The week ahead

March 25, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

Johns Hopkins (5-0)

Schedule: vs. Virginia, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Skinny: The Blue Jays are 3-8 in 11 games against Virginia, including last year's national title-game loss. Do they need any more motivation? No, but further jeopardizing the Cavs' NCAA hopes provides it.

Loyola (2-2)

Schedule: at Brown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: Before the season, the Bears (4-10 last year) were thought to be a breather, but they are 4-0 and the Greyhounds can't afford a loss with Syracuse and Georgetown looming.

Maryland (6-0)

Schedule: at North Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: Possibly the nation's best defense will be tested. Will Chris Passavia guard Jed Prossner? Will Lee Zink be on Scott Falatach? Those matchups are worth the price of admission.

Mount St. Mary's (1-4)

Schedule: at Marist, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: The Mountaineers are hoping a 16-15 victory over Siena proves a jump-start, but it's going to have to start defensively for a team giving up more than 12 goals a game.

Navy (5-1)

Schedule: at Army, Saturday, noon

Skinny: Who would have thought Army vs. Navy could be as big this week as Hopkins-Virginia and Syracuse-Princeton? Once maligned, the Mids' offense is putting up numbers.

Towson (1-3)

Schedule: at Rutgers, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Skinny: A tough loss to Virginia in overtime, but the Tigers' road to the tournament will go through Hofstra and Villanova, anyway. Goalie Reed Sothoron needs to stay hot.

UMBC (2-2)

Schedule: vs. Delaware, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: The hard luck of Andy Gallagher continues. Faceoff ace Pat Muston will get the Retrievers the ball, but without Gallagher, who will finish?

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