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Editor's note: Each week, 2005 Tewaaraton winner, four-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star and current LXM pro player Kyle Harrison and former Virginia All-American, Major League Lacrosse All-Star and current LXM pro player Brett Hughes will use this space to debate college lacrosse's biggest storylines.
|Nicky Galasso and UNC will see a familiar foe in the first round.|
Hughes: I actually love the brackets. I think Maryland-North Carolina is a great first-round game; I just wish those two teams didn't have to see one another again so soon. Other than that matchup, I think all the top-seeded teams will make it through the first round. I thought Harvard might find a way in, but it wasn't a huge oversight. I think the selection committee was right to seed Syracuse and Cornell 1-2, respectively.
Harrison: To say I love the brackets would be a bit of an overstatement, but I think overall the committee did a nice job putting the tournament together. It's tough to see a Maryland-UNC opening-round game, as both teams probably anticipated drawing a weaker opponent. The game I'm most excited about is Hofstra-Johns Hopkins. Those two teams know each other very well and have battled for the past few years with Hofstra giving the Blue Jays a lot of trouble. Can't wait to watch Saturday.
Hughes: I mentioned above that Maryland-UNC is the game to watch, but Penn-Notre Dame will be fun to watch. Hofstra-Hopkins is another I'll pay close attention to; it features two coaches who can't get enough respect and who know one another front and back. I love this matchup. I believe Hopkins is a far better team, but I'm not putting anything past the boys on the Island.
Harrison: Agreed that Maryland-UNC is going to be an interesting matchup, as those teams have already played each other a few times this year. Don't want to spend the entire time talking about Hofstra-Hopkins, but that's definitely the most interesting first-round matchup. Coach Seth Tierney knows the Hopkins players, coaching staff and how to win at Homewood Field better than anyone else. Penn-Notre Dame could be interesting, but I think, in the end, Notre Dame's senior leadership is going to be too much for the Quakers.
Brett Hughes is the co-founder and vice president of Lacrosse the Nations. You can check out the group's work here. Follow Brett on Twitter: @brett_hughes. Follow Kyle on Twitter: @KyleHarrison18
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