Today's games

College Lacrosse

March 23, 2002|By Bill Free

No. 1 Johns Hopkins (3-0) at No. 3 Virginia (4-1)

Site: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time: 3 p.m.

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WJFK (1300 AM)

Outlook: The big story around Johns Hopkins this week has been the surprising play of sophomore M Kevin Boland, who erupted for three goals and two assists in last week's upset of then-No. 1 Syracuse. The three goals were one more than he had in the first 14 games of his career, prompting Boland to be named the National Player of the Week. Virginia and Hopkins is always an emotional game, with the Cavaliers winning last year's showdown, 9-8, in four overtimes. Two-time first-team All-American Conor Gill and G Tillman Johnson have Virginia riding high.

No. 5 Maryland (5-1) at No. 9 North Carolina (6-0)

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

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: North Carolina did something last Saturday - beat Duke - that Maryland couldn't do earlier in the season. The Tar Heels are off and running under second-year coach John Haus, but they have played only two quality opponents, Navy and Duke. Maryland had an easy week with routs over Bucknell and Delaware behind the scoring of Mike Mollott (second in nation in with 25 points) and Dan LaMonica (third with 23 points).

No. 4 Loyola (5-0) at Brown (2-2)

Site: Stevenson Field, Providence, R.I.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM)

Outlook: This is a Loyola tuneup for Charles Street rival Towson next week at Towson. Greyhounds G Mark "The Brick Wall" Bloomquist has lived up to his nickname over the past 230 minutes, sporting a GAA of 5.74. Brown's claim to fame this season was a last-minute loss to No. 11 UMass, 15-14.

Delaware (2-3) at No. 10 Towson (2-2)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The Tigers have run into a wall the past two weeks against Maryland and Virginia, but they should have a fairly easy time today against the Blue Hens. Delaware hasn't been able to stay too close to any of the top 10 teams on its schedule.

No. 15 Penn State (3-2) at UMBC (1-3)

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Channel 2

Outlook: The Retrievers are way down this season, losing to Navy, Cornell and Georgetown by a combined total of 45-18. UMBC needs an upset today to regain some respect. Penn State has blown hot and cold all season, beating Notre Dame, Fairfield and Air Force while losing to Georgetown and Cornell.

Wagner (2-2) at Mount St. Mary's (1-6)

Site: Alumni Field, Emmitsburg

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: There's nothing like a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game to right the Mount ship. Wagner has split four games against weak competition.

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