Area College Lacrosse Preview

March 29, 1991|By Doug Brown

JOHNS HOPKINS VS. VIRGINIA

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Homewood Field.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230.

* OUTLOOK: No. 5 Hopkins (3-1) is spurred by its upset of Syracuse; No. 1 Virginia (6-0) by its best start since 1979. The Cavaliers' best start ever (7-0) was in 1973. Attackman Kevin Pehlke has 60 career goals midway through his sophomore season, a total no Cavalier has ever compiled so quickly. He has 26 this season, 11 short of Chase Monroe's school single-season record. A year ago, Virginia handed Hopkins its third straight defeat, 12-7. Adam Wright leads the Blue Jays in goals with 10 and Matt Panetta is high in points with 22.

LOYOLA VS. BROWN

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Curley Field.

* OUTLOOK: It comes as no surprise to No. 3 Loyola (4-1) that No. 7 Brown's scoring aces are Darren Lowe and Andrew pTC Towers. Towers had a game-high five goals and Lowe had two last year when Brown rallied for a 10-7 victory over Loyola. Lowe leads Ivy League scorers this season with 14 goals and 17 assists, and Towers has 10 and six. Brown raised its record to 4-0 with Tuesday's 18-8 romp over Providence. Two locals are heavy Brown contributors -- goalie Pat Flynn of Calvert Hall and No. 6 scorer (four and one) Rich Levi of Gilman. Kevin Beach continues to lead Loyola with 14 and 14; Jim Colbeck has 14 and three.

MARYLAND VS. NORTH CAROLINA

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Denton Field, College Park.

* OUTLOOK: No. 2 North Carolina (5-0) vs. No. 6 Maryland would normally draw a nice crowd in Byrd Stadium, but the place is being renovated and lacrosse games are being played on nearby Denton Field, which has precious few seats. This is North Carolina's best start since 1987, the Terps' best since 1988. Maryland leads the series, 21-9, but the Tar Heels beat the Terps twice last year. Maryland's Rob Wurzburger and Mark Douglas erupted for a total of 10 goals in Tuesday's 18-5 rout of Ohio State, increasing their totals to 21 and 15, respectively. Wurzburger has 114 for his career, three behind Jim Wilkerson, third on the school's all-time list. Dennis Goldstein paces North Carolina (14 and 12), followed by Michael Thomas (13 and five).

MOUNT ST. MARY'S VS. DREXEL

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Emmitsburg.

* OUTLOOK: The Mount (5-2) starts as many as seven freshmen, but coach A.J. Russo says "it's a great group that will be in every game." The team, coming off a 15-11 win over Ohio State yesterday, is led by Charlie Horning (22 and 14), Willie Hoffman (10 and eight) and Jerry Towns (nine and nine). Drexel (2-2) is coming off a 12-11 win over Western Maryland Wednesday in which Jeff Giza (Loyola) scored the game-winner.

NAVY VS. DUKE

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Durham, N.C.

* OUTLOOK: No. 12 Navy will seek its fourth straight victory since opening the season 0-2. No. 18 Duke is 3-3 after Wednesday's 20-5 rout of UMBC in which Hal Long and Seth McCulloch each scored three goals. The banged-up Middies list one key player as doubtful (Joe Dondero, knee) and three others as questionable (John Duthie, ribs; John Quinn, hamstring; Carl Nease, hamstring). Senior Dennis Nealon, who has 20 points in ** the last two games, leads the club with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, followed by Quinn and Gardner Smith, each with 12 points.

TOWSON VS. C.W. POST

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Hickox Field, Greenvale, N.Y.

* OUTLOOK: Small wonder C.W. Post is 2-3. The unranked Pioneers have a testy schedule that includes seven of the teams currently in the Division I Top 20; they beat an eighth, Harvard, which was in the preseason Top 20. Post gave Maryland a scare last week when it led at halftime, 7-4, before bowing, 13-9. "I watched it," said Towson State coach Carl Runk. "They gave Maryland a good game." Post's scoring leaders are Dennis Bosak and Steve Sombrotto. Towson's points leaders, with 14 apiece, are John Blatchley (six and eight) and Michael DeSimone (nine and five). Rob Shek has 12 goals.

UMBC VS. WEST CHESTER

* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: West Chester, Pa.

* OUTLOOK: Bob Bailey, UMBC's junior goalie, is questionable for the game because of a muscle strain suffered in the third quarter of Wednesday's 20-5 loss at Duke. The defeat trimmed the Retrievers' record to 4-2. Jamie Batley and Steve Marohl lead the team with 20 points apiece, but were held to a goal and an assist, respectively, by Duke. Freshmen Jason Smith and Stewart Walker are among UMBC's top scorers.

OTHER GAMES TOMORROW

9-

Hobart at Washington College, 1:30 p.m.

Albany State at Salisbury State, 1 p.m.

Western Maryland at Scranton, 2 p.m.

St. Mary's at Lynchburg, 2 p.m.

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