The week ahead

College Lacrosse

March 24, 2005|By Gary Lambrecht

The week ahead

No. 1 J. Hopkins (4-0)

Schedule: vs. No. 2 Virginia, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: Virginia feels good about its chances of stopping the Blue Jays' 29-game home winning streak. The Cavaliers were the last team to win at Homewood, and Virginia is 6-1 in its past seven meetings with Hopkins.

No. 4 Maryland (4-2)

Schedule: vs. No. 17 North Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: After stumbling in a major way against unranked Dartmouth, the Terps play host to a desperate 1-4 Tar Heels squad that already has lost to Hofstra and Notre Dame. Junior attackman Joe Walters and junior midfielder Bill McGlone each have scored in 22 straight games.

No. 6 Navy (5-1)

Schedule: at Lehigh, tomorrow, 7 p.m.; at Holy Cross, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: Freshman attackman Nick Mirabito has made himself right at home in the starting lineup. Mirabito is second on the team with 10 goals and is one of only two players - senior attackman Ben Horn is the other - to score a goal in every game.

No. 14 Towson (4-2)

Schedule: at Delaware, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Skinny: The Tigers, out-scored 23-8 in their losses to Maryland and Virginia, begin their pursuit of a third conference title in a tough Colonial Athletic Association. Senior goalie Reed Sothoron is allowing 7.9 goals and averaging 12 saves. The extra-man unit has converted only 21.2 percent of its 33 attempts.

Loyola (2-3)

Schedule: vs. No. 11 UMass, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny: The Greyhounds feel good about themselves after beating Wagner and St. John's. By defeating their first ranked opponent today, Loyola would start to feel more like a potential NCAA tournament team.

UMBC (1-4)

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

Skinny: Freshman attackman Nick Fatseas could help the Retrievers make a strong run at an America East title and an automatic tournament bid. Fatseas posted back-to-back, three-point games against Maryland and Canisiusto win conference Rookie of the Week honors.

Mount St. Mary's (3-1)

Schedule: vs. Wagner, Saturday, 1 p.m.; at No. 3 Duke, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Skinny: Since joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1995, the Mount is 60-12 in regular-season league games. The Mount is also 0-16 against ranked teams.

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