Game Notes for the Division I First-Round Games on Sunday

Lehigh would become the first-ever school to win an NCAA Tournament game in all three sports. The Mountain Hawks would join 11 who've won men's basketball and men's lacrosse NCAA games, and an FBS bowl game the same year.

Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse accomplished that feat three times apiece and Notre Dame and Virginia once. The most recent was last year (2010-11) when Notre Dame topped Akron in men's basketball (69-56), beat Miami in the Sun Bowl for football (33-17) and Penn in men's lacrosse (13-6).

Maryland leads the all-time series, 3-1. Lehigh won the first-ever match-up ni 1924 (3-0) before Maryland responded with wins in 1925 (5-3), 1926 (7-3) and 1928 (11-2).

The Terps enter the NCAA Tournament with a 9-5 record, 1-2 in the ACC. Maryland owns two especially big wins at #2 seed Johns Hopkins (9-6) and at home against #3 seed Duke (10-7). Joe Cummings leads the offense with 41 points (27 goals, 14 assists) while Owen Blye has 31 (16 goals, 15 assists) and John Haus 29 (13 goals, 16 assists).

Two others have eclipsed 20 points while nine total players have reached double-digit points. Freshman midfielder Joe LoCascio leads the team with 53 groundballs and 29 caused turnovers while faceoff man Curtis Holmes has 50 along with a 49.8 faceoff percentage (103 of 207).

Goalie Niko Amato has 47 groundballs while posting a 7.40 GAA and 55.1 save percentage. Like Lehigh, the Terps have a stout defense, giving up just 7.86 goals per game (ninth nationally). Maryland leads the nation in fewest turnovers per game (12.14) while the Mountain Hawks are fifth (12.94).

With a win, the Mountain Hawks would advance to the National Quarterfinals where they'd face the winner of second-seed Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook next Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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2012-05-11



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