Today's games

April 13, 2002|By Bill Free

Villanova (3-5) at No. 14 Towson (3-4)

Site: Towson University Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The free-wheeling Towson team that weaved an amazing rags-to-riches saga last year has become an uptight squad that seems to be playing not to lose instead of to win. Villanova gained instant respect after playing Hopkins tough in a 10-7 loss this season.

Mount St. Mary's (2-7) at Manhattan (6-5)

Site: Gaelic Park, Riverdale, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Mount stepped away last week from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the seventh time this season and lost for the seventh time. It's back in the MAAC today.

No. 6 Loyola (7-1) at Butler (3-5)

Site: Butler Bowl, Indianapolis

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Greyhounds have a perfect tonic - Butler of the Great Western Lacrosse League - to help them recover from a 15-6 pounding by No. 1 Syracuse last week in the Carrier Dome. The six goals were the fewest scored by Loyola since a 12-6 loss to North Carolina in 1998. Stephen Brundage and Michael Sullivan have combined to score on 34 of 79 shots (43 percent), and the rest of the team has hit on 55 of 234 (24 percent).

No. 5 Maryland (7-2) at No. 3 Johns Hopkins (7-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 3 p.m.

TV: Channel 2

Outlook: Johns Hopkins hasn't exactly been overpowering anybody during its past four straight wins. This is the 98th lacrosse meeting between these two schools, with Hopkins holding a 60-36-1 lead. The Blue Jays are led by junior A Bobby Benson (23 goals, 15 assists). Maryland has the No. 1 goalkeeper in the nation, Danny McCormick, who has a 5.98 goals-against average, and the second-best defense (allowing 6.33 goals per game).

UMBC (3-4) at No. 7 North Carolina (6-3)

Site: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Time: 4 p.m.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM)

Outlook: UMBC is having a forgettable seasons. North Carolina has lost three straight close games to top five teams after a 6-0 start.

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