The Washington Times - May 26, 2012, 07:01AM

It’s off to New England for today’s NCAA lacrosse semifinals.

Loyola meets Notre Dame in the first game.

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Maryland faces Duke in the second game.

So what happens?

Plenty of attention is being paid to the Loyola offense-Notre Dame defense matchup, and rightfully so. But if the Greyhounds’ defense can contain the suddenly efficient Irish offense, it could be a tough day for Notre Dame.

In the nightcap, the old standbys of goalies and faceoffs will be bellwethers. Which version of Niko Amato shows up? Does Dan Wigrizer settle in like he has the last few games? Can Curtis Holmes (and Charlie Raffa) keep CJ Costabile from creating instant offense off the draw?

The picks?

Notre Dame 10-9 and Duke 9-8. Loyola and Maryland are capable of winning, and no one should be surprised if they do. Frankly, little would be surprising other than Loyola or Notre Dame getting blown out. It’s happened to neither team this season, and it seems unlikely to happen today.

More from the stadium later.

Patrick Stevens