The week ahead

April 01, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

The week ahead

No. 2 Johns Hopkins (5-1)

Schedule: vs. No. 5 North Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: OK, the Blue Jays are not unbeatable. But what team that gives up two breakaway goals on failed clears and goes 0-for-6 in extra-man situations is? Goalie Scott Smith and attackman Peter LeSueur are starting to play very well.

No. 17 Loyola (2-3)

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

Skinny: How do you beat Notre Dame by six then turn around and lose to Brown by 11 seven days later? Simple. You play a ton of freshmen and allow them to work through growing pains.

No. 1 Maryland (7-0)

Schedule: vs. No. 10 Virginia, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: Coach Dave Cottle might have preferred folks to have waited a week before anointing the Terps No. 1. During Dom Starsia's 12 years in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers are 11-3 against the nation's top-ranked team.

Mount St. Mary's (1-5)

Schedule: at Wagner, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Skinny: The Mountaineers want a chance to defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. The top four make the MAAC tournament and the Mount currently sits seventh, with three conference games left.

No. 7 Navy (6-1)

Schedule: at No. 4 Georgetown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: The Mids and "offensive juggernaut" in the same sentence? Indeed. Navy is scoring 13.57 goals per game - five more a game than last year - second in the nation only to Syracuse.

No. 13 Towson (2-3)

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

Skinny: Like Navy, Towson has forged a new identity. Allowing only 7.6 goals a game, the formerly run-and-gun Tigers are coming up big on defense. Villanova is the Tigers' first CAA test.

UMBC (2-3)

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

Skinny: Albany figures to be the Retrievers' toughest hurdle in America East. UMBC can't afford for Drew Westervelt to play like a freshman, and the John Carroll alum has shown no signs of doing that.

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