Today's Games

April 02, 1994

Virginia (5-1) at Maryland (4-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: It has been one of the most intense rivalries in the nation in recent years. In the past five meetings between the Viginia and Maryland, the margin of victory has been one goal. However, the No. 8 Terps might be overmatched this year against an upstart No. 3 Virginia squad that defeated Johns Hopkins, 11-8, last Saturday. The Cavaliers are stacked offensively and defensively. St. Paul's products, Tim Whitely and Michael Watson are the Cavaliers' main offensive threats. Virginia senior G and three-year starter, James Ireland, is steady and proven. Junior A Rob Chomo (11 goals, 11 assists) has returned to the form he showed as freshman and has been a consistent scorer. The Terps, who lost by five goals to North Carolina last Saturday, have not lost two straight since dropping consecutive games to North Carolina and Virginia last year.

North Carolina (4-3) at Johns Hopkins (3-2)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)

Outlook: In their last meeting, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins were battling for a spot in last year's NCAA championship game. Now both teams are searching for some consistency. The No. 5 Blue Jays fell to Virginia last Saturday, after defeating then-No. 1 Syracuse a week earlier. No. 6 North Carolina has averaged 19 goals in its three straight wins, after losing three of their first four. Neither team has had stable goaltending, so it could develop into a shootout. Hopkins sophomore G Jonathan Marcus allows an average of 12 goals per game, while Tar Heels G Rocco D'Andraia, who has started the past two games, has only a .560 save percentage. Junior A Terry Riordan averages more than four goals a game for the Blue Jays. The Tar Heels are led by brothers Ryan (13, 10) and Jason Wade (15, 3) of Severn.

UMBC (5-2) at Penn State (2-3)

Site: Jeffery Field, University Park, Pa.

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: UMBC, winners of two straight and four of its past five, could match its win total of last year with a win today. Senior A Jason Smith needs only two goals to surpass David Quattini, the school's all-time record holder with 126. Starting sophomore G Sasha Fraiture, who missed the past two weeks because of the flu, is questionable behind junior G Jamie Dickey. Senior M Jamie Batley has nine points over the past two games. The Retrievers have lost seven straight to the Nittany Lions. Besides Penn State's 15-5 win over UMBC last year, the Nittany Lions had won the previous six meetings in the series by a total of nine goals.

Navy (4-2) at Army (2-3)

Site: Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: No. 10 Navy should take advantage of the struggling Cadets. The Midshipmen look to build on an impressive 14-7 win over Delaware, which beat Army by nine goals on March 12. Four Navy players account for 63 percent of the goals. Junior A Rob Bailey tops the Midshipmen with nine goals and 13 assists. Army ended a three-game skid with a 20-3 rout of Lafayette last Saturday, as Travis Loving made his season debut in goal. He replaced senior G Rick Aguilar, who had a .484 save percentage and allowed more than 13 goals a game. Sophomore A Dan Brostek, last year's rookie of the year in the Patriot League, leads the Cadets with 13 goals.

Loyola (5-0) at Towson State (3-1)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: It is a matchup of two of the most surprising teams in the nation and a battle between the attacking Towson State offense and the stingy Loyola defense. While the No. 7 Tigers average nearly 55 shots a game, the No. 2 Greyhounds hold opponents to only 26 shots per game. The Tigers attackmen scoring pair of junior David Quinn (14, 8) and freshman Dudley Dixon (12, 6) should test Loyola junior G Tim McGeeney, who has a 65.3 save percentage. Senior A Sean Heffernan paces the Greyhound offense with an area-leading 20 assists. Tigers sophomore M Mark Goers meets his strongest faceoff challenge in Loyola junior M Tom Welsch. Goers has won 78 percent (71 of 91), while Welsch has taken 75 percent (38 of 51) of his faceoffs. The Tigers have lost four straight at Minnegan, and haven't won at home since April 7, 1993.

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