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O is for Sean O’Sullivan, the Loyola midfielder who transferred from Army who has 16 goals and 11 assists. O’Sullivan has managed a point in every game this season.

P is for Max Pfeifer, whose first hat trick of the season came at an ideal time for Notre Dame. The senior scored three goals Sunday against Virginia and is one of three Irish seniors with at least seven NCAA tournament starts.

Q is for Quint Kessenich, the opinionated former Johns Hopkins goalie who will broadcast his 18th consecutive final four, including Monday’s 1 p.m. title game.

R is for Duke midfielder Robert Rotanz, who dropped five goals on Colgate on Sunday and leads the Blue Devils with 38 goals. The second-most potent midfielder in the final four is Maryland’s Drew Snider (20 goals).

S is for shooting percentage, which was Notre Dame’s bugaboo until the postseason. The Irish were a meager 25.3 percent entering the tournament but are 43.1 percent (25 for 58) the past two weeks.

T is for three midfields, a hallmark of this year’s Notre Dame team. The Irish got three goals and four assists from their second midfield Sunday as they wore down Virginia.

U is for unseeded, a designation that hasn’t stopped Maryland from reaching the final four the past two years. John Tillman is the first coach to take two unseeded teams to the semifinals, and he did it in his first two years with the Terps.

V is for veterans of the final four, of which Duke has plenty. The Blue Devils have nine players credited with Memorial Day starts, and that doesn’t include Costabile (who scored the title-clinching goal in 2010). Maryland has five (four who are healthy), Notre Dame has four and Loyola has none.

W is for Waxhaw, N.C., the hometown of Loyola attackman Mike Sawyer. The junior has a school-record 51 goals and is only the second Greyhound to reach the plateau.

X is for what is still called the faceoff X, an ever-crucial facet of the game. The primary faceoff guys for each remaining team: Loyola’s J.P. Dalton (.549), Duke’s Costabile (.530), Maryland’s Curtis Holmes (.500) and Notre Dame’s Liam O’Connor (.466).

Y is for Maria Young, the late mother of former Maryland attackman Ryan Young who remains on the minds of many in the Terps’ program. Maryland’s coaches wear purple shirts that promote awareness of pancreatic cancer, the disease Maria Young died from in April 2011.

Z is for zero, as in the number of coaches who have claimed a title in their first final four in the last 20 seasons. Charley Toomey can snap an 0-for-14 drought for first-time coaches on Memorial Day weekend if Loyola collects its first national championship.