When Navy's Jamie Slough arrived late for lacrosse practice, he didn't have to bring a note from his squash coach.
Bryan Matthews knew that Slough, a sophomore, was busy making first-team All-America as the No. 1 player on the squash team. Despite less than three weeks of practice, Slough has scored at least one goal a game and is tied with Gardner Smith for the team lead with 19.
Misfortune continues: Mount St. Mary's has had wretched luck, starting with a loss to Villanova in 2 inches of snow March 18.
The next day, coach Dan Whelan's father died. Two days after that, in a loss to Air Force, No. 2 goal scorer Jeff McBride injured his collarbone and hasn't played since. The Mount's losing streak is four.
The good news: Charlie Horning scored six of the eight goals in Saturday's loss to Ohio State for a season total of 21. Horning, who led Division I with 5.7 points per game last season, is averaging 5.0.
As Claxton goes . . . : Andy Claxton's renewed vigor on faceoffs has coincided with Maryland's improved play in the past two games, a narrow loss at North Carolina and a one-goal win over Virginia. Claxton has won 37 of 46 faceoffs (80 percent) in the two games to raise his season's average to 64 percent.
Matt Hogan, an assistant coach at Navy, which will visit Maryland Saturday, had two stints with the Terps, as a graduate assistant in 1983 and as a full-time assistant in the mid-1980s. . . . A reception for Maryland lacrosse alumni will be held after the game in Cole Field House.
Reserve sparkles: Donald Connolly, Towson State's No. 4 attackman, scored the biggest goals of his college career in last week's win over Loyola, one that sent the game into overtime and the game-winner. A reserve during his entire time at Towson, the senior is No. 2 on the team in goals (10) behind Joe Genovese (14).
Goalie Jerry DeLorenzo, after making 20 saves against Loyola, has a .70 save percentage and a 6.0 goals-against average.
Taking up the slack: Since the scoring of attackmen Jim Blanding and Kevin Beach dropped off, Loyola midfielders have stepped to the fore. Six of the team's top 10 goal scorers are midfielders, with Gary Miller first with 14.
Loyola, which has lost two straight games for the first time since 1986, got five of its seven goals against Towson from midfielders.
Riordan scores big: The committee that picked the U.S. team that will compete in the under-19 World Games starting July 31 at Hofstra is taking another look at a player relegated to an alternate's role.
Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Terry Riordan is tied with Adam Wright for the team lead in goals with 12 and is second in points (20) to Jeff Wills (21).
Closing in: With five games remaining, UMBC's Steve Marohl needs 16 assists to match the Division I record of 73 held by Cornell's Tim Goldstein and Yale's John O'Neill. Marohl has 28 goals to go with his 57 assists.