Today's games

April 27, 2002|By Bill Free

No. 15 Towson (6-4) at No. 1 Johns Hopkins (9-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WJFK (1300 AM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Hopkins isn't the awesome power it once was in lacrosse, but the Blue Jays are back at the top of the lacrosse world, where they have won 42 national titles in 114 seasons. Hopkins has five one-goal wins this season, the most in school history. The Jays have a 25-3 lead over Towson in this traditional series. Junior A Bobby Benson leads the top team in the country with 21 goals and nine assists. Towson is 0-4 against No. 1-ranked teams. The Tigers need a major upset today and a miracle to even be considered for one of the six at-large berths in the NCAA tournament.

No. 14 Navy (7-5) at Army (6-5)

Site: Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Senior captain Eddie McKinnon (Davidsonville) plays his final game for the Mids. McKinnon leads Navy with 25 goals and 11 assists. Army was unceremoniously bounced out of the Top 20 after a one-week stay by a 15-9 loss to UMBC last week. Senior A Tim Pearson tops Army with 17 goals and 29 assists. Neither team is going anywhere, but it still is Army-Navy.

Hobart (6-5) at No. 10 Loyola (8-3)

Site: Curley Field

Time: Noon

Radio: WNST (1570 AM) will join game in progress at 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Greyhounds have crashed and burned after starting 7-0. All they can do is pick up the pieces today and next Saturday against Hopkins. The picture for Hobart isn't as bleak as it looks, thanks to the automatic bid the Patriot League receives. Hobart has finished its Patriot League schedule with a 5-1 record, with Bucknell one-half game back at 4-1 entering today's home game against Lehigh. If Bucknell wins to tie Hobart, the league representative in the NCAA tournament will be decided by an RPI rating of the two teams.

Stony Brook (8-5) at UMBC (4-6)

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM)

Outlook: Junior UMBC goalkeeper Tim Flanagan's emotional 19-save performance last Saturday against Army, two days after the death of his father, Thomas, won't soon be forgotten. Stony Brook goes after the automatic America East bid to the NCAA tournament in the league's postseason tourney, which begins Wednesday.

Mount St. Mary's (5-9) at Providence (8-6)

Site: Glay Field, Providence R.I.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This is a preliminary to the main event between these two teams that will be played Friday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. The MAAC tournament winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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