Today's men's games

May 20, 2001|By Bill Free

Men's Div. I quarterfinals

Maryland (13-2) vs. Towson (13-3)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: Noon

Radio: WTMD (FM 89.7)

Seeds: Maryland, No. 3; Towson, No. 6.

Outlook: Maryland is hoping for an NCAA lacrosse championship, which has eluded the Terps for 18 seasons under Dick Edell, a Towson alumnus. Maryland has the No. 2 goalie in the nation, Pat McGinnis (6.07 goals-against average, .668 save percentage). The Terps won this year's regular-season meeting, 9-7, led by Andrew "Buggs" Combs' four goals and McGinnis' 15 saves. Combs, son of Towson's football coach, is averaging 3.20 goals a game. Maryland leads the series, 18-4, and has won six straight, but Towson won the only NCAA tournament game between the schools, 15-11 - a 1991 semifinal at Syracuse - and the Tigers have beaten the Terps three times in College Park. Towson is led by sophomore Kyle Campbell (46 goals - three short of the school's season record - and 15 assists), senior faceoff specialist Justin Berry, who has every school faceoff record, and senior goalkeeper John Horrigan, who is on a late-season tear.

Johns Hopkins (8-3) vs. Notre Dame (13-1)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WJFK (AM 1300)

Seeds: Johns Hopkins, No. 4; Notre Dame, No. 5.

Outlook: Hopkins is 3-0 against the Irish - all in NCAA tournament games, including last year's 15-11 quarterfinal victory at Hopkins. This is Hopkins' 30th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, the longest active streak in any NCAA Division I team sport. The Blue Jays have been to 14 championship games and won seven NCAA titles. Hopkins has the youngest attack in this year's tournament - sophomore Bobby Benson (25 goals, 13 assists), sophomore Adam Doneger (16, 12) and freshman Conor Ford (21, 4). But the team is built around senior faceoff specialist Eric Wedin, senior midfielder Conor Denihan, and three possible senior All-America defensemen, Shawn Nadelen, Brandon Testa and Brendan Shook. For Notre Dame, this is its ninth NCAA tournament appearance in 10 years under coach Kevin Corrigan.

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