Coach Dick Edell needs no reminder of what Maryland must do in its last regular-season game Saturday.
The No. 6 Terps must win, and win impressively, at UMBC to leave a lasting impression on the committee that will select the Division I tournament field Sunday. Only the top four seeds get first-round byes.
Maryland leads the series, 10-2, but seven of the past 10 games have been decided by four goals or fewer, and the Retrievers won by an upset last year.
"We'd better be playing our best lacrosse," Edell said. "We can still make a statement about where we belong in the tournament field."
In their latest statement, the Terps came within a goal of stunning defending NCAA champion North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final. Freshman Rob Chomo had a hand in seven of the 10 scores (three goals, four assists).
Byrd is the word: Byrd Stadium will again be the ACC tournament stage next year and could become the permanent site after last weekend's record attendance. The two-day total of 8,295 in threatening weather was the highest in the tournament's four years.
Princeton too high?: The opinion here is that Princeton, at No. 3, is overrated in the polls. In games against top teams, the Tigers lost by one goal to Johns Hopkins and North Carolina and beat Virginia.
Best of Seaman: Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman on tonight's opponent, unranked Hofstra: "They beat Towson [10-9], which shows you how good they can be. They go up and down the field real well, and that's the kind of team that [because of the Blue Jays' lack of speed] gives us trouble. This is Hofstra's first time at Homewood in ages, so they'll be up for it."
Towson State doings: Freshman Tim Lucky set school records with 17 ground balls and by winning 18 of 24 faceoffs against UMBC, then missed the last six minutes of the game with a groin strain. He's probable for Johns Hopkins on Saturday.
Lindsay Dixon had career highs in goals (six) and points (eight) against UMBC.
The Sun's top 10
No. School..... ..... Record..... Pts.
1. Syracuse.... ..... 10-1....... 80
2. North Carolina.... 11-2....... 72
3. Princeton......... 9-2........ 54
4. Johns Hopkins..... 5-3........ 53
5. Loyola..... ...... 8-3........ 51
6. Maryland... ...... 8-4........ 46
7. Towson State...... 8-2........ 31
8. Navy....... ...... 8-4........ 25
9. Brown...... ...... 10-3....... 13
10. Virginia.. ...... 6-5........ 5
Others receiving votes: Yale 4, Army 3, Penn State 2, Duke 1.
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.
Georgetown (8-2) at Mount St. Mary's (4-8)
Site: Mountaineer Field, Emmitsburg, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Georgetown coach Dave Urick is the mentor of the Mount's Dan Whelan and his assistant, Dave Pagoda. Both played for Urick when he was coaching at perennial Division III power Hobart. This is the season finale for the Mount, which broke a seven-game losing streak Saturday with a win over VMI. Charlie Horning (34 goals, 28 assists) is seven points shy of No. 3 Dave Burns (186) on the school's all-time list. Georgetown, No. 19 in the USILA Division I poll, has 10 double-figure scorers, led by Joe Callahan (29 points).
Hofstra (4-7) at No. 4 Johns Hopkins (5-3)
Site: Homewood Field, 7:30 p.m.
Radio: WERQ (1010 AM)
Outlook: With No. 7 Towson State coming up Saturday, Hopkins can't afford to look past Hofstra, which has upset victories over ,, Towson and Rutgers. Hofstra, which lost to Army in its most recent outing, is led by sophomore Andy Carlson (17, 9). Jeff Wills (19, 16) and Brian Piccola (20, 15) are tied for Hopkins' points lead.