Lacrosse today

March 02, 1996

Hofstra (0-0) at Towson State (0-0)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: It's a battle between the top two teams in the North Atlantic Conference. Hofstra, which beat conference opponents by an average of seven goals last season, is young and scrappy. The Flying Dutchmen beat Hobart by a goal last week in their final scrimmage. Towson State is looking to rebound from a disappointing 6-5 record last year. The Tigers are paced by A Matt Clune (28 goals, 9 assists in 1995).

Loyola (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0)

Site: Krause Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Loyola, which usually opens its season against lesser Division I teams, faces a tough challenge right away. Notre Dame made lacrosse history last season by recording the first NCAA tournament victory by a Midwest team. The Fighting Irish also have won 10 straight at home. Loyola has a strong defense led by Brendan Fry. The Greyhounds lead the series 4-0 but haven't faced the Fighting Irish in five years.

Maryland (1-0) at Duke (0-0)

Site: Duke Lacrosse Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: This game matches up two premier goalkeepers in Maryland's Brian Dougherty and Duke's Joe Kirmser. The Terps edged the Blue Devils, 8-6, last season and the pace should be similar today. Matt Hahn (36, 7) and Andrew Whipple (24, 20) lead the Maryland attack. Jim Gonnella (19, 21) is the leading returning scorer for Duke.

Navy (2-0) at North Carolina (1-0)

Site: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Navy held off UMBC for a 14-13 victory in its opener, and defeated Washington College, 12-4, on Wednesday. North Carolina routed Radford, 24-4, on Sunday. A Merrill Turnbull led the Tar Heels with three goals and three assists. The Midshipmen went 0-3 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents last season, losing by a combined score of 54-33.

Princeton (0-0) at Hopkins (0-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The focus will be on the matchup between Johns Hopkins' defense and Princeton's offense. The Tigers have one of the best young passing attacks, led by Jon Hess (12, 17). The Blue Jays have a seasoned defense headed by Virginia transfer John Gagliardi. Hopkins defeated Princeton, 15-14, in last season's opener.

Rutgers (0-0) at UMBC (0-1)

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: UMBC opened the season with a 14-13 loss at Navy last Saturday. Matt Shearer led the Retrievers with four goals and two assists. UMBC beat Rutgers, 9-6, last season but the Scarlet Knights hold a 3-2 series edge. Rutgers returns its entire starting attack, led by Matt Elzer (33, 18).

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