The Week Ahead

Destination College Lacrosse

March 08, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 1 Maryland (2-0)

Schedule -- vs. No. 15 Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. Bucknell, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Skinny -- The Terrapins are ranked No. 1 for the first time in nearly two years, and senior attackman Joe Walters has barely found the net. With junior Steve Whittenberg leading the close defense, junior goalie Harry Alford off to a good start and lots of depth at defensive midfield, the Terps will be hard to score on.

No. 4 Navy (3-0)

Schedule -- vs. Bucknell, Saturday, 10:30 p.m., Torero Stadium, San Diego; vs. Lafayette, next Wednesday, noon.

Skinny -- The Mids, who destroyed North Carolina, 11-3, and allowed only 27 shots in Chapel Hill on Saturday, look as good as anyone in a six-on-six offensive game. Their young defense has allowed eight goals in 12 quarters. Senior goalie Matt Russell has a sparkling .742 save percentage.

No. 8 Johns Hopkins (2-1)

Schedule -- at No. 18 Hofstra, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Skinny -- Pride junior attackman Athan Iannucci is coming off a career-high five-goal, seven-point game against Brown, which he will have trouble duplicating against a defense as sound as the Blue Jays.' Hopkins freshman attackman Tom Duerr should make his debut after battling a shoulder injury. That should open up the offense, but this game could be tight.

No. 15 Towson (1-1)

Schedule -- at No. 1 Maryland, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. Butler, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Skinny -- The Tigers shot just 6-for-41 in last week's double-overtime loss to visiting Binghamton, and junior attackman Bobby Griebe is doubtful after missing the Binghamton game with a sprained ankle. The Tigers probably need a superb effort from faceoff specialist Matt Eckerl to have a chance to upset Maryland. Eckerl has a sore hamstring.

No. 17 Loyola (2-1)

Schedule -- vs. No. 3 Duke, Saturday, 8 p.m., Torero Stadium, San Diego.

Skinny -- Junior faceoff man Jordan Rabidou has made an impact, and he'll need another big night for the Greyhounds to keep the Blue Devils at bay. Duke is always dangerous offensively. Coming off of last week's home loss to Maryland, the Blue Devils will be stirred up and ready to put pressure on Loyola senior goalie Michael Fretwell, who was excellent in a 6-5 loss in Durham last spring.

No. 19 UMBC (2-1)

Schedule -- at Penn, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny -- The offense early on is not relying too much on attackmen Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt, which is a good thing. The defense, led by seniors Luke Powell and Justin Berdeguez, looks as good as advertised. And freshman goalie Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall) has given the Retrievers a nice lift.

Mount St. Mary's (0-2)

Schedule -- at Lehigh, Saturday, 1 p.m.; at No. 2 Virginia, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Skinny -- The Mount is taking its annual nonconference lumps against tough competition, but it will be all the better for it once league play begins. In regular-season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games, the Mount has a record of 65-14.

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