College Lacrosse

March 17, 2001

Today's games

Rutgers (2-1) at Navy (0-3)

Site: Rip Miller Turf Field

Time: Noon

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: These are tough times for the Mids, who are off to their worst start in the program's history. Navy coach Richie Meade has been overwhelmed by injuries and bad luck again this year, with senior attacker Michael Cataffo being one of the few bright spots with six goals. Rutgers is led by Keith Cromwell's eight goals and seven assists and Mike McLaughlin's five goals and seven assists.

No. 4 Georgetown (3-0) at No. 10 UMBC (3-0)

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 2

Outlook: In what has become an intense rivalry, Georgetown has won three straight over UMBC after the Retrievers captured the first nine meetings between the two schools. The Hoyas broke through for their first-ever victory against UMBC in the first round of the 1998 NCAA lacrosse tourney, with the Washington school taking an emotional 9-8 win. Georgetown is in a bit of a rebuilding mode this year, but is still off to a 3-0 start. UMBC has beaten Cornell and Navy for two of its three wins. Senior UMBC goalkeeper Steve Cusa leads the Eastern College Athletic Conference with a 6.07 goals-against average. The Retrievers' offense is led by senior attackman Josh Hahn, who has scored at least one point in 28 straight games and has at least one goal in 27 of the last 28.

Dartmouth (2-0) at No. 20 Towson (2-2)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Towson is still stinging from another close loss to Maryland, 9-7, its seventh straight setback to the Terps. The Tigers need a big win over the likes of a Maryland if they want to regain some lost prestige. Sophomore attacker Ryan Obloj should provide a spark, returning to action after missing the first four games of the season. Towson does have the luxury of needing only to win the four-team, postseason America East tournament to get a bid to the NCAA tournament.

No. 9 Johns Hopkins (1-1) at No. 1 Syracuse (3-0)

Site: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM)

Outlook: Hopkins is coming off its first victory of the season last Saturday, a 7-6 win over Hofstra on sophomore attackman Adam Doneger's goal with 1:32 left. It was first-year coach Dave Pietramala's first victory as coach at Hopkins. Syracuse has won six national titles and was 15-1 last year. The Orangemen are led by Michael Springer and Josh Cottman, who have each scored seven goals. Freshman Mike Powell has been an instant hit with five goals and 10 assists.

No. 3 Maryland (4-0) at Delaware (1-4)

Site: Blue Hens Stadium, Newark, Del.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: It has been Buggs Combs and more Buggs Combs for the Terps, as they have jumped off to a fast start this year. The senior attacker leads the nation in goals scored with 17, and he has scored five goals in two of his last three games. Combs won last week's ACC Player of the Week honor. Freshman Dan LaMonica has arrived with a bang, with seven goals and seven assists in the first four collegiate games of his career. --- Bill Free

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