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College Lacrosse

April 14, 2001|By Bill Free

Butler (4-5) at No. 7 Loyola (6-2)

Site: Curley Field Time: 1 p.m. Radio: WNST (1570 AM) Outlook: Loyola should ring up another victory today, meeting Butler from the Great Western Lacrosse League. The Butler Bulldogs were beaten Thursday by Fairfield, 12-9, while Loyola outclassed Radford on Wednesday. The Greyhounds whipped the Highlanders, 18-5, even though starting goalkeeper Jason Born didn't play. Loyola used players who hadn't seen any action this season in the second half, and 12 players scored in the mismatch. Gavin Prout has been a scoring machine for the Greyhounds, racking up 62 goals in 22 games and he is tied for second nationally this season in points a game (5.0). Prout is tied with Syracuse's Mike Powell and Yale's Brian Hunt. Senior Doug Patterson paces Butler, scoring 11 goals and 11 assists.

No. 13 Navy (5-4) at No. 17 Penn St. (4-4)

Site: Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. Time: 2 p.m. Radio: WNAV (1430 AM) Outlook: The Mids had a five-game winning streak ended by Maryland last week and will try to bounce back against the Nittany Lions in this East Coast Athletic Conference game. Navy has lost starting junior defenseman Marshall Croft for this game and Tuesday against Mount St. Mary's because of a rotator cuff muscle strain. But the Mids do have junior goalkeeper Dan Higdon in the net with the nation's fourth-best goals-against average (6.91). Freshman Dave Pittard (11 goals, 14 assists) has started just two games but leads the team in points (25), and junior Eddie McKinnon (14 goals, nine assists) paces Navy in goals. Pittard has a .786 shooting percentage (11 of 14). Penn State is led by junior attackman Will Driscoll, who has a team-high 25 goals and is coming off a five-goal, two-assist performance in a 12-11 victory over Hobart.

Vermont (6-3) at No. 10 Towson (7-2)

Site:Minnegan Stadium Time: 2 p.m. Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM) Outlook: The Tigers are one of the hottest teams in the nation with five straight wins, the most recent coming Wednesday in a 23-11 romp over Hartford in an America East game. Towson is 3-0 in the America East and is two wins away from a perfect league mark. Besides Vermont, Drexel is the only remaining league game for the Tigers, who could clinch home-field advantage for the four-team league tournament. That winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Towson's starters played less than half the game against Hartford, accounting for sophomore attackman Kyle Campbell's big drop-off from two straight seven-goal games to one goal and one assist. Towson faceoff specialist Justin Berry was 18 of 19 against Hartford and needs 33 more to become the school's all-time leader, surpassing Scott Mullins, who had 411 from 1983 to 1986. Towson has a 5-0 lead in the Vermont series.

No. 14 North Carolina (5-4) at No. 16 UMBC (4-3)

Site: UMBC Stadium Time: 7:30 p.m. Outlook: North Carolina proved just how much parity there is in college lacrosse with a 7-5 upset over unpredictable Virginia last week. The win ended a three-game skid for the Tar Heels, who are 3-1 on the road this year. UNC has averaged only 6.5 goals in its past four outings. Jeff Sonke leads the Tar Heels with 20 goals and 10 assists. UMBC was no match for unbeaten and fourth-ranked Massachusetts last week, falling, 16-10. Retrievers senior attackman Josh Hahn has moved into a tie with senior midfielder Charlie Gibson for the scoring lead (12 goals, five assists).

No. 2 Johns Hopkins (5-2) at No. 5 Maryland (8-1)

Site: Byrd Stadium Time: 8 p.m. TV/radio: Channel 2/WJFK (1300 AM) Outlook: Hopkins has a large lead (60-35-1) in this storied series but that hasn't dimmed the glamour of this game. It's still little Johns Hopkins against big Maryland and emotions run high from Baltimore to College Park. The Blue Jays have re-established themselves as a collegiate lacrosse power under first-year coach Dave Pietramala. Sophomore attackmen Bobby Benson (14 goals, nine assists) and Adam Doneger (nine goals, seven assists) lead Hopkins in scoring points, and senior midfielders Eric Wedin (10 goals, four assists) and Conor Denihan (11 goals, two assists) are right behind them. Sophomore Blue Jays goalie Rob Scherr is enjoying a strong season (6.46 GAA). Maryland has the nation's leading goal scorer in Andrew "Buggs" Combs, whose 32 goals have him on pace to break the school single-season goal scoring record of 52 established by Mark Douglas in 1991. Maryland is also No. 1 in the country in scoring defense, allowing 5.44 goals a game. The Terps' Pat McGinnis tops all goalies in the nation in GAA (5.56) and save percentage (.689).

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