NCAA lacrosse semifinals a Haus party for Maryland, Duke

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Sports,College,Kevin Dunleavy

Terps, Blue Devils set brother vs. brother

The Maryland Terrapins know not to expect any trash talk from junior John Haus on Saturday against Duke. Even with his younger brother Will in the opposing midfield, John will go about his business quietly in the NCAA semifinals.

"John's not a talker," teammate Mike Chanenchuk said. "He's a player."

It's little wonder that John Haus is both low maintenance and highly productive -- a coach's dream. He and Will are the sons of John Haus III, formerly the coach at Johns Hopkins and North Carolina and now at Division III Lebanon Valley in Pennsylvania.

Men's SEMIFINALS
Loyola vs. Notre Dame
Maryland vs. Duke
When » Saturday, 2:30/5 p.m.
Where » Gillette Stadium,
Foxborough, Mass.
TV » ESPN2
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
Florida vs. Syracuse
Northwestern vs. Maryland
When » Friday, 5:30/8 p.m.
Where » Kenneth P. LaValle
Stadium, Stony Brook, N.Y.

"He's a guy who can really do everything. He has no weaknesses in his game," Maryland coach John Tillman said. "Coach's son -- you don't really have to tell him too many things. He gets it on the first crack and never has a practice when he's not focused and ready."

One of the intriguing subplots when unseeded Maryland (11-5) faces No. 3 Duke (15-4) for the third time this season and the second straight year in the semifinals is the individual battle between the Haus brothers.

"I'd like [John] to maybe have bragging rights at the Thanksgiving table," said Tillman, who guided the Terps to a 9-4 win over the Blue Devils in last year's semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

John isn't the only Maryland player with a sibling at the Final Four. Notre Dame defender Matt Miller is the younger brother of Maryland senior defensive midfielder David Miller. Both played at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Va. Notre Dame faces Loyola in Saturday's other semifinal.

While John (15 goals, 16 assists), one of the nation's best two-way midfielders, made All-ACC this year, Will (three goals, two assists) has progressed quickly as a force in the Blue Devils' starting defensive midfield, making the ACC all-tournament team.

"We've already played them twice this year, but being in the Final Four together is definitely special," John said. "Luckily in the other games, he hasn't guarded me much. He's very talented, very, very athletic, very fast."

Being at opposing schools wasn't necessarily by design. After all, the brothers grew up playing on the same teams, even in football. Will was the understudy to John at quarterback for Chapel Hill High.

In those days, the college plans for the Haus brothers were different. John committed to play for his father at North Carolina, but that was before John Haus III was released from his alma mater after eight seasons and a 58-52 record.

While young John landed at Maryland, his dad was hired at Division III start-up Lebanon Valley. This year, with only two seniors on the roster, the Dutchmen went 9-6 in their third season.

Now the Haus family hopes for a different kind of college lacrosse reunion than originally planned.

"I hope to one day coach with him up there," John Haus said. "That really would be a dream come true."

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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