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April 13, 2:30 PM ET
Chat with Quint Kessenich

  (2:31 PM)

We've got Quint!

Devin (New York)

How big of a win for Cornell was last night's upset of Syracuse?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:32 PM)

It was huge. It established them as a no question about it national championship contender and it exposes Syracuse.

Sammy (Boston)

Has the ACC underperformed so far this year?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:33 PM)

Yes, they have 8 out of conference losses. Virginia, Duke and UNC are banged up. Only Maryland is hitting their stride now.

Tom (Seattle, WA)

I saw Cornell's upset last night coming. Syracuse has had too may close calls. Is Cornell that good, or did Syracuse's apparent strategy of playing down to their opponent just enough to get a win finally bite them?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:34 PM)

A little of both. Syracuse wins with defense, but they have not been improving on the offensive end. Cornell has been scoring goals in the last 5 games. With John Lade hurt for Syracuse, that opened the door for Cornell's Rob Pannell to dominate.

Wilson (San Francisco)

Since Cuse lost, does Notre Dame deserve to be the No. 1 team in the country?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:35 PM)

They will get my top vote if they win this week. But after watching them beat Georgetown, that's a lukewarm pick. They are the only unbeaten team in D-I lacrosse.

Bob (Colorado)

Denver has be a possibility for a final 4 participant, eh?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:35 PM)

The Pioneers are in the mix. If they win out, they should host a first round game.

Quint Kessenich
  (2:35 PM)

Their offense is electric and their coach is a proven winner.

Pete (Miami)

Is Hopkins the team to beat right now?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:37 PM)

They're playing well now, but they will have their hands full on Saturday night at Maryland, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU against a veteran Maryland team and playing on grass.

Darryl (DC)

Who is the best goalie in the country?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:37 PM)

Tough question. Still to be determined. Syracuse's John Galloway, Johns Hopkins Pierce Bassett and Notre Dame's John Kemp have been the most impressive.

Quint Kessenich
  (2:38 PM)

Even PSU's Austin Kaut is in the mix.

Neal (Indiana)

Which game are you most looking forward to this weekend?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:39 PM)

There are two others: Virginia at Duke, I think the winner takes a big step forward. And Army at Navy, a game without peer. It's always a heavyweight bout.

Jay (Charlottesville) [via mobile]

What can UVA do to get over the hump of teams like Hopkins, Syracuse, etc?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:40 PM)

They have to fix their defense. Too often this year, they have not made critical defensive stops and they have to start generating more transition offense. The pieces are there, I just don't think they've gelled yet.

Tom (Seattle, WA)

Do you think Syracuse should have iced Pannell, like Harvard did? It seemed to work well for Harvard. I can't believe the Big Red managed a victory there, especially with Harvard murdering them in ground balls.

Quint Kessenich
  (2:41 PM)

With Lade without of the lineup, I would have tried some gimmick defenses. If they play again, I would expect something different.

Henry (Buffalo)

Who will win the NEC this year?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:42 PM)

I don't have a real good feel for anyone there. They don't get an NCAA automatic bid in 2011. I'm more focused on the six conferences that offer bids and the top 25 or so teams who are trying to qualify for an at large selection.

clay (richmond)

does JHU have what it takes to take them to the championship game?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:43 PM)

Yes. They're maximizing all of their parts. They have great face-off play and making critical saves.

Mike (Chicago)

Will there ever be a time where the ACC has six schools playing lacrosse?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:44 PM)

I hope. Wake Forest, NC State, even Florida State would be ideal additions, but with Title IX and financial considerations, it's hard for an athletic director to justify adding a non-revenue sport.

Charles (Denver)

Is Denver becoming an elite program?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:45 PM)

Yes. I have put them at No. 7 last week. They'll be favored to win the remainder of their games. They'll have a national lineup with players from all sorts of unique states.

Greg (Long Island)

Can Maryland stay hot and make it far into the playoffs unlike past years?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:46 PM)

They had injury problems early this year and that may have stunted their growth, which could be a long term positive, because they seem as if they are starting to play their best ball.

Mike (Chicago)

When the NEC gets its auto-bid, will there be a time where they play the MAAC champ in a play-in game to give the big-time programs another at-large to play for?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:46 PM)

I would hope not. I would hope that when the NEC gets their bid, it's a full-fledged automatic qualifier. That seems only fair.

Greg (NYC)

There seems to be a great deal of parity this year which has made it a very interesting year to follow. I know we have had situations like UMass in '06 and ND last year where unseeded teams made a run to the finals, but how many teams this year, at this point in the season, have a shot to win the championship?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:47 PM)

Teams like Villanova, Hofstra, Delaware, Colgate, Bucknell, Stony Brook all have a chance to make the tournament and make some noise.

Joe (Bethlehem)

What do you think about Friday's big Bucknell/Lehigh game?

Quint Kessenich
  (2:48 PM)

That's a must-win for both teams. The Patriot League, we thought, would be all Army all the time and now Colgate and Bucknell are 4-0 in the conference. I like the automatic qualifier system, because it keeps teams like Lehigh in the hunt for an auto bid.

Patrick (Boston)

Do you think that Notre Dame will win it all this year

Quint Kessenich
  (2:49 PM)

If they win this week, they'll be ranked No. 1 in the nation. They're the lone unbeaten. They have a tremendous defense. They have playoff experience from 2010 and a strong senior class. To me, that's all of the ingredients that anyone needs.

Quint Kessenich
  (2:50 PM)

Four weeks to go in the regular season. Huge games on Saturday: Virginia-Duke on ESPNU, Hopkins-Maryland ESPNU. With Syracuse's loss, I think it opens it up for 10 or teams to win it all.