The Washington Times - May 9, 2009, 07:15PM

It almost wasn’t a chalky day in the NCAA lacrosse tournament.

Brown, arguably the last team into the 16-team field, caused all sorts of problems for Johns Hopkins in today’s opener. The Blue Jays escaped with a 12-11 overtime victory, but the Bears more than acquitted themselves in their first NCAA appearance since 1997 (more on that later).


However, Hopkins still won. And so did North Carolina, behind octoattackman Billy Bitter‘s eight goals. And now, Cornell has dispatched Hofstra.

So this means there’s a solid chance no road team will win this weekend. The top four seeds still have to play, as does unbeaten Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are vulnerable, but Maryland could just as easily stumble tomorrow afternoon.

But just because the favorites have won, this hasn’t been a boring day. The Hopkins game alone (with usual overtime hero Brian Christopher punching in the winner) was entertaining. And really, that’s what you have to hope for in the tournament.

—- Patrick Stevens