Today's Games

April 16, 1994

Mount St. Mary's (2-6) at Villanova (2-7)

Site: Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: With the emergence of a more aggressive offense, the Mountaineers have won two straight after a six-game losing streak. After averaging 7.6 goals through its first six games, Mount St. Mary's outscored Canisius and Radford 31-25 and outshot them 90-64. The Mountaineers could maintain those statistics since they will be playing a team that has a .471 save percentage and allows an average of 14 goals. A Nick Pilla, who had seven goals in the first six games, has scored seven goals in his past two games. G Terry Moore (.490 save percentage) has continued to struggle, allowing double-digit goals in his past seven games. Rick Bontatibus, an attackman who has 26 goals and nine assists, accounts for more than 30 percent of the Wildcats' offense.

Towson State (5-2) at Navy (5-4)

Site: Turf Field, Annapolis

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: No. 7 Towson State figures to easily handle a struggling Navy team and move closer to solidifying an NCAA tournament berth. The Tigers are also stinging from last year's 8-7 loss to Navy, which took its only lead with eight seconds remaining. After victories over Delaware and Army, the No. 12 Midshipmen have shot 19 percent and scored 13 goals in their past two games. In that same stretch, Navy has been outscored 7-1 in the fourth quarter and leading scorer, attackman Rob Bailey, has one goal and two assists. The Tigers have too much offense for Navy. Towson State, led by attackmen David Quinn (19 goals, 12 assists) and Dudley Dixon (18, 9), average 13 more shots on goal than the Midshipmen. Navy has won three of its four meetings with Towson State, including its 12-2 victory in 1992. That game, which was also played on Navy's Turf Field, was the Tigers' worst offensive performance in 25 years. Towson State, however, is 3-0 on artificial turf this year.

Maryland (5-3) at Johns Hopkins (4-3)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)

Outlook: The No. 8 Terps need to take advantage of the banged-up Blue Jays. No. 6 Hopkins will be without leading scorer Terry Riordan (broken thumb) and M Milford Merchant (separated shoulder). Blue Jays No. 2 scorer Brian Piccola is also probable with a strained knee. The Terps could close in on securing home-field advantage for the first round of the NCAA tournament with a win. The underrated Terps defense, which has allowed fewer than 10 goals in four of its past five games, needs to halt the Hopkins transition offense and limit the Blue Jays to one shot. The key for the Terps will be A Rob Chomo (12, 14), who will lead the deliberate, slow-tempo offense, and steady G Brian Dougherty (.662 save percentage). Even with the loss of their top scorer, the Blue Jays still can rely on A Dave Marr (2, 19), M Chris Macon (12, 1) and A Casey Gordon (6, 4). Hopkins will look to run and dominate the game offensively, thereby protecting G Jonathan Marcus (.599). Blue Jays M Peter Jacobs (.635 winning percentage) should keep constant pressure on the Terps defense by winning the faceoffs.

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