"This season defies logic," says University of Maryland lacrosse coach Dick Edell. "The one consistency is inconsistency. I've never seen a year like it."
No one has. College lacrosse seems to be going haywire.
Loyola College, which was No. 1 three weeks ago, has since lost three straight to Syracuse, Towson State and Duke. My theory is that Loyola's balloon was so decisively burst in the 13-4 loss to Syracuse that the Greyhounds have not recovered.
Unbeaten and No. 2 Towson went to Hofstra last Saturday and lost, 10-9.
Maryland was another upset victim the same day. The Terps were at home to a Navy team that had lost by five goals to Army the week before, yet the Mids were able to put an 11-3 hurtin' on Maryland.
"We're not chopped liver," says a proud Edell, who will bring his Terps to Johns Hopkins Saturday. "We had every opportunity to beat North Carolina. We got all over Virginia the following week and beat them. And then we go 46 1/2 minutes without scoring against Navy and we lose."
In scoring only three goals in 60 minutes against Navy, the Terps showed that they do not have a great offense. One thing they do have, though, is probably the best defenseman in the country in Bryan Burlace.
"This game with Hopkins has a lot of significance," says Edell. "We need a win desperately. The playoffs are on the line every week."
That's what makes this season so hard on the coaches. Many of them know they have to make the playoffs to have a successful season, and yet there are 16 legitimate contenders vying for 11 playoff spots. The 12th goes to a team from the West.
"The playoffs are wide open," Edell says.
That will be a treat for the fans, but so will the final few weeks of the regular season.
For example, a game such as UMBC at Towson on April 25 is likely to knock the loser out of the playoffs. There will be other big games with the same consequence for the loser.
* The Blast has a light ticket sale for tonight's Major Soccer League playoff game against San Diego and the team can understand why.
"We didn't make the playoffs last year and nobody thought we were going to be in them this year," says Blast vice president of soccer operations Drew Forrester. "Then we won our last three regular-season games and, almost miraculously, got some help from other teams to put us in the playoffs.
"We've sort of been forgotten lately because of the opening of the Orioles season and the new ballpark -- and we understand that.
"But this is San Diego vs. the Blast and that should get the fans' attention. We've never beaten San Diego in four tries in the playoff finals [this is only a first-round matchup]. The Sockers have won four league titles in a row and nine overall.
"We could be 2-0 after the two playoff games we played out there last weekend or we could be 0-2. It's probably fair that we're 1-1."
San Diego was 5-1 against Baltimore this year. Over the years, the Sockers have had Baltimore's number. But as the Blast's motto has been all season: Anything Can Happen.
* Fight promoter Stu Satosky has an attractive seven-bout card lined up for tomorrow night's show at the Pikesville Armory. It's pTC not yet a sellout but, says Satosky, "We're knocking at the door."
Some familiar fighters will be in the show such as Eddie Van Kirk, Lou Benson and Les Johnson, but there's one young man on the card -- 19-year-old Dana Rosenblatt, from Boston -- who is creating unusual interest.
Rosenblatt, making his pro debut, is a U.S. kick boxing champion. Satosky says the kid is such a terror in the gym in Boston that nobody will spar with him. There's something else about Rosenblatt that intrigues Satosky.
"You don't get many Jewish guys in boxing any more," says Satosky, who is Jewish. "This Rosenblatt, making his debut, wanted to make sure he'd be in a city where he'd get a good reception. Fighting in Pikesville, as soon as he gets off Amtrak, he'll be a hometown favorite."
Rosenblatt's opponent will be undefeated (3-0) Pasadena light-heavy Irish Carson McCroury. Sounds like a match from the post-Depression era.