Today's games

May 04, 2002|By Bill Free

No. 1 Johns Hopkins (10-1) at No. 8 Loyola (9-3)

Site: Curley Field

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WJFK (1300 AM), WWLG (1360 AM).

Outlook: Johns Hopkins runs into another Charles Street rival trying to impress the NCAA lacrosse committee with an upset victory over the No. 1 Blue Jays. Hopkins fended off Towson last week, ending the Tigers' tournament hopes. Now the Jays are on the firing line against a rather desperate Loyola team that has crashed and burned down the stretch, losing three of its past five games. The Greyhounds will be counting on senior Michael Sullivan (26 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore Stephen Brundage (25 goals, 20 assists) to help pull off a major upset. Hopkins has won seven straight, with junior Bobby Benson scoring a team-high 25 goals and 10 assists. Freshman Kyle Harrison has been a major contributor to the Blue Jays' success, controlling 60.4 percent of the faceoffs and corraling a team-high 58 ground balls.

Mount St. Mary's (6-10) vs. Manhattan (10-5)

What: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship.

At stake: Automatic bid to NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament.

Site: Leonidoff Field, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Mount is one victory away from repeating as MAAC champion. But this title would have a lasting memory for the Emmitsburg team. It would be going to lacrosse's big dance for the first time. Last season, the Mount went nowhere.

No. 7 Maryland (8-4) at UMBC (5-6)

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM).

Outlook: The Maryland players most likely will be thinking more about a possible miracle in Indianapolis tomorrow, where the NCAA tournament committee selects the six at-large berths for this year's 12-team field, than they will about UMBC. The Retrievers have won two straight behind the goal-keeping heroics of Tim Flanagan.

No. 17 Towson (6-5) at Sacred Heart (6-7)

Site: Campus Field, Fairfield, Conn.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This is a rout in the making as Towson ends a disappointing season with a rather meaningless Colonial Athletic Association game - the first-ever meeting between these two schools.

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