UMBC is about to shed a little light on the subject of lacrosse and soccer.
Lights will be installed at UMBC Stadium for soccer and lacrosse. The $220,000 project will be completed as early as next month, perhaps in time to stage the MSA lacrosse tournament.
"We hope night games will increase attendance," athletic director Charlie Brown said. "We'd like to host high school soccer and pro soccer, too, if it comes back."
* WEAK ON GRASS: Loyola has dropped three straight in the same season for the first time since 1978. In their first six games, the Greyhounds scored 93 goals (15.5 average), but only 17 (5.7) in the past three.
The past four games have been on grass, which coach Dave Cottle says might be part of the problem. Loyola plays home games and holds most practices on artificial turf.
"Our players are falling down on grass fields and having trouble changing directions," Cottle said. "Before away games on grass, we do practice on a regular field behind the dorms, but it's more dirt than grass. We're looking for another grass practice field."
* LUKACZ HOT: Brian Lukacz, a senior on Johns Hopkins' second midfield, had his best game in the win over Army, with four goals and an assist. In the Blue Jays' previous seven games, one of which he missed due to a death in the family, Lukacz had five goals and two assists.
Hopkins' game with longtime rival Washington College, called off March 11 because of a muddy field in Chestertown, will not be rescheduled. The teams couldn't settle on a date.
* IN THE SAME SPOT: Goalie Kevin Farrington, who tied a Navy record with 27 saves in the upset victory over Maryland, was questionable for today's game at Georgetown because of a bruised shin.
"An athlete gets a bad shin, and it seems like a magnet," coach Bryan Matthews said. "Kevin first got hit in practice last week, then warming up for Maryland, then twice during the game, always in the same spot. It's so tender, he can hardly walk."
Goalie depth is a Navy strength, however, thanks to Mike Groth and Mike McNulty.
* IT'S THE ATMOSPHERE: Ask Maryland coach Dick Edell what concerns him most about playing Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Saturday and his response is: "The atmosphere. It'll be the biggest crowd [probably 5,000-plus] for our kids this year, unless we make the Final Four. It's hard for young kids to realize what it's like to play at Hopkins."
* TAKING ITS LUMPS: After eight straight winning seasons, Mount St. Mary's (3-6) will have no shot at a .500 record if it loses to UMBC today. In an attempt to grow, the Mount purposely upgraded its schedule, adding North Carolina, Air Force, Villanova and Adelphi and dropping St. Mary's, Dartmouth, Dickinson and Canisius.
Midfield inexperience has hurt. Dave Gorelick is the lone returnee from last year among the top six midfielders. Of the five players in double figures, Gorelick (27 points) is the only midfielder.
* NO. 1 COMES TO TOWN: Harvard, ranked No. 1 in the women's poll, was in town today to play at No. 5 Loyola (3:30 p.m.). The Crimson (8-0) is coming off a 7-5 victory over Maryland, in Cambridge, Mass., Saturday. Loyola (8-1) has won eight straight since opening with a 9-7 loss at Penn State, ranked fourth.
The Sun's top 10
No... School .. .. .. Record .. .. Pts.
1. .. Syracuse .. .. ..7-1 .. .. ..80
2. .. North Carolina ..6-2 .. .. ..72
3. .. Towson State .. .6-1 .. .. ..59
4. .. Johns Hopkins .. 4-2 .. .. ..55
5. .. Princeton .. .. 7-2 .. .. ..46
6. .. Loyola .. .. .. 6-3 .. .. ..44
7. .. Penn State .. .. 7-0 .. .. ..24
8. .. .. Navy .. .. .. 6-3 .. .. ..19
9. .. Maryland .. .. ..5-3 .. .. ..17
10... Army .. .. .. .. 5-2 .. .. .. 7
Others receiving votes: Virginia 6, Brown 6, Duke 5.
The Sun's 1992 poll voters are: Maryland coach Dick Edell, Massachusetts coach Ted Garber, Duke coach Mike Pressler, Princeton coach Bill Tierney and Baltimore Sun reporters Doug Brown, James H. Jackson, Mike Preston and Bill Tanton.