The Washington Times - May 16, 2011, 12:24PM

Of the four NCAA quarterfinal matchups, two are rematches from earlier this season.

Three are rematches from the quarterfinals or beyond from one of the last two NCAA tournaments.

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And one features two teams with virtually no history with each other whatsoever.

A look at all four games and the ties between the teams.

SATURDAY, Hofstra

(2) Cornell vs. (7) Virginia, noon

Series: Virginia leads 7-3
Last meeting: Virginia won 11-9 on March 12 in Baltimore
NCAA series: Tied 3-3
Last NCAA meeting: Cornell won 15-6 in 2009 semifinals in Foxborough

Virginia is 3-1 in quarterfinal meetings with Cornell, winning in 1979, 1980 and 2002. The Big Red won a quarterfinal against the Cavaliers in 1974 and semifinals in 1988 and 2009. This is the second meeting between Virginia coach Dom Starsia and first-year Cornell coach Ben DeLuca. Virginia has won regular-season meetings with Cornell in each of the last three seasons.

(3) Johns Hopkins vs. (6) Denver, 2:30

Series: Hopkins leads 1-0
Last meeting: Hopkins won 19-8 in 1998 at Homewood Field
NCAA series: First meeting

There’s more than a little history between the coaches in this one. Denver coach Bill Tierney is 7-6 in his career against Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, all while he was the head coach at Princeton. Tierney was 3-0 against Pietramala-led Cornell teams and 4-6 against Hopkins between 2001 and 2009. Tierney won the lone postseason meeting – an 11-9 triumph in the 2002 semifinals.

SUNDAY, Foxborough

(1) Syracuse vs. Maryland, noon

Series: Maryland leads 8-6
Last meeting: Syracuse won 11-6 in 2009 NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra
NCAA series: Syracuse leads 4-2
Last NCAA meeting: Syracuse won 11-6 in 2009 NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra

The teams have split two quarterfinal meetings, with Maryland winning in 1979 and Syracuse collecting a victory in 2009. This is the first meeting between Syracuse coach John Desko and Maryland coach John Tillman.

(4) Notre Dame vs. (5) Duke, 2:30

Series: Duke leads 5-3
Last meeting: Notre Dame won 12-7 on Feb. 20 in Jacksonville, Fla.
NCAA series: Tied 1-1
Last NCAA meeting: Duke won 6-5 in overtime in 2010 NCAA title game in Baltimore

When the Fighting Irish collected their first NCAA tournament victory back in 1995, it came against Duke. And when the Blue Devils earned their first national title, it came at the expense of Notre Dame. Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan and Duke coach John Danowski have split 16 career meetings. Corrigan was 6-7 against Danowski’s Hofstra teams and is 2-1 against Danowski’s Duke outfits.

Patrick Stevens