Area College Lacrosse Preview

May 03, 1991|By Doug Brown

JOHNS HOPKINS VS. NAVY * WHEN: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.

* WHERE: Minnegan Stadium.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230, WCVT-FM 89.7.

* OUTLOOK: Towson State, 1-14 against Johns Hopkins, has been in this situation before. Two years ago, the Tigers received their first and only bid to the NCAA tournament after stunning Johns Hopkins for the first and only time, 9-8 in double overtime, on Glenn Smith's goal on an assist from John Blatchley. It doubtless will require a victory over the No. 7 Blue Jays (7-3) to put Towson in the tournament this time. The No. 9 Tigers (8-2) lost to the only Top 10 teams they faced, Maryland and Loyola -- albeit by the slim total of three goals -- while Hopkins has big wins over Virginia and Syracuse. Midfielder Tim Barger, who missed last week's game with a groin pull, will return to Towson's second midfield. Hopkins has Adam Wright and Matt Jackson back from the injured list; Wright celebrated his return with four goals in Wednesday's 20-11 win over Hofstra.

MARYLAND VS. UMBC * WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Denton Field, College Park.

* OUTLOOK: The No. 3 Terps (8-3) need to win to maintain their chances for a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament and the home-field advantage for the quarterfinals. "My concern is that UMBC treats this like the Super Bowl and that our kids aren't as aroused as theirs," said coach Dick Edell. Maryland is coming off an 18-8 pounding by North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final. "The win over Virginia the night before was great, but we didn't have a second to think about it," Edell said. "To beat North Carolina, you need preparation time." Terps attackman Rob Wurzburger is three goals shy of Frank Urso's school-record 127 from 1973-76. UMBC (7-6) has beaten Maryland once in 12 meetings, a 15-14 overtime upset in 1985. The Retrievers haven't been within four goals of the Terps since. Junior attackman Steve Marohl is No. 9 on UMBC's all-time points list with 120, two behind Joe Baldini.

OTHER WEEKEND GAMES TODAY West Chester at Washington College, 4 p.m.

TOMORROW Mount St. Mary's at Georgetown, 2 p.m.

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