Area College Lacrosse Preview

April 12, 1991|By Doug Brown

JOHNS HOPKINS VS. ARMY * WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Homewood Field.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230.

* OUTLOOK: Army (6-1), tied with Towson State for the No. 9 ranking, has lost only to Cornell, by a goal in overtime. The Cadets, led by Rob Cahill (19 goals) and Steve Heller (15 assists), edged Navy, 11-10, last week in double overtime. No. 4 Johns Hopkins (4-2) is coming off a defeat to No. 1 North Carolina, which Blue Jays coach Tony Seaman considers the fastest team in lacrosse. "We had poor movement and because of that we were never able to execute the motion offense," Seaman said. "When the offense doesn't execute and your opponent has an excellent defense, you're going to struggle. This week we need to concentrate on regaining the good ball movement we showed in earlier games." Hopkins' 16-7 win over Army last year stretched its lead in the series to 45-13.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Curley Field.

* OUTLOOK: No. 17 Duke is 4-4 in its first season under Mike Pressler. The Blue Devils have narrow losses to Maryland, Virginia and Navy, losing big only to No. 1 North Carolina, 15-6. Duke scored its only victory in the four-game series in 1988, handing Loyola its lone regular-season loss that year, 9-8 in overtime. The Blue Devils' leading locals are Andy Droney (10 points) of Calvert Hall and David Aherne (eight) of St. Mary's. Kevin Beach remains the top point scorer for No. 6 Loyola (5-2) with 18 goals and 18 assists.


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

* WHERE: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: No. 13 Navy (4-3) still cringes at the mention of last year's game with Maryland, an 18-6 drubbing. The 18 goals were the most scored against the Middies since 1977 when Maryland clobbered them, 21-14. The schools first started meeting in lacrosse in 1912; the Terps have a 38-32-1 edge. Since winning its first five games, No. 7 Maryland (5-2) has bowed to Atlantic Coast Conference rivals North Carolina and Virginia. Rob Wurzburger and Mark Douglas have 22 and 21 goals, respectively, for the Terps. The Middies, who had a four-game winning streak snapped last week by Army, are paced by Dennis Nealon.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Radford, Va.

* OUTLOOK: Mount coach A.J. Russo is expected to return to his original plan of having Mike Plott and freshman Terry Moore share the goalie job. Moore started six straight games in place of the ailing Plott, but Plott returned to record 19 saves in Sunday's 13-10 win over VMI. The Mounties (6-2) are led by Charlie Horning (24 and 18). Keith Minn, one of the Mount's seven freshmen regulars, scored four goals against VMI.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Minnegan Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: Towson State (4-2), tied with Army for the No. 9 ranking, opens defense of its East Coast Conference championship. Hofstra (4-3), tied with Delaware and Vermont for No. 20, won the previous two ECC titles. The main ECC contenders are Towson, Hofstra, UMBC and Delaware. The Tigers are coming off a 23-3 rout of Bucknell in which 15 players scored and 22 had a hand in the scoring. A second-string attackman, Joe Genovese, led the Tigers with four goals. John Blatchley, Rob Shek and Michael DeSimone are atop Towson's points race with 22, 21 and 21.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Philadelphia.

* OUTLOOK: UMBC attackman Steve Marohl is within one of the career 100-point plateau; he'll be the 12th player in school history to reach it. UMBC (5-4) and Drexel (2-4) have never met in lacrosse. Drexel senior attackman John Colt (Fallston High) is No. 2 in the East Coast Conference in scoring (17 and 11). In UMBC's 14-10 loss to Delaware Wednesday, goalie Bob Bailey stopped 27 shots, two shy of the school record.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Salisbury.

* OUTLOOK: The Sea Gulls are No. 1 in the Division III poll for the first time since the school started lacrosse in 1974. Salisbury State's win streak (10-0) is its best since the 1984 team started 11-0 on the way to a 14-2 record. Salisbury is averaging 19.6 goals a game and has outscored opponents, 196-85. The scoring leaders are Rick Berkman, Eric Ungleich and Rusty Pritzlaff, each with at least 25 goals.

OTHER GAMES TOMORROW Franklin & Marshall at Washington College, 1:30 p.m.

FDU-Madison at Western Maryland, 2 p.m.

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

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