Area College Lacrosse Preview

March 15, 1991


* WHERE: Minnegan Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: Almost a year ago to the day, Towson State beat Maryland for the first time, 8-7, ending a string of nine failures in a series that began in 1971. The Terps are the first of Towson's quality opponents; Navy was added to the list this year, joining Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Maryland. The Tigers will be without all-time goals leader Glenn Smith and Lindsay Dixon, docked for one more game because of academic deficiencies uncovered by the school's self-audit. Towson defeated Villanova in its opener; Maryland is 2-0. The Terps are led by Mark Douglas and Rob Wurzburger, each with six goals.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon and 3 p.m.

* WHERE: Curley Field.

* OUTLOOK: Loyola (1-1), coming off a resounding defeat at Virginia, will face Ohio Wesleyan (0-1) in tomorrow's opener, followed by Penn State (1-1) vs. Princeton (3-0). Sunday's consolation game at noon will precede the championship game, which will be broadcast by WITH-AM (1230). Ohio Wesleyan lost to Gettysburg; Penn State lost to North Carolina and beat VMI, and Princeton disposed of Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Lafayette by a combined score of 51-18. Loyola won its third straight tournament title last year, edging North Carolina in the championship game, 11-10. Princeton returns to the tournament for the first time since winning it in 1982.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Astroturf Stadium Complex, New Brunswick, N.J.

* OUTLOOK: This is the start of a testy portion of the schedule for Johns Hopkins (1-1). Rutgers, which crushed Navy after being routed by Loyola, will be followed by Syracuse, Virginia and North Carolina. Adam Wright, after scoring five goals in last week's romp past Washington College, leads the Blue Jays with seven. Rutgers' leaders are Steve Luciano, John Mone and Steve Locker with four goals each. Hopkins was stunned by Rutgers last year, but leads the series, 23-4.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

* WHERE: Franklin Field, Philadelphia.

* OUTLOOK: Penn's new coach, Gilman grad J.W. Mix, will make his debut after the scheduled opener Wednesday night at Villanova was postponed until Tuesday because snow concealed the AstroTurf field's boundary lines. The Quakers, 6-7 last year under current Hopkins coach Tony Seaman, are led by tri-captain Chris Conforti, No. 3 on the school's career points (124) and assists (67) lists. Another tri-captain, John Dick, had six goals last season despite missing all but four games with an injury. Navy (0-2) is paced by senior John Quinn, with five goals.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: UMBC Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: UMBC has six games in eight days scheduled on its grass field that was pelted by rain and snow this week. The Retrievers will entertain Michigan State Tuesday, then stage its tournament March 22-23 that also will include Ohio State, Radford and VMI. Freshman attackman Jason Smith erupted for six goals and an assist in UMBC's opening win over Marist. Hofstra, which leads the series with UMBC, 2-0, opened its season with a 10-5 victory over Notre Dame.

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