The Week Ahead

Destination College Lacrosse

March 15, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 1 Maryland (3-1)

Schedule -- at UMBC, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. No. 19 Dartmouth, Tuesday, noon

Skinny -- Seniors Joe Walters and Brendan Healy finally have gotten involved in goal scoring for the Terps, whose defense has carried them for much of the early season. Maryland will be ready to play against Dartmouth, which stunned the Terps in Florida a year ago and sent them on a midseason tailspin.

No. 4 Navy (4-0)

Schedule -- vs. Lafayette, today, noon; at Colgate, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Skinny -- If William Wallace comes close to duplicating his faceoff work against Bucknell -- he won 16 of 17 attempts on Saturday in San Diego -- the Midshipmen should continue rolling through their Patriot League competition with lopsided ease. Navy has given up 13 goals on the season and has won by an average of seven.

No. 14 Johns Hopkins (2-2)

Schedule -- vs. No. 11 Syracuse, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny -- One of these bluebloods will be saddled with three losses, with another weekend left in March. The Blue Jays' struggling offense sure could use sophomore midfielder Stephen Peyser, whose broken jaw will keep him out until next month. The Orange could hardly stop anyone last year, and the defense is having problems again, especially at goalie. Look for a high-scoring contest.

No. 15 Towson (1-2)

Schedule -- vs. Butler, tonight, 7:30 p.m.; vs. No. 2 Virginia, Sunday, 1 p.m; at Robert Morris, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Skinny -- The Tigers had better get their shooting problems ironed out before getting into the meat of their schedule. With Delaware and Hofstra surging, another Colonial Athletic Association title will be tough to deliver. And Towson needs a big game from struggling faceoff man Matt Eckerl to score in double digits and hang with high-powered Virginia.

No. 17 Loyola (2-2)

Schedule -- at St. John's, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny -- With back-to-back road games coming against Massachusetts and Syracuse, the Greyhounds might be tempted to look past this weekend. New offensive coordinator Bobby Benson is making a difference. Sparked by Jordan Rabidou's excellent faceoff work, the Greyhounds are averaging 11.3 goals, have converted on 56.2 percent of their extra-man chances, and two-thirds of their goals have been assisted.

UMBC (2-2)

Schedule -- vs. No. 1 Maryland, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Skinny -- The Retrievers are 4-23 against Maryland and need to get their attack going to pull off an upset this year. So far, midfielder James Hyland and Terry Kimener are carrying the bulk of the offense, which has been nearly nonexistent in crunch time. Freshman goalie Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall) is off to a good start behind a solid close defense.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-4)

Schedule -- vs. Siena, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Skinny -- Junior goalie Joe Zolezzi and the rest of the Mount defense have been overextended during another brutal round of nonconference tests. Time for the offense, led by junior attackman Benjamin Mundorf and senior attackmen Matt Warner and Jason Werner, to get untracked against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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