punk has been anxiously waiting for Spring and the rebirth of the NCAA season.  Sure indoor is great, but that’ll be a topic for another post.  E-Lacrosse’s new blog platform is going to bring the game to folks on a personal level which is pretty rad.

The season already started last week and Punk has to get his favorites in so it doesn’t look like he’s jumping on the bandwagon come May. 

With the way that the sport is growing, the parity at all levels is going to be insane.  There may be an outright #1 or top 1-5 but beyond that every Saturday is going to be a war.  And we’re lucky to have even more games games on the tube this year!!

So here are Punk’s top teams of the 2009 season.  Of course there won’t be updates every week, but you’ll see how these picks will end up and of course Punk will be right on the money!

The Division 1 List
1.  Virgina
2.  Syracuse
3.  Cornell
4.  Maryland
5.  Duke
6.  Georgetown
7.  Johns Hopkins
8.  UMBC
9.  Navy
10. Penn State
     The Divison 2 List
1.  NYIT
2.  C.W. Post
3.  Limestone
4.  Le Monyne
5.  Dowling
6. Mercyhurst
7. Adelphi
8. Merrimack
9. Molloy
10. Wingate
      The Division 3 List
1.  Salisbury
2.  Gettysburg
3.  Middlebury
4.  Stevenson
5.  Cortland
6.  Ithaca
7.  Roanoke
8.  Washington
9.  Cabrini
10. Wesleyan


And Punk doesn’t want to leave out the ladies as you know that he is a big fan, so here are the D1 Women’s picks for 2009.  Northwestern may be favored to repeat but not on my list…

The Division 1 List
1. Syracuse
2. Northwestern
3. Virginia
4. UPenn
5. Duke


See ya at the fields and hope to see ya at the shows!!

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